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Wedding Suppliers


This Saturday, March 15, two of Mike’s good friends got married. We rushed from one wedding to another, and my 3-inch heels were killing me by the time we arrived at our last stop — Diamond Hotel for Sandro and Sheng Paredes’ wedding reception. We arrived a little early and for lack of a better thing to do, I busied myself by watching the people who are coming in the ballroom. There were three people who got my attention that night: President Joseph Estrada, Jim Paredes, and Jose Javier Reyes. If not for my husband, I would have approached Erap and asked for our picture to be taken together! Hihihi, forgive me.. I’m so baduy.

Now..the reason I came up with this post is because of a number of people asked us who our suppliers were when we had our church wedding last July 2007. Most of our friends are planning to get married in the next two years and as early as now, they are scouting for the “best” suppliers. If you’re one of those people, read on please. If it boils down to the best, I have only four suppliers of mine to name:

VIGNETTE PHOTOGRAPHY (www.vignettephotography.com) for photo and video coverage. We opted for their P65,000 package which is inclusive of a prenuptial shoot, a wedding guest book, a leather-bound wedding album (two camera set-up), two mini parent albums, wedding video in dvd (two video camera set-up), our wedding portrait, and all raw shots (photo and video) in high resolution. What I like best about Vignette is that its owner, Mr. Danny Ignacio, is very hands-on. In fact, he was my lead photographer on my wedding day. His whole crew was very professional and humorous too, which makes it easier for me and my entourage to do story-based shots. For a sample of their work, I’ll share with you the “compressed” version of my wedding AVP:

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JUAN CARLO THE CATERER (www.juancarlothecaterer.com) for catering services. You can ask our guests, they were truly wowed by the dishes prepared by Mr. Alex Del Rosario, the owner of this catering service. I have sky-high standards and it is very rare for me to be satisfied, but I guarantee you their professional and competent service. They handled all the details of our wedding reception and they did not miss any single detail. Everything was in the right place at the right time. No wonder they have Ms. Sharon Cuneta endorsing them left and right. We got their P650 per head package and per our guests’ reactions, it was all worth it.

WINGS & MOTION (http://wingsandmotion.multiply.com) for wedding coordination services. The lead person for this team is Ms. Margot Esplana, a VIP dancer in her younger days. Aside from coordinating my wedding on the day itself, Tita Margot and her team choreographed our first dance as husband and wife. Aside from this, they also choreographed our whole family’s (Villanueva side) dance production for Lolo Sixto and Lola Emma’s 50th wedding anniversary. Mind you, the Villanueva family is quite a big and feisty group, and I have to give it to Tita Margot’s team for making the young and the old look like dance divas…hehehe!

LAUREN (0918-5309364) for make-up and JOANNE (0919-7114392) for hairstyling. These two ladies work as a team and they are my personal favorites. They are both bubbly, classy, and professional. I have availed of their services in three different occasions, my wedding included, and they have never failed me. You see, I have problematic skin and stick-straight hair…and they make all this go away, I don’t know how. I like myself better when they’re done with me. Hihihi!

So there, they are my best four. My other suppliers are not so bad, but since I am a perfectionist, I’d rather advertise those who have met my personal standards. With these four suppliers, I can assure you that they arrive on time for meetings, take notes while you’re rambling your ideas, have no hidden charges, issue contracts, issue receipts, and deliver exactly what you have agreed upon with genuine smiles. What more can a bride ask for?

Good luck on your wedding!

The Path to Heaven


They say that the path to heaven is narrow; and now, it has gone narrower still.

Just recently, the Vatican has published in L’Osservatore Romano, its official newspaper, a list of new sins that we should be mindful of. These are:

  1. polluting
  2. genetic engineering
  3. being obscenely rich
  4. drug dealing
  5. abortion
  6. pedophilia
  7. causing social injustice

I remember that as a gradeschooler in STC, we were made to memorize and understand the Ten Comandments. In high school, Dante Alighieri’s “The Inferno” scared me out of my wits as it described in full detail how we will be dealt with in hell for committing the seven capital vices : lust, gluttony, avarice, sloth, anger, envy and pride. And now, I add seven more to my list. Sigh. Will I ever make it to heaven?

