Mindanao trip (Part 1): Bitoy & Hazel’s wedding

9 Aug

Amidst the bombings in the South, our Growth Group traveled all the way to Koronadal in Mindanao to witness the wedding of Bitoy, one of our Growth Group-mates, to Hazel. Bitoy Omolon and Hazel Javellana’s wedding was the wedding of the century!

(Pictures were taken using a camera phone so the qualities are not that good).

August 1. Arrival

One word to describe the wedding: super organized. Okay that was two :p

We were greeted by a guest coordinator (GC) upon our arrival in the airport. We planned to wait for Mia who’s scheduled to arrive at the flight next to ours but the GC said that different coordinators are assigned to fetch guests for each flights arriving. The transportation service was very convenient for guests especially since I didn’t sleep the night before and just caught some sleep during our 5.20 am flight. ‘Yan ang nagagawa ng paghahabol sa sale ng Cebu Pacific, since that’s the available schedule of the flight on sale. That’s also the reason why our trip was six days long from August 1 to 6…over-the-weekend trips were not on sale. Still, no one can deny that Cebu Pacific is doing a service to the average Juan, so we’re thankful for that :).

Our GC immediately provided us with personalized refreshments once we got in the van. She not only also gave us a history lesson of the SOCCSKSARGEN Region on the way to Koronadal City, she also said that our itineraries are already planned for the rest of our stay which included a welcome dinner for early guests at the bride’s house that evening.

We were greeted by a guest coordinator-cum-tourist guide who provided us with personalized refreshments.

It’s amazing how Bitoy and Hazel put an effort to personalize even the water provided for the guests upon arrival at the airport. Our guest coordinator-cum-tourist guide and the rest of the GCs are all very friendly and professional.

The soon-to-be bride and groom introduced their family during the welcome dinner.

The welcome dinner was a simple gathering for early guests for the Saturday wedding. The soon-to-be bride and groom also introduced their respective families during the welcome dinner.

I didn’t take a lot of photos during the welcome dinner but I caught this one…

Huli! Believe it or not, we indulged in lechon for three straight nights!

Huli! Believe it or not, we indulged in lechon for three straight nights!

August 2. Pre-wedding

The highlight of our 2nd day was the Hawaiian-themed pre-wedding party in the evening. But in the morning, we went around a bit to see what Koronadal has to offer.

Koronadal Round Ball (rotunda), a landmark at the city center.

The Koronadal Round Ball (rotunda), a landmark at the city center.

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The wedding venue.

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The playground at The Farm. The venue have gardens, ponds, and an aviary but I didn’t take pictures of those areas.

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Hubby had a cup of coffee at The Aviary Cafe.

Lunch at Nadies. This is what's popular in Socsargen, their counterpart of our "Mang Inasal."

We had lunch at Nadies, a popular inasal place in Koronadal and GenSan. If we have Mang Inasal in Manila, they have Nadie’s in Soccsksargen.

Hawaiian pre-wedding party

During the party, Bitoy and Hazel shared their story. It was nice to hear how God brought them together. They met in Church in Manila during a sports fest. Just like what the bride’s best friend/maid-of-honor said, isn’t it nice that the two met in Church?

What’s admirable about this couple is that they are living their lives for God. Friends of Bitoy testified how they came to know Christ through him and how prayerful he is, an evidence of his total dependence on Him.

Photo galore!

Photo galore!

A Hawaiian dance number by Bitoy's nieces.

A Hawaiian dance number by Bitoy’s nieces.

Bitoy sang "Beautiful in my eyes."

Bitoy serenaded his bride with the song “Beautiful in my eyes.”

The lovely couple.

What a lovely couple.

Photo with the couple.

YACIES Growth Group in Hawaiian costumes posing with the bride and groom.

August 3. Wedding day

Breakfast

Photo op with a PBA player. Yay!

Photo op muna with a PBA player before he ties the knot. Yay!

Tricycle ride

I think this is Luan and Nikki’s first time to ride at the back of a tricycle. Hehe! :)

Wedding

It was such a beautiful wedding. Everything was nice, the set-up, the ceremony, the vows. And the bride? Gorgeous!

Waiting for the bride.

The female entourage waiting for the bride.

Before the bride was given away.

Before the bride was given away.

Ceremony.

The ceremony.

First kiss.

First kiss.

Presenting the newlyweds.

Presenting the newlyweds, Mr. and Mrs. Bitoy Omolon. *Clap, clap, clap*

Photo galore during the ceremony. Hehe! :)

Photo galore during the ceremony. Hehe! :)

Stage backdrop.

Stage backdrop.

Reception

The pictures do not do justice to the warm atmosphere of the reception.

The pictures could not do justice to the warm atmosphere during the reception.

Waiting for the dinner.

Photo galore while waiting for dinner to be served.

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Photo galore with hubby!

The YACIES Growth Group.

The YACIES Growth Group.

Grand entrance.

Grand entrance.

Cake ceremony.

Cake ceremony.

TUNA! According to them, this is still small.

TTUUNNAA sashimi! According to them, there are tunas way BIGGER than this. But I don’t eat sashimi.

Candy bar for desserts.

There was a candy bar for desserts. But I just took a photo of this.

The newlyweds.

The newlyweds.

With the newlyweds.

Eugene and I with the newlyweds.

YACIES with the newlyweds.

YACIES with the newlyweds.

Nice backdrop for taking pictures.

Nice backdrop for taking pictures.

Pre-nuptial photos of the couple on display.

Pre-nuptial photos of the couple on display.

Continue reading Part 2 of this post…

6 Responses to “Mindanao trip (Part 1): Bitoy & Hazel’s wedding”

  1. hazel javellana August 9, 2013 at 9:01 pm #

    this is so wonderful! thank you so much :)

    • mary rose tiangco geanga August 10, 2013 at 7:37 pm #

      You’re welcome. :) Glad you liked it. Your wedding was really nice! Thanks, too, for having us. God bless your marriage! :)

  2. Cora August 9, 2013 at 11:24 pm #

    Speechless

  3. Cornelia Javellana August 10, 2013 at 6:19 am #

    Preparation is tough, but God made all things beautiful in His time.Thank you .
    Documentation is super nice.

  4. mae August 11, 2013 at 8:18 pm #

    nice documentation ma’am…pa share ha..

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