MANILA, Philippines — Laguna’s best wedding suppliers showcased their products and services during the Kasalang San Pablo wedding fair and exhibit, the first leg of Kasalang Filipino 2009, a 12-city wedding fair road show held last Jan. 12 – 14, 2009 at the Pamana Hall in San Pablo City, Laguna.
City Administrator and Coco Festival 2009 over-all chairman Loreto Ambem Amante, Laguna Provincial Planning Coordinator Valentin Guidote, Mutya ng San Pablo 2009 Glennifer Perido, Lakan ng San Pablo 2009 Joseph Brul, celebrity stylist James Cooper, and Kasal.com head Mathel Ong were present during the ribbon cutting ceremony to formally declare the opening of the three-day wedding fair and exhibit.
During the afternoon of the first day, 11 local make-up artists showcased their skills in Ever Bilena’s Gandang Pinay Bridal Make-up competition. Each contestant was given an hour to make up their model brides. Their works were judged by Ever Bilena (EB) marketing manager Onin Mas, EB Brand Manager Mozhgan Amaranto, EB make-up artist Ana Abainza, and James Cooper.
The work of Ferdie Santos on model-bride Diane Joyce Ramirez won the grand prize. Make-up done by M.C. Rasaoa, on model-bride Mica Villamondo, and Eys Vergara, on Alyanna Marie Amad, were awarded as first and second runner-up, respectively. Santos received a trophy, one-year Gold Listing in Kasal.com’s Wedding Resource, P20,000 worth of cosmetics from Ever Bilena, and will be featured in the company’s various ad campaigns.
On the third day, during the Coconut Cookfest, 100 Barangay Nutrition Schools of San Pablo City demonstrated their culinary expertise in using coconut as ingredient in three categories: main course, appetizer, and dessert. Del Remedio District won Best Appetizer and Best in Costume. Ambray District cooked the Best Main Course and Sto. Angle District made the Best Dessert.
The wedding fair was concluded with a fashion show in front of the old City Hall building, showcasing the works of San Pablo’s leading bridal couturiers.
“Through this, (the Coco Festival and Kasalang San Pablo) and with the support of the media, we hope to inform everyone what San Pablo has to offer,” Amante said.
Kasalang San Pablo wedding fair and exhibit is one of the official activities of San Pablo Coco Festival 2009. It started in 1995 as a way of thanksgiving for a bountiful harvest and to showcase the locally made coconut-based handicrafts, decors, and food products like copra, coco lumber, coco coir, doormats, linens, accessories, virgin coconut oil, bottled macapuno, bottled nata de coco (processed ‘cream of coconut’), and buko (coconut) pie.
The theme for this year’s celebration is “Alamat ng maindayog na musika at natatanging kultura ng San Pablo, bayan ng tangi at unang ermitanyo” (The Legend of the Rhythmic Music and Unique Culture of San Pablo: town of the first and only Hermit).
The Coco Festival coincides with the Feast day of the patron saint of the province, Saint Paul, the First Hermit.
Updated February 01, 2009 07:22 AM