Sunday, March 20, 2011


First, an aside. My parents trace their roots in Pampanga and I am proud to have spent more than ten years growing up in this charming old town called Mexico (pronounced Mechico by the elders). I attended the same public school that my Mom did (why, I even inherited her Math teacher, Mrs. Canda!), enjoyed exploring the oft-ignored American-period books in the library (which was housed in a Gabaldon building), sang in the school’s choir, enjoyed playing in the flood waters (like we had a choice), and exploring the woods and walking on the nostalgic dry river bed of Sto. Rosario while the bamboo leaves rustled in the afternoon wind.

I vividly recall that Mexico was the only town I know which burns the effigy of Judas Escariot after the Easter mass, but with great fanfare: the effigy was even made to be able to turn its head and stick its tongue out to the delight of the crowd before it is set aflame. Firecrackers inside the effigy will go off and kids will rush to pick up the 30 coins that are thrown as a result of the explosion. What I miss most, however, is Christmas time where all the smaller town chapels send off their patron saints on grandly decorated carrozas and gather at the grounds of the Church of Sta. Monica, much like a reunion of sorts. It’s the only time, too, that we get to see the nuns in their black habits from the nearby Benedictine Abbey, which is as ancient as ancient could be.

Yes, I obviously miss home (I am actually teary eyed as I write this). And since I have not been home for two years now or so, every chance I get, I practise speaking the language (albeit rusty) to hapless Capampangans who have the bad luck of meeting me.

And what do you know? The Universe felt for me and granted me an opportunity to work there this year. And how! Despite the short preps period and being based abroad, Bride Nina was able to come up with a wedding even Manila-based brides can only dream of. There’s just old-world elegance written all over this wedding, and all the suppliers involved have been instrumental in bringing to fore all the bride’s ideas and plans for her big day.

Although we didn’t have the singular honour of actually meeting the couple, we are happy to have been made part of this wedding. Methinks that our flowers injected the right amount of colour into the whole affair; the jubilant play of blue, yellow, and green was just perfect for the couple’s chosen theme and location.

Randolph & Nina, thank you very much for having us! We pray for good health, prosperity, and everlasting happiness for you and your son (and future kids)!

To our fellow suppliers, thanks for being generous and helpful! Great job, everyone! *double thumbs up!*

See the rest of this set here.

All photos by and courtesy of
Paolo Feliciano Photography
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Ceremony: Parish of St. James, Betis, Pampanga
Photography: Paolo Feliciano
Aux Photographer: J Lucas Reyes
Videography: Chug Cadiogan
Hair and Makeup: Francois Roxas
Flowers: Dylan Gozum for Vatel Manila
Catering: Kar de Castro Reyes for K. by Cunanan Catering
Coordination: Events and Concepts by Voltaire Zalamea

1 comment:

aneng said...

love it Dylan. You're simply the best.


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