Philippine Wedding News

DOT Furthers RP as New Wedding Destination
02 January 2009

In recent months, the Department of Tourism (DOT) has continuously promoted the Philippines as a premier wedding destination throughout Asia and the United States.

Last November 1 and 2, 2008, DOT joined the 6th and 7th leg of the Great Bridal Expo in the United States. During the event held at the Sheraton Gateway Los Angeles and Anaheim Convention Center in California, the Department, together with Rita Neri Events Planners, set up a booth themed “Destination Philippines” which offered the products and services of some of the Philippine’s premiere wedding suppliers, such as Shangri-La Hotel and Resorts, Club Punta Fuego, Lito Sy Photography, Palamuti by Jing Tañada (florist), Forsc Ink (sound systems), Pastry Bin (cake specialist), Imacron videos, wedding gown designers Rajo Laurel and Frankie de Leon, Printsonalities, and Wink: Written in Ink (invitations designer and printer). Philippine Airlines also supported the Philippine team for the said event.

The country’s booth stood side by side with well-known American wedding suppliers JC Penney: Wedding Registry and David’s Bridal.

All the suppliers’ brochures were placed in one “Destination Philippines” shopping bag that they gave out to interested couples. The bag also contained guidelines for getting married in the Philippines, with practical information on Catholic and legal requirements for couples, whether Filipino, foreign or military.

DOT aims to present the country to Filipino-Americans (Fil-Ams) and North Americans as a great wedding and honeymoon destination. According to Rita Neri, the mentality of Filipinos, Fil-Ams included, is that “you [Filipinos] haven’t gotten married unless you walk in the church in Manila”. She adds that wedding costs here in the country is cheaper and since a lot of Fil-Ams spend their Christmas and New Year vacations in the Philippines, most decide to tie the knot during these months.

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Jambora, Anne. Phlippine Daily Inquirer. RP: from nature trip to wedding spot (Posted December 3, 2008) Retrieved December 8, 2008 from

Re-posted at Showbiz and Style Section of at

Jamora-Garceau, Therese. The Philippine Star. Nice place for a white wedding (November 16, 2008) p. 1

Posted at Retrieved December 8, 2008 from