Points to ponder in preparing your dream house

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(artwork by Rodolfo Ragodon / article from moneysense.com.ph) Preparation for future homeowners is almost like planning for a wedding. It can be time-consuming and demanding, but not unmanageable. A great deal of time should be spent on planning and research. 1. Decide on your priorities Especially for first time homeowners, ask yourself: How important is the house I’m planning to build? Is this really my dream house? Or am I planning to build something bigger and better? Arch. Antonio V. Turalba, Jr., president of real estate office, Active Group, Inc., notes, “There are usually two types of home owners: the one who will settle for a small but ‘complete’ house or the one who would opt to have a big house and work piece by piece on the details. This is a common practice among medium class subdivisions inside and along the outskirts of Metro Manila.”

Say Cheese (Cake)!

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First thing’s first: If you don’t know yet, yesterday’s blog entry was an April Fool’s joke. It was pure fiction and was done out of fun. 😀 With that out of the way, here’s today’s topic: CAKES! We’re both a sweet-tooth and we don’t need to celebrate a birthday in the family to have an excuse in buying a whole Hizon’s birthday cake. 🙂 For wedding cakes, we get to taste something so ‘memorable’ once every so often that we end up ordering it for our own private consumption. That was the effect of Alex Franco’s cake had on us the first time we tasted it several years ago. Our current favorite is Joy San Gabriel‘s cheesecakes decked with those little fresh fruits on top. One of us doesn’t even eat cheesecakes but had a change of heart after tasting this. Even the mini-cake tower that Joy sponsored in last year’s W@W Christmas party — with 200 individual cakes — was wiped-out in a flash! It wasn’t solely our fault. Those little fruits are just too damn colorful to be ignore even to those who haven’t tasted the cake. We admit we secured a couple (okay, maybe more than a …

His “Royal” Wedding

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No, it wasn’t a prince who got married. If you’re a child of the 80s, you’d remember Joey — the character in a series of Royal Tru-Orange TV ads — played by RJ Ledesama, the brand’s most popular poster boy. We’ll, the boy’s all grown-up now and married lawyer and former Penshoppe model Vanessa Pastor early this month. For a glimpse of their wedding, here’s Jason Magbanua’s onsite video clip. For a blast form the past, watch one of Joey’s Royal commercial. “Aling Flor, mantika ho!” 😀

Hawaii Four-O!

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One Memorable Poolside Luau for a Ruby Wedding Celebration by: John & Benz Rana article originally appeared in print: 06.04.05 We just came back from the best wedding party we’ve ever been to! The event was the Renewal of Vows and Thanksgiving Party of our parents, Fulgencio Rana, Sr. & Perla Capiral-Rana, to celebrate their 40th (ruby) wedding anniversary. We had the perfect weather, the perfect set of wedding suppliers who seamlessly set the mood, guests who came in their Hawaiian outfits ready to party, and most of all, a very happy couple finally getting the kind of wedding they never had. Papa & Mommy (that’s not a typo, that’s really how we call them!) never had an en grande wedding when they got married 40 years ago. Yet they managed to pay (in full or in part) for the weddings of their five children. So since their 25th anniversary and every five years hence, the family would toy with the idea of having a renewal of vows. On New Year’s Day of 2005, the plans became more concrete, and the ideas and talks became more serious. Aha, this is it! This is the year. finally! Our Dream Team Being …

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The Unity Coins

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In a wedding, an arrhae (wedding coins or arras as it’s known here in the Philippines) traditionally symbolizes the groom’s ability of to support his bride and confirms his position as the breadwinner of their future family. The thirteen (13) arras coins represents wealth and prosperity for each month of the year with an extra to spare assuring luck for the newlyweds and their future family the whole year through and beyond. The ritual of the arras, where the groom would pass the coins to his bride, has always been an integral part of every Catholic Filipino wedding. This symbolic rite was influenced by the Spaniards centuries ago as they brought Christianity here in the Philippines. Similar arras rituals are still practiced today in Spain and Mexico. For us Filipinos, the arrhae gave way to the addition of another little boy in the wedding party — the Coin Bearer! Just like the Ring Bearer, this role is usually reserved for a favorite nephew or a good friend’s son. But while the traditional arrhae have come to only symbolize material wealth with the man pledging support for his wife, today’s couples face married life together in a more mutually-supportive way than …

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Cardinal Rosales to NSO: Priests know best in sanctifying marriage

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(via GMANews.tv) Manila Archbishop Gaudencio Cardinal Rosales on Sunday said he was dismayed by recent move of the National Statistics Office (NSO) to require all solemnizing officers to undergo training before conducting any wedding ceremonies. “We understand the concern of NSO because we also know of abuses done by the so called ministers of the Gospel (not priests), but they should not be like that to us, as if we know nothing,” Rosales said. According to Rosales, the Catholic Church had been performing marriage for more than 2,000 years now and it is really disheartening on their part. “The truth of the matter is we have been solemnizing weddings for 2,000 years already and now they are going to teach us how? Now we are going to see who is really more capable,” Rosales said in an interview. Rosales, who is also the head of the Commission on Clergy of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) noted that while he understands the decision of the government, it should however not be made to appear as if they know nothing as priests. [READ MORE…]

Attention: Wedding Guests!

