The final piece was now in place with just 3 days to go!
On the bus en route to Ormoc, we encountered some relatives of my future father-in-law and took them to lunch at the place we had gone the day before
. Marycel had some extra invites and invited them all. Next, we went to the open market in Ormoc to invite some friends that Marycel had known when she worked there -- only one was left there, however. We then picked up a barong, slacks and shoes for Marycel's father, who had no such clothes. Her mom met our van as we passed through Kananga and we handed off the packages to her as we returned to Tacloban.
When we arrived, we went straight to the mall. As soon as we got to the supermarket, they announced they were closing early for the holiday, so we rushed around gathering some food without much thought for a multi-day menu. There would be some improvisation, beginning with dinner that night.
We arrived in Kananga late Wednesday morning and proceeded directly to meet with the judge, who indeed was in that day. He seemed already informed on our intentions and proceeded to explain that he could only conduct official business during normal business hours and only in his jurisdiction. Therefore, the legal ceremony would take place Friday in Kananga and he would perform a ceremony for the benefit of everyone attending the event at Sabin. When asked what he wanted for his generous offer, he stated simply just gas money would be nice, but not necessary (I gave him a P2000 tip at the wedding, however).