How did 25 years pass by so quickly? Together with our four children, a new daughter-in-law and 2 cats, House Valdes becomes a quarter of a century old on June 24, 2019! After months of preparation including dance practices and family vacations, our Silver Anniversary will be celebrated beginning with our Renewal of Vows at Santuario de San Antonio Church. We are excited to party with our dearest family and some friends who were even part of our original wedding in 1994.  

Our Silver Wedding Anniversary theme was supposed to be inspired again by Game of Thrones but since we already had that theme for our twentieth, we decided to make Africa as our central theme. With hints from Lion King, Out of Africa, Black Panther and Coming to America, we patterned all details and elements to bring our fave destination into the party venue. Incredible wedding and events stylist Gideon Hermosa will be in charge of transforming the ballroom to create this concept and Moss Manila will create the outdoor safari theme for guests to enjoy the outdoor activities.

wedding invitations by Adworks Graphics and personalized luggage straps by @mimssac

To fully express the African Royalty vibe, our graphics team of Adworks Graphics came up with the idea of integrating photos from our past milestones. Norman and Mye Cruz designed a book invitation with a glam safari color scheme with touches of gold.

My biggest dilemma now is how to time the costume changes so I won’t miss any of the festivities. I was tempted to have a costume unveiling at the church but I opted to just keep the Eucharistic celebration solemn as requested by Dennis.

Mia Laurel and designer Boy Kastner

Making the African sound present at mass, I told Lester Delgado, Musical Director/ Conductor of Vocalismo Chorale to include some gospel music during communion. Musical genius Rony Fortich also composed a special Disney compilation for our recessional march. I will surely be in tears while walking down the aisle with Dennis wearing outfits by our fave fashion designer Rajo Laurel.

Our Red Charity Gala family florist Robert Blancaflor will transform the church into a wild safari jungle to get the guests into our African mode already. As this is a family celebration, we chose couples who are very dear to us as our principal sponsors that total 25 – one for every year. This line up will be headed by Ninong Robby Delgado and Ninang Maribel Ongpin. This pair has been the same set from our original wedding 25 years ago as well as our 20th wedding anniversary. In fact, Ninang Maribel will be wearing the same gown she wore then since it has an African color scheme as well.   

Celebrating 25 years of love is truly an amazing achievement in these times of confusion and lack of compassion. So, I would like to also extend our congratulations to Freddie and Kaye Tinga, Butch and Cris Albert and Franklin and Jo Lim who are also celebrating their 25th this year.

For their 25th wedding anniversary on June 24, Franklin and Jo are celebrating with the family and timed the inauguration of their car dealership – Toyota Valenzuela at the end of the week. They also celebrated the third anniversary of Global Views, their home interior furnishings shop at Shangri-La at the Fort. Check out the gorgeous home accents to enhance any living interiors.

For Butch and Cris, they also celebrated an intimate dinner with their family and a small group of friends. Our Ninang Cris gave all our dancers the latest FILA shoes.. The FILA Disruptor 2 was launched at Manila House. The super hip FILA dance party was so fun and so cool!   

For the best in costumes at the #DandTLove25 party, Swatch will be giving away 10 of their newest styles from the BIG BOLD Swatch Collection.

Swatch Philippines recently launched the BIG BOLD line and kicked off its 30th Anniversary with a BIG and BOLD event hosted by Perea Street, performances by Butta B, Bret Jackson and international DJ Yeti Out, and led bySwatch Philippines President Virgie Ramos and Swatch International COO Gonzalo De Cevallos.  

Swatch introduces its brand new BIG BOLD collection featuring six different watch models. With a kick from urban streetwear, each BIG BOLD is a statement piece boasting a striking Ø47mm watchcase. The Swiss watchmaker’s new product line calls out for those who are not afraid to put themselves upfront and who are proud to be different.

From BBBlack to BBBeauty, all BIG BOLD models have a massive watch head covered with a slightly curved glass. Contrasting 3D prints on the dial as well as the strap in the main color highlight the big personalities of the watches, while the subtly-toned backgrounds flatter the bold contemporary design. Superluminova arrow shaped hands point your next move to the right direction. Go big, go bold!

After 25 years together, this celebration is not about accumulation, but about focusing on things that truly matter to both of us. And in this regard, we’d like everyone to think about our Philippine reefs as much as we both do. We met scuba diving; we want to give back to that which brought us together.

“25 Reefs for 25 Years” is an idea we want to focus on over the next few years. Our idea is to find 25 ocean reefs we can help protect, one for each year we are celebrating.


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