My Top Mommy Products

Researcher. I am that and more whenever there’s something that I am interested in. Thank you for the wonderful and I hope will be a much faster – Internet Connection that I can read on reviews before buying a product or availing a procedure (This is specifically true when I was pregnant: such as the OGTT and CAS test). But now that Seb’s here and I got a little more time to browse online shops while breastfeeding him I have become quite addicted to ordering online to the point that almost every other day within a week there is something delivered to our house. A gift from me to me 🙂
Anyway, online shopping can be a hit and missed. And I am thankful that its very rare when I come across a bad one and I credit my research for such success. Well, so much my intro let me enumerate “My Top Mommy Products”.

 

  • Coco Haven Baby Hair and Body Wash (Php 300.00 for 250ml) All natural, made of coconut oil and lasting scent. This smells soooo good. Another product from Coco Haven that I really like is their Bugs Away therapeutic cream (Php 200.00) this is one of my go to anti-mosquito products for Seb because it is not that sticky in the skin and again, the smell is really good. you have to try this one, the smell alone sold me out! I ordered this from @9monthsandbeyond_ph‘s Instagram.

 

  • Human Nature Rescue Balm (Php 99.00 for 10grams) I visited one of their stores and there really are a lot to choose from. Actually, there are two types of this balm, the other one is the soothing balm which i have yet to try. I chose this rescue balm because its for scrapes and scratches in the skin which helps for the bi from mosquito bites. Its pure tea tree + lavender. Wishing now that I bought the big one. Anyway, will definitely refill.

 

  • Pigeon Baby Oil with Telon It is not available here in the Philippines. This serves as my baby’s Acete de Mansanilla because I find the real one too strong and hot for an infant’s skin. My sister gave this to me from Indonesia.

 

  • Drypers Drypantz I tried Huggies, Pampers, Mamy Poko and EQ. All diapers worked for Seb. He did not developed any rash but we’re sticking with Drypers as I find it thicker and absorbent. I ordered a box of this in Lazada during their promos, you just have to check the site regularly as there’s always a great deal. Also their delivery is efficient too.

 

  • Bite Block Insect Repellant cheap, good scent and non-sticky on skin. Spot on!

 

  • First Bible Stories Book from WS Pacific Publishing Inc. (Php 300.00) as I mentioned in one of my Instagram posts that I intend to read the bible as Seb’s night story rather than the usual fairy tales and this is a great move in my behalf as I get to revisit the bible too. The book has a very good quality and the drawings and story are very in the eyes and understand.

 

  • Cetaphil Baby Massage Oil Cute packaging 🙂 but the thing that really makes me want this is the moisturizing effect. Great for massaging and works as Mommy’s lotion too.

 

  • Simba Safe Nail Cutter Sturdy, not that fragile like others because it is made of steel (I prefer this than plastic) and the edge of the tool is blunted to ensure safety.

 

  • Pigeon Peristaltic Nipple For me, this is the closest teats you can get that resembles the nipple. It is very soft and we never had a problem with nipple confusion. The price ranges from Php 400 – 550 depending on the size and months of the baby.

 

  • Looney Tunes Baby Bottles (4 oz) Cheap yet very good quality. These are the bottles I used whenever we are out and I can’t feed the baby directly. As I prefer to have a bottled breastmilk baon. This way he is also trained to bottle feed. We started bottle feeding him as early as 2 months.

 

  • Looney Tunes Manual Breast Pump (Php 900.00) Can be used for wide neck and regular bottles as it has an adaptor, very easy to assemble and clean. Cheap and very efficient. I prefer to use this rather than the portable Pigeon breast pump I have as I feel that I have a better control of the flow and output.

 

  • Lactation Cookies I ordered mine from @annabananaskitchen in Instagram, their oatmeal raisin with sunflower seeds cookies and it tasted delicious! I’m only supposed to eat 2 max per day but I ate more than that because it taste like a regular cookie that I tend to treat it as a treat/dessert. Yum!

 

There goes the list. I will be adding more from time to time but so far these are my tried and tested. Will be adding photos soon but will need to collate them first as they are everywhere! I have gotten inconsistent with my file storage this past few months as there’s too little “me” time for now… not complaining though as the baby is at its cutest now, he is starting to babble and oh so adorable! but close to 10 months and still toothless, I am not complaining though as teeth + breastfeeding is never a good combination. yikes!

