Monday, April 23, 2012

Weddings at Places of History

One thing that I realized after our Western Visayas trip was that I wouldn't mind doing our wedding over at ancestral homes and places of history. Our wedding was  not perfect, but it was beautiful and every bit rewarding, but i have to say, the romantic in me won't mind having backdrops like grand wooden staircases and brick walls and maybe even be transported by a horse carriage (or a carabao cart).

One really wonderful place we got to visit in Bacolod was The Ruins in Silay City. And it's kinda ironic to be suggesting a wedding involving ruins (though it's not altogether unpopular, given that ruins at San Agustin church and Fort Santiago/Intramuros offers some of the more breathtaking backdrops) but I really think an Estate Weddings & Events would just be really, really lovely at The Ruins.

Considered as the Taj Mahal of the Philippines (but the rich man who built it only had one wife, and he built it to be the home of their children), The Ruins was also ironically ruined purposely so that the thick walls won't ever serve the ends of Japanese troops.

Anyway, I wasn't prepared for how breathtaking it was. And the A-grade concrete really had the feel of marble. It's great they kept the lawn landscaped so it was really, really nice there. My camera and the rains couldn't do the place justice.

Another great ancestral home, that comes with a rustic chapel to boot, is the Gaston Ancestral home in Hacienda Rosalia in Talisay. One can have their wedding and reception there... or just have the lovely Monsignor host a lunch for special guests.

Other great luxury retreats could be the guest house at Camiña Balay nga Bato in Iloilo. I believe some of the old houses in Taal can also host guests, or one can always go to Bataan at the Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar in Bagac.

The luxury will be in the reflection of what was once upon a time, included now as backdrops for dreams of the future.

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