A marriage proposal worthy of a headline!

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(via Phil. STAR) For many a Romeo out there, finally popping the big question to his one true love is accompanied by many tense and nerve-wracking moments. Often, the challenge is how to propose in style, in a way that will sweep his ladylove off her feet and make her fall in love with him all over again. This is what Dominic “Nic” Francisco, 27, had in mind when he planned his big proposal to girlfriend Jacquelyn “Jack” Reyes. This time, he didn’t plan a lavish dinner, or a walkway lined with red rose petals; he actually had it “published” on his girlfriend’s favorite newspaper, which happens to be The Philippine STAR. It was like something straight out of a movie, a unique request that even The Philippine STAR couldn’t say no to. Nic, who works as a software developer for Smart Communications, initially thought of doing the proposal in a more traditional fashion. But he thought of a better idea that would surely catch Jack’s attention. “Jack really loves reading, especially The STAR. She spends half the day during weekends reading all the sections of the paper,” he said. He sent an e-mail to The STAR inquiring about a …

Couples to wed underwater in Hundred Islands Park

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  (photo source: hundredislands.ph) (via Phil. STAR) Two couples who long dreamed of having an island wedding will finally fulfill their wish when they renew their marriage vows in an underwater wedding today at the  Hundred Islands National Park.Alaminos City Mayor Hernani Braganza, who will officiate the wedding, told The STAR that the wedding will be held inside a cave at the Cuenco Island, about 15 minutes away by boat from Lucap Wharf, the jump-off point to the Hundred Islands. The couples were Jayson and Myra Llavore and Ricky and Geraldine Joachon, both from Manila. They decided to renew their marriage vows “before God’s majestic natural beauty through the clear waters of the Hundred Islands,” according to the wedding organizer, Winston Santiago. These couples, however, were not dressed in the usual wedding attire but in their scuba diving gear. Braganza, himself a scuba diver, said this will be the second time he officiated an underwater civil wedding. Last Valentine’s Day, a couple from Manila also came here for their underground wedding held in another venue at the Hundred Islands, Old Scout Island. Braganza said during the rites, there was a waterproof small board where their vows were inscribed and a …

Philippine bridal trends for 2011 revealed

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(via ABS-CBNnews.com) There are bridal trends that will never go away, such as the classic white gown and the big balloon skirt.Still, we should always be open to new wedding ideas and concepts so “brides don’t look the same,” said Georgia Schulze, contributing writer for Metro Weddings magazine. “I hope that changes and brides can be a little more unique,” she said in an interview at [email protected] on Friday. Schulze said this year is a good time for brides to try adding a splash of color to their wedding gowns. She said nudes and grays, instead of the usual white, are expected to be a hit this 2011. Accents, such as a black sash, will be in as well, she added. Wedding planner Rita Neri agreed with Schulze, saying that Filipino brides are highly unlikely to wear gowns in bold colors such as red and black. An exception may be singer Regine Velasquez, who matched a bright red dress with high-heeled leather boots as she tied the knot with Ogie Alcasid last year. “More of accent colors, not really the whole thing. It’s more like dusting of a color,” said Neri, who runs her own events planning company. Here are …

Bishops’ marriage website gaining popularity

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(via catholicsentinel.org) The popularity of the U.S. bishops’ website for strengthening and supporting marriage, foryourmarriage.org, continued to grow in 2010. According to a report from Google Analytics, the website received nearly half a million visits, a 23-percent increase over 2009. The website offers practical information and resources for married and engaged couples and people in serious dating relationships. In addition to articles on all stages of married life, the website features a daily marriage tip, blogs, quizzes, book reviews, and marriage in the news. The report found that articles on preparing for a Catholic wedding are especially popular. For Your Marriage has extensive resources for engaged couples, including the texts of suggested wedding readings and commentaries. It also offers information about music, ceremony options, interfaith marriages, and “Ten Tips” for planning a memorable wedding. According to the report, visitors came from 213 countries or territories. Significant numbers came from the United Kingdom, Australia, the Philippines and India. Visitors from Ireland increased 500 percent over 2009. The For Your Marriage website was launched in 2007 as part of the Bishops’ National Pastoral Initiative for Marriage. Strengthening marriage and family life is one of the USCCB’s five priorities.