 

Ciao for now,

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DIY Activities for your Baby (below 1 year old)

I have always been the creative type but never “frugal”. I can justify the need to spend and have more. (Justify mostly to myself as my husband does not buy it). He is my conscience when we’re in the mall. He’s always like”Do you really need it?” Blah, blah, blah… Hindi siya nagger ha. Mas practical at wise lang talaga siya😁

The creativeness in me tripled when I had Seb and discovered Pinterest. If you are not familiar with this app please stop reading my blog and install one NOW! (You’re welcone Pinterest for this promotion hehehe.) 

I discovered this app way back 2014 when a friend recommended it and looking back on my boards it summarizes my life’s desires from pugs, to clothes, hair, shoes, to graphic designs, travel goals, wedding pegs, pregnancy tips and now, baby development, milestones and activities to name a few of my searches. It really is all very, very interesting!

My browsing lead to several attempts of Do-It-Yourself which are all successful ahem ahem. And I will share them with you.

Ref Magnets. Good for their stand practice and keeps them occupied for a long time. They can also see themselves in the ref’s surface so its like looking in a mirror. They also reach for the magnet or look for it whenever it drops. 

The Ribbon Bar. I created it differently though as we only used a hanger to hold the ribbons making it more portable in my opinion (excuses… the bar seems hard and expensive to replicate)

Dig Out Toys on Jelly. This is easy and cheap. I will be doing this again soon as the baby enjoyed it. Warning: This is messy.

Discovery Basket. This occupies my boy for a long time and whenever he sees a fresh basket with new items he is very excited. I usually prepares this at night so when he wakes up this is my first trick as I am still sleepy to do active plays. The gist is you have this basket/box where you put items from different parts of the house. Example: Bathroom, Kitchen, Bedroom, Office stuff… Note: his favorite is the baking/kitchen items. He loves the whisk and spatulas.

Newspaper or Aluminum Step. Because of their texture once the baby kicks or placed their feet it produces a sound. Thus, the sense of hearing and touch are stimulated.

Balloon Tied to Foot. Seb did not appreciated it much because he was too young when I introduced this to him. 3 Months. Maybe I will try again soon. I’ll buy one of those charactered balloons they sell in the market.

The Silly Putty. The easiest combination I’ve read so far are flour + oil + water + food color and yogurt + food color. This is yet to be tested. I will post the one most effective and fun for him.

Cut and Paste. Using a double sided tape and cut out art papers, He gets to stick the papers on the cabinet. Its not mucb fun for him though, what we found more fun is the anti mosquito stickers. we stick it in his nose, belly, knees etc. we laughs and does the same to mommy.

The Messy Spaghetti. Cooked pasta with food color. I am hesitant to add food color as he will be eating the pasta for sure. Instead I will add a little beetroot for color but won’t mix too long for it might blend with the taste of the pasta and beetroot tastes like soil😑 so that is a no-no.

Coloring Materials. Colors and Colored Pencils are my go to’s when it comes to entertaining this little kiddo. He “tries” to draw nonsense using colors in an illustration board while I doodle with him. and my favorite is whenever he tries to put the colored pencils on its case. he gets to practice his motor and thinking skills. 

Pimp the Walker. Seb’s walker is a hand me down and the toy in front of it is damaged so I just discarded it and created a new one. A very detailed car dashboard. It took quite some time and effort. I used a cardboard and sharpie and voila… ganda diba?

 

These next items are not DIY anymore… but still very helpful in their development.

  1. Read the Bible. I bought “First Bible Stories” and read it to him whenever we can. From the Creation, Isaac, Abraham, Noah, Jonah of the Old Testament and now we are on Jesus’ time at the New Testament. It is a review to me on the bible stories and It seem that I really am the one enjoying because whenever he tries to grab the book I say “No, this is Mommy’s book”. The book is too pretty.
  2. Read Fairy Tales. Aladdin, Puss in Boots, King Midas to name a few… but I prefer for him to read the Bible stories.
  3. Read pretty much everything. From labels, to signages and any other reading sources. I am a reader myself and I hope for him to develop a liking for it too. As I believe that reading is a solid foundation to having a good grammar. I credit my sister for my interest in reading. I remember the first book that my parents bought for me was Sweet Valley Kids.
  4. Massage. From newborn to infancy up to before he becomes too active and squirmish. Massage is a favorite activity. I have a thing for trying out new oils and watching youtube videos of baby massages. Complete with a lullaby on spotify. It was a bonding moment then but now that he cannot keep still… 😭

If you love who you are doing it for then it will never feel like a chore. This is my resourcefulness at its best. Thanks to Pinterest for the inspiration.❤

I hope that this post reaches out to Mothers like me who’s looking for activities that can keep their babies occupied giving them TIME – either to bond or to do something.

