MANILA, Philippines --- The National Statistics Office (NSO) reported a number of 476,408 registered marriages in 2011, which is a 1.3 percent drop compared to figures in 2009, which tallied at 482,480.
The biggest decrease in the number of recorded marriages was in Eastern Visayas (Region VIII) at 18.8 percent. This was followed by Bicol and Caraga Regions with 9.2 and 7.9 percent decrease, respectively. The number of marriages in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao increased by 79.7 percent compared with the previous year.
With a daily average of 1,799 marriages, February remained the favorite month for couples to tie the knot. However, the highest number of marriage occurred in the month of May with 55,529 or 11.7 percent of the total.
April managed to rank fifth in 2011, with a daily average of 1,496 marriages, despite ranking first in 2010. August remained the least favored month for marriage as it accounted for only 24,763 marriages or a daily average of 799. Women prefer to marry at an earlier age than men.
There was a disparity between men and women when it comes to marrying age. The median age for brides was 25.3 while 28.0 for grooms showing that women prefer to marry at an earlier age than men. The highest number of brides who got married was seen at age group 20-24, while for grooms it was in age group 25-29.