Victor and Sharie. 03 May 2010. Summit Ridge Hotel Tagaytay

Victor and Sharie placed their bet for my hosting services at the famous w@w auction — a yearly activity conducted in support of w@w’s Christmas celebration.  Guess what? Sharie won!!! And I am always more than happy to serve as host for the winners of the w@w auction.

The couple came all the way from the Japan where they worked for quite sometime already. They met there, had their beautiful pre-nup photos taken there and flew all they way from Japan to be blessed at Calaruega as husband and wife.

One interesting bit: indeed, it’s a small world after all!  Sharie and I both know Bryan Macabales. Sharie’s from Pisay and so is Brymac. Brymac was  Sharie’s CAT instructor. Brymac is my sinta. (ba’t may kilig factor?!)


Totally Mesmerized (Chamber Choir/ Acoustic Group)

Sharie has a sweet voice – a nice singing voice and it was proven by her special rendition of “At the Beginning” at the end of the program.  🙂 (at the beginning at the end!? un-huh 🙂 LOL) Totally Mesmerized accompanied Sharie beautifully.

Daniel Lei Studio

It was my first time to work with Daniel Lei and I had this impression that he and his wife and team were suplados. Hindi naman pala… I think they were just focused on their tasks. Here is the result of  their focus and dedication to the project  — Sharie & Victor —  Smack into Love.

Summit Ridge Hotel Tagaytay

It was my first time to host an event at Summit Ridge Hotel.  Personnel were very courteous and helpful from the account manager to the waiters, maintenance people and security guards. An easy-to-find venue for those who want a hotel set-up for their Tagaytay wedding. Click here for more info about Summit Ridge Tagaytay.

Joel & Michelle. Marasigan-Abad. Jan 06 2010. The Midlands Veranda, Tagaytay Highlands

anu’ng masasabi ko? kay babait nitong mga taong ito. kay pogi ng anak! they’re so humble and so nice to work with. bait din ng ninong at ninang at ng kapatid nung nagpaturo ako ng konting German. matagal na sila sa Vienna, pero mas dama ko ang pagiging taga-probinsiya nila…magagalang, mapagkumbaba, may magagandang asal. kahit nasa malayong lupain sila sa Europa, nananatili silang Filipino sa tunay na diwa nito. saya ng araw na ito!!!

Wedding Onsite Video by Bob Nicolas
Church: Madre De Dios Chapel
Tagaytay Highlands
Nelwin Uy and Smartshot
Make Up:
Lani Isip
Badang Rueda

Pong & Mitch. Jan 04 2010. The Glass Garden

i started 2010 with a bang! this photo tells just a bit of of how fun fun fun and touching were the moments at Pong and Mitch’s wedding party at The Glass Garden in Pasig.

pong and mitch were yosimates way back in college and after more than a decade of being together, they finally said yes, made a solemn vow to be yosimates and husband and wife together, for as long as they both shall live.

smokin’ hot to me!!! 🙂

i really enjoyed hosting this event because of a very efficient and wonderful events management team — Touch of Magic Events TeaM. team lead is dionne.  she is one active member of the circles – then as a w@wie and now as a n@wie.  she even wrote this article:

Top 10 Signs that You are a W@W Addict
by Dionne Marga M. Morales, a W@Wie

10. You start reading an average of 50 emails a day… or at least try to.

9. You start referring to yourself as a W@Wie.

8. You take your wedding preparations seriously and try to devote 70% of your life to it.

7. You know like a back of your hand.

6. You start recommending the website and the W@W eGroup to your soon-to-be married friends.

5. You know what MIL, H2B, DIY, TMU, OTD means.
ed’s note: want to know their meanings too? highlight here —-> ed’s note: want to know their meanings too? highlight here —-> MIL (mother-in-law), H2B (husband-to-be), DIY (do-it-yourself), TMU (trial make-up), OTD (on-the-day; as in, on-the-day coordination)in-law), H2B (husband-to-be), DIY (do-it-yourself), TMU (trial make-up), OTD (on-the-day; as in, on-the-day coordination)

4. You unconsciously sign your e-mails to your non-W@Wie friends with your name, fiancé’s name, date of wedding, ceremony and reception venues.

