#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

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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!

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

My Version of #DearYayaDub

I know this will be a long shot but I would still try. I just want to let you know my thoughts of having Maine in our lives. She truly deserves all the kind words, the appreciation, the love and all the blessings she has been receiving right now. Kudos to her humble heart. Hoping that she get the chance to read this. That would really make me happy.

#dearyayadub

Let God Write Your Own Fairytale

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In Every little girls life there is this dream she keeps in her heart. Like her favourite fairytale, where she imagines herself as the princess anticipating to meet her knight in shinning armour in the most special way.  She has imagined the man she wants.  A man who is fit for the love that she can give.  A man of honour who is true to his vows.  A man of faith who fears the Lord.  A responsible man who will work hard for their future.  A man strong enough to protect and fight for her. A kind-hearted man who is willing to understand and accepts her flaws and most of all she wants a man who will love her unconditionally.

She fervently prays for a him everyday.  She hopes and looks forward to meet him someday. As to how, when or where, she just leaves it up to God.  Though sometimes it feels like searching and waiting will never end, she does not lose hope.  She keeps on believing in the power of love.  She understands the God is still busy writing their love story.

 Time will quickly pass by. Chances are she can’t have  everything she wished for in a man.  She knows God has a better plan for her.  She holds on to her secret dream that In God’s perfect time their paths will cross in the most unexpected moment.

With God nothing is impossible.  Just keep the faith and believe in the power of love.  Great things come to those who wait and everything becomes more meaningful when it happens ‘sa tamang panahon’. Who knows, in the middle of an ordinary life LOVE could make extraordinary things happen and her favourite love story, the best among all the fairytales she has dreamt of, will be written.

Remembering Lola, Grandma, and Nanay! – #Thank YouPoLola

It has been over a week since the AlDub ‘Ang Tamang Panahon’ concert occurred and every time I watch the video on youtube, I always get emotional.  I have been consistently crying on that particular moment when Lola Nidora is finally giving Alden and Maine the freedom to express their admiration, feelings  and love without any restrictions. ‘Tamang Panahon’ journey has not been easy but the wait is truly worth it.

Lola Nidora said, “Mas masarap ang mga bagay na pinaghihirapan natin, mga bagay na hindi pinipilit, hinihintay ang tamang pagkakataon, dumating ng di inaasahan, binago ang mga buhay natin. Yaya Dub, Alden, “Eto na ang Tamang Panahon.” In this photo, Alden and Maine hugged Lola Nidora to express their appreciation for the freedom, trust, support and love that she gave them.

The Emotional Lola and Apo

When Lola Nidora said that she will no longer be a ‘Malaking Hadlang’ I saw that her intention was so pure and I felt the sincerity of her heart. I strongly believe that there is no Lola who would think of bad thoughts for her grandchild. There is no Lola who would wish her grandchild to be hurt, to be  brokenhearted, to be on the wrong path. All the Lolas would only want to see their grandchildren happy, well-loved and taken cared of.

Though sometimes our Lolas are mostly misunderstood because they are strict and have a lot of rules and ‘pangaral’ they are still there to love us, protect us and understand us unconditionally. We just have to learn to appreciate their presence while we still have them around. Lucky are the ones who have this privilege. I encourage you to spend more time with them, show them some care, give them extra ounce of kindness and a dose affection, these mean so much to them. Make them feel loved, appreciated, respected and needed too. We will always be our Lola’s little ‘Apo’. They can never outgrow the thought that we are also getting old. In their eyes will always be a kid who needs guidance with a little ‘kurot’ sometimes.

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I just miss having my Lola around. I miss having her. She was there to watch over me, to listen to my stories and to take care of me like a spoiled little child. I miss the times when she used to ask me how my day went; what I want to have for snack or lunch. I miss listening to her stories, her teachings, oh! I just miss her. I miss my Lola Pining. Sorry I am a certified spoiled grandchild and my cousins know that. No one can object, I am our Lola’s favorite.

Sadly, she was gone too soon. She passed away when I was nine years old due to severe sickness. I cannot contain the tears that I shed in a  bucket when she went away. When I heard about the news, I knew life will never be the same again.

Whenever I see other girls with their Lolas, I can’t help but feel the emptiness I have  in my heart. The feeling of longing for her presence; she could have seen my little achievements and I know she would have been so proud of me.

For those like me who no longer have a Lola, the best thing that we can do right now is to just look up and say a silent prayer to  let them know how much we love, appreciate and miss them. Let us also not forget that even once in our lifetime we were so blessed to have them.

By : Majella Magpantay @justmemajella

Photo Credits : Thanks to Gwendy Gale of Gwendy Gale Photography

Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now by Starship

Having you in my life is one of the best feelings in the world. What we have right now is just too good to be true. Together, we can face all the hardships and all the trials that would come our way. Hand in hand we can build this dream together. As long as we both believe in the power of love that we have for each other everything will be just fine because baby,

Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now!

