Category Archive ‘Philippines‘

Ilocos: Travel Back in Time

Entering Ilocos is like going back to history. It’s like being transported back in time, in certain eras of the country’s past, where each structure, each street has its own story to tell.

(photo from pinoybackpackers)

Ilocos is a region located in the northwestern part of Luzon, composed of the provinces La Union, Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur and Pangasinan. It is one of the most notable regions in the Philippines, home to past presidents and national heroes, where many of the country’s significant events in history transpired. Thus in its heart and core remains relics and mementos of the past, enthralling us with symbols of the richness and diversity of the Filipino culture.

But what makes the split-provinces of Ilocos Sur and Ilocos Norte a favorite Philippine wedding destination?

(photo from hittnthetrail)

Ilocos Sur is known for the cobblestone streets and preserved ancestral houses in postcard-perfect Vigan City. The whole province is likewise filled with churches, monuments and heritage sites that are remnants of the Spanish occupation. Ilocos Norte, meanwhile, boasts of wide beach shorelines in Pagudpud and other towns, windmills in Bangui, Marcos Museum in Batac City, Cape Bojeador Lighthouse in Burgos, and big old churches all over the province, among others. In a nutshell, these two provinces offer us centuries long of the history of the Filipinos.

With all these attractions, soon-to-weds have come to love the charm and ambience of Ilocos.

Below are some of the invitations we’ve done for Filipino weddings that took place in the provinces of Ilocos Sur and Ilocos Norte.

This was crafted for the offspring of Ilocos Sur Gov. Luis Chavit Singson and Ilocos Sur Vice-Gov. DV Savellano. A mesmerizing scene in one of the streets of Vigan City was perfectly used as the cover photograph of this boxed wedding invitation for Ryan Singson and Patch Savellano.

Made also for an opulent wedding in Vigan City, this boxed wedding invitation exhibits Filipino ingenuity, with the use of Abel fabric to cover the ecru envelope box. The Abel fabric is the native woven fabric of Vigan City. Carlos and Janina both come from prominent political families in Ilocos Sur.

A wedding in Paoay, Ilocos Norte had this classic wedding invitation with sophisticated letterpressed borders and a striking yellow envelope lining. The wedding ceremony took place at St. Augustine Church in Paoay.

Some Ilocos churches famous for weddings include:

Ilocos Norte Churches

St. William Cathedral in Laoag City

(photo from Eric Subia)

Sta. Monica Church in Sarrat

(photo from Josh Cruz)

Paoay Church (St. Augustine Church) in Paoay

(photo from mynomadichabits)

Ilocos Sur Churches

St. Paul Metropolitan Cathedral in Vigan City

(photo from Nueva Segovia Chancery)

Shrine of Santo Cristo Milagroso in Sinait

(photo from byaherangfashionista)

Nuestra Señora De La Asuncion Church in Sta. Maria

(photo from islasfilipinas)

Sta. Lucia Church in Sta. Lucia

(photo from ilocanosphere)

Ilocos as a wedding destination on the whole provides beautiful scenic sites, beach resorts and olden churches that can accommodate you and your guests on your wedding celebration. The mood in the provinces also offers a charming setting, especially for those who are having a Filipiniana wedding theme.

With the fascinating natural wonders, preserved historical sites and beautiful majestic churches, Ilocos will always be a favorite destination, not just for long trips and vacation but also for splendid Filipino weddings.

Baguio: To Be Wed Among the Pines

Thinking about getting married in Baguio City?

Around 6-8 hours north of Metro Manila is this small city nestled in the mountains of Benguet province. Baguio enjoys a year-round flow of local and foreign tourists wanting to escape the torrid temperature of the lowlands. It is, however, during the Philippine summer months of March, April and May that the city bustles with sightseers, earning it the monicker “Summer Capital of the Philippines”.

For your guests, the city is chock-full of tourist attractions that have been developed in its century-old history. Families will have endless fun in the American heritage sites, parks, flower gardens, churches and other religious monuments. Food connoisseurs will enjoy the multitude of restaurants, coffee shops, vegetable farms and fresh food markets. For history and culture buffs, there are ethnic Igorot villages, artist communes, bookstores and antique shops. In the month of February, Baguio City hosts the annual Panagbenga Festival, its very own Flower Festival in which the locals celebrate and exhibit beautiful and colorful flowers grown in the city.

All these together, and the rustic fascinating charm you can feel through narrow winding roads, towering pine trees and surrounding bucolic architecture, Baguio has become a dreamed destination for weddings and honeymoons.

Here are some wedding invitations we’ve done for weddings in Baguio City.

A yin-yang of sugarcane and pinecone was the centerpiece of this purple and silver pocketfold invitation. This invitation symbolizes the coming together of two strong forces, entwined and harmonized as one. The couple’s wedding was held in St. Joseph the Worker Parish where Filipino celebrities Aga Muhlach and Charlene Gonzales got married in 2001.

Complete with a save-the-date card, this invitation adorned with a picturesque tree illustration perfectly conveyed the city’s mountainous landscapes. The wedding was held in the majestic Baguio Cathedral also known as Our Lady of Atonement Cathedral.

