The Big Sister On Being Emotional

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you and me – sisters forever!

One week to go. Time flies so fast, I mean really fast! Wedding preps done! Just have to do the printing of docs. I am having whirlwind of emotions and I can’t even start writing my speech. Though speaking in front of many people is something that I have been doing for so many years as a host. I still can’t get enough of the tension that I am having right now. Why is it so hard to write something for someone really special to you? I can’t organize my thoughts, I just have to do it short but heartfelt. How can I sum up almost 30 years in just 1 or 2 paragraphs or a max of 3? What is dragging me, is the thought of me delivering my speech without even crying. Being “mababaw ang luha, baka di lang hanky ang kailangan ko.” I would probably need a glass of water and a box of Kleenex. I have to put that on my note to self! I have to brace my self that I can do it with grace without my make up being ruined.

Oh Majella, OO, ikaw nga! Umayos ka! Kaya mo yan!

Having just a glimpse of their big day essentials made me teary-eyed; can you imagine how it would be like on the actual day itself?

From the very start I know everything would turn out to be great. Every detail is exceptionally taken care of by some of the best partners I know. Having special people around you would make every single moment memorable. All the brilliant ideas that we were able pull and give life; the superb dedication and commitment that we put in this wedding and the outstanding performances that everyone will do are just few reasons for me to say that it is going to be awesome!

I’m excited. I’m nervous. I’m thrilled. But above all feelings that I have, I am happy and I am honored. This wedding is my baby and the couple who will be tying the knot will definitely be my favourite! Just as they claimed it.

To my other Gembso Couples don’t be jealous. They are just too special to me, we are a family.

#‎SimpleJoysNiMajelle #‎GembsoWedding #‎CoreeNell #‎GembsoCouple #‎WeddingPlannerDuties #‎MaidOfHonor

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G-E-M-B-S-O

G – GREAT
E – Exceptional
M – Memorable
B – Brilliant
S – Superb
O – Outstanding
#AlagangGEMBSO – Alagang May PagmaMAJal

Did you know what GEMBSO means?
G – GREAT
E – Exceptional
M – Memorable
B – Brilliant
S – Superb
O – Outstanding

We used adjectives not on the SUPERLATIVE degree. Because we at GEMBSO believe that if you make your wedding the greatest event of your life; the most exceptional occasion; the most memorable day; if you thought of all the super brilliant ideas for your big day; if you put the most superb effort in every detail; and if you give your most outstanding performance then any other momentous event that would happen after it like having a baby, a bigger family, celebrating silver and golden anniversaries and the list goes on will just be considered as a regular event in your life. Weddings must be special, unique, very you. It has to be fun, unforgettable and truly a wonderful one. But after your wedding you still have to continue to appreciate, create, celebrate and look forward to a better, happier, and more memorable milestones as a couple and as a family. GEMBSO can help you plan it and make your dream wedding comes true and enjoy any other occasion that comes after it.

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GEMBSO has been Planning beautiful weddings of lovers who want to spend the rest of their lives together. Creating memorable moments they will cherish for a lifetime. Working with equally competent, passionate and great wedding partners. Making exceptional programs that guests would really enjoy. Thinking of bigger and more brilliant ideas for every wedding. Providing superb service to all brides, grooms and celebrants and giving morethan our 100% of outstanding service, with utmost dedication, commitment, hardwork, and joy. GEMBSO Events and Beyond is committed to always give you an Elevated Wedding Experience #AlagangGEMBSO – AlangangMayPagmaMAJal

To all the couples who chose us, trusted us and loved us Maraming Salamat po. To all our Wedding Partners we are looking forward to plan more GEMBSO weddings with you. To my GEMBSO Angels you are really Angels here on earth let’s have more event at its finest and beyond and to God Almighty Thank you for all the blessings you have been graciously giving me and my GEMBSO family. Thanks for all the guidance, love, and wisdom.

Walk down the aisle with no worries. Imagine it. Experience us!

Have your events the GEMBSO way.
‘Coz you deserve to have an event at its finest and beyond

(c) Digital Picman : Bride : Rhea Bunquin – Siguancia / Groom : Darren Siguancia

An ALDUB Kind of LOVE! by Majella & GEMBSO

An Aldub Inspired Project that is meant to share LOVE and give HAPPINESS to soon-to-weds from ALDUB Nation.

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AN ALDUB KIND OF LOVE PROJECT by MAJELLA & GEMBSO

How can you say that you are thankful and blessed? In life we all look at things differently. We see things, events and people depending on how we want it. But blessings come to us each and everyday, it can be in big or in small packages, there are also some that seem to be so hard to perceive or usually left unnoticed. I believe that everyday we are given equal opportunities to be a blessing. We just have to choose to be a blessing to others in any way we can and we’ll be doubly blessed.