 
Tapping the creative in you,

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Babywearing: Which SSC is better?

Babywearing is something that I have yet to experience. I’ve seen many parents doing this almost everywhere and I say it looks pretty easy and very convenient instead of a stroller – No more elevators, bulky carriage and you can go anywhere as if you are simply carrying a bag… talk about portability. The concept is simple: You-carry-your-baby.👍🏼

I am a research person and that’s why I love reading blogs – especially Mom blogs nowadays ever since I’ve been one. Their recommendations are what sells a product to me because their reviews are as real as one can get. And so the search for the perfect carrier begins…

Baby Carriers are very indemand now and so comes the vast selection. From types, to brands, to colors, sizes and features and It can get pretty overwhelming. With this, you have to identify your needs to be able to narrow down your choices. And here is what I am looking for:

  • Can be use from Newborn to Toddler without the need for infant insert.
  • Can do front facing position.
  • Comfortable for Mommy’s use.
  • For the price: I understand that SSCs are pricey (almost the same price of a stroller) but as long as its brand is established and trusted, the quality is very good then I’ll just turn a blind eye😂
  • Hope Daddy can use too.

Okay so that was quite a list but I have narrowed my choices to three and will discuss them in a while. But first let me talk about what I’ve learned about babywearing so far..

Babywearing is not a new trend as it can be traced way back to our ancestors (tribe people – they use clothe as wraps then). From there it has evolved and is now known in its many faces: Mei Tai, Ring Sling, Woven Wrap, Stretch Wrap and the most popular and modern SSC (Soft Structured Carriers), which is my choice.

I have tried the SaYa (Pricing at Php 950.00) which is a stretch wrap and I was confused and kind of disappointed. It is hard to set up that I never get to use it. I ordered it when Seb is only 3 weeks, tried it with my husband’s help. Even with the manual and watching YouTube videos – we still fail. I find it too snug and fit that I am scared to put my baby in it in fear that he’ll get squish. I have the right size naman but I don’t know I am just not confident to use it.

And so I look for other wraps and find the Baby K’Tan breeze which look very promising. It is half mesh, half cloth so the airflow is present which is really important especially in Philippine weather. It does not seem that complicated to use and has more support. For the price of around Php 3,000 it was a candidate. Was I say because I thought that wraps would not be for my long term use as it has a tendency to sag if Seb becomes heavier which is inevitable. So from wraps I’ve jumped to an SSC.

SSC is sturdier and will grow with my baby. And from my research my top choices are:

ERGOBABY 360 – (still needs an infant insert) can be used from 7-33 lbs, has a front facing feature, ErgoBaby is the top brand when it comes to baby carriers so the quality is expected to be superb. Has very good designs but we’re interested to get the block gray if ever.

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TULA – still needs an infant insert and no front facing position but from reviews mothers say that these are the most comfortable to use as it fits the wearer very well. Also the designs are very stylish, I am so inlove with the block gray and star design.

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LILLEBABY All Seasons – no need for infant insert, has 6 positions including front facing and can be use from newborn to toddlers years so that’s 7-45 lbs. Has a lumbar support too which is brilliant.

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These SSCs cost pretty much the same, pricing at around Php 5,000 ++ costly I know but I’d rather spend than risk my baby falling (nooooooo!) All are available in the country. The Ergobaby and Lillebaby can be purchase in The Baby Company at selected SM stores but TULA has an exclusive distributor which is the CEO Emporium whose store is located in San Juan.

I am pretty much solved to LILLEBABY because its very “sulit”. Still need to try them personally prior to buying which will happen in the next few weeks. Seb is exactly  2 months now and I plan to start wearing him at around 3 months to make sure that his head and neck are stronger.

I joined the Babywearing Philippines page in Facebook and it really is a big help in giving information about everything I need to know in babywearing, check out and join the group moms. Its really helpful.

Will update you guys once my babywearing journey started.

 

 

Excited to buy her very first carrier,

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EQ Diapers free sample

Don’t you just love surprises?

It has been weeks since I signed up for their free diaper sample ad in Facebook so receiving a package via delivery from JRS really was a surprise. And upon opening it… “Oooh nice!” was my reaction and it came with a big smile and satisfaction.

