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Wednesday, November 22, 2017 | MANILA, PHILIPPINES
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Date posted: Thursday, April 06, 2017 | Manila, Philippines

Fewer Filipinos tying the knot: PSA

MARRIAGES DECLINED for a third year in 2015, the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) reported yesterday.

The number of registered marriages dropped 3.6% to 414,325 in 2015, continuing the trend that resumed in 2013, when the number of weddings fell 8.2% year on year, the sharpest decline over a 10-year period.

“In a span of 10 years, the reported marriages decreased by 20.1% from 2005 to 2015,” the PSA said, citing a gradual drop in the low single-digits throughout that period, punctuated by only two episodes of growth also in the low single-digits.

The 2015 decline was seen in 15 out of 18 regions in the country, according to the PSA.

The report excludes the number of late registrations and of Filipinos who married abroad.

Median age for brides in 2015 is 26 years old, slightly maturing from 25.3 years old in 2013. Median age for grooms was unchanged at 28 years old.

The most number of brides -- at 34% of the total number of marriages -- tied the knot when they were aged between 20 and 24 years old. For grooms, the biggest number of them (35.2%) tied the knot between the ages 25-29.

The number of teenage brides -- or those ages 15-19 -- reached 37,281 or 9% of the total number of brides, and was more than four times the 8,059 teenage grooms that year.

Girls who married before turning 15 years old numbered 19 while only one registered minor-aged groom married that time.

Matrimonial ceremonies solemnized through civil rites accounted for 42.7% of the marriages, followed by Roman Catholic Church weddings at 36.2%.

Marriages held by other religious rites, Muslim rites and tribal rites account for 19.1%, 1.2% and 0.8%, respectively.

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