3. Finishing your suppliers’ rating is a dream… other than the wedding, of course.

2. You are now maintaining a blog.

1. Benz is not just a car to you.

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About the Author: Dionne est une W@Wie et elle est fiançée pour être marié Joven en Juin 2006. Toujours les découvertes ménagent dans tout. Les amours pour rire mais sentent même si riant mieux avec quelqu’un. Vraiment pourrait être sinistre si la situation l’appelle. Extrêmement inflammable.

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other members of the TM Events are all professionals working at the Foreign Service Institute of the Department of Foreign Affairs.  i really look forward in hosting more events with TM. hope a lot of people will consider TM as event managers of their special day. as TM’s FB account says:

We are a TeaM! We are event coordinators (Dionne, Dulce, Dhang, Irish, Mau and Ricky) who are enthusiastic, reliable and highly organized… ready to make your dreams come true! 🙂

i can almost hear America’s  song in my head…” You can do magic!!! You can do anything that you desire!! Magic…”  “:-)

TM Events can really  do anything that you desire (given ample time to plan and the right budget!? ahihihi)  Please feel free to contact us!

here’s what mitch says about TM Events:
“from Michelle D. Cenina: I was one lucky bride to have Dulce and Dione’s team to organize my wedding and the dinner party! My guests and relatives were all very happy of the outcome, they kept on saying how well Dulce handled the program/activities, me and my hubby naman can attest that Dulce’s Coord team is the best! You can feel they enjoy what they do, tapos na ang evening party eh to the highest level pa din energy nila, that is because they do it from their hearts, and lastly stress free and wedding ko because of them! Getting them is one of the best decisions I’ve made! Thanks guys! (January 7 at 7:14pm )”

marlon and lenna, 19 september 2009, the manila peninsula

lenna, marlon et moi

true love —- sacrifice. going the extra mile — even thousands of  miles that is. leaving your job to be with the one you love. enduring the looooong distance. relying on skype.  being of service to your soon-to-be-mother-in-law ng sariling kusa. keeping the faith. being there when it counts the most. having the “gratitude attitude”.

at the Department, they usually say that it’s more challenging for lady Foreign Service Officers (FSOs) to have a partner in life in this kind of career.

uhmmm, some thoughts about a career in the Foreign Service …

may be ala-showbiz for the endless receptions and cocktails and for being a “display profession”  at that (i.e. must really be good  inside-out,  presentable — looks, speech, demeanor — worthy of representing the Filipino people and the Philippines at all times and cost!).

can also be  mala-007 for intel gathering in these endless social functions, meetings and international conferences.

maybe no one would contest that it  can also be described as ala-missionaries of charity, as people in the Foreign Service serve to promote the Philippine national interest and care for the Filipinos around the world through the various Philippine foreign posts.

so in this kind of job, or more of vocation as some would call it,                   it REALLY such a blessing to have someone with you out there in the mission fields, to have someone who will be kaagapay sa paglalakbay – in this very arduous yet a very fulfilling journey of  a life in the foreign service.

all the best to marlon and lenna — have a great journey ahead (“,)

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For  the photo: thank God for ex-FSO cadet Edna Barleta for being there and taking these shots! she looks gorgeous as ever, after leaving the DFA (is that the reason why she blooms!? kidding!) to take care of their family business. it’s always good to see familiar faces in receptions — they provide the “kind eye” which i usually need to feel comfortable with the crowd. (emcees need kind eyes too — yes we do! makes things easier and more enjoyable!).  it was a delight to see Amba JoDel too, though at first he wasn’t able to recognize me. “Sir, Dulce, FSI po!” that did it!

special thanks to sir raymond, sounds technician of The Manila Pen for the assistance. very kind and efficient.

Events by M & G coordinated the wedding. thanks to Junlyn and her team. more power 🙂

bait talaga ng mga technicians ng Pose N’ Print 🙂

posing 2!

pinoys love kodakan.

talaga namang hit ang photo booth kahit saan.

uso na. enjoy pa.

feeling red-carpet-themed souvenir hane!?



this one’s by pose n’ print at shieg and chelle’s at fernbrook alabang, 29 dec 08.

it’s just my second time to pose in front of such an amazing machine.=)

pose n’ print had a border of shieg and chelle on the left portion of the final printed photo.

to add to having a take-home photo as a souvenir, it’s great that one can see all the guests’ photos in a gallery, over and over again — free for downloading too!!!

the first time i experienced a photo booth was with bai capture at raymond and SG’s at bellevue, 23 dec 08.