 

They sent me diapers both in newborn and small sizes (which I think is well thought of since my baby may have grown much for the newborn size) also they put in the baby wipes for its usefulness in the diaper changing process.

I simply LOVE it.

So for First Time Moms like me, I encourage you to visit EQ Diapers Facebook page and sign up for this freebie as it can really make your day and for a good few minutes veer your mind off your incoming labor pains.

 

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Review: Marco Polo Ortigas Hotel

Ever since it opened in 2014, I have always wanted to visit the Marco Polo Hotel in Ortigas, Pasig City. But due to work, marriage and now comes pregnancy I’ve forgotten all about it…

Thanks to that one faithful browsing night in Instagram, we decided to have an on the spot planning and book their weekend dine, stay and play package for superior room priced at Php 5,800 in total for 2 guests overnight stay. So comes the weekend, we had our staycation!

A complimentary parking is available for guests, and if you have a companion who wants to park in their building they charge a fee of Php 100 for the first three hours.

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Checking in was a breeze because of the prompt and courteous receptionist.

Their lobby is located in the 24th floor (ergo their tagline of Philippine’s First Sky Hotel) because the other lower floors were occupied by offices.

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Our room’s in the 27th floor adjacent to the MERALCO building providing us a great view of the city and traffic.twin beds of pure comfort

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Twin beds of pure comfort

All complementaries are complete: You got your mineral water, soap, shampoo, body gel, toothbrush, cotton buds, slippers and many others. But one thing that is very important and missing: They do not have a bidet 😦

Mustering all my second trimester energy, we decided to take a dip in the pool while my sister tries their gym which I find really inviting with their modern equipments and available gym trainer. If it hadn’t been pregnant I might have a go on their Treadmill.

And so I dip and swam to my heart’s content in their pool instead, which is  just the perfect temperature. They also have a jacuzzi in the corner which I didn’t get into as my condition restrain me. Their pool area in 22nd floor which is open from 6:00am-10:00pm is one of the highlights of my visit. I really enjoyed it. Why? It’s indoor with a great view, good ambience, tempting sofa seats to rest on, unlimited available dry towels and free cucumber water on standby. Not to mention that there were only few guests or almost none when we’re there 🙂 and to cap it all off they have one of the best shower areas I’ve been to! Talk about great amenities and superb service from all the attentive staffs.

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Before bed time I did indulge a few hours in the bath tub. Tip though: Bring your own bath salt/foam that’s oozing with foam and scent because the one they have there seems bland.

* I’ll be having a separate post for our buffet breakfast in CUCINA.

Overall, The Marco Polo Ortigas Hotel experience is very luxurious, relaxing and simply nice. The room is spot on with all the great features, their amenities are well maintained, the restroom is clean, modern and sleek. But for me, the highlight will be that of superb attentive service from their staff plus the affordable price it all comes with.

 

MARCO POLO ORTIGAS, MANILA  |  Meralco Avenue and Sapphire Street, Ortigas Centre, Pasig City,1600,  Manila,  Philippines  |  Email: manila@marcopolohotels.com  |  Tel: (+632) 720 7777

 

P.S. This is me at 26 weeks 🙂

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Nessy and Nessly at Marco Polo Ortigas Hotel – July 2016

 

Good Job! Marco Polo Ortigas… I will see you soon, again!

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Clinica Antipolo Hospital Tour

3 months before my due date, I opted to have a “maternity / delivery ” hospital tour in Clinica Antipolo. The hospital is one of my options to have my baby come D-day. Its 25 minutes away from home and is fairly new considering it opened last 2012.

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The maternity rate depends on your doctor. Mine was priced at Php 40,000 for normal delivery and Php 70,000 for Caesarean delivery. As per their admitting department, the maternity package comes with a private room  (Php 1,700) but upon checking, the room seems small so if you opted to have a regular private room (Php 2,000) the package wouldn’t be counted as a whole but rather it will become a per item of availment computation.

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Semi-Private Room (Php 1,500)

This is quite a pickle as I prefer the regular private room. Actually its just the same in terms of room component, the only difference is the room size as it can accomodate more people / visitors.

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Regular Private Room (Php 2,000)

We’re able to see the operation room, delivery room, nursery, NICU, chapel, lobby and all other facilities in relation to the maternity tour. I asked if they allow a companion during delivery and they said no because of the need to preserve sterilization, but I’m still thinking of pushing my OB to agree to have my spouse with me.

*** Update: I asked my OB If my husband can go with me in the delivery room, and she said it depends on him. Based from her experience, she said that some husbands tends to disrupt the labor due to panic or a different reaction upon seeing all the bloods and stuff.