Vice President Binay bans weddings at Coconut Palace

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  (the Palace features a huge chandelier made up of 101 coconut shells | photo by MangoRed) (via Inquirer.net) Engaged couples who plan to hold their wedding reception at the bayside Coconut Palace, will have to go elsewhere. According to a senior staff member of the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS), which owns the 33-year-old facility, no more private parties will be allowed at the edifice “as per instructions of the Office of the Vice President (OVP).” The OVP, which is renting a portion of the seventh floor of the Philippine National Bank Financial Center in Pasay City, will transfer shortly to the Coconut Palace, located at the Cultural Center of the Philippines complex, behind the Folk Arts Theater. “No dates yet, but the first quarter of the year is our target,” disclosed Joey Salgado, spokesperson and media officer of Vice President Jejomar Binay. VP’s residence The Coconut Palace will be the Vice President’s permanent office and official residence. “Aside from security reasons, it is hard to imagine working there with caterers and wedding or birthday guests, among others, running around,” Salgado told the Inquirer. Asked about the repairs reportedly being made at the facility, Salgado said, “The floor plan …

iDo. iPad. iPadre.

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Here are some amusing photographs shared with us by Jayson & Jo Anne Arquiza.  The subject is Fr. Allen de Guzman — a priest in Caleruega who uses his iPad during the mass.  We were told that  he is one techie priest.  He uses his iPad as a visual aid for his homily and as a digital misalette to aid couples with their marriage vows. The pictures below were taken on two separate occasions this year: the January 4 wedding of Jimmy + Christine Pajarillo; and January 15 wedding of Paul & Ria Hernandez. Enjoy these photos:             Incidentally, there is already an iPad app called iBreviary which contains complete missal — containing all the spoken and sung parts during Mass throughout the liturgical year.  The application has been developed by Rev. Paolo Padrini, a consultant with the Vatican’s Pontifical Council for Social Communications. Although the app is not an official initiative of the Holy See, Vatican officials have previously praised the iBreviary as a novel way of evangelizing.

The Philippines – an emerging wedding destination for a new generation of Indians

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(photo by Jamie Lihan for Imagine Nation Photography) An article appearing recently in Express TravelWorld says there is a growing market in Destination Weddings among Indian nationals.  It notes that Thailand attracts one of the highest number of Indian weddings annually.  And the Philippines, having hosted two Indian wedding in Cebu last year, also has potential for growth especially as Philippine Airlines launches direct flights between Manila and Delhi by March 2011. Below is an excerpt from the article ‘I do’ on distant shores by Sudipta Dev: Indian weddings get bigger and fatter, destination weddings have become an aspiration for the new generation of millionaires in the country. Though an emerging segment, the high returns is leading international tourism boards, airlines and hotels to concentrate on targeting this niche market. For an industry that is estimated to be worth `1,90,000 crore and growing at an aggressive rate of 25 per cent per annum, Indian weddings is a behemoth market segment that has been spurred by the spending powers of high net worth individuals who are growing in numbers by the day.  As Indian weddings get fatter and bigger, the aspirational values also reach a highpoint – in the last five …

Daniel Matsunaga almost proposed to Heart Evangelista at his sister’s wedding

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That’s how the banner news from PEP.ph read.  Daniel Matsunaga is a Brazilian-Japanese model-actor who co-starred with Heart in the primetime soap, “Langit sa Piling Mo” in GMA7. Heart & Daniel at Bellarocca (‘paparazzi’ shot courtesy of MangoRed) Here’s an excerpt of the said PEP article with Daniel talking about his thoughts and feelings during the wedding of his sister Vanessa (also a model like him) to Jun Sunga held at the Bellarocca Island Resort in Marinduque. HIS SISTER’S WEDDING I never cry at weddings and it was the first time that I felt like crying! It’s true because the whole place was perfect and it was just a simple wedding but very elegant. It’s like something from a movie. When it was my turn to read something during the wedding, I couldn’t help but cry. But I was wearing my sunglasses, so nobody was aware that I had tears in my eyes.  What made me so emotional is that you could feel the emotions of everybody. Even Heart was crying when I looked at her. It was so beautiful that I wanted a wedding like that too. NOT YET THE TIME It was like the perfect moment to ask …