This new list makes me want to write an email to God. My email will be something like this:

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In Her Shoes


I have to say, Janina San Miguel had effortlessly taken the limelight off President Gloria Arroyo and Jun Lozada! While I’m happy for the breather, I do feel for this young girl. I must admit that I cringed more than once when I first watched her two-minute stint during the Q&A portion of Binibining Pilipinas. I was almost hoping that with some twist of faith, YouTube’s server will explode or evaporate into thin air so that the whole world will not get to watch a Filipina in such state of…never mind. But then, I noticed that Janina was wearing a skimpy two-piece bathing suit in front of 5,000 people more or less, plus probably around 50,000 others who are tuned in to the program. Then I remembered what a wreck I was on my first day as a grade school teacher — fully clothed and with an audience of 50 eight year olds. I just had to laugh at how myopic my situation was compared to hers…and yet, my hands shook as I wrote my name on the blackboard. I realized that she must have been in her personal hell in those two minutes, and I have simply tasted purgatory.

The jeers emanating from the audience were really audible as she began to grope for words and I thought she’d just drop the microphone and bolt! I swear, I would have done that…hihihi! But hey, she just laughed nervously, stayed on, and managed to phrase a rather too simple answer for Ms. Vivien Tan’s question. I hope you won’t mistake me for being too kind because my friends won’t believe you…but I just had to look beyond the quality of her grammar and the simplicity of her thought to see her unbreakable spirit. Probably, that’s what earned her the crown. Plus, the pretty face and the curves of course.

I am not exactly sure what the judges were thinking when they voted for her, but I am guessing that they have a pretty good reason for doing so. It is obvious that she’s not yet well-packaged for a beauty queen, but it doesn’t mean that she won’t get there. And to be sarcastic about it…we are looking for a beauty queen, not a brainy queen. Otherwise, why do you think were they made to wear swimsuits during the most crucial part of the contest, when they could have been in evening gowns?!

And so, let’s see her one more time…and maybe this time we’d be more kind.

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My two cents worth for Janina: You certainly have a lot of work to do and seven months is more than enough for you to brush up on your English. Make good use of the time that you have and I’m hoping that you’ll wow us. Sadly, I do not think that you have room for errors. Otherwise, expect to conquer YouTube again as its resident comedy queen. As the old saying goes, “we need to be cruel to be kind”.

Fun love


Soulmates are overrated; but I am married to mine (wink!). Nope, our life together is not straight out of a fairy tale book. Actually, it’s more like a comedy sitcom. The fireworks have long been gone, and the butterflies in my stomach have somehow died a natural death. But hey, I just adore the guy to the hilt. He sees life with much wisdom and optimism than I ever had. He’s like my rainbow-maker. Not that I’m having estrogen overload or anything for being this mushy…but I just want to write something for him because he was the one who gifted me with this blog. One afternoon, he just said that he has a gift that begins with the letter “d”, and like any other girl, i thought it was a pair of “diamond earrings”…only to find out that it was a “domain name”! See, soulmates are so overrated. But you know, my hubby Mike remains to be my one and only fun love.

Hey Mike, I know you think I have some uber romantic song in mind that I will probably dedicate to you on our 50th wedding anniversary; but I am hoping that 10 years with me has warned you that I’m not that kind of girl. Poor you. But, I do hum this song whenever I think of that day in 1997 when the lightning struck that Meralco pole along Katipunan, because I know that what we have is built to last.

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Mom & Tina’s: A great place to treat the family


For our family, March is a month of celebration. Both my moms (biological and mother-in-law) were born on this month, and in my humble observation…moms’ birthdays are the most celebrated. Why of course, they deserve the royal treatment after running after us when we were toddlers, teaching us in gradeschool, extending endless patience towards our rebellious phase in high school, believing in our dreams in college, and cheering us on as young professionals! I am super lucky to have moms whom I can talk to about anything under the sun, minus the judgmental stares. They are both cool women, although different in a lot of aspects. My biological mom, Mama Letty, is the epitome of OC-ness. I do not remember any day in school wherein I have no hanky, newly sharpened pencils, nor money in my wallet. She thinks about everything! I swear she can run a whole military base! I appreciate her being responsible, self-sacrificing, and disciplinarian. My mother-in-law, Mama Debbie, is the friendly mom. She’s like your barkada and knows the coolest stuff. She’s really great at badminton and can effortlessly whip up a gourmet meal in minutes. Whenever I want to cook, I ask her for recipes but the dishes don’t turn out like hers. And so, I leave the cooking to my husband who is the better cook, thinking to myself that good cooking must be genetic. Hehehe!

…continue reading Mom & Tina’s: A great place to treat the family