Tuesday, September 14, 2010


Date: August 15, 2010, Sunday, 2:30pm-6:00pm
*Actual Birthday: August 12, 2010

We decided to hold the party on a Sunday because my sister-in-law had class 'til 4:30pm on Saturdays. It was fun preparing for the party in spite of the difficulties we encountered on the day of the celebration. Ngarag kami for doing some DIY balloon decors (na mahirap palang gawin pero sulit ang pagod dahil sa appreciation ng mga guests) and for staying up late night because we had to prepare and fix the standee, pabitin, lootbags, and balloon burst prizes. Late kaming dumating sa venue. We were there ng 2:15pm eh ang call time namin for the guests was 2:30pm. kakaloka! Buti na lang the guests arrived a bit late kaya oks na rin. :)

We also had a raffle for our adult guests. We requested them to write their names on a piece of paper and to put them inside the big glass bottle at the registration table. We gave out five Sodexho gift certificates worth Php200.00 each. One was for the early bird, the other was for the kid who will get Ryken's Safari Surprise #12 in the balloon burst, and the three remaining we raffled off. Masuwerte ang mga recipients namin kasi yung iba dumayo pa from Victoria, Oriental Mindoro and Laoag City. :)

*Photos courtesy of Warren Camitan and Dino (2nd photographer) of Image Warehouse Photography, and my mom's and hubby's cameras

A - Outstanding
B - Highly Satisfactory
C - Satisfactory

1) Venue: Fiesta Hall, NAPOCOR, Diliman, Quezon City
Rating: A

My option that time was UP Balay Kalinaw. But I was informed by an office-accredited caterer to try to reserve this hall since it's cheaper and the venue is covered and has ample and secure parking space. I didn't know that this was being rented out for birthday parties. Good thing that our office is at the same compound as NAPOCOR and I have relatives here who reserved the venue for me.

Reservation was a breeze! My mom was the former head of the office who handles reservations (she's retired now) and her former colleagues are still there so it wasn't difficult for me to reserve the hall. Ms. Jeng, the one in-charge, was very kind and patient in answering all my queries, kahit minsan paulit-ulit na ako. :) Good thing it was still free for my party date. May mga restrictions lang sila like bawal ang on-the-spot cooking and sorbetero, bawal maghugas ng pinggan ang caterer, and bawal magpako sa venue.

Yun lang, Friday before the party weekend (August 13), NGCP (the other power company in the compound) announced a scheduled shutdown over the weekend because of line testing and maintenance. OH NO!! Walang kuryente sa party!! This made me panic a bit. Nagkataon pa that I was settling my fee already for the venue when it was announced over NAPOCOR's PA system. Things were already running in my mind, mga alternatives, back-up plan if in case talagang walang electricity sa araw ng party. But I got to talk to the people from NGCP and NAPOCOR (Adrian and Tito Louie, respectively) who are in-charge of the testing and they assured me that there is a generator on standby which can supply the power needed for the party. Wala naman daw kaagaw since it's a weekend. Thank God!!
Nakakatawa lang kasi during the party, biglang nawalan ng kuryente. I think the 2nd game was about to begin. Nagjoke si Symond na walang gagalaw! And yes, he did not move until power was restored. :) I think wala pang one minute yun kasi nagswitch lang daw to the Meralco line since tapos na yung line testing and maintenance. Tsaka tulad ng sabi ni Symond, nasa NAPOCOR tayo, pano tayo mawawalan ng kuryente. :D

2) Host/Magician: Symond c/o Yan-Ple Partyshop
Rating: A+

I love Symond!!! From the beginning, siya na talaga ang gusto kong kunin na host, based on gut-feel lang. I read reviews from different parenting forums and laging good feedback sa kanya. He got involved in an issue before with another host/magician but I know he has changed and that did not deter me from getting him. I even used this as a sign na if I get to book Symond without any hassle, tuloy ang jungle safari party for Ryken. :) Nagustuhan din siya ng mga guests at patok siya sa mga bata. There was no need to prod the kids to join the games, lahat talagang participative! Our party was a success because of him. :) Ok din naman ang sound system nila. Though NAPOCOR provided a sound system also (which was a surprise to me kasi alam ko I need to talk to a different office to have a sound system pero hindi ko naman na nagawa yun.)

Performance Evaluation of Production Team (Supplier Ratings) for the Movie "Ikaw Lang Ang Mamahalin" (Our Wedding)

SEPTEMBER 20, 2008, Saturday, 2:45 PM
*As rated by the Bigornia-Martinez Evaluation Board
**Photos courtesy of Al's family, Parkershot Photography, and my dear friend/lomographer Kat Constantino

A - Outstanding
B - Highly Satisfactory
C - Satisfactory
*with a plus (+) or minus (-) if necessary. hahaha! Parang ratings ito sa conduct nung grade school at high school ako ah. teehee!

1) Church - Our Lady of Consolation Parish
Contact Person: Ms. Earlie and Tita Shirley
Rating: B+

Napakaganda talaga ng simbahang ito. :) Ms. Earlie and Tita Shirley were very helpful and accommodating during the preps. The choir was also good. Magaling yung soprano nila who sang a duet with our friend, The Prayer ata yun, hehe. Nalungkot lang ako kasi pinagmamadali na kami sa pictorials kaya wala kaming picture with the maids of honor and best men. They said mahaba raw kasi ang homily ni Fr. Mon at overtime na kami. Sa akin naman, would 10 or 15 seconds matter eh yun na lang ang kulang. May kasunod kaming wedding that time kasi (4:30pm sila, kami 2:45pm). Sigh. Eh minsan ka lang ikakasal.. :(

2) Priest - Fr. Ramon Ma. L. Bautista, SJ
Rating: A+

We met Fr. Mon through my college friend, Jason, who's now a novice in the Society of Jesus. Napakabait ni Fr. Mon at gustong-gusto ko ang homily nya during the wedding mass. He said that for our relationship to last and to remain strong, we should always AFFIRM each other. Affirmation can be done by: 1) Communication, 2) Forgiveness, and 3) Gifting - giving gifts to each other, not necessarily material gifts. We're really happy that he officiated our wedding mass. :)

3) Reception - Bulwagang Recoletos (beside the Parish)
Contact Person: Sir William or Sir Rod
Rating: A

I love the "old-feel" of the venue! Ang ganda rin ng halls kapag naayusan na. Iba rin ang dating ng lugar sa gabi, with all the lights. Wala ring kahirap-hirap sa pag-reserve ng venue at sa pakikipag-usap sa mga guards on duty na sina Sir William at Sir Rod. They handle reservations for Recoletos, in coordination with the head priest, and they are very accommodating and patient with our inquiries.