I have learned the importance of sharing and being a blessing to others.Here are the seven ways on how one can become a blessing?

1. Learn to share what you have.                                                                                                    2. Give but don’t expect anything in return.
3. Think of other’s feelings, welfare and being.
4. Put others happiness first before your own.
5. Inspire others to be a blessing too.                                                                                        6. Always spread good vibes, love and happiness.                                                                       7. Pray for others and wish them well.

As a Wedding Planner, I always enjoy listening to my GEMBSO couples’ love story. There is always something new; something unusual that makes their story unique in its own way. I am amazed on how God has written their story and believe that there is really forever. Whenever I plan and host for weddings, I get inspired with the ways on how they met, how he asked the question and how she said YES! Life is always full of surprises and LOVE usually takes us by surprise; it comes unexpectedly, no orientation needed. I have been so blessed to witness so many couples’ stories of love for almost 10 years now. In line with GEMBSO’s 10th year anniversary in the wedding industry and the celebration of my birthday I would be delighted to share the blessings that I have been receiving; and my way to give back is by doing one thing I love the most the best way I know how.

I have decided to let a couple from ALDUB NATION to have the chance to Experience #AlagangGEMBSO – Alagang May PagmaMAJal.

I am praying that this project will be a success and I am also hoping that this campaign would reach the right people who deserves to win. It may not be in monetary form but rest assured that in every wedding I plan together with one of the best team I know, my GEMBSO Angels, I know that every detail will be properly taken care of and we treat each wedding as special as the couple’s love story.

Let’s all celebrate the month of LOVE with so much gratefulness, appreciation and joy.

Please don’t forget to share, repost, quote tweet and re-tweet. God bless us all.

#REJOY on Maj & GEMBSO

I certainly believed Picasso when he said, everything you can imagine is real. Just like the way our wedding has been planned; it was both SURREAL and MAGNIFICENT. #REJOY

When you trust the people you chose to be part of your special day, they will exert more effort to make you happier.

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Mr. and Mrs. Reginald and Joy Andal 
I certainly believed Picasso when he said, everything you can imagine is real. Just like the way our wedding has been planned; it was both SURREAL and MAGNIFICENT.
I remembered two years ago, it was December of 2012 (as in last-day-of-the-year) when hubby and I called for a meeting with one of the finest wedding planners in this galaxy – MAJ, Majelle Magpantay.

We met at Hot and Cold Cafe at 11 in the morning and we were completely mesmerized on how Maj really carried the name of Gembso Events and Beyond – her being so full of superb ideas brought to life a wedding that seemed to be surreal – making her one of the most sought- after events planner of all times.

What also made the wedding special is the fact that our personalities clicked like a match made in heaven – add that to the fact that our biological families are attcahed in a way we could’ve not imagined possible.

Then there came the ginormous preparations and paperworks ( well, just so we know, Maj is really one hell of a strict coordinator when it comes to deadlines – which I am always missing, teehee ; and just as every Gembso Bride experienced it to be Maj would then release her Amazona powers so that you’ll make it on time hahaha iloveyou sis ). But that one rare characteristic of hers is what really set her apart from the rest – because of that OUR DREAM EVENT is as splendid as we hoped it to become.

Aside from the fact that the TEAM is really the best – We are very thankful for the lasting gift and bond of friendship that it created. Being with them on a side trip is surely a mind blowing experience – no dull moments- just full of laughter and tears of joy that came from laughing our hearts out. We didnt even realize that its almost midnight or the next day and we do need to go home. We couldnt forget the most sumptuous Caldereta at Gembso’s Kitchen! 🙂 we would normally raid Maj’s house and then stay there till night to eat ( even if there’s no meeting while chatting with “boss” ).

And on our wedding day of course, Maj and the team has been very professional in handling every detail of the wedding – from the littlest things to the great ones. Thank you to Ate Rose who has been my angel for the entire ceremony ; Ate Rizah for perfectly crafting our save the dates, menu card; place cards and many more. I am thankful that all of us are really very OC with all the details 🙂 Maj thank you for crafting and conceptualizing my perfect wedding cake! You are really a genius! 🙂 thank you also for finding that invitation maker that certainly suited our personalities 🙂

Surely, we missed all the chatting, group dates, coffee, shoe shopping, food search and many more.

There are many more things to be thankful for and I am afraid that the pages wouldn’t fit – so from the bottom of our hearts – OUR HEARTFELT GRATITUDE to the GEMBSO team for planning the most important event in our lives.