The Reception Issue

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  (PRESS RELEASE) Send out those invitations, put on your dancing shoes, and pop the champagne because if there’s anything worth celebrating, your wedding day would make it to the top of the list.   Whether you’re planning an intimate gathering or the bash of the year, the September issue of Martha Stewart Weddings magazine Philippines has all you need to make your wedding a truly special one. It’s the smallest details that make a big impression on your guests, and the thought you put into them that makes your wedding uniquely yours. The Reception Issue of Martha Stewart Weddings this month offers expert advice on choosing and decorating your venue, top tips for choosing the right photographer, and a host of gorgeous gowns that will swish and swirl as you and your husband take that first spin on the dance floor. This month’s issue also features over 15 real weddings that you can take inspiration from and over 165 creative ideas on how to celebrate your wedding in style. Every issue of Martha Stewart Weddings also contains an eight-page wedding workbook to help you plan and organize the many important details that will make up your wedding, as well as …

an enGAYgement session

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Although same sex marriage is not legal and binding here in the Philippines, it is allowed and recognized in some parts of the world, like in the case of California, USA. Filipino wedding photographer Newin Uy recently had an engagement session in the States (prenup pictorial as it is popularly known here) with a gay Asian American couple. When asked by a fellow photographer how it felt taking on such a project, Nel said it felt exactly like shooting a heterosexual couple.  He added, “as long as they are in love, parang you wont think of a difference naman.”  He couldn’t have put it any simpler. See the rest of the images from the pictorial (well, maybe not for the ultra moralists and homophobes).

P-Noy prefers legal separation to divorce

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(via PhilStar.com) In his first categorical statement regarding marital relationships, President Aquino – a 50-year-old bachelor – declared yesterday that he favors legal separation over divorce, which he said is a “no-no.” “My own personal position at this point is that a study will have to be made. Divorce is a no-no, but in legal separation, that will be very, very stringent… the couple must pass through the eye of a needle,” he told Palace reporters in a chance interview. Speaking to reporters at the sidelines of a motor show in Pasay City, P-Noy reiterated that the legal separation process should make sure that differences are indeed irreconcilable. “We really have to ascertain that they really have irreconcilable differences,” he said. “But at the end of the day, they are allowed to re-marry. We have legal separation today (but they) can’t marry. Kawawa naman yung mga nagkamali (Pity those who made a mistake),” he added. “Definitely I cannot support something like what they are doing in Las Vegas, where you get married in the morning and you’ll get divorced in the afternoon,” he said. “But I do recognize that there are unions that were wrong that no matter what interventions …

Bishops see record decline in Catholic Church weddings

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(via Inquirer.net) While the debate on the divorce bill rages in Congress, Catholic marriages in the country are on track for a record drop this year and the next, a Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) official said Saturday. Fr. Melvin Castro, executive secretary of the CBCP Episcopal Commission on Family and Life, said that based on the Catholic Directory, the number of church marriages is set to drop from 177,940 in 2008-2009 to just 166,0000 this year and in 2011. Castro said this was because Filipinos were marrying at a later age and couples were opting for civil marriages first before going for a “grand” church wedding. “(The) trend is Filipinos are getting married at an older age unlike before when Filipinos would tie the knot when they’re still young,” said Castro in an interview over the Church’s Radio Veritas. “Because those getting married are getting older, the number of people tying the knot in church is going down.” He said that in the diocese of Tarlac, the number of those opting for civil marriages was “on the rise because it is free when you have it before the mayor.”  They later get married in church. “It’s not …

