The Clean Cut: Man dies hours after marrying, wedding video captures 'heartbreaking fairytale'

By Emily Eyring, Deseret News

Published: Fri, June 27, 2014, 1:40 p.m. MDT

A Wedding That Will Move You: Rowden & Leizel

Rose petals, pearls and satin are among the traditional trappings of matrimony, so it's no surprise that they make an appearance in a wedding video that's attracting attention on social media. However, it's the groom's nasal cannula, IV catheter and hospital gown that have touched viewers of Rowden and Leizl Pangcoga's wedding footage.

Rowden and Leizl had planned to tie the knot on July 8, according to the video's description. But in the midst of planning their perfect day, the couple learned Rowden had stage IV liver cancer. Cramming preparations that can take months into just 12 hours, the couple held a ceremony on June 11, just 10 hours before Rowden died.

The wedding footage, uploaded by Rowden's brother Hasset, was posted to YouTube June 18. More than 6 million people have viewed what Hasset describes as "a heartbreaking fairytale."

"Our family would like to thank the Main Man up above, Jesus Christ, for orchestrating this very inspiring story. And for giving us enough time to give Rowden what he wanted and show him how loved he was," Hasset wrote in the video's description.

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1. sid 6.7
Holladay, UT,
June 27, 2014

Unbelievably tragic and beautiful at the same time.

Godspeed Rowden and may you Rest In Peace.

2. Furry1993
Ogden, UT,
June 28, 2014

This should answer the question of whether marriage is about love or procreation. Clearly, love rules, and is paramount.

3. Go2
Utah, UT,
June 29, 2014

So beautiful and full of love. God bless this dear bride and the family and friends of both the bride and groom. A tragic ending. I hope someday this couple will have an Eternal sealing as surely they belong together forever.

4. gittalopctbi
Glendale, AZ,
July 2, 2014

@Furry1993 No, this only answers the question of whether or not how much these two loved each other.

As far as marriage being about love or procreation, it is not an "or" question. It is about both.