For all those who are planning on a celebration or event – hesitate no more! Choose Maj and the GEMBSO team – you’ll never go wrong!

Ladies, What’s Your Worth?

Being single doesn’t mean we are too hard to get, we just know how to value our self-worth. I am not a one in a million kind of girl. I am a once in a lifetime kind of woman. Do you know your worth?

When the time comes that you are asked about your worth, try look back, think and you’ll realize what is your REAL worth. I came across this write up so many years back and I can relate to the woman talking. Nowadays, woman has been currently doing things that men can do. We practically live our own lives and we are on top of everything. Being single doesn’t mean we are too hard to get, we just know how to value our self-worth.
I actually forgot who wrote this one but I admire this woman because she really knows her value. How about you? Do you know your worth as a person? As a woman?  Read on. Be inspired and find a woman who will put much value and appreciate having you in his life.
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What’s your worth?

In a brief conversation, a man asked a woman he was pursuing the question……

“What kind of man are you looking for?”
She sat quietly for a moment before looking him in the eye and asking.
“Do you really want to know?”
Reluctantly, he said, “Yes.”

She began to expound… As a woman in this day and age, I am in a position to
ask a man what he can do for me that I can’t do for myself. I pay my own bills.
I take care of my household without the help of any man. I am in the position to
ask, “What can you bring to the table?”

The man looked at her. Clearly he thought that she was referring to money.

She quickly corrected his thought and stated, “I am not referring to money. I
need something more.” I need a man who is striving for perfection in every
aspect of life.” He sat back in his chair, folded his arms, and asked her to
explain.

She said, “I am looking for someone who is striving for perfection mentally
because I need conversation and mental stimulation. I don’t need a simple-minded
man.” I am looking for someone who is striving for perfection spiritually
because I don’t need to be unequally yoked… believers mixed with unbelievers
is a recipe for disaster. I need a man who is striving for perfection
financially because I don’t need a financial burden. I am looking for someone
who is sensitive enough to understand what I go through as a woman, but strong
enough to keep me grounded. I am looking for someone who I can respect. In order
to be submissive, I must respect him. I cannot be submissive to a man who isn’t
taking care of his business. I have no problem being submissive…he just has to
be worthy. God made woman to be a helpmate for man. I can’t help a man if he
can’t help himself. When she finished her spill, she looked at him. He sat there
with a puzzled look on his face.

He said, “You’re asking a lot.”

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She replied, “I’m worth a lot.”
Photo & Article : ctto

TIPS for SOON-TO-WEDS: Matters About The Wedding Guest List

Your big day is yours to enjoy with the people you love and the ones who are happy for you. Make the right list!

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As a Wedding Planner, here are my thoughts on matters about inviting guests and making the list.

In every occasion that we have in our lives it is only necessary to invite the important ones. It is not mandatory that you invite the whole neighborhood, the friends of your siblings, all the kumpares and kumares of your parents and most especially it is not required for you to invite all your officemates and batchmates. Provided that there will be some “Tampo” issues that might arise but soon it will also subside. What matters most is you have the people who love you and those who will do whatever it takes just to be with you on your special day.

They are the kind of people who will never complain about the attire that you asked them to wear. The ones who will immediately respond to RSVPs because they will not afford to miss your big day. Those who are excited to do long travel just to make it on time before you march. Those people who will patiently register and wait for their turn on the buffet, those people who will participate on your program and the people who still want to stay even if your done with your program.

Your big day is yours to enjoy with the people you love and the ones who are happy for you. Just enjoy every moment of it, make the most of your big day. There is no room for regrets on your wedding day. Just be happy. 

Here is a simple guide.

Rank your guests.

1 – HIGH priority (guests you can’t live without – Immediate Family Members, Entourage, Super BestFriends)
2 – MEDIUM priority (guests who are so dear to you and very important to be there for your big day)
3 – LOW priority (everything will be ok regardless if they will be there or not)

Criteria …

Will they make us happy? Yes or No
Will they stay until the end of the program? Yes or No
Will they exert all the effort with no hesitations and no complains just to make it on time for our wedding? Yes or No
Will they bring extra people or kids we are not comfortable with? Yes or No
Will they make our wedding memorable and fun? Yes or No
Is it really necessary for us to invite them or we are just forced to do so? Yes or No

I hope this can help you to have a tailored guest list for your big day. Happy preps.

An Open Letter For The One That God Has Made For Me.

Someday, the right time will come when God would let our hands to hold each other and we would never ever let go.

