December 12, 2008, it was Advantek’s Christmas Party, i wasn’t able to finish the whole program, i had to leave because of my friend Glenda’s wedding. We left Sto. Tomas Batangas at 8pm and headed our way to Lucena, we got to Wayne’s home at 11pm, long, tiring and sleepy drive.
December 13 is the slated wedding of Glen, Wayne is one of the bride’s maid, and i am one of the readers, we have to be at the church at an early time, no late.
The wedding ceremony was held in St. Michael Archangel in Tayabas, Quezon. Upon approaching the church, we already saw some of the couple’s “abay”, we rode off Wayne’s car and decided to sit inside the church while waiting for the ceremony to start. Then Nikkoshi people started to inform that they were already getting nearer in the place, few minutes later, they already arrived. Sir Lazaro, Mr. Shimazaki, Sir Jonathan, M’ Gie, M’ Michelle, Lani, Shei, Regz, Joan, Kulot, Kuya Leo and Kuya Neri.
We patiently waited for the bride to get off the bridal car, as one of the wedding traditions, the bride is not allowed to get off until the ceremony is started. And then finally few minutes later, there came the beautiful and smiling, ever happy bride, walking down the long church’s alley in a red carpet, wearing the best dress she ever had in her life, don once in a lifetime. I was apart from her, but i can sensed and witnessed how happy she was that day, same with her groom Allen. Escorted by her parents while approaching Allen, i knew that Glen was teary that moment, isabay pa ang saliw ng musika habang lumalakad sa gitna ng altar. Lahat ng mga mata ay sa isang babaing naka-puti at napakaputi nakapukol ang mga paningin. Perhaps, a bit nervous, can’t avert this, kakambal na yata ito ng bawat yugto ng pagdiriwang at mahahalagang okasyon sa ating buhay. Marapat lang siguro na sa mga ganitong pagkakataon, tibay ng loob at kumpiyansa sa sarili ang ating kamkamin. The wedding cermony had started, solemn, the homily of the officiating priest had indeed touched everyone’s heart. Looking at the couple that time, i can see no smirk, grin and frown, all i saw were the smiles of both newly wed couple, the whole ceremony. Sabi siguro nila, “at last, after seven years, eto tayo ngayon, nakaharap sa dambana at nanumpa na habang-buhay na magsasama bilang mag-asawa”. Amazing right, trully meant for each other…
Reception followed at Kundiman Bar & Restaurant in Tayabas also. Here, the traditional wedding was the one I witnessed!! Ang saya and we really enjoyed seeing them dancing and having fun. There was this GALAHAN after the kainan – GALAHAN means, both of the newly wed brought bags and wine, prowling around the reception, approaching each guests, had them drink the wine and in return the guest must drop money to the bag, in this case, Allen was the one who approched me and Wayne. Not only the GALAHAN, kakapagod!! SABITAN followed, here, the newly wed invited their ninong and ninang and then their guest to dance with them and then pinned money in the bride’s gown and groom’s suit. Wow, dollars agad and thousands ang isinabit kay Glen,sabi ko tuloy kay Wayne, parang nakakahiyang magsabit ng maliit dun, nakakahiyang itabi yung isasabit namin…. 🙂 This time, Glen was the one who invited me to dance, kahit parehong babae or lalaki ang pair na magsayaw, okay lang so long as sasabit ka.
Allen serenaded Glen with the song ALL MY LIFE that day but we’re not able to hear it.
Tiring yes, as Glen told me, ang saya saya daw nila that day!!
Their three or four months planning had ended a happy, entertaining and perfect wedding and worth to reminisce forever. This event of their lives had etched them a meaningful and tight bond that no one can untangle. The seven years of boyfriend-girlfriend relationship will reach five, ten, fifteen, silver and gold years as a husband and wife and soon enjoin with kids to take care with.
I am sure that the couple cannot forget this momentous moment of their lives!!