Marriages in the Philippines on the decline?

[Note: It is Valentine’s month but love could not be found in Congress and the Supreme Court.  It is good that talk of grace abounds at  Malacanang.  Here are some statistics from the National Statistics Office compiled by birth and marriage certificates registered at Civil Registry Offices all over the Philippines.  While there may be some month-to-month delay in registration, trends of these events can be established over longer periods of time. Please pardon how the tables appear in this blog.]  

  • Registered marriages decreasing

Marriages are generally registered on time.  So the title may be generalized to mean that really marriages are on the decline.

1. From 1995-2008, there were more year-to-year declines than increases, seven of them – with five declines coming in the last five years.  From 2003 to 2008, there have been more than 100 thousand less marriages.

Registered Marriages

Year

Number

% Growth

1995

503,650

1996

525,564

4.35

1997

562,808

7.09

1998

549,265

-2.41

1999

551,445

0.40

2000

577,387

4.70

2001

559,162

-3.16

2002

583,167

4.29

2003

593,553

1.78

2004

582,281

-1.90

2005

518,595

-10.94

2006

492,666

-5.00

2007

490,054

-0.53

2008

486,514

-0.72


  • June no longer among the top marrying months

Timing of bridal supplements of magazines, bridal fairs, honeymoon offers may have to be offered at some other time. Are these months the vacationing periods of our balikbayans/OFWs?

2. The top four months with most marriages [top 3] occurred in May, January, December, and April.

Distribution of Registered Marriages, by Month

Year

1995

1996

1997

1998

1999

2000

2001

Total

100.0%

100.0%

100.0%

100.0%

100.0%

100.0%

100.0%

January

12.4%

12.0%

11.7%

12.7%

10.8%

10.9%

11.0%

February

6.7%

6.6%

7.4%

7.8%

6.8%

7.8%

8.7%

March

9.2%

8.1%

7.3%

9.2%

7.6%

8.2%

9.4%

April

9.7%

8.9%

10.3%

10.3%

9.1%

8.6%

10.0%

May

11.2%

11.3%

11.4%

10.9%

11.4%

11.4%

11.4%

June

9.8%

10.2%

9.9%

9.2%

9.7%

9.6%

9.3%

July

6.6%

6.6%

6.7%

6.2%

6.6%

6.8%

6.2%

August

4.8%

5.5%

5.2%

5.2%

5.4%

5.7%

5.1%

September

6.7%

7.5%

6.9%

6.5%

7.5%

7.2%

7.0%

October

7.0%

7.5%

7.2%

6.6%

7.6%

7.3%

7.0%

November

5.5%

5.6%

5.8%

5.1%

5.7%

5.5%

4.9%

December

10.4%

10.2%

10.3%

10.2%

11.8%

10.9%

9.9%

Year

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

2008

Total

100.0%

100.0%

100.0%

100.0%

100.0%

100.0%

100.0%

January

12.2%

12.0%

11.6%

10.4%

9.6%

8.7%

9.0%

February

10.1%

9.6%

10.1%

7.8%

7.5%

7.9%

7.3%

March

8.0%

9.7%

10.2%

6.8%

7.4%

7.9%

6.2%

April

12.3%

9.8%

11.6%

10.2%

8.5%

9.3%

8.8%

May

13.4%

12.9%

11.5%

10.9%

10.3%

9.4%

9.9%

June

11.5%

11.0%

9.3%

9.2%

8.6%

7.6%

8.1%

July

7.2%

7.4%

6.4%

6.0%

5.8%

5.3%

5.8%

August

6.2%

6.1%

5.1%

5.0%

4.8%

4.3%

5.4%

September

8.2%

7.7%

6.4%

6.1%

6.0%

5.7%

5.8%

October

8.2%

8.1%

6.7%

6.9%

6.3%

5.8%

6.5%

November

6.3%

6.5%

4.9%

4.9%

4.8%

4.1%

4.7%

December

12.3%

12.1%

9.7%

10.2%

9.7%

8.9%

9.6%


  • More civil marriages now than church weddings

Are church weddings becoming too expensive?  Do more and more couples think weddings are passé?

3. Since 2002, the share of civil ceremonies has outpaced Catholic weddings.

% Distribution of Registered Marriages, by Type of Ceremony, by Year

 

Total

Year/Ceremony

1999

2000

2001

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

2008

Total

100.0

100.0

100.0

100.0

100.0

100.0

100.0

100.0

100.0

100.0

Roman Catholic

42.4

41.5

39.4

38.3

37.1

36.4

38.1

37.7

36.6

36.3

Civil ceremony

35.2

36.8

38.8

39.3

41.3

47.4

42.6

43.5

41.7

41.0

Other religious rites

22.1

21.5

21.6

22.2

21.3

15.5

17.1

17.9

20.6

21.3

Year-on-year % Changes of Registered Marriages, by Type of Ceremony

 

Total

Year/ Ceremony

1999

2000

2001

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

2008

Total

4.7

-3.2

4.3

1.8

-1.9

-10.9

-5.0

-0.5

-0.7

Roman Catholic

2.5

-8.0

1.4

-1.3

-3.7

-7.0

-6.0

-3.3

-1.8

Civil ceremony

9.5

2.2

5.6

6.8

12.8

-20.0

-3.0

-4.8

-2.2

Other religious rites

2.1

-2.7

7.4

-2.5

-28.8

-1.6

-0.5

14.2

2.9


  • Illegitimate births rising

The stigma of being born out of wedlock may have worn off.  The next point of reckoning would be when the issue of inheritance comes up later in life.

4.  The number and share of illegitimate births to total registered births have increased during the period from 2007-2009. And births declined in 2009?  Let us see if this holds out in the next few years.

Registered Births, by Legitimacy, 2007-2009

Year

Total

% Growth Legitimate % Share Illegitimate % Share

2007

1,749,878

1,155,044

66.0

594,744

34.0

2008

1,784,316

1.97

1,115,475

62.5

668,841

37.5

2009

1,745,585

-2.17

1,034,506

59.3

711,079

40.7

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