Once upon a time, the Marcos and Manglapus clans were bitter rivals.
The patriarchs of both families – Ferdinand Marcos and Raul Manglapus – were political contemporaries.
Manglapus, the youngest-ever Filipino foreign minister, was beaten by Marcos in the 1965 presidential race. Manglapus became a prominent figure in the opposition when strongman Marcos later rose to power.
When Marcos perished in Hawaii after his ouster in 1986, Manglapus strongly rallied against the return of his rival’s remains to the Philippines during the administration of then-President Corazon Aquino.
Years later, however, the scions of the warring families would fall in love like how Romeo and Juliet did in the Shakespearean classic.
Lawyer Michael “Mike” Marcos Manotoc, grandson of Marcos and son of Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos, was smitten by the beauty of Carina “Cara” Amelia Manglapus, granddaughter of Manglapus and daughter of Francis Manglapus.
The pair met in 2014 during the wedding of Luis Marcos Araneta, son of Marcos’ second daughter Irene. Cara was a guest of Xandra Rocha, Luis’ wife.
Love conquers all indeed, as Mike and Cara were blessed with a baby girl in March 2016. They named her Mia.
More than a year later on Wednesday, November 22, #MIKEGotCARAdAway in a private wedding ceremony held in Makati City.
Their “bales” – a traditional celebration when an Ilocano couple gets married outside of their hometowns – was held on Saturday, November 25 at the San Agustin Church in Paoay, Ilocos Norte.
The Marcos-Manglapus familes were in full force at the wedding celebration.
Their political allies were invited, too. Leading the prominent politikos during the ceremony, of course, was presidential daughter and Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte, a close ally of the Marcoses like her father President Rodrigo Duterte.
The lawyer falls for the singer
Mike hails from Batac, Ilocos Norte like his grandfather, while Cara traces her lineage to Tagudin, Ilocos Sur.
Unlike their lolos, however, both Mike and Cara shied away from politics.
The groom pursued law at the University of the Philippine College of Law instead. Mike was reluctant at first – he had big shoes to fill because Marcos topped the 1939 Bar examination. But he was persistent and passed the Bar himself in 2014.
Cara, meanwhile, had graduated from the Ateneo de Manila University with a degree in creative writing. She is a singer, even joining the jazz band that her grandfather had founded.
She was also a contestant during the first season of The Voice Philippines.