Rep. Esmael Mangudadatu, beauty queen Sharifa Akeel wedding today Aug. 25

Published August 25, 2021, 12:05 AM

by Robert Requintina

Rep. Esmael Mangudadatu and beauty queen Sharika Akeel at the Inaul Festival in 2019. (Facebook)

Rep. Esmael Mangudadatu (Second District, Maguindanao) and Miss Asia Pacific International 2018 Sharifa Akeel will tie the knot at the Ar Nor Hotel and Convention Center in Cotabato City on Aug. 25 at 10 a.m.

In the invitation, the couple said that there will be limited guests during the Walima celebration due to COVID-19.


“Though we love to have our friends and relatives on our Walima celebration, yet, for safety protocol, we are allowed to limited guests only,” the invitation read.

Guests are encouraged to wear a face mask and face shield, dress code is formal, and the motif is nude.

Walima, also known as the wedding banquet, is second of two traditional parts of an Islamic wedding.


It is held after the couple signed a wedding contract during the nikah, or marriage ceremony.

  • What to expect during Muslim wedding
Sharifa Akeel

There’ll be lots of food during the Walima such as fish, chicken, and desserts. Alcohol consumption is not allowed during the wedding feast, so there will be no toasts.

In a Muslim wedding, guests in formal outfits should cover their legs and arms.

The Muslim bride is also expected to change into an elaborate gown after the wedding ceremony, according to

Most marriages are not held in a mosque. Men and women are separate during the ceremony and reception.

  • Best wishes
Rep. Esmael Mangudadatu (Second District, Maguindanao)

Supporters and friends congratulated the couple in their respective social media accounts.

Some comments:

“AlhamduliLLAH and Mabrook to both you and wishing you all the best.”

“Congratulations and best wishes to the both of you.”


“Congratulation and Best Wishes to both of you. Enjoy your wedding day.”

“It is normal for Muslim to marry younger woman, so you have no right to criticized their is their tradition.”

“Congratulations, Rep. Esmael “Toto” Mangudadatu and his bride.”