Looking back on my notes on Facebook I came across this one that I have posted June 2011. I actually forgot who sent this to me or made me read this but I know it would be so worth it to share.  I found it very apt with regard to my status back then and upon reading it again I realized that it is still very much applicable to me right at this moment. I would like to share it with you all wonderful single people:) Have a great Monday!

Someday, the right time will come when God would let us hold each other’s hand and we would never ever let go

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I am wondering at this very minute if you are thinking of me, if like me,  you are wondering what is taking us so long to find each other. Many times I thought I finally found you only to be disillusioned by the fact that my wait has not yet ended. I get up each morning hoping, dreaming, longing to meet you. I am thinking of how we will meet, would it be as romantic as the ones I have seen in movies? Or is it possible that I have known you all my life but we have yet to realize that we are meant for each other? Oh how I wish you were here right now because you are the only one who has the answers to all my questions.
Sometimes I ask myself if I have ever really known “love”. I do not have the answer to that question either but I believe that, more often than not, we will never really know what love is until we find that right person…. and since I have not found you yet, then maybe I do not really know what love is!
 You just don’t know how often I dream of finally knowing what it feels like to be in your arms. Even at this very moment I am imagining how you will simply sweep me off my feet! Perhaps I would be drawn to you by your smile, or your eyes, or maybe even how you manage to make me laugh by your silly little ways! 
I don’t really know for sure but I am praying that God will help me recognize you when the right time comes. I think of all the pain that I have gone through in the past and of how much I have cried since the day I began my search. I just wanted you to know that I find my strength in clinging onto my vision of the beautiful life ahead of  me — the life I shall spend with you. In my mind and in my heart I know that you are worth all that pain and sacrifice.
After all, the tears have become a part of my life and I believe that they are slowly washing away my flaws so that I would become perfect, not perfect in its truest sense, but perfect — for YOU!  I wonder if you’ve gone through so much pain as well. I wonder if you’ve been hurt so many times along the journey.
But my dearest one, please don’t ever give up because I am right here… patiently waiting for you! I assure you that when we finally find each other I would slowly heal those wounds by my love. At night, I would look out my window and stare at the beautiful sky, hoping that somehow you are also looking up and wondering about me. I utter a silent prayer and send all my cries to the heavens above thinking that in time they would reach you. And when I feel impatient, I just close my eyes and believe  that you are on your way and that you are longing to see me as well. It is funny but when I finally fall asleep, it is still you that I think of, for you are always in my dreams. It seems that, for now, that is the only place where I can hold on to you, long enough to tell you how much I love you. In my dreams you would kiss away my fears and wrap me with your arms of love.
 And this, all the more, makes me want to wake up and face the  new day ahead with the hope that soon enough,  you will no longer be a dream but a reality and once again I am assured that you are worth the wait. And when that time comes, everything will fall into its place, just as I had imagined, just as I had thought and dreamed, just as I had believed it would be!
By then, I would simply look back and smile at all that I have gone through, in spite of the pain and amidst the simple joys of life — and I would be very thankful  because they all led me to you!
In the meantime, take care of yourself for me. Hold on to our dream and don’t even think of letting go. Believe in your heart that we will find each other no matter what happens. God has planned the course and it is up to us to follow the directions. Don’t worry, don’t be afraid about getting lost, God saw to it that all the roads, no matter which one you choose to follow, lead to me .

Photo and Article : ctto

Rudy & Yolly Echavia’s 50-Year Journey to Forver

Rudy and Yolly proved that even if they had a short courtship, one of the secrets to a lasting marriage is to continue loving each other, making sure that you put your partner’s happiness first.

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Rudy & Yolly Echavia

There are only a few people in the world who are lucky enough to find their one true love. Not everyone can spend the rest of their lives with the person they chose to marry.

Finding “the one” makes you want to rush to forever – to not waste even a single second, away from your soulmate.Finding “the one” opens the doors to God’s abundant blessings. Starting a family, having wonderful children and grandchildren are the best blessings anyone could ever ask for.

Fifty blissful years – that’s how long God has kept Rudy and Yolly’s marriage in the cradle of His loving arms. God made sure that He will continue to bless this wonderful couple with so much and more. Rudy and Yolly have shown that, despite numerous trials and shortcomings, God has been in the center of their family life, never fleeting, always lighting their way.

We as witnesses to their love story can say that True Love cannot just be measured by how long you’ve known each other.

Rudy and Yolly met in December 1963, became friends, lovers and tied the knot on May 21, 1964. Just like the song “What Matters Most” Rudy and Yolly proved that even if they had a short courtship, one of the secrets to a lasting marriage is to continue loving each other, making sure that you put your partner’s happiness first.

