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Barbi & Jorg’s Boracay Wedding

Pumkin and I just got home from Boracay. Just time for the New Year’s Eve celebration.

Two days ago, we flew to Boracay to attend my good friend Barbi’s wedding.  This event was full of excitement and emotion.

The wedding was simple yet the very solemn ceremony made it for me as the wedding of the year. Or I could even consider it the best wedding I ever witnessed.  I can really feel and say  ”Love is in the air!”

It seems the relationship was like a whirlwind romance. I was just so pleasantly surprised when Barbi broke the news about Jorg. It may be too soon for such commitment  but for people who are in love, there is no right time. When you love, you love.

The ceremony and reception was held at Hotel Isla Boracay.

Barbi dressed in a pink gown created by Nat Manilag boarded a special “bridal car”– a boat which took her from Fairways to Hotel Isla shore.

The whole family of Jorg as well as his closest  friends took time to fly in to attend that special day.  There weren’t so many guests.  I would say around 75 guests that included  Jorg and Barbi’s family and her closest friends from the beauty and fashion industry.

Pastor Robert Hern  who is close to the couple solemnized the wedding.  They were made to give their wedding vows in their own words.  This was the part that was so moving.  As each deliver their vows, guests had shed a tear or two.  I for one would shamelessly admit. The words from Jorg and Barbi were so filled with emotion that everyone who heard them had felt it with their hearts too. No words can clearly describe that moment. And that made this wedding a very special one for me.

I may dream  to have the same kind of wedding.  Maybe not for me but for my children who I wish someday will find the right love .

Just as Barbi and Jorg did.

Just a special note, Barbi and Jorg had the best photographer capturing the moments —  Pat Dy and his team as well as the best videographer, Jason Magbanua.

I hope Pat Dy and Jason Magbanua would not mind me  posting their videos  here.  :)

joerg and barbi friebel’s wedding in boracay from patdy on Vimeo.

Barbi and Jörg from Jason Magbanua on Vimeo.

And of course, I took photos too:  Barbi Und Jorg’s Boracay Wedding

2009 Family Christmas Party

This year’s Family Christmas party was more organized.  Held at the usual family party place at May St., the family members arrived wearing clothes of  their assigned color. Color-coding baga. This was for the purpose of easily identifying to which family one belongs to and for photo purposes.

The highlight of the party was the group presentation. Ideally, the presentation should be on a per family basis. But some of my cousins have formed a group mostly consisting of the young generation.

It was so much fun that night.

Here are the group presentation:

Group 1 – Weng’s Group

Group 2 – Shaun’s Group

Group 3 – Tito Jhonny & Kids

Group 4 – Dela Cruz Family

Group 5 - Pumkin’s Group

Group 6 – Aman’s Group

Aman’s group won as the 2009 Champion.   We expect that next year would be as fun if not better than what we had this time.

And of course, the photos:

2009 Family Christmas Party

2009 Family Christmas Presentation

Happy 7th Birthday Alessandra Nicole

Proud parents Alex and Ilene have invited us for the 7th Year birthday of  their daughter Alessandra Nicole held at their residence in Quezon City.

I took the initiative of being the unofficial party photographer.

I like to share with you the photos.  Click here.

2009 EALC Christmas Concert

A Christmas Concert was organized by EALC as a fund raising project for the benefit of Children’s Joy Foundation.

It was so awesome to watch all these small children in their costumes participate in such meaningful event.

Here’s the Junior Nursery with their Wonderful Christmas Time

And together with the students from other  EALC schools, here’s Give Love On Christmas Day

2009 FCPI Christmas Party


This year’s FCPI Christmas Party was held at May St.

As always, an FCPI party is also a family affair and so there we were  celebrating with them.

What made this party really fun and special was a revelation from my cousin Tracy.

Watch this and find out why ….

Knowing my cousin Tracy to be a quiet and shy boy, for me this was a revelation.

I didn’t know that he had also inherited that particular family gene.

Aren’t we all fun?  :D

Photos: FCPI Xmas Party 2009

Happy Golden Year!

It has long been planned by Katrina — a surprise birthday party for Mama Cheng,

With the help of Tita Regie, everything was organized.

There held yesterday December 3,2009 a lunch party at the Atrium of ECJ Condominium in Intramuros.

A small program and a simple party was held to celebrate the 50th birthday attended by the whole FCPI family and Tita Cheng’s closest friends.

All the while, she thought that this party is everything. She’s happy at any rate.

What she didn’t know was that something bigger was prepared in the evening.

Everyone left the office early to be at Celsius for the set up. We waited at the 2nd floor balcony for Tita Cheng and family to arrive. Everyone was holding confetti for the “surprise!” shout out.

It so happened just across Celsius is  a native restaurant serving bulalo, sisig, tapsilog, etc…

Katrina led the group to this restaurant and there Tita Cheng couldn’t believe that they’re going to eat in such restaurant for a big occasion.

” Dito? Dito talaga tayo kakain? ” was heard from Tita Cheng

As Katrina had already sensed the disappointment from her Mama Cheng, she led her outside in front of Celsius.

And at a cue, lights went on, everyone stood up and greeted “Surprise! Happy birthday Mam Cheng!”

A big laugh was heard from the celebrant.  She was genuinely surprised.

More friends of Tita Cheng came aside from the usual  family and office staff.  Kevin, who’s in Florida at this time for his internship may have missed the party but he prepared a video message for his Mama Cheng inserted on the AVP created by Katrina.

The surprise party was a success.

Tita Cheng have celebrated her golden year in such a memorable fashion.


Tita Cheng 50th Birthday Celebration by FCPI

Tita Cheng’s 50th Birthday Party At Celsius

Christmas Is In The Air

Christmas …. it’s Christmas time once again. I started my Christmas gift shopping as early as November.

And come December, our Christmas tree is all set up with the gifts.

The kids get excited knowing they can get their most coveted wishes!

But I have a wish list too.

Since last Christmas, I started to make a Christmas wish list where my family could check out what they can get for a gift which I would really like to have.

Here are the easy ones:

1. Starbucks tumbler – so I can take my coffee while driving to the office.

2. Twilight 4 set Journal – for a creative project I have in mind for my kids

3. Paulo Coelho book -  any of the following: Brida, Fifth Mountain, By The River Piedra I Sat Down And Wept or Like The Flowing River.

4. Credit Card Holder

5. Work out clothes

6. CD from any artist I like

I’m sure my kids would get me something from the list. Now I only need to guess who gets me what.

Now I’m excited as well.