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Lobby and Information Area

All in all, the hospital seems new, clean and not depressing to visit as most hospitals are. They even have a pianist performing in their lobby if that adds to it being not gloomy. The parking is quite limited, and the nearest establishments are 7 minutes away in Robinsons Place Antipolo.

 

*** I’ve been looking for Clinica Antipolo reviews online especially from other Mom’s blog  and forums but can’t find any. If ever I’ll be having my delivery here I will post one.

Additional information updated as of September 30, 2016: If you have a Maternity benefit under your HMO (mine was Asianlife which is 30,000 for CS delivery and 20,000 for Normal delivery) and plan to avail the hospital maternity package, you wouldn’t able to do so. The case would be is you’ll be considered as a private patient meaning your maternity hospital fees will be computed on an itemized basis. So it will be more costly a few thousands but I think I’ll be taking the risk instead of not being able to avail the HMO’s maternity benefit. I hope I am able to explained this clearly or pretty much is understandable 🙂

 

If you want to know more about Clinica Antipolo, here’s their contact details:

Address: Lot 4 Sen. L. Sumulong Mem. Circle (Taktak Road) Dela Paz, Antipolo City

695-9480 to 87  |  695-9435

Email: cahwci@yahoo.com.ph  |  www.clinicaantipolohospital.com

 

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Bridal Gown Fitting

Today’s agenda is Bridal Gown.

Not yet to buy but to try gowns and see what silhouette suits and complements my body type. And so I have two places to visit. Landmarks and Rosa Clara. Both are carrier of RTW bridal gowns since its my choice of how I want my gown to be. I want the “what you see is what you get” type of purchase, especially for the most important dress I’ll ever wear in my life.

First stop, LANDMARKS: Ivory and Lace

They are quite strict. No picture taking and you only get to fit 3 dresses. No exchange of choices to try on (think of a touch move concept). Their fitting room is big enough with 2 mirrors front and back and a platform but I think they should somewhat put a drama in their lightning and a little more ventilation in the room since it gets really hot once you put on the gowns considering their layers and layers of tulle.

There are many gowns available from A-line, to ball gown to mermaid etc. and mind you they’re all in style and not outdated. They also have some gowns on sale at 20% discount.

Price Range: The cheapest one I saw costs Php 14,000. Their veil has 2 types: with lace Php 5,000 and without lace Php  2,000. They can do alterations with a fee depending on the changes to be made. To reserve the gown you want you need to pay 20% down payment.

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Second stop, ROSA CLARA

I called prior to visiting their shop inquiring if they can accommodate a walk-in fitting and good thing is no one’s scheduled so they said yes! If you know Rosa Clara you know that it is expensive considering of course that its a Spanish bridal brand.

The first gown I tried on is DIVINE. Perfect fit! Made for me? I think so but it comes with a hefty price of Php 125,000. For that amount you get free alteration and a veil. If you have a tube top which can be a problem if you’lI have a church wedding, you can opt to buy a cover up bolero. Their price ranges from Php 20,000 minimum.

They have nice fitting rooms with good romantic lightning, platform, robe and a three way mirror. They are also more lenient here when it comes to gown fitting. No limit like that of Landmarks but I never needed it since I fell in love hard with the first gown I tried on. But still I fitted 2 more just to see other silhouettes but I keep comparing them to the first one.

I almost have the this is it feeling. But knowing that this is way way beyond our allotted budget for my wedding gown I have to let go and move on… Sad that I don’t even have a picture of this divine gown as they have a no pictures policy.

I read in some blog that its a no-no to try on a wedding gown that is way beyond your budget as if you loved it, you’ll have a hard time on choosing others as you’ll keep comparing it to the one. Oh well rookie mistake. But I know that someday, somewhere I’ll find the perfect wedding gown. The one that’s really meant for me to walk down the aisle with.

** Borrowed a few lines from one of my favorites songs – someday 🙂

Tower III of The Residences @ Greenbelt | RosaClara@trimarkholdings.net | 238-1310

It is pretty tiring with all the big fuzz of trying on huge gowns. It somehow drains my energy. A tip though, make sure to wear a dress for your convenience in changing clothes and also a nice pair of underwear 🙂

As for the findings of what silhouette complements me: A-Line

Well I hope to find my wedding gown soon as its close to three months and still I’m not half done yet in my wedding preps!