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If you got a wedding to attend to this month or next, then this one’s for you. This is actually a previous article we’ve written for our PrepTalk column two years ago but remains relevant every year. We tackled some questions on every wedding guest’s mind then tried to answer them. Soon-to-weds: feel free to send the link to your guests or cut & paste the article to post in your respective blogs or email to your guests. This may also serve as a sneaky way to tell your guests what you REALLY like as a wedding gift without actually telling it yourself. 😉 Read the article here.

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Wedding Trick: Why wedding ring is assigned to the fourth finger?

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This trick has circulated via forwarded emails and it’s amazing what it reveals. First, let’s find out what each finger stands for. Your thumb represents your parents. The pointer/index finger represents your siblings. The middle finger represents yourself. The ring finger represents your life partner; and your pinkie represents your children. Now to answer the above question, head on to Fol’s blog as he revealed why the wedding ring is assigned to the fourth finger.

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Homer & Marge Simpson weds!

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Aside from the subject and the accompanying image for this entry, I must admit that nothing else in this post is wedding-related. This is actually just a random thought about The Simpsons Movie as one of us is a BIG fan of the show. Though there was a part in the movie when Homer was watching their wedding video, this is not the point of this post.The film is entertaining not in the big Hollywood blockbuster kinda way, but the creators clearly had fun making the movie with the intention to sometimes mess up with the audience. Don’t expect much, it’s the TV show on the big screen. If this weekend you’re already in Megamall visiting the Wedding Congress, why not hit the cinemas afterward to watch. It’s fun! More of my random thoughts about the movie here.

The Sand Ceremony

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For soon-to-weds planning a beach wedding, you may want to consider the Sand Ceremony. This is one novel alternative to the unity candle ceremony incorporated into many western weddings.The essence of this ritual is to symbolize the union of two into one. The ceremony is not only meaningful and interesting but also more appropriate for an outdoor setting.     Christian weddings also incorporate the Sand Ceremony in other venues other than the beach. If you’re tying the knot in a Catholic church, you may want to ask your officiating priest if he would allow it. There is wide assortment of colored sands available in craft stores. You may also find colored “sands” (actually fine salt with coloring) in Divisoria at P50-P60/kilo. The only downside to this alternative is when the moisture gets into the vase especially when you intend to make the symbolic sand mixture as a keepsake after the wedding. If you’re interested in doing this for your wedding, learn how to go about it.

The Sand Ceremony

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For soon-to-weds planning a beach wedding, you may want to consider the Sand Ceremony. This is one novel alternative to the unity candle ceremony incorporated into many western weddings.The essence of this ritual is to symbolize the union of two into one. The ceremony is not only meaningful and interesting but also more appropriate for an outdoor setting. If you’re interested in doing this for your wedding, learn how to go about it. Christian weddings also incorporate the Sand Ceremony in other venues other than the beach. If you’re tying the knot in a Catholic church, you may want to ask your officiating priest if he would allow it. There is wide assortment of colored sands available in craft stores. You may also find colored “sands” (actually fine salt with coloring) in Divisoria at P50-P60/kilo. The only downside to this alternative is when the moisture gets into the vase especially when you intend to make the symbolic sand mixture as a keepsake after the wedding.

The “Mini-Me” of Caketops!

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W@W has just been awarded the rights to distribute these personalized caketoppers here in the Philippines. Just imagine a caketop caricature of the bride and groom — a definite conversation piece at the reception, and perfect keepsake to remember your special day. Learn more about My Caketop Look-Alike!

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Two-tone Unity Coins finally here!

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The new stocks of Unity Coins have arrived! The coins are still available in gold or silver finish. There are also the much awaited two-tone sets available in matte or glossy finish. The coins will initially be available at the W@W Booth in Power Weddings bridal fair at the Rockwell Tent this weekend (Jun 25-26). V Visit our Unity Coins page for prices and other details.

In search for a perfect Wedding Venue?

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We want to share with you a very practical resource that just might help you look for that perfect ceremony or reception venue. Personally reviewed by a wedding photographer, each venue featured includes a outlined backgrounder of the its location, ambiance, loft availability, seating capacity/parking, photo/video friendliness, and of course, several shots of the site. See the review on Ceremony Venues or visit the review page for Reception Venues.

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The Unity Coins are back!

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The new batch of Unity Coins has just arrived. Each set (13 silver or gold finish coins) comes in a leatherette keepsake box and still costs P1,500/set. The coins may be ordered directly thru us or purchased in various retail outlets. Please contact 0917.8111026 for details. Visit our Unity Coins page to know more about the product.