To My Sisters – not by blood but by heart!

Just to let you know how grateful I am having you as my unbiological sister.

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Can you imagine how life would have been if our paths never crossed? Ever thought how we seem to understand each other’s feelings simply by just being there?  Can you still remember the day when we first met? Or the first words we said?

                P.S. All I can think of is the moment and the feeling of joy that I had in my heart                   I forgot the date and time 🙂 memory gap’s working big time.

Ironic isn’t it? How could we manage to be this close with just the number of years that we became friends? *I believe time is not the essence of it. What matters is we value the friendship we share and we keep it  burning in each other’s hearts.

Life gives us opportunities to be better, to be someone else, to be what we wanted. But with me, you are one of them who made me realize that there is more to what life offers. You made me see the beauty in me; you made me feel that I am so blessed and special in my own little ways.

Even though I have said these words a lot of times, I will never get tired of letting you know how you’ve touched my life in so many ways. How you made me feel that I can be a woman sometimes I never thought I could be. For always believing in my talents and for encouraging me to explore more and push me to the limits. For joining me in my moments of happiness and for cheering me up whenever I have a lonely day. For understanding my weaknesses and for always backing me up and be my strength. For spending undeniably fun and unforgettable moments with me. For always trying to bring out the best in me.   For loving me unconditionally; for trusting me and  for just being an inspiration to me. Lastly, thank you for accepting the old ME and for embracing the new ME.

Thanks for sharing this journey of friendship with me and I am far more willing to enjoy this journey with you as we grow older. I really enjoy the sisterhood that  we have right now that adds spice to our multi-colored life!

My Heartfelt Love and Warmest Gratitude will be with you forever.

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

Goodbye 2015, Hello 2016!

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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 small packages, there are also some that seem to be so hard to perceive or usually left unnoticed.

My parents taught me and my siblings the importance of sharing and being a blessing to others. Seven ways on how you 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.

I believe that everyday we are given equal opportunities to be a blessing. We just have to choose to be one. We should not expect a favour to be returned. Just choose to be a blessing to others in any way and you’ll be doubly blessed. Let God give you what you truly deserve.

2015 has been quite a challenging year for me and GEMBSO. But just like the old times I have so many things to be grateful for, so much to be happy about and a lot of great memories to remember. To all the people I met, those who have been part of my life and my 2015 thank you for all the wonderful experiences.

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To all the couples who chose and trusted me to be their wedding planner you will forever be special to Gembso.

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To my trustworthy, competent and talented wedding partners thanks for always giving your best and for making our couples happy. 

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To my friends, and dabarkads thanks for always being there for me. To my best friends you know who you are thanks for the real and strong friendship that we share.

To my relatives, titos, titas, ninongs, ninangs, cousins, nephews, nieces, kumares, kumpares and inaanaks you made my life even more colorful.

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To my ever-reliable, loyal, dedicated and passionate GEMBSO angels thanks for giving your hearts to every event that we do.

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To my BWEP Family, you are one of the most unexpected blessings that 2015 brings. Looking forward to have more events and projects with all of you.

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To GMA, Eat Bulaga and Aldub, Thank you for the daily dose of laughter and the for the good vibes and happiness that you bring. May you continue to help and inspire more Filipinos worldwide through your projects and advocacies.

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To my soon-to-be bayaw Nell, to my sister Coreena Mae and to my brother Deo Enrico you will always be my favorites alam n’yo yan! I love you all.

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To my loving parents Gerry and Tes, thank you for being so supportive, for the love, the opportunities and for taking us to places we’ve never thought we could see.  Words are not enough to express how grateful I am and proud to be your eldest daughter.DSC_3493 copy

I am looking forward to the many more adventures and travels that we will                       have this 2016.GT_6

Lastly, I would  like to thank God Almighty for the extra ordinary year that was, thanks for making my 2015 extra special. For the year 2016  I am so excited for what you’ll bring, I will embrace you with a lot of positivity and I am so ready for you. My silent prayer is for LOVE to knock this 2016.

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Let’s us remember that LOVE is the most wonderful thing that we can share. May everyone’s heart be filled with good vibes and happiness. Let us continue to spread joy, peace, and hope.Wishing you a prosperous year of amazing experiences, great opportunities,  and unforgettable moments.

ALDUB YOU ALL!

This is Majella De Jesus Magpantay of 2015 now signing off.