Tired from gown fitting,

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Food Tasting (in search of our wedding caterer)

So far the wedding preparations I had been to three food tastings already. All of them are mid-range in terms of prices. These are my must-haves in finding our wedding caterer:

Food – delicious and good serving
Styling – I have a vision of what my reception would look like, It needs to spell our theme: Modern Filipiniana
Service – courteousness and communicatiovn is key
Budget – still needs to be considered as we want to stick to our budget
And so after researching on forums such as the ever helpful W@W and GT. I am on my way to taste and decide.

1. IGNACIO’S CATERING

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Way before we start on our preps I saw their website, check their styling and packages. And so they are on top of my list when we started doing FTs. Since our church and reception is in Marikina City they will be very ideal as they’re from Marikina too.

Rates: Minimum of Php 470 per head and maximum of Php 820 + 10% service charge with tiffany chairs and styling

Easy communication with their AE and you get to talk to the owner Sir Jon Ignacio. All seems good in terms of styling and food serving. Their Fish fillet in warm salad, buco pandan and mango jello are good finds but I think they need to improve their dessert options (taste wise). I didn’t get the this-is-it feeling😑 so…

#10 Malaya st. Malanday, Marikina city | http://www.ignacioscatering.com | 948-8150. 948-0053. 347-2229

2. DORIE’S CATERING

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Good food, style and price. They got it all! Its just that for me personally, something’s amiss. Again, No This-is-it feeling.

Rate: Minimum of Php 400 per head and maximum of Php 570 with tiffany chairs and styling

Their spanish beef kaldereta, fish fillet with tar tar sauce and almond buco lychee are delicious. The owner John Cruz is very knowledgeable in terms of styling and he really suggests ideas of what will make the event grand. There are many customers when we went there, some are already in their final detailing and paying the down payment to book them.

I highly suggest you try food tasting with them, and see for yourself. Really they’re a good find. It just that I guess they are not for me. 😑

5 MH Del Pilar st. Palatiw, Pasig City | doriescatering04@yahoo.com | 477-4902. 401-9047. 345-7556

3. MA DEL’S CATERING

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If you’re like me whose a stalker of W@W forums and GT you probably have heard of this caterer from almost all brides to be. It even has its own thread in line with K by Cunanan, Hizons and other high-end caterers.

All positive reviews! The only issue their having is that Anj the catering manager is hard to reach via phonecall or text. They have this solution though to call her early morning in their home phone. But as negative as it sounds, she’ll be very much available to you when your event is near, it sounds like priorities to me. Anyway, they said even if there’s no constant communication – she can deliver! 😁

When we had our FT in their place in Pasig, we met Anj very briefly as she’s on her way to an event, she seems very nice though. Their famous chicken flambe and fetuccine italianna are served, they are all very tasty. The korean pork is a little salty for me but the good thing is that you can ask Mama Del the owner and cook to tone down the mix. Btw, it is Mama Del who entertained us, she’s very endearing, and seems like your ordinary tita to talk to.

Rate: Minimum of Php 560 per head and maximum of Php 710 with tiffany chairs and styling

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I did not book them on the spot, but I have a very good feeling about them, I am just thinking more about it but at the moment I am leaning to get them 80% (I guess you can tell based on my rave about them).

48C Dr Pilapil st. Sagad, Pasig City | 655-1114. 641-3423. 09167802705. 09989765001

4. MARTHA’S PLATE CATERING

Of the few online reviews I read about them, they said that the food is delicious and the serving is really generous but they are not yet fully into styling. More of old school styling if you check their site.

Rate: Minimum of Php 300 and maximum of Php 600 per head

I haven’t yet have food tasting with them, but I am pretty excited as they seem ideal in terms of location, service and budget.

21 Senga st. Calumpang, Marikina City | marthasplatecatering@yahoo.com | 645-1041. 330-1289. 09179969819

5. IKO’S BREADS AND CAKES (wedding cake supplier not caterer)

Since we’re in Pasig area we decided to drop by the bakery as they have good reviews online too. The caramel cake and their bestseller moist chocolate cake is very affordable, be it one layer or for wedding cakes. Around Php 4,000 I think for the 3 layered cake. Note though that their cakes are dense and thick in texture. They have all different cakes for any occasions, their designs look good too.

6 East Capitol drive, Kapitolyo, Pasig City | 474-3899

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Most of the caterers where we had food tasting are mid-range in terms of prices, but they do have a lot to offer that I think can very well be in line with the top wedding caterers out there. I feel the need to create this blog post as there seems to be very little online reviews about them and me, being a bride to be in search of reviews really find those very few ones handy and reliable.

