Wedding Press Release
Negros in the 2007 Kasalang Filipino
25 May 2007
the third leg of the 2007 Kasalang Filipino, which aims
to tie 10 Philippine cities with one goal of promoting
the local wedding industry, Dumagueteños put on quite
a show last May 25-26 at the refreshingly tropical-themed
Bethel Guest House
In the course of the two-day event,
the first-ever wedding fair in Dumaguete City, entrepreneurs
and businessmen were given tips on how to start their
own businesses by the Department of Trade and Industry.
Interested couples and families were treated to a rondalla
and folk dance presentation, and exposed to the techniques
used in making bridal bouquets, applying makeup and styling
hair, and arranging and skirting wedding tables.
grand motorcade with Kabulakan Festival muses
and decorated tartanillas, and a "Kasalan sa Dauin"
cultural presentation depicting wedding traditions
in the nearby town of Dauin opened the event.
wearing premier Dumaguete bridal creations for
the "Maanyag nga Lalik Fashion Show" walked down
the Bethel Guest House stairs into the waiting
romantic Boulevard at the end of the first day.
Kasalan sa Dauin wedding
KeyCities Events and
Marketing Head Glynda Descuatan said, "As the organizer,
I was deeply touched by the enthusiasm and the cooperation.
This may be our first but the desire for excellence
is there. The activity opened new ideas for business,
new contacts and new ways of doing business."
The rest of the cities
in the road show, from Tarlac to Manila, most certainly
have their work cut out for them as Kasal.com,
the entity behind Kasalang Filipino, constantly urges
the maximizing of the uniqueness of local products.
In fact, on the 2nd
day, well-known event stylist Henry Pascual said, while
demonstrating how he could arrange fuchsia roses in
a low vase made of lahar, "Why buy imported when we
can go local?"
Just watching him
talk about styling themed wedding receptions and using
local pistachio green carnations, sinamumus from Davao,
and white roses from Baguio, one could indeed ask, "Why
Anyone could say with
pride that Dumagueteños took that to heart in
the 2007 Kasalang Filipino as the exhibits truly showcased
Negrense artistry and craftsmanship.
gowns and bibingka cakes
Galvez, gown and jewelry designer of the Boom's Garments,
said that upon the organizers' encouragement to use
local materials, she came up with a "set of creations
emphasizing more on the materials used."
On the May 25 fashion
show, her contemporary designs using simple lines-halter
and the basic balloon-more than gave focus to the breezy
banig lining visible underneath the soft cheese cloth
or delicately crumpled katsa.
"People don't have
to go all out and buy organzas and chiffon. Gowns like
this definitely add a little extra oomph to any wedding,"
she said. "It's very classy, making it acceptable in
any church aisle, and it says something about Filipino's
Classy could also
aptly describe the jewelry displayed. Necklaces with
polished corals and carved shells accentuating mined
amber or freshwater pearls and Japanese beads are beautiful
accents on wedding gowns.
kabog cake of Boom Roxas
the gems we know; the genuine mined stones, Spanish
heirlooms and excavation pieces, some from right
here in Dumaguete," she said.
This leads us
to the budbud kabog, the city's specialty, a kind
of suman made from birdseed (fine rice grains
which cost Php180 per kilo), and Isabel "Boom"
Roxas' original recipe of bibingkang kabog of
the same ingredient.
year at the Buglasan Festival of Negros Oriental,
Roxas arranged the bibingka into a three- tiered
bibingkang kabog cake, trimmed with banana leaves,
local flowers and pyramid deep sea shells taken
from deep sea areas going to Siquijor.
"[If you ask
me,] the Negros touch can compete with the national
wedding scene," she said.
100% made in Dumaguete
Bong Callao of Arte de Negros said 100% wood, he meant
it. "Our furniture is unique because we do not use nails,
just wooden pegs."
they also fuse wood and wrought
iron, sometimes buying old wooden train rails in Bais
City for the iron pegs.
hardwood or driftwood taken from old Negros Oriental
houses and fences take his crew of 20-30 skilled
workers in Brgy. Junob, Dumaguete two weeks to
finish a customized piece.
He said, "We
design for an hour or two because it depends on
the character and shape of the wood. This is why
it's called the arts of Negros."
from all over the country, he added that
Arte de Negros' furniture
started this as a hobby three years ago. I was fond
of building wooden furniture for my house. But friends
kept on asking me for the sala sets I make. I just gave
it to them and made new ones. But it kept on happening!"
He pointed to a sala
set with kamago or "iron wood" for seats and perfectly
rounded wooden balls for armrests. "I do not even know
now how many sala sets, kasintahans (loveseats) or long
benches we have made already."
