Marry me at the Mariott


I do! I love all things about weddings… the preparations, the gowns, the flowers, the set design, the speeches… everything! So when I recently attended the Marry Me At Marriott Bridal Show, I was so delighted to experience the bridal styling of different suppliers of the trade.

Created by Marriott Hotel Manila as their weddings campaign, Marry Me at Marriott, after 6 years, has evolved to be the annual assemblage of the prime movers in the wedding industry, most stylish influencers, media personalities and soon-to-wed couples. Staged in the most coveted event address, the Marriott Grand Ballroom, Marry Me at Marriott has earned its well-deserved trademark as the country’s top bridal show.

The venue’s lively foyer was turned to a wedding boulevard for the expo. The 3rd Avenue band serenaded guests arriving and posing for entrance selfies. Immediately across were nine, eye-catching cake masterpieces by Marriott, each inspired by unique stories.

This phenomenal bridal show was directed by Robby Carmona and included a sit-down, four-course dinner with wine pairing for 700 guests. Free-flowing Raffa sparkling wines from Emperador Distillers started off the sumptuous dinner. Executive Chef Meik Brammer designed a menu that highlighted not just magnificent flavors but also their culinary advocacies like sustainable seafood, organic produce, and support to local cuisine. Marriott proved once again its commitment in making grand weddings come to life.

New this year was the bridal fair featuring top wedding suppliers such as Pat Dy, Nice Print Photography, Jason Magbanua, Project Mayo 7, Write Impressions, Print Divas, Knotville, The Good Goods, Periwinkle and Lace, Albert Kurniawan, Tris Events, and Christine Ong-Te Events. Cosmo Skin gave away beauty and bath products, including a skincare gift set giveaway for all the guests.

There was also a raffle that featured for overnight stays in luxurious suites in Marriott Hotel Manila, at the newly opened Courtyard by Marriott Iloilo, Sheraton Manila and Marriott Clark. On the prize list were tickets to the “Huling El Bimbo” musical showing at Newport Performing Arts Theater. Two stunning ladies won lippies from Bobbi Brown, best-dressed ladies received the latest scents from Jo Malone London, and three couples won jewelry from Twin Princess Gems.


Accentuating the Grand Ballroom’s 12-feet high ceilings were opulent chandeliers and dazzling ceiling treatments by today’s top event stylists: Gideon Hermosa, Michael Ruiz and Teddy Manuel, best known as the GMT. With the help of Stage Riggers, the accredited partner of the hotel, the production was able to create dramatic vertical movements on the chandeliers.

Opening the show was the romanticist Rosenthal Tee, whose very feminine collection was classily worn by Lovi Poe and Ms. International-Philippines Ahtisa Manalo. The modernist, Mak Tumang, was a breath of fresh air, showing off excellent craftsmanship as seen on his beauty-queen muses Valerie Weigman and Ms. Universe-Philippines Catriona Gray. Closing the night was global talent Amir Sali, whose works have wowed monarchs. From start to finish, Amir flaunted avant-garde and powerful pieces. For more info about Marriott, call 988-9999 or visit

On October 27, the Red Charity Gala will stage its tenth anniversary at the Marriott Grand Ballroom. I was thrilled to walk around Marry Me and get a feel for how the annual charity gala will feel in our new home.


Co-chair Kaye Tinga and I are grateful for several sponsors for our auction at the RCG. Ideal Vision Center, the top optical store with a mandate to provide excellent eye care and the best range of eyewear, is one. For years, their branches have not only focused on meticulously improving the eyesight of its clients, but also introducing the latest in global eyewear trends through the many brands it distributes. From luxury, sporting, to casual brands, Ideal Vision Center has assured its clients of a wide range of eyeglasses and sunglasses.

Ideal Vision Center recently had a nationwide “32nd Anniversary Sale,” their way of continuing their commitment to provide affordable eyewear and service to patrons. Held at their Glorietta store, the anniversary party gathered people from lifestyle, business, to showbiz. Dr. Joy Go, VP for Marketing, talked about the season’s trends, as well as the latest innovations in lenses to further care for the eyes.

Another brand that always supports the Red Charity Gala is Fila. Fila never lacks for events and brand launches. Recently they sponsored a jazz dinner concert at the Ballroom of the Fairmont Hotel, a homecoming of sorts of Marlene dela Peña.

Marlene is known as “Marene” in Japan, where she made a name for herself serenading audiences. She top billed the show, “Threesome,” together with accomplished Japanese guitarist Jiro Yoshida and pianist Makoto Kuriya, and produced by Brightstage Productions. The jazz concert proved to be an enchanting evening.

Fila also recently partnered with Cloudfone, a homegrown manufacturer of smart phones. Customers who purchased at least a pair of Fila shoes received raffle coupons for Cloudphones. The awarding party was held in Fila’s head office, attended by Eric Yu, Cloudfone’s founder and president, and Butch and Cris Albert, the entrepreneurial team behind Fila Philippines.

Completing a trifecta of events, Fila and Fiorgelato recently launched their newest partnership at SM Makati, where a Fila pop-up store offered 50-60% discounts on all shoes and Fiorgelato giving two free scoops of gelato to all Fila customers. The tie-up has inspired a FILA x FIORGELATO shoe.

Butch and Cris welcomed Fiorgelato’s president Ricardo Cuna to the launch, as well as guests Roxanne Barcelo and Jerald Napoles, the latest brand ambassadors of Fila. Antonio Aguirre, creative consultant of Fila, was present as well.

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