So here’s my two cents, hope you find it helpful for your wedding preps!

Still undecided,

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Wedding Church and Reception Venue – Booked!

You know when they say that If its meant for you everything comes easy? Well that’s how it happened for our Church and Wedding reception venue that’s found in the heart of Marikina City.

Who would have thought that the “Shoe Capital of the Philippines” would become a very special place to us. As when I said Compromise, I meant middle ground – So he’s from Rodriguez Rizal and I am from Taytay… and so Marikina becomes our Compromise. I am not complaining though as I discovered this perfect and oh so convenient place where our vows will take place in January 2016.

From my research before visiting the city, I got two options:

  1. San Antonio de Padua Parish and Industriya Marikina Events Place

Both in Calumpang Marikina, these two are just walking distance apart around 3 minutes! That’s how close they are to each other. San Antonio de Padua Parish is near Marikina river which is a plus. They also have a mini garden with Grotto that’s  good for photo sessions after the ceremony.

Wedding Package Rates: Php 7,000 (Mass inclusive of flowers and choirs) | Php 5,000 (Mass only)

Schedule: Tuesday – Saturday 10AM and 3PM

Address: San Antonio Street, Calumpang, Marikina City

Office Hours: Tuesdays to Sundays

8:30AM – 12:00pm and 2:00pm – 5:00pm

info.sadpp@gmail.com

Phone Number: 799-6510

San Antonio de Padua Parish

San Antonio de Padua Parish

Industriya Marikina Events place has many options on where you want your event to take place depending on the size of your guests, If it’ll be like ours of 100 you have to avail their events place. It is all white so you’ll have a total blank canvas and get to enjoy the decorating part. They also have a suite room where the couple can freshen up before they go down to the reception. The catch here is that it’s quite expensive, too many corkage fee! Check out their website here.

Address: 23 M.A. Roxas St. Calumpang, Marikina City

industriyamarikina@gmail.com | 904-8372 | 632-9225 | 0906-2593379

Industriya Marikina

Industriya Marikina

   

  2. Diocesan Shrine and Parish of Our Lady of the Abandoned  and Kapitan Moy (Bulwagang Bayani)

The Church is huge and extravagant. The interior is beautiful and parking is never a problem. Dramatic closed door entrance and a long aisle for your bridal march? Check. Tip: If your wedding is scheduled on a weekday, you have to take note of the school near it as when you’re in the same time of the dismissal it can be noisy and the parking gets full of school services.

Wedding Package Rates: Php 7,000 (Priest, Lector, Commentator & Seminar fees, tulle, candles, chandeliers, Choir, use of electricity and registration fee – marriage certificate)

Schedule: Tuesday – Saturday 8AM, 9:30AM, 11AM, 2:30PM and 4PM

Address: J.P Rizal st. Sta. Elena Marikina City

Phone Number: 646-1781

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Diocesan Shrine and Parish of Our Lady of the Abandoned

I might have mentioned here in my blog several times that I am into historical and old facades. So imagine my joy when I entered Kapitan Moy (Bulwagang Bayani). The feels! It’s a classic and definitely our choice! Perfect to your Filipiana or Rustic themed wedding. And just a mere few steps away from OLA. Simply cross the street and bam! you’re in your reception. Everything really falls into place and comes easy If its meant to be.

Venue Rental: Php 15,000 + Php 2,000 security deposit (can be refunded after 10 days of your event if there’s no damages)

Address: J.P Rizal st. Sta. Elena Marikina City

Inquire at the Marikina City Hall in their MCTCAO (Marikina City Tourism, Culture and the Arts Office).

Phone Number: 646-2915 | 646-361 local 208

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Kapitan Moy (Bulwagang Bayani)

On the day of our visit, Me and my wedding coordinator Ice booked Diocesan Shrine and Parish of Our Lady of the Abandoned  and Kapitan Moy (Bulwagang Bayani) on the spot. Oh, That was one fine day. I felt very accomplished!

We set it in a weekday in January 2016 at 8 in the morning. As I want it early so we’ll have a brunch reception and more than enough time to check-in in our hotel for our pre-honeymoon. 🙂

I hope that I am able to help other brides out there whose in search of their venues. Happy preps to us!