But for weddings looking
for the character only unique wooden trellises on top
of a beautifully carved kasintahan could provide, Arte
de Negros is truly recommended.
He concluded, "We
have so many concepts and we can rent for all occasions.
Bawal lang ang patay."
people appreciate the beauty of the stone craft pieces
we exhibit, but they get shocked at the price," said
Donna Elizaga, part of the marketing staff of Negros
Oriental Arts and Heritage (NOAH).
Established in 1983,
NOAH started with slabs of stones etched with Bible
verses in Bacong, Negros Oriental.
Now, with 150 workers,
they have taken stone craft into a new level with an
intricate process that takes 60-90 days to make, depending
on the size and design.
"First we put a brass
pattern lining the design, then we inlay the precious
stones one by one by hand. We use snow white, red and
blue stones and jade, all locally supplied. Then it
is polished and laminated for that special shine and
protection," she said.
She added that it's
not often done in other places because it is so intricate
and takes a long time. "But jewelry boxes like these,
with the couple's pictures and names laid in the middle
of the stone design, make for good wedding souvenirs
that are truly memorable."
Aside from these exhibits,
there were also others that stood out for the products
and services that they offered.
by Cuttin' Loose Hair and Nails, David's Salon/ Dermaline,
and the Grand Royale Spa; and, Siquijor and Apo Island
packages of Orientwind Travel and Tours were presented.
Mouth-watering, not to mention colourfully frosted cakes,
were exhibited by Chantilly and Sans Rival Cakes and
Pastries. Creative Concepts and Expressions Flower Shop
featured both wild and elegant blooms, while elegant
invitations were showcased by 2R2A Odlanoid Technology,
QP Designs (Manila-based) and AACTECH Computer Solutions.
Rendon's Fashion Shoppe
and Wedding Services gave a glimpse of Dumaguete fashion
as both The Agencia Belen Pawnshop and Jewelry Store
and Belcinia Jewelry sported some local blings.
Aldea Photo, Ariel
Javelosa (Manila-based) and Imagebank showed their best
portraits and video works while Lindai's Catering Services,
Bethel Guest House and La Caviteña Restaurant battled
for the most sumptuous offerings.
Nice wedding souvenir
items were available at DJD Handcrafted Gifts, Orient
Gifts and SOMEONE; and, Lotiff Construction introduced
model homes for they newlyweds.
With such a wealth
of creativity and outpouring of information on wedding
preparation, the Dumaguete wedding industry could truly
come up roses the next time Kasalang Filipino
comes around. See you in 2009!
|List of Kasalan sa Dumaguete
Cuttin’ Loose Hair and Nails
Grand Royale Spa
Sans Rival Bakeshop
Designers & Couturiers
Rendon’s Fashion Shoppe and Wedding Services
Expressions Flower Shop
Orientwind Travel and Tours
2R2A Odlanoid Technology
AACTECH Computer Solutions
Agencia Belen Pawnshop and Jewelry Store
Lights & Sounds
NJ Mobile Sounds
Reception - Caterers
Lindai’s Catering Services
Reception – Hotels
Bethel Guest House
Reception – Restaurants
La Cavitena Restaurant
Arte De Negros
DJD Handcrafted Gifts
Negros Oriental Arts And Heritage( NOAH)
Dumaguete City Tourism Office
Province of Oriental Negros
Home & Living
Please visit www.kasal.com
for the exhibitors' complete contact details.
Filipino is a nationwide wedding fair road
show aimed at tying 10 Philippine cities with one goal
of promoting the local wedding industry. The following
are the 10 cities of the 2007 road show - Tagaytay,
Legaspi, Dumaguete, Tarlac, Cagayan de Oro, Iloilo,
Davao, San Pablo, Cebu, and Manila.
2007 is co-presented by Kasal.com and ABS-CBN;
and is made possible by Philippine Airlines, Fuji-YKL,
Chinabank, Standard Appliances, Colgate-Palmolive, Red
Hat, MozCom PayEasy, QP Designs, Ariel Javelosa Photo
& Video, Bitstop Network Services, and the following
media partners: ABS-CBN Regional Network Group, Lifestyle
Network, DWRR, My Only Radio, Metro Weddings magazine,
Philippine News, Manila Bulletin's About Weddings, Business
World, Business World High Life, The Manila Times, Real
Living magazine, Flavors magazine, Entrepreneur magazine,
The Beat magazine, Sun.Star, OFW Ngayon, Media G8way,
loCalDirect, Philstar.com, Yehey.com, HerWord.com, PinoyExchange.com,
DigitalFilipino.com, Tsinoy.com, Trabaho.com and ThePinoy.net.
Please visit http://www.kasal.com
for more details.