February 25, 2011

Kasal makes the "L" hand sign: Love, instead of Laban

"I have fallen in love with the same woman three times" -- these are the words of national hero Sen. Benigno "Ninoy" Aquino to her wife Former President Corazon Cojuangco Aquino in a poem written by him for their 19th wedding anniversary.

Perhaps one of the most celebrated love stories in Philippine history is theirs. Not much has been said about the meek and the bold tandem of Ninoy and Cory but archived videos, articles, and letters speak much of the unprecedented love between the couple.

Ninoy and Cory were wed on October 11, 1954 at the Our Lady of Sorrows Church in Pasay City. In his last letter to Cory, he expressed his "unarticulated love that will never be equaled". A portion of the letter read,“All the things I want to tell you may be capsulized in one line – I love you! ... I realize I’ve been very stingy with praise and appreciation for all your efforts — but though unsaid — you know that as far I’m concerned, you are the best. That’s why we’ve lasted this long. There will only be one thing in the world I will never accept — that you love me more than I love you — because my love for you though unarticulated will never be equaled."

Their marriage lasted 29 years. He was gunned down at the Manila International Airport on August 21, 1983. His death led the people into the streets outcrying for democracy.Today marks the anniversary of 1986 EDSA Revolution and the celebration of freedom and love for the country.

Today, we also celebrate the marriage that lasted 29 years and the love spanning a lifetime. For the love that sacrifices, we remember.

February 18, 2011

2010 Tourist Arrivals Promises Better Year for Wedding and Tourism

Manila, Philippines – The Department of Tourism has just released a positive report on the status of Philippine tourism despite the series of mishaps that has happened including the hostage taking of a tourist bus in Manila. As the Department continues to undertake aggressive marketing and promotion of the Philippines as a safe and secure tourist destination, the market is anticipated to continue growing. And with the beauty of the Philippine islands gaining popularity for destination weddings, Philippine hotels, resorts, tourism- and wedding-related establishments can finally breath a sigh of relief and look forward to better business for 2011. 

Romantic and secluded Pearl Farm Resort
According to the reports, inbound tourists to the Philippines reached 3.52 million, surpassing the 3.3 million earlier set by the Department. “South Korea topped the list with 740,622 arrivals, followed by the United States with 600,165, Japan with 358,744, China 187,446, Australia 147,469, Taiwan 142,455, Hong Kong 133,746 and Singapore 121,083, Canada 106,345 and Britain 96,925.”

Shopping (27 per cent), food and beverage (26.8 per cent), accommodation (23 per cent) and entertainment/recreation (16 per cent) were among those being spent on by tourists.

DOT Secretary Alberto Lim said that the renewed confidence and spirit in the Philippines as a tourist destination was brought about by the entry of the new administration last July. The second half of 2010 showed growth at 21.2 percent than the first semester’s increase at 12.2 percent.

Pristine white sands of Bohol Beach Club
On a monthly basis, December was recorded to have the highest number of tourists. Arrivals at this month also increased by 24.9 against last 2009. (And did you know that December is the peak season for weddings in the Philippines? )

“Visitor receipts grew by 11.3 per cent to US$ 2.49 or P112.55 billion over the 2009 receipts of US$ 2.23 (P106.38 billion). This feat is brought by the increase in visitor average daily expenditure by 10.8 percent to US$ 83.93 while average length of stay remained at eight nights.”
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.com thanks the following source for this article:

Breitbart. Tourist arrivals in Philippines reach all time high in 2010+ (Posted on Jan. 28, 2011) Retrieved on January 31,  2011 from http://www.breitbart.com/article.php?id=D9L19UOO0&show_article=1

Manila Bulletin. Foreign tourists arrival in 2010 was an all-time high (Posted on Jan 28. 2011) Retrieved on January 31, 2011 from http://www.mb.com.ph/articles/301165/foreign-tourists-arrival-2010-was-alltime-high

February 11, 2011

Year of the Rabbit 2011: Choosing Wedding Dates

Will the Stars favor your Wedding Day?

Brides and grooms think long and hard about the right wedding date. Some couples believe that the right wedding date would give them good fortune and would help avoid any bad luck or troubles in the future. Pinoys and Chinese alike believe in traditions and superstitions that would guide and give them the good fortune they need in love, career and life.

