One of the requirement for the application of the Marriage License is to obtain a Certificate of Attendance from a Pre-Marriage Seminar. This will be conducted by authorized counselor/s accredited by the Commission on Population and City Government of where your PH counterpart lives in.
Like others, I did try to wiggle out of this. I rationalize that the seminar will not be in English dialect ( in other words: my foreign partner will not understand much of the seminar anyway). I was more than willing to pay than spend my time at the seminar. I did got some offer and it was outrageous! It was only later that I realize that the seminar was not so bad after all, and was relief to know I save tons of money on it. You see, I only paid 100php which is good for you and your partner already.
The said seminar only took half a day and the topics discussed range from responsible parenthood to psychological readiness in facing problems as a couple. If you ask me, save your money and go attend that seminar with your partner. Anyway, you can cuddle all you want in there and no one will mind you. *wink*