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Gail and Armand Castro in Lakeshore, Pampanga

Childhood friends turned husband and wife

Gail and Armand Castro
Gail and Armand Castro

In 1995, Armand Castro was 9 years old when he met Gail Cowper, then 7, at Villa San Miguel during the birthday celebration of Jaime Cardinal Sin.

 

After that they would usually see each other, especially at Edsa Shrine where they both served as lectors during Mass, and as members of a children’s prayer group.

 

While Armand’s attraction for Gail grew, she regarded him as mere acquaintance, a friend at best.

 

When Armand moved to New York, he thought that was the end of this childhood fancy.

 

But when Gail decided to study Journalism at New York University, a relationship was reborn. Life in the Big Apple captivated Gail, and so did the company of Armand.

 

After her studies, Gail came home but distance was no hindrance for Armand.

 

Gail and Armand Castro in Lakeshore, Pampanga
Gail and Armand Castro in Lakeshore, Pampanga. Photos by Daniel Talavera

 

After two years, Armand made the big decision to return to Manila in serious pursuit of Gail. Soon the couple got engaged.

 

On Nov. 30, 2016 at The Shrine of St. Therese, with former Edsa Shrine rector and now Archbishop Socrates Villegas presiding, childhood friends Armand and Gail became man and wife.

The blushing bride
The blushing bride
Armand with his mom, Gigi, and sisters, Zoe, Justine and Noelle
Armand with his mom, Gigi, and sisters, Zoe, Justine and Noelle
The bride with  parents Bill and Liz, siblings Patrick, Charlotte, Diane, Bajjie, Billie and Chips, and nieces and nephew Chloe, Anica, Lexi and Aiden
The bride with parents Bill and Liz, siblings Patrick, Charlotte, Diane, Bajjie, Billie and Chips, and nieces and nephew Chloe, Anica, Lexi and Aiden
The newlyweds  with principal sponsors: Gloria Beltran,  Suzette Ayson,  Cora Llorca,  Thaemar Achacoso, Rosabel Teston Balan, Marian Pastor Roces,   Rico Mortel, Antonio Molina, Nestor Mangio, Alberto Villarosa, Ken Moadel, Danilo Beltran
The newlyweds with principal sponsors: Gloria Beltran, Suzette Ayson, Cora Llorca, Thaemar Achacoso, Rosabel Teston Balan, Marian Pastor Roces, Rico Mortel, Antonio Molina, Nestor Mangio, Alberto Villarosa, Ken Moadel, Danilo Beltran