"This is a joyous occasion for our family as Junn and I celebrate our 50th wedding anniversary and pray for more happy life ahead of us. It's also a special time for us to be with you as our guests and watch everyone share this memorable moment with us.
"I love and married Junn because he is a very honest, patient and a very kind man. He is also very good-looking. I think that Junn is the only man in this world who can put up with me. Believe me, you have to be very special to stay married with me for 50 years!
"I trust Junn completely. After he retired from the Immigration, I told him to go to the Philippines and take care of his mother who was ill at that time. He would not do it and said his mother has her own caregiver. Most men will run with this kind of opportunity, but not my Junn. He'd rather drive me to work every day than stay in the Philippines where he could have a good time.
"Junn is my best friend and I feel lucky being married to this man.
"I would like to make special acknowledgement to Reverend Dr. Dave Marcelo for officiating our ceremony and to his lovely wife, Grace, and to Florence Perez. Thank you for adding beauty and symbolism to this celebration.
"Thank you so much, Betsog, Leo and Nancy who volunteered to do the videography; to Neil and Agnes who volunteered the photography; to my brother, Butch and Remy Sosa for accepting to be the candle sponsors and to Ely and Fely, Chito and Belen for accepting to be our principal sponsors. We appreciate your time and effort.
"We extend our gratitude to those who came here from the Philippines just to share this moment with us, like my cousin Louie and his lovely daughter Patricia, 'pareng Cris and 'mareng Pacing, 'pareng Danny and Elenita, and our friend Richard Ty; Remy Sosa from Hawaii, and Perla & Jolie and Deo & Milflor from Las Vegas. Thanks to Ricky and his family, to our siblings, nephews and nieces who came from the Bay area and Bakersfield just to attend this celebration. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts for traveling so far just to be with us today.
"And you know something? If you are here today that shows you mean a lot to us.