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Kasalan sa Iloilo
31 May 2003

The marrying month of June is upon us, and in Iloilo City, Amigo Terrace Hotel started off the bridal season with Kasalan sa Iloilo (A Dream Wedding) last May 31 and June 1. The first bridal fair in the city, Kasalan sa Iloilo featured the premier wedding suppliers of the Visayas most especially Iloilo and Metro Manila.

Co-presented by the Philippine Daily Inquirer and Kasal.com, the fair is the First Leg of Kasalang Filipino, the first Philippine National Bridal Fair Road Show across ten key cities.

Formally opening the fair with a ceremonial toast were Iloilo City Mayor Jerry Treñas, Ms. Nielette Tupas-Balleza (representing her father, Iloilo Governor Niel Tupas), Amigo Terrace Hotel General Manager Benedict Uygongco, and Mrs. Maria Theresa Sarabia (president of Iloilo Hotels, Restaurant, and Resorts Association), Felipe Uygongco (EVP of La Filipina Uygongco Group of Companies, Philippine Foremost, Capiz Sugar, Amigo Terrace Hotel in the Visayas/Mindanao), with special guest, Fanny Serrano.

Immediately following the opening of the fair was a sneak fashion show featuring the collections of noted Ilonggo designers Bo Constantino, Eric de los Santos, Claire Jarantilla and the legendary Mel Varca. The fashion show was immediately followed by talented home-grown Mahya choir to entertain the visitors. Exquisite displays of wedding gowns, photo albums, souvenirs, invitations, and various wedding-related products likewise awaited the guests. The Belle Terrace served as the exhibit venue of Iloilo’s known personalities’ bridal gowns.

Fanny Serrano wielded his brushes and treated the fair-goers to a special demonstration on bridal make-up using his own soon-to-be launched make-up line. The Grand Ballroom was also the venue of a special taping of Ilongga Ka Day!, a local lifestyle show. Later in the day, the Playback band provided musical entertainment.

The second day of the fair featured a gamut of equally exciting activities for the guests. Contemporary designers Sol Fernandez and Don Protasio of Parade showed their modern and inspired creations, including an old barong which was transformed into a blouse and mini-skirt.

Instructors of Winners Gym, based in Amigo Terrace Hotel, imparted the importance of being healthy and fit, as one gets caught up in the frenzied wedding preparations. They demonstrated simple exercises and relaxing massages to soothe all wedding-related stress away. Meanwhile, VMV Hypoallergenics sponsored a talk on The Art and Science of Perfect Skin, as it is known that a glowing bride, and groom, starts with perfect skin care.

Gift packs of Dove, Lux Super Rich Shampoo, Nivea Body Lotion, Hypertech Corporation, Freya Inc., and VMV HypoAllergenics were given out to lucky raffle participants.

Kasalan sa Iloilo is culminated with a Special Dinner and Fashion Show. Designers Bo Constantino, Eric de los Santos, Claire Jarantilla and Mel Varca showed their interpretation of the American, Spanish, French, Japanese and Filipiniana wedding with the special participation of Fanny Serrano. The show was directed by Aldrich Aparicio.

Kasalang Filipino is made possible by the following: Philippine Daily Inquirer, Kasal.com, Philippine Airlines, Dove, The Leather Collection, MosCom, VMV HypoAllergenics, Lux Super Rich Shampoo, Nivea Body Lotion, Hypertech Corporation, Glisaz Audio-Video Corporation, LakbayTV, LifeStyle Network, ABS-CBN Regional Network Group, CityLite 88.3, Wave 89.1, Magic 89.9, Killer Bee, 99.5RT, and 103.5K-Lite.

To see the exhibitor’s complete contact information, please go to the Wedding Resources Section of Kasal.com.

A toast to open the Kasalan sa Iloilo (Dream Wedding),  the first leg of the first Philippine national bridal fair road show.
A toast to open the Kasalan sa Iloilo (Dream Wedding)
the first leg of the first Philippine
national bridal fair road show.


Contemporary designers Sol Fernandez and Don Protasio of Parade showed an old barong which was transformed into a blouse and mini-skirt.
Contemporary designers Sol Fernandez
and Don Protasio of Parade showed an old barong
which was transformed into a blouse and mini-skirt.

 

Fanny Serrano wielded his brushes and treated the fair-goers to a special demonstration  on a lasting bridal make-up
Fanny Serrano wielded his brushes and treated
the fair-goers to a special demonstration
on a lasting bridal make-up.

American inspired bridal gown by Bo Constantino
American inspired bridal gown by Bo Constantino.

 

Japanese inspired bridal gown by Claire Jarantilla
Japanese inspired bridal gown by Claire Jarantilla.

 

French inspired entourage gown by Eric de los Santos
French inspired entourage gown by
Eric de los Santos.

 

The legendary designer of Iloilo Ms. Mel Varca  showed her Filipiniana bridal gown
The legendary designer of Iloilo Ms. Mel Varca
showed her Filipiniana bridal gown.


Fanny Serrano´s bridal creation served as the finale during the Dinner Fashion Show of Kasalan sa Iloilo
Fanny Serrano´s bridal creation served as
the finale during the Dinner Fashion Show of
Kasalan sa Iloilo.


event presentors, organizers and sponsors
(L-R) Benedict Uygongco (Amigo Terrace Hotel General Manager),
Mathel Ong (Kasal.com Brand Manager), Nielette Tupas-Balleza
(representing her father, Iloilo Governor Niel Tupas), Maria Theresa Sarabia
(President of Iloilo Hotels, Restaurant, and Resorts Association),
Iloilo City Mayor Jerry Treñas, Felipe Uygongco (EVP of La Filipina Uygongco Group of Companies,
Philippine Foremost, Capiz Sugar, Amigo Terrace Hotel in the Visayas/Mindanao), Fanny Serrano,
and Roger Chua (Web Philippines, Inc. – Kasal.com, President) pose at Kasal.com´s
booth during the opening of Kasalan sa Iloilo.

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