This Year of the Rabbit 2011, lucky wedding dates are now being calculated and posted online and on paper to guide soon-to-wed couples. Here are the good wedding dates that were calculated based on the Chinese calendar:

February 5, 9, 11, 17, 18, 21, 26
March 1, 5, 11, 17, 20, 22, 25, 28, 30
April 1, 3, 4, 5, 7, 12, 17, 18, 21, 29
May 3, 6, 7, 9, 11, 13, 15, 18, 21, 24, 25, 30, 31
June 2, 6, 10, 11, 12, 15, 18, 19, 21, 24
July 3, 4, 5, 6, 10, 11, 13, 15, 16, 17, 18, 22, 23, 28, 29
August 3, 4, 6, 8, 9, 13, 16, 17, 19, 20, 29, 31
September 6, 10, 12, 14, 19, 22, 24, 26, 28
October 1, 4, 6, 8, 15, 18, 22, 29, 30, 31
November 1, 2, 9, 17, 20, 23, 29
December 1, 2, 5, 12, 16, 24

Just remember, whichever date you may choose, the right combination of eternal love and excellent wedding preparations can make your wedding and future as bright and magical as it can be.
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.com thanks the following source for this article:

Dr. Herong Yang. Selecting Wedding Dates in 2011 - Year of the Rabbit (Posted on January 31, 2011) Retrieved on February 3,  2011 from http://www.herongyang.com/chinese/wedding/wedding_dates_2011.html

February 8, 2011

Cheesy Line + Cheesy Photo = Cheesy Couple Winning Overnight Stay in Pearl Farm Resort!


Awww!….Nasabihan ka na rin ba ng nanlalagkit o sobrang kesong linya ng mahal mo?

Para lalong patamisin ang nalalapit na Araw ng mga Puso, magpadala lang ng sweet o korni o makesong tagalog na linyang natanggap mo sa mahal mo, samahan mo na rin ng kasingtamis na picture nyo hanggang February 15, 2011. Ang may pinakamaraming 'Likes' ay mananalo ng overnight gift certificate sa napakaromantikong Pearl Farm Beach Resort sa Davao!

 Cheesy ka? Sali Na! 

New Officers for Wedding & Portrait Photographers of the Philippines

New WPPP President Mr. Danny Ignacio
with promising wedding photographer son, Bogs Ignac
The first of February marks a promising year for Wedding & Portrait Photographers of the Philippines (WPPP), having recently concluded its Organizational Election at the Cafe Lupe. Kasal.com warmly congratulates this year's WPPP's Board of Directors.

Vice-President Internal: Benny Bondoc of Abba Photo Studio
Vice-President External: Richel Mascarinas of Richel Mascarinas Photography
Secretary: Elmer Castor of Yaresh Photography (Batangas)
Treasurer: Robert Lester Aliscad of Robert Lester's Digital Profile
Auditor: Edwin Tuyay of Edwin Tuyay Photography

Board Members:
Chito Cleofas of Chito Cleofas Photography
Arnel Macariola of Arnel Macariola Photography

Wedding and Portrait Photographers of the Philippines (WPPP) is the premiere organization of professional Filipino wedding photographers.  It is recognized locally and internationally as the leading organization of wedding photographers who are artistically and technically proficient. 

The Organization was founded on March 31, 2001 with the gathering of the following wedding photographers, Emil Buencamino of Buencamino Photography, Jorge Maniquis of Jorge Portrait, Ariel Javelosa of Ariel Javelosa Photography, Lito Genilo of Smart Shot Studio, Danny Ignacio of Vignette Photography, Lito Perez of Close Ups Potrait Studio, Eric Nepomuceno of Enrico Nepomuceno Photography, Jerry Valbuena of FJV Studio, Jun Valbuena of Jun Valbuena Digital, and Joray Katigbak of Joray Katigbak Photography.

To date, there are seventy eight (78) active members participating in all activities and projects of the organization. WPPP members come from Metro Manila, Baguio, Boracay, Bulacan, Cavite, Davao, Iloilo, Laguna, Batangas, La Union, Pampanga, Vigan, Bacolod, Legazpi City and Sorsogon.
Mr. Lito Sy has served as WPPP President from 2009-2011 and is now one of the Organization's Advisors.

Board Secretary Elmer Castor relates the Organization's high hopes for the year, especially with the upcoming WPPP Photo Congress, which is now on its 10th year. The WPPP Photo Congress is an annual multi genre convention of professionals and enthusiasts in the wedding photography industry sponsored by WPPP. This was spearheaded by now President Mr. Danny Ignacio who was the Chairman of the WPPP Photo Congress Committee last year. This year, the torch has been passed to Mr. Richel Mascarinas, the now Vice-President for External Affairs.

