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.
I didn’t take a lot of photos during the welcome dinner but I caught this one…
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.
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.
August 3. Wedding day
It was such a beautiful wedding. Everything was nice, the set-up, the ceremony, the vows. And the bride? Gorgeous!