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A firefighter’s wedding

A Bacolod firefighter married his girlfriend of almost 12 years on Saturday, May 21, and also honored the job he is passionate about.

FO1 Alan G. Plantillo II, 29, chief of the Personnel and Training Unit of the Bacolod City Fire Station, and Haydee Sumaya, 30, were married at the San Isidro Labrador Parish Church in Brgy. Tangub, Bacolod City, on Saturday, May 21.

In keeping with the Bureau of Fire Protection tradition, his bride rode on a fire truck to their wedding and when they left the church their friends put up a just married sign on the back of the red engine with tin cans rattling from behind to bring the newlyweds good luck, Alan said.

Also in keeping with tradition, the groom did pushups with his bride seated on his back beneath pipe poles, which are firefighters’ tools, as they exited the church.

They also kissed beneath a hose loop amid a spray of water.

At the reception at Sugarland Hotel they used a fireman’s ax to cut their wedding cake.

“I wanted a wedding that also honored the job I am passionate about,” Alan said.

He was happy there was no fire call during his wedding.

Alan met Haydee at the University of Negros Occidental Recoletos when he was a criminology student and she was studying marketing.

Their relationship blossomed when he joined the Children of Mary organization, of which Haydee was already a member.

They will go on a honeymoon later because this week is a busy one at the fire station, Alan said.

The Operational Readiness Site Inspection and Troop Evaluation at the station is being held this week.

The parents of the groom are retired PCapt. Alan Plantillo and Urbanita Plantillo, and the parents of the bride are retired Army MSgt. Remegio Sumaya and Arlynn Sumaya.*

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