Metro Weddings and Wedding Essentials {WE} to unveil new issues

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Tomorrow, July 13, 2010, two wedding magazine titles will formally launch, in separate events, their respective latest issue simultaneously.  Here are the details: • Metro Weddings Metro Weddings Magazine celebrates 10 blissful years with an exhibit, aptly entitled: 10th! View a beautiful collaboration of some of our loyal photographers, designers, stylists, makeup artists, hair stylists, and lovely cover brides in their own version of different wedding themes at the South Court, Power Plant Mall in Rockwell. The event will also mark the launch of their latest 10th anniversary special issue featuring beautiful bride-to-be, Celine Lopez!   • Wedding Essentials {WE} Wedding Essentials magazine July- December 2010 issue: (Valerie Weigmann on cover. Photographed by Doc Marlon Pecjo at the beautiful Shangri-La Boracay. Styling by Rey Santos. Hair and Make-up by Victor Ortega. Gown by Lui & Jon) Both titles are available in stands now. 🙂

Cebu cited ‘Best Honeymoon Destination’ at the World Trade Fair 2010 in Shanghai, China!

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(via Manila Bulletin) Cebu’s bid to become the “Wedding Capital of Asia” got a big boost after the Chinese tourism agency described it as the “Best Honeymoon Destination” at the World Trade Fair 2010 in Shanghai, China. “Being recognized as the best honeymoon destination says a lot about the beauty of Cebu, especially the beaches, resorts, and hotels,” said Department of Tourism (DoT) Senior Adviser Phineas Alburo in an interview Saturday. Alburo raised optimism that the award will result in more honeymooners going to Cebu, especially foreign tourists who are on the lookout for an affordable wedding and honeymoon destination on a tropical island. “Cebu has emerged from just being a beach destination. Being proclaimed as a honeymoon destination is a big step to luring more foreigners here. When these couples chose to wed here, they would surely bring their families,” said Mila Espina, who chairs the tourism advocacies of the Cebu Chamber of Commerce and Industry. In a statement to Manila Bulletin, the DoT said that Cebu was named as the “Best Honeymoon Destination” at the World Trade Fair 2010 in Shanghai, China, this week, which gathered about 500 trade buyers from tourism association, outbound travel agencies, and tour …

Cosmo Bride (the flip-cover edition)

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[PRESS RELEASE] No doubt, getting married (and holding the perfect wedding!) is on most women’s minds. And, if you and your boyfriend are about to take this big, life-changing step, then we’re positive you’re confronted with these concerns: figuring out the perfect bridal dress, the theme or motif you wish to use, and your desired look on your big day. You also find yourself wondering if you and your hubby-to-be can still keep the kilig—long after your honeymoon. Dear bride-to-be, it’s time to keep those worries at bay as Cosmopolitan Philippines brings you Cosmopolitan Bride for its June issue. Cosmopolitan Bride tackles the most pressing bride-to-be (or bride-hopefuls’) concerns, and comes in a special flip-cover release together with Cosmopolitan Philippines’ June 2010 issue. Here’s what to expect from Cosmopolitan Bride: Find out why age oftentimes plays a vital role in making your marriage last. Take three short quizzes to know if both you and your guy are on the same path to “I do.” Heed well-meaning advice from real-life couples, who know what it takes to keep the kilig long-lasting, and the love grow deeper through the years. Get tips on copping that bridal glow—whether you’re the blushing bride, the …

Romantic Philippines: highlighting the country’s pristine beaches as premier wedding destinations!

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(via philstar.com) MANILA, Philippines – Asia’s popular celebrity singer, Fish Leong, and businessman Tony Chao recently tied the knot in Boracay Island in Malay, Aklan. A result of the aggressive and extensive promotional efforts by the Department of Tourism (DOT), highlighting country’s pristine beaches as premier wedding destinations, DOT’s Romantic Philippines campaign has lured couples to put the country in their wedding wish lists. Tourism Secretary Ace Durano says, “We continue to highlight the country’s position as a desired location for weddings, and this helps boost our specialized segments, also benefiting local businesses, generating income from a constantly flourishing market.” He adds, “People will not hesitate to invest their resources in the one of the most important events of their lives, also expecting nothing less but the most romantic, most memorable, top-notch location.  The Philippines offers that and more.” Some 50 Taiwanese tourists including the family and relatives of Fish and Tony flew all the way from Canada and Taipei to Boracay to witness the wedding rites in Discovery Shores. The event was also attended by some Taiwanese media from leading newspapers in Taiwan including the Singapore-based Vogue Magazine. Fish Leong, also known as Leong Chui Pen, is a sought-after …