Excited for that special tuesday,

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Wedding Venues in Rizal Province

Last 2012 on my 25th birthday, I went to St. Joseph Parish as I have always been fascinated with its history and architecture. Rustic, traditional and quiant are the words to describe this piece of heaven atop the municipality of Baras Rizal. Right there and then I decided that that will be the Church where I’ll get marry… (See my post for St. Joseph Parish here.)

or so I thought, because when time comes to find the wedding reception venue we couldn’t find any 😦

Any that fits to our criteria of being picturesque and within our budget.

WARNING: Pictures overload!

Venue Option 1: TEN CENTS TO HEAVEN (TANAY RIZAL)

This is beyond picturesque! The feels of Baguio and Tagaytay is very evident. The trees, mountains, woodworks. The place speaks serene and beautiful. I am all praise in its ambience but…

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Pros:

  • Has the exact reception venue size for our guests, on top of the hill and there’s also a pool nearby where I can have my “ruin the wedding gown” craziness after the reception.
  • You have to see the Chapel! If you’re a nature lover, you’ll know what I mean.
  • They have a wedding package that has great inclusions.
  • Iwata fans only but I don’t think it’ll be necessary and has ample parking

Cons:

  • No Priest. You have to bring your own. (There’s a Catholic rule that priest can only do marriage ceremony inside a Church unless the either the bride or groom is really sick, and for any other reasons you have to seek for approval before you can get the priest in your venue.) This is a deal breaker, since we are not Christians and we prefer a priest to initiate the wedding. Chapel rental is Php 10,000 without flowers.
  • Far from the Church –  St. Joseph Parish, It will took around 30 minutes the least to travel from 2 locations.
  • It is far from the groom’s side, They are from Rodriguez Rizal. As we are from Taytay and Tanay Rizal.
  • Supplier’s fee will be costly, since the venue will be considered an out of town location.

Rates: (Sorry for the picture quality)

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As much as I imagine having the best intimate and rustic wedding to be held here I have to let it go because of the words: hassle and expensive 😦

Venue Option 2: PUNTA DE FABIAN  (BARAS RIZAL)

Another great find. Almost! See pictures and you’ll know what I am raving about. but…

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ANOTHER FUNCTION ROOM

Pros:

  • Has the exact reception venue size for our guests, on top of the hill and there’s also a pool nearby where I can have my “ruin the wedding gown” craziness after the reception.
  • They have a wedding package that has great inclusions.
  • Within the events place rental comes their honeymoon suite with breakfast.
  • Air-conditioned and has ample parking
  • Very near St. Joseph Parish, 10 minutes Maximum travel time
  • To compensate for the steep entrance, They have a shuttle that’ll take you up.

Cons:

  • The place is really on top of the hill, so the road is really steep. Vehicles need to be new or has a strong engine to reach the top.
  • It is far from the groom’s side, They are from Rodriguez Rizal. As we are from Taytay and Tanay Rizal.
  • Supplier’s fee will be costly, since the venue will be considered an out of town location.
  • In-house catering only. Their catering cost is expensive. The most cheap is Php 854 per head.
  • The event place itself is already Php 50,000 with a few inclusions but I still think its too high.

Rates:

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The following prices per head: Php 1,220 / Php 1,098 / Php 854

Maybe will visit for a staycation for the infinity pool overlooking Laguna the Bay, but for wedding reception? No.

Venue Option 3: PASEO RIZAL (MORONG RIZAL)

This was a restaurant before that’s open daily but has been closed and is now only accepting reservations for special events.

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THERE’S AN UPCOMING WEDDING EVENT DURING OUR VISIT

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STAGE AREA

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PREPARATION ROOM

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THIS IS NOT PART OF THE VENUE. I HOPE THEY FINISH THIS ONE AS IT LOOKS PROMISING.

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Pros:

  • Very near St. Joseph Parish, 15 minutes Maximum travel time.
  • Air-conditioned, has ample parking, with room for bride preparation.

Cons:

  • It is far from the groom’s side, They are from Rodriguez Rizal. As we are from Taytay and Tanay Rizal.
  • Supplier’s fee will be costly, since the venue will be considered an out of town location.
  • The ambience is dark and the place is small.

I wasn’t able to get their rates because at the time we visit there is no one from the admin staff. **Update: My cousin rented the place for her child’s baptism and it costs Php 710 per head for a lunch menu. Food+venue rental.

There goes our wedding reception venue hunting in Rizal area. We tried searching as I really have my heart out for the St. Joseph Parish and Mr. AH wants to give me THE DAY but to be practical and considerate on his side, I have to find other location where we’ll meet halfway… Compromise.

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