Besides Baguio Cathedral and St. Joseph in Pacdal, soon-to-weds can also visit and check these churches in Baguio City:

Immaculate Conception Church
Holy Family Church
St. John Bosco
St. Louis University Parish
St. Ignatius Chapel

Baguio wedding reception venues could be at a private log cabin, a rest house mansion for rent, or in a hotel facility, depending on your theme and budget. Nonetheless, you may check these venues where most Baguio wedding receptions are held:

Bell Amphitheatre, Camp John Hay
image from www.campjohnhay.com.ph

Baguio Country Clubimage from www.bridalbook.ph

Destination weddings are fun and memorable especially if everybody can enjoy and appreciate the destination of choice. Planning for an out-of-town wedding can be tricky, but once you dream for it and everything’s properly laid out, a Baguio wedding – be it an intimate garden wedding, a church wedding, or a country-themed wedding – will always remain as a beautiful memory in the hearts of everyone.

Tagaytay: A City You’d Fall in Love With

Aristotle once said, “a great city is not to be confounded with a populous one.”

Tagaytay is one of those great cities you would want to go to for a real escape. It’s a perfect destination for quick and spontaneous getaways when you’re stressed out from metropolitan city life–the hustle and bustle of urban streets, the daily rush in the walkways, and the heavy traffic and unbearable pollution.

This city in the province of Cavite, nestled on the cradles of Taal Lake and Taal Volcano, is arguably one of the most popular tourist destinations in the Philippines. Foreign and local tourists alike can relax over freshly brewed native-grown coffee while relishing the beautiful view of Taal Volcano, all just within a 2 to 3-hour drive from Manila, the Philippine capital. It is a dreamland blessed with a romantic ambiance well suited for intimate gatherings, first dates, honeymoons or even weekend retreats with the whole family. With its cool climate, a breathtaking landscape, enjoyable leisure activities and fancy food stops. Tagaytay is definitely a city worth visiting over and over again.

The charm and romantic mood that Tagaytay City offers has brought about its reputation as one of the best destinations for church weddings and garden weddings. Through the years, Tagaytay has become a favorite wedding venue of Filipino celebrities and influential personalities with the picturesque churches and chapels and a long directory of enchanting garden hotels and restaurants with a stunning view of Taal Volcano.

Below are the most preferred churches in Tagaytay City and in its nearby towns.

Our Lady of Lourdes Parish Church
Madre de Dios Tagaytay Midlands
Ina ng Laging Saklolo
San Antonio de Padua (Silang, Cavite)
Chapel on the Hill (Nasugbu, Batangas)
Caleruega Transfiguration Chapel (Nasugbu, Batangas)

Take a look at these wedding invitations we’ve done for two Tagaytay church weddings. Both wedding ceremonies took place in Our Lady of Lourdes Parish Church followed by a reception at Ville Sommet.

Kristofferson & Claire

A wedding that exudes the elegance of the occasion while emphasizing a Filipino wedding with its bordering abaca layer. Included in this invitation set is a map of their Tagaytay wedding venues.

Arwind & Ivette

The invitation of Arwind and Yvette in 2011 perfectly captures a garden wedding reception in Ville Sommet. It was an elegant pocket fold invitation in silver with pink and white floral and damask patterns beautifying the set.

Whether you’re having an afternoon garden wedding or an evening dinner reception, be mesmerized by the beauty and feel of these wedding reception venues our soon-to-weds prefer the most. Experience the cool Tagaytay breeze, enchanting yellow lights and unique architectural and interior designs of these quaint establishments in Tagaytay City and adjacent towns.

Barangay Neogan, Tagaytay City, Cavite
(+6346) 413-0975 or (+6346) 413-1054
(+63917) 899-2866
(photo from En Route)

Ville Sommet
#5 J.P. Rizal St., Sicat, Alfonso, Cavite
(+632) 551-8940
(+63917) 832-3908 or (+63922) 856-9811

(from Ville Sommet)

Splendido Taal Golf & Country Club
Taal Ridge Road, Laurel, Batangas
(+632) 529-8213
(+63928) 300-5922

(from Weddings at Splendido)

Tagaytay Highlands
Tagaytay-Calamba Road, Tagaytay City, Cavite
(+6346) 483-0820/3657
(+63917) 882-6885

(from Bridal Book)

Taal Vista Hotel
Kilometer 60, Aguinaldo Highway, Tagaytay City, Cavite
(+6346) 413-1000

Hacienda Isabella
Carasuchi, Indang, Cavite
(+632) 726-6485
(+63917) 813-9065

(from Bride and Breakfast)

Cebu: Of Majestic Churches and Cebuano Hospitality

Another well-loved wedding destination in the Visayas region is the province of Cebu. Made up of a long, narrow main island and 167 surrounding islands and islets. It boasts of serene lines of pristine beaches and greening nature parks, apart from the metropolitan cities of Cebu and Mandaue.

Its stunning Roman Catholic churches are one reason why Cebu is a favorite wedding destination in the country. Churches here appeal to all tastes, from historic to contemporary. These sites envelope you with a feel of a genuine Filipino celebration; topped off with the notable hospitality of Cebuanos, these churches lets you experience the essence of a Philippine wedding, much more, a Cebu wedding.