Love cannot be measured by time. Love can be measured in a way only the heart knows how.

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The family of Rudy and Yolly Echavia

I would also like to extend my warmest thanks to the awesome family of Rudy and Yolly, their loving children Cathy, Judith, Roland and Dorothy Dots Echavia-Magtibay together with their families for choosing me. For trusting me for letting me coordinate and host this very special milestone in their parents’ lives.

Photo credit : Dorothy Echavia-Magtibay / Digital Picman

By: Majella Magpantay

ALDUB Library Project

ALDUB NATION is not just a nation that tweets. It is a nation that unites, loves, cares, shares, spreads good vibes and makes others happy, doing small things with great love.

I’m a self-confessed Eat Bulaga baby, an avid believer, and I have been their fan for the past 30 years of my life. I’ve seen them do noble things for others, discover new talents, create new segments, make big names in the industry, change lives and touch hearts. I even witnessed the times when they experienced turmoil during 36 challenging years of being on-air. But I never doubted them. I never turned my back on them because I cannot explain why I love them. For me that is already an enough reason why I am still here. My admiration and undeniably strong connection with Eat Bulaga strengthens even more when ALDUB was born. I can’t really explain how it changed me to become a better person. A happier, more positive and more concerned human being. I have been influenced by them to express my thoughts, to encourage others to live a positive life, to just spread good vibes and to make at least one person happy everyday.  I must admit God must have used ALDUB and Eat Bulaga to be instruments in making a lot of people realize that even though their individual acts of random kindness may seem small, collective efforts as a nation having the same goal with unity, nothing is impossible. We can all make the best happen just by doing small things with great love.

I may have missed the chance to be in Philippine Arena during Tamang Panahon that created history, but I AM PROUD TO BE PART OF ALDUB NATION.

ALDUB NATION is not just a nation that tweets. It is a nation that unites, loves, cares, shares, spreads good vibes and makes others happy.

Just one of the many achievements that ALDUB Nation has is the ALDUB Library Project – the fruit of all the hardwork, commitment, donations and participation of everyone during Aldub Tamang Panahon.  The first ever ALDUB Library – Lumban Central Elementary School has been turned over and blessed today, January 21, 2016 in the presence of Alden, Maine, Lola Nidora and Lola Tidora and watched by Aldub nation in line with the celebration of ALDUB’s 27th Weeksary.

Eat Bulaga!, TVJ, Alden & Maine,  EB Dabarkads, you just don’t know how much you have touched the lives of so many Filipinos. Thanks for inspiring more people to help through their own little ways. You taught us to be selfless. You never fail to inspire us, by encouraging us to support such sensible projects with a magnanimous cause. This is indeed a really “humbling experience for the supporters and lovers of Eat Bulaga and AlDub.

There are so many unexplainable reasons up to this very moment why we, Filipinos love Eat Bulaga and ALDUB. But, I must say we have learned to love Eat Bulaga, ALDUB and its Dabarkads because we believe in them, we journey with them and we continuously admire and adhere their “Mabuting Hangarin para sa higit na nakararami.” Let us all remember,  sabi nga nila …“Hangga’t may bata, may Eat Bulaga!”

Mabuhay kayo! Mabuhay tayong lahat. Congratulations Eat Bulaga!, TVJ, EB Dabarkads, AlDub (Alden and Maine) and to the whole AlDub Nation sa buong mundo! We have shown the world the true and real essence of Filipino Bayanihan.- “Isang gawaing may kabuluhan at di makasarili lamang!”

This is just the beginning. Kapit lang. Sama-sama tayo! More to go!

By : Majella Magpantay (@justmemajella)

Photo Credits : Eat Bulaga FB Page.

Somewhere My Baby Waits For Me

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My life is lonely now but, I have no doubt
Someday I’ll meet that someone I’ve dreamed about
He may live around the globe go far across the sea
But somewhere my baby waits for me

The moment that I see him, my heart will know
Then I won’t wait to tell him I love him so
He’ll be mine to have and hold for whole eternity
Yeah, somewhere my baby waits for me
Oh, somewhere my baby waits for me

When I see lovers passing, I don’t feel blue
I know the things they’re feeling I’ll be feeling too
I don’t know where I’ll meet you, I don’t know when
I only know that someday my search will end
One fine day I’ll turn around and there he will be
Yeah, somewhere my baby waits for me

He may live around the globe go far across the sea
But somewhere my baby waits for me
Oh, somewhere my baby waits for me

SONGWRITERS  : GOFFIN, GERRY/KING, CAROLE                                                                             From the Movie : The Wedding Planner – OST