NGSUN

Finding Love and Forever sa #TamangPanahon.

love1Do you believe in love and forever? Have you found it? Are you still hoping and praying that it will be a reality sa Tamang Panahon?

Everyone has his or her own version of how a love story begins. There are people who believe in love at first sight. Some say love begins with one hello, others with a simple smile.  For some, love starts with a cup of coffee or a pint of ice cream, while for others a shared appreciation of food, a bucket of popcorn while watching a movie or simply just enjoying each other’s smalltalk while eating isaw, kwek-kwek or fishball at the neighborhood’s ‘tindahan sa kanto’ could spark something special.

For AlDub,  it all started accidentally through a split screen ‘kalyeserye’ that instantly had a worldwide following,  giving people an unexplainable feeling of ‘kilig’ and happiness.  Some really believe that it was “MaiDen Heaven” because it seems to have an “AlDub-vine” intervention and everything just fell into place at the right time.

aldubCollageLove is everywhere. It can be found in the office, in school, in theaters, hallways, malls, even in a busy two-way street. It can also be found in castles like the ones in fairytales where prince and princess meet. You can find love in the most unexpected places. People confess finding love in shallow waters, on mountaintops, in an island, in a desert, or even in cold snowy places. A simple plywood, locket, alarm clock, hanky, flagpole, basement, straw, gym, tree, long table, theme park, mansion, rally, parking lot, garden, library, or a noisy canteen are all witnesses to love’s grandeur.

You can fall in love on a cruise, aboard a plane, a train, bus, jeepney, motorbike or any type of vehicle. Name it. Love makes travelling worthwhile no matter how bumpy the ride is. For AlDub, the various Barangay’s “Kalye“ or the different streets in the Philippines and the whole ALDUB Nation watching on television everyday are the witnesses on how AlDub’s blossoming on cam love story unfolded. People even get confused whether it is just on reel or for real, this is quite obvious when Alden and Maine unconsciously go out of character and often teased by the hosts, “Acting-an lang ‘to uy!”

Love has grown with time and the evolution of technology. Some found love through having Phone pals and pen pals, others through radio signal communication. But now Love transcends through the development of other social media platforms. A wrongly sent text message can lead to love. Some took the effort to find love by just swiping to the right.  A simple status update in Facebook,  Twitter and Instagram  can also mean a profession of love. Other apps also became instruments to bring lovers together even those who are million miles apart.  From snail mails, fan signs, fax, cards, emails or mails of whatever kind, one thing’s for sure – love is always found.

This may sound a cliché but most people say that one way to get to a man’s heart is through his stomach. Some meet love in the kitchen. One cooks, the other lovingly savours the food. Love is also in music. One writes the song, the other sings. Love can be found on the dance floor, like two individuals swaying to love’s fantastic tempo. Love can be in the hospital; one is the patient, the other one is the caregiver breathing life to the other. Love can be on the radio, a DJ and an avid listener just might end up falling in love. Love can be in the courtroom. The defendant and the accused may just patch things up.

In all honesty, love can be found in the most unexpected place and time, not knowing that the love of your life is already there usually unnoticed because you could have been to busy finding love. Can you imagine how magical it is for love to get into someone’s system freely?  Only the heart knows how and it would be so hard to explain.

Love nowadays is expressed differently; it can be done through the help of Internet, social media apps, or can even be broadcasted live Via Satellite. Eat Bulaga’s Kalyeserye that features AlDub showed us that chivalry is not yet dead. They exemplified to us the importance of Filipinos’ traditional values on “panliligaw, paninilbihan and panunuyo”. It teaches us to be patient, to wait, to be hopeful and prayerful. It inspires everyone to believe in the real power of love. Though lovers have to go through different trials and sacrifices they are still eager to deal with it   just to profess unconditional love with their purest intention.

There are so many instances where you can find love. You can wait or search for love but in the end, there’s only one thing that’s true. I believe that whatever your story is, there is one God behind it. He is the one who writes your very own love story. He is the one who creates the main characters, who happens to be you and the one whom He made just for you. He writes the plot, chooses the setting, and makes sure that love finds its way to you.  Just believe in #tamangpanahon when God is ready to give you your forever.  

For those like me who have not yet found the love of their life, just live each day with the will to follow your heart’s desires and just be happy. I know that God only makes sure that in His perfect time your paths will cross whichever road you’ll take.

#MayForever #TamangPanahon #IsangTaongParaLangSayo #KapitLang

By : Majelle Magpantay ( @justmemajella )

Note : Photos are from Eat Bulaga Facebook Page