It was fate that brought them together and led the path to the altar… Back in December 2007, IT executive Christian Bacani bought a Toyota Vios and was given the plate number ZMK-514. During the same month, Tway Ocampo also bought a car, a Honda Civic, and was given ZMK-513.
At the time, Bacani and Ocampo worked for the same company after being hired as project managers within the same month. Despite meeting each other at work, they did not know about their cars’ consecutive plate numbers until one fateful night when they were hanging out with another colleague and noticed the serial plates at the parking lot.
Both do not believe about fate and serendipity yet had to later admit that, somehow, having consecutive plates and falling in love were part of their destiny. When asked by Top Gear Philippines whether having serial plates had a hand in their wanting to start a relationship, Bacani denied it was the case.
Not really. In fact, it was quite ironic since we both did not believe in serendipity. But thinking about it now, it seems God was trying to remind us to believe in fate.
Still, the cars surely had a hand in bringing them together, whether they see it or not.
The couple had gotten married in October last year. Though neither of their vehicles was used as the bridal car, replicas of their respective plates were used as part of the décor on their table at the wedding reception.
And just in case you were wondering whether they still have the cars in their possession, Top Gear Philippines reveals that the couple still owns both vehicles. Perhaps, even if these will be too old to drive in the streets, they might still keep the vehicles for their huge sentimental value…
Vehicle Plates in the Philippines
The Land Transportation Office (LTO) is the government agency in charge of the issuance and regulation of vehicle plate numbers for all kinds of motorcycles, automobiles, and various special vehicles used on land.
Just in case you were wondering why vehicle plates have different colors, the color coding is not just for aesthetic purposes but actually classifies vehicles. Regular black and white plates are for private vehicles, yellow (with black letters) plates are for public transportation, and red plates are for government vehicles.
Special purple plates are issued for diplomatic vehicles and other exempted vehicles while yellow plates with white letters are used for electric vehicles.