The group is set to meet on the 15th of this month to make substantial and concrete plans for the year. Meanwhile, for camera enthusiasts and supporters out there, surely, there will be more clicking, not only of cameras but of wine glasses to toast for what seems to be another promising year for the Philippine wedding photography and videography industry. Kudos!

February 4, 2011

No Dry Summer Weddings this Year?

Some couples would want to get married this summer in beaches where the sun beautifully sets and gardens where flowers bloom. But couples who are planning to tie the knot this coming summer of 2011 have to think twice before making the wedding preparations.

According to the Asia News Network, it is going to be a wet summer in the Philippines due to the La Niña phenomenon. The Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said that the country will experience above-normal rainfall in the summer months of March, April and May. PAGASA is expecting one typhoon in March, two in April and another two in May. June, the start of the rainy season and a popular month for weddings in the Philippines, is also expecting two typhoons.

Due to global warming, even the Western part of the Philippines which should be dry this year is also experiencing above-normal rainfall.

Couples preparing to get married on the months of March, April, May and June should consult the weather forecasts and make necessary “in case of heavy rainfall” arrangements a part of their wedding planning.
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Kasal.com thanks the following sources:

Asia News Network. It's going to be a rainy summer; no dry season (Posted January, 21 2011) Retrieved January 22, 2011 from

Cebu Daily News, Philippine Daily Inquirer. Pagasa: Expect wet summer (Posted January 20, 2011) Retrieved January 22, 2011 from http://globalnation.inquirer.net/cebudailynews/visayas/view/20110120-315531/Pagasa-Expect-wet-summer

February 1, 2011

Ogie & Regine Wedding: Through Their Wedding Photographer's Eyes

Ogie Alcasid and Regine Velasquez Wedding.
Wedding Photo by Nice Print Photography
Having waited a long time to share a lifetime together, celebrity couple Ogie Alcasid & Regine Velasquez wanted their wedding memories to last forever.

Charisse Tinio of Nice Print Photography, the celebrity couple's exclusive wedding photographer, shares with Kasal.com her team's experience with the couple, her first hand witness of their wedding, as well as some interesting tidbits regarding Regine's special wedding requests. Read more...

Piolo Pascual Admits Wanting to Spend a Lifetime with KC Concepcion

After much talk about their special relationship, Piolo Pascual admitted last Sunday on the show “The Buzz” that KC Concepcion and him are indeed in a relationship.

The couple had their share of rumors and controversies last year. Stories were told about KC being a regular visitor of Piolo Pascual on the set of his TV show “Noah”. The issue was cleared when Piolo explained to the reporters that KC was there to interview him and Zaijian (co-actor) for her show “Simply KC”.

Another controversy was the offensive Twitter posts against KC by Piolo’s 13-year old son Iñigo. Piolo made a statement denying that his son was behind the offensive posts and apologized to those affected by the issue. The issue, Piolo said, did not affect their relationship.

After being together in the show Lovers in Paris,,the two decided not to have a project together to preserve the relationship they had then; a relationship which they did not want to label.

But last Sunday, Piolo admitted that they were in a relationship that started last October 21. He also said that the reason he did not want to reveal the relationship was because of his son who might not understand the situation.

Asked whether he wanted to spend a lifetime with KC, he answered “Siguro hindi naman ako aamin ng ganito at hindi ako magtatake ng risk kung sa tingin ko hindi ko sya gusto makasama habang buhay. I find it too unfair na sya lagi nagsasalita so finally I told her a couple of days ng nagusap kami, 'I guess it's time for me to speak. Ikaw lagi nagsasalita. Alam kong nahihirapan ka rin.' Bilang lalaki, it's also a responsibility,” he said.

KC, on the other hand, did not expect that Piolo would talk about their relationship during the interview.
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Kasal.com thanks the following sources:

Chuck Smith, Yahoo! News Southeast Asia. Piolo admits romance with KC (Posted on Jan. 30, 2011) Retrieved on Jan. 31, 2011 from http://ph.promotion.yahoo.com/entertainment/article/post/entertainmentfeat_ph/242/piolo-admits-romance-with-kc.html

Napoleon Quintos. Piolo Pascual’s relationship with KC Concepcion became stronger because of controversies (Posted on Aug. 08, 2010) Retrieved on Jan. 31 2011 from http://www.abs-cbn.com/Feature/Article/8264/Piolo-Pascual-s-relationship-with-KC-Concepcion-became-stronger-because-of-controversies.aspx