but can’t seem to find their file in the gallery…hmm…

theirs had no border and that makes the pictures a bit bigger…

still, kodakan na walang patid, i believe, gives much joy to the guests!

ismayl lang!

aleli & jeff. 22 dec 08.sonya’s

first time with mr. jp at sonya’s.

finally met mr. jp montilla, el presidente de PAWP and the prime mover of  complete work inc . his very able and efficient colleague, mr. jairus, did a good run down of the the event sequence and reminded us suppliers our tasks and roles. their professionalism reflected way beyond the formal barong tagalog they were wearing — it was very much evident in the way they dealt with us suppliers and how they managed the program from start to finish.

it was my first time to host an event at sonya’s. travel to the not-so-secret homey and refreshing garden was not as troublesome at all even for commuters.   we  weren’t able to get a nasugbu or calatagan bus at rob dasma so we just rode one which had “tagaytay” on it.  we went down at mendez market and enjoyed merienda first – a P25.00 goto and P 10.00 cassava cake plus the right amount of info  needed to get to sonya’s!  the tindera said we just had to say “back estate” to the driver (P12.00/pax from mendez market) and we would be dropped off to the corner where the tric would line up for a P24.00-peso ride to sonya’s. so we rode and finally arrived at “BUCK estate”. =) super thanks to sonya’s for the white and large enough signage which read “Aleli and Jeff” just below the signage of the garden which was in brown (i think! …makes it quite difficult to notice).

i went around and tried to converse with the parents and principal sponsors to make sure i know where to turn my head to when  i read their names during the program proper.  it was EXTRA nice to meet mr. and mrs. oscar and malou extra who came all the way from lipa, batangas. their daughter sheryll is avery good friend of aleli since high school.

the reception program was as short and sweet as it was what the couple wanted.  it was a monday, a few days before CHRISTmas, and quite a number of miles for some who took time to be with aleli and jeff  from as far as bulacan.

the folguys (cute!) – as in the guys of mr. fol rana jr. had a surprise  moving pictures gift for the couple. how sweet!

after the event, i enjoyed  sonya’s turon as dessert! yumyum!

the cool sounds that night was mixed by J.S.Mina sounds. mr. joneal did a fine job especially the mixes he did for the games part! (email: 0906-3636-255/ 0920-460-3003/046-8900337)

bloopers!!!  whose favorite sister was the maid of honor? aleli and jeff were kind enough to forgive me for it.  =) i know, no excuses.  wrong assumption was in operation. i was so engrosed getting to know jeff’s family and taking note that he had only one sister, it striked me and assumed that the MOH was this only sister. it was after the hoola that i got reminded that the MOH was from aleli’s side – one of her TWO sisters. i was with all gusto when i introduced her as aleli’s FAVORITE sister! waaaaahhhh!!! having realized the commotion i created, i sincerely apologized to the three sisters and we all had a good laugh about it.  it’s done. it’s in the video.  lessons? read. memorize. internalize. if it doesn’t work still, pray that the couple and their families would be as kind and understanding as aleli and jeff and the de jesus-silva gang. =)

aleli and jeff were happy with their reception program, especially with their family and friends staying on ’til they said their thanks as we closed at around 8.00pm.

cool place. cool team. cool couple. cool event.



sweet jeff gave me a piece of their heavenly cake!!! love the chocolate part. have to get who made it.  thanks aleli and jeff for the chance to host your reception prog!

MC and Barri 03.30.2008

Church: Chapel on the hill
Reception: Chateau royale
Coordinator: Team Entourage

superb set-up too!

i only met mc and barri and it was the shortest meeting ever as i was about to host a wedding at bayview hotel. . . the wedding went great in the midst of a challenging hot summery mood…

watch this one by mayad studios:

rj and trina 05.10.2008

i was happy to hear trina’s voice on my mobile phone, so excited to ask me if ever i’ll need something more in case she wins the W@W auction… she said her wedding’s in Manila so i said i’ll have no problem with the transport… and i’m really glad she won the auction!

rj and trina had to move their wedding a bit early because of some fire display event near the mall where their reception venue – One Eslanade – is situated.

it was a treat to host this wedding for free – courtesy of W@W… they were so kind and participative in the games…

one of the many good things i enjoyed was the duet by Philippine soprano Ms. Rachelle Gerodias and one of Trina’s Uncle of the broadway song “all i ask of you” …bravo!!!

hail to w@w for being the way for us to all meet up.

onsite avp by smartshots: