Monsoon rains hit the Philippines and caused floods that swept its capital, Manila, and nearby provinces. Amid disaster stories and reports of the rising death toll, a heartwarming story has emerged, shared by thousands on social media sites.
Elementary school teacher, Hernelie Ruazol, was scheduled to wed her fiance, Ram Campo, on Wednesday. As the rains worsened on Monday, she began to worry and called on her friends to pray for good weather on her wedding day in a post on Facebook.
Over the next 48 hours, a month's worth of rain was dumped on Manila, where the couple live, and 80 per cent of the capital was flooded, according to AFP.
In an urgent plea, she posted on Facebook on Tuesday: "Dear ulan (Tagalog for rain), may I request you to please take a rest on Wednesday. Do not ruin the most important day of our lives!!!! I am hoping for your kind consideration. Respectfully yours, Soon to be Mrs. Campo on Wednesday".
Later in the day, she brightened up and decided to face the situation positively, and posted that she would still go through with the wedding, rain or shine.
On Wednesday, the couple carried on with their wedding ceremony in a church. The bride was dressed in a white gown with a long train, and wore a simple matching diamond choker with stud earrings. The groom wore a slim-fit grey suit.
It looked like any other wedding, except that the couple's feet were soaked ankle-deep in water in the church. Still, they made the best of the situation, and even posed for photos in the church.
Later, the couple left the church only to be greeted by heavy rain and flood waters that went up to their knees. But the continuing bad weather did not dampen their spirits as they gamely posed for photos in the pouring rain.
A photo of them knee-deep in flood waters, kissing under an umbrella has been shared by thousands of users on Facebook and Tumblr. Hernelie's photo on Facebook alone was shared more than 3,000 times.
Many applauded their positive spirit and attitude, with one netizen commenting that 'true love is waterproof'.
The photo also found its way to the Facebook page of The Orange Project, an educational foundation dedicated to provide relief to needy Filipino children, with the caption, 'The Filipino spirit'.