Feb. 14 - Hundreds of couples, from the Philippines to Peru, plan their weddings to coincide with Valentine’s Day. Tara Cleary reports.
Hundreds all over the world tie the knot in mass weddings. The spirit of love touched 564 couples in El Callao, Peru. President of the city's Women's Committee, Naldy Sotomayor, says it's an exciting day. SOUNDBITE: Naldy Sotomayor, President of the Women's Committee of El Callao, saying (Spanish): "And the truth is that the excitement grows even more when we know that the couples include the oldest at 80-years-old and the youngest at 17-years-old." And the youngest bride is also a mom-to-be. In the Philippines, police officers took time out from active duty to take part in a free mass wedding. Cops can't usually afford the time or the approximately $700 U.S. dollar cost for nuptials. Wenzie Dumendez and Pilita Daria have been together for seven years and have two children. SOUNDBITE: Policeman Wenzie Dumendez, saying (Filipino): "I'm really happy because we get to be married on Valentine's." SOUNDBITE: Policewoman Pilita Daria saying (Filipino): "He's officially in my hands now. There's no escape." And the hundreds of new love captives sealed the deal with a toast and a kiss. Tara Cleary, Reuters.