MANILA— The Philippines Statistics Authority (PSA) reported recently that there are fewer people in the country who are getting married.
In its release on Monday, some 1,183 marriages were solemnized daily in 2019, accounting to only 431,972 registered marriages — fewer than the 449,169 registered marriages in 2018 but a lot more than 2016, which only saw 419,000 registered marriages.
The most number of marriages were done in 2019, accounting to 12% of the total marriages that year.
Most of the marriages were solemnized through civil ceremonies (38.2%) while the remaining others were done through the Roman Catholic Church (36.2%), religious rites (22.9%), Muslim tradition (1.4%) or tribal ceremony (0.9%).
Calabarzon, NCR, and Central Luzon still had the highest number of registered marriages in 2019, the same regions who have consistently held the same positions since 2016.
Although NCR is among the highest, it still saw a 7.6% decrease in its numbers. ARMM had the highest decrease with 17% followed by SOCCSKSARGEN with 13.7%.
Women also married younger compared to men in 2019. The median age of marriage was 27 years old for women and 29 years old for men, the same median age for both sexes since 2017.
Most men and women, however, still get married between the ages of 25 to 29 years old.
Over 416,542 marriages (96.4%) were between Filipino men and women while 15,047 marriages (3.5%) were between Filipino nationals and foreign nationals comprising 89.3% foreign men and 10.7% foreign women.
According to the report, Filipino men married more American women (16.6%), followed by Australian (14%), Canadian (12.3%), Chinese (7.2%), and Japanese (7.1%).
Meanwhile, the highest number of inter-marriages with Filipino women were with American men (26.8%), followed by Japanese (10.6%), British (6.6%), Korean (6.3%), and Canadian (5.7%).
PSA said the study is based on the certificate of marriages that were registered at the Office of the City or Municipal Civil Registrars around the country.