Some of the most popular churches in Cebu City include the Basilica Minore del Sto. Niño, Archbishop’s Chapel, Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, Redemptorist Church, St. Therese Parish Church, Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral and Sacred Heart Parish.

Up to this day, this hospitality and fidelity to tradition are signature characteristics of the progressive province of Cebu and is upheld by the Cebuano prime movers, dignitaries and ordinary individuals alike.

Let’s take a look at these remarkable weddings that took place in the beautiful Queen City of the South.

Christopher & Carla

This ornate wedding invitation embodies an upscale wedding at Metropolitan Cebu. The many cards included in this invitation set tell of the hospitality and thoughtfulness of Cebuanos. The week-long celebration included a Despedida de Soltera, A Cocktails Party and a Cebuano Hospitality and Culture Event

Chris and Carla’s wedding, considered as Cebu’s wedding of the year, took place in the Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral followed by a reception at the Waterfront Cebu City Hotel.

Planning to have your big day in Cebu? Here are some of the favorite hotels in Cebu’s metropolitan area

Shangri-La Mactan Island Resort and Spa
Punta Engano Road, Lapu-Lapu, Cebu, Philippines
(+6332) 231-0288

(photo from Shangri-La Mactan)

 Waterfront Cebu City Hotel
Park Salinas Drive, Lahug, Cebu City, Cebu, Philippines
(+6332) 232-6888, (+632) 687-0888

(photo from www.edanthony13.multiply.com)

Marco Polo Plaza Hotel
Cebu Veterans Drive, Nivel Hills, Cebu City, Cebu, Philippines
(+6332) 253-1111

Whether you’re planning for a Cebu church wedding or a Cebu beach wedding, or even just planning to visit just to experience its spellbinding charm, remember to allot time to visit the many places around the province to truly make the best of your stay. Enjoy the wonderful sights and relish the best delectable local dishes.

And if time permits, find the best Cebu lechon (roasted pig) to take home to your family and friends!

Boracay: The Beach Paradise of the South

Awarded 2nd best beach in the world in the “Travelers’ Choice 2011 by TripAdvisor, this small island in the Visayas is a world-renowned paradise for beach lovers and aqua sports enthusiasts. This island at the northern tip of Aklan stretches up to about seven kilometers long and boasts two primary tourism beaches, White Beach and Bulabog Beach, graced with hotels, resorts, restaurants, lodging houses, and other establishments, making it one of the most favorite beach getaways.

Boracay is definitely one of the country’s hottest tourist spots with a wide range of accommodations and activities both for local and foreign visitors – a reason why this haven is also regarded as one of the most sought-after beach wedding venues in the Philippines.

Aerial View of Boracay Island (photo from Mabuhay City)

(photo from Wow Philippines)

If you wish to pursue a dream beach wedding in the island, bear in mind that a Boracay church wedding can only take place at the Holy Rosary Parish since it is the only church in the area. Don’t fret, though, because this rather small island offers a variety of wedding reception options for you to choose from. You can select a place that would best accommodate your wedding theme and activities, just like these two weddings we’ve worked for this year:

Marvin & Babes

A bright shade of yellow enlivens this invitation for a Church wedding in Boracay. Although the wedding ceremony was held at Holy Rosary Parish, this invitation perfectly spreads the vibrant mood of its beach reception held at the deluxe Friday’s Boracay, one of the first 5-Star resorts in the island.  Seashell icons and an illustrated image of a starfish were the highlights of this invite.

Ferdinand & Vernadette

Enclosed in a fuchsia box is this beach-themed luxe modern invitation for a wedding by the beach at Discovery Shores, Boracay. An abaca belt embellished with a preserved real starfish sets the tone for an afternoon of an intimate new beginning for Ferdinand and Vernadette.

Here are some of the most favored resort-hotels couples choose for their wedding reception:

Sea Wind Boracay
1 Roberto & Gloria Tirol Park, Balabag, Boracay Island, Malay, Aklan, Philippines
(+6336) 288-3091, (+632) 416-4010

(photo from Just Like Ours)

Discovery Shores
Station 1, Balabag, Boracay Island, Malay, Aklan, Philippines
(+6336) 288-4500, (+632) 720-8888

(photo from Discovery Shores)

Shangri-la Boracay
Barangay Yapak, Boracay Island, Malay, Aklan, Philippines
(+6336) 288-4988, (+6336) 288-5088

Friday’s Boracay
Boracay Island, Malay, Aklan, Philippines
(+632) 892-9283, (+6336) 288-6200

(photo from Wow Philippines)

Asya Premier Suites
Sitio Cagban, Barangay Manoc-Manoc, Boracay Island, Malay, Aklan, Philippines
(+6336) 288-1790

Deciding where to hold the most priceless moment of your life might be quite challenging, but if you choose to be wed under the tropical sun, barefoot on fine white sand, hearing the waves of the seas and seeing the tranquil sways of island trees, choosing your beach wedding destination should never be a dilemma.

You can never go wrong with Boracay Island.

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