The Central United Methodist Church

Ever since I learned about this church I have always wanted to get married here.

For the reasons…

1. It’s the Central Church of UMC in Manila – it’s like the Manila Cathedral of the Catholic churches.

2. It’s the biggest UMC church – I wanted to walk down in a long aisle.

3. It’s the first and oldest UMC in the Philippines – indeed a church with rich history that stood the test of time including WWII and the Japanese occupation.

Having said the above reasons, who wouldn’t want to get married and be part of the colorful history of that church? 😉

Bonus: We won’t be having a hard time looking for the pastor who administered the wedding of my parents because he’s the administrative pastor in CUMC.

Side kwento: I wanted to wear the same gown my mother wore when she got married but it’s already gone. So plan B have the parent’s officiating pastor do their ceremony. Case closed!

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Interior of the Central UMC

It is 113 years old, based on my calculation from it’s foundation day on 1899.

Click this link to learn more about the colorful history of this church.

Members of UMC will get BIG discount. We got ours! Yipee!!!

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Exterior of the church

When we visited this church we talked to one member and said that she admires me coz I want to have a wedding on October specially in this church. Why? Ang sabi niya bumabaha raw dun!!! She even told a horror story where a scheduled wedding ceremony was called-off there because of the flood outside – ceremony was done in the hotel instead.

Hmmmm..that reminded me of my parent’s wedding…

My mom being carried because it’s flooded outside the church

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Panalo ang bridal carry dba? 😀

My dad carrying my mom up to their reception. Take a closer look, visitors are carrying their shoes.haha

bigat na bigat na si Daddy. haha

By the way, here’s their officiating pastor…Pastor Cerri(right)

parang di sila masaya. haha

So going back to the flood issue, I believe that it won’t rain on our wedding day. But if it does, will that stop us from saying I do? 🙂

P.S. For some reason, I have to re-do and re-do this post coz wordpress is not updating and deleting everything. Argh!

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The Search for the Swak na Venue

Since The Church is located in T.M. Kalaw, Manila, we are bounded in this city and the nearby Pasay City.

Below are the the venues we have visited:

  • The Pergola

Restaurant Row, BOOM Grounds, CCP Complex

Roxas Blvd. corner Gil J Puyat Ave., Pasay City

Peso power:

P 60,000.00 for weekdays

P65,000.00 for weekends

I first saw this place in the net but didn’t pay attention to it until we attended the Themes & Motif bridal fair @ WTC on June. We noticed the booth because we were invited by Hizon’s to attend their food tasting in this place thus we got curious. We inquired about the place and at the moment the AE said that the draping are fixed I got excited. Right then and there I said “this is it!” (without seeing the place).

Weeks after, we were invited by Center Table for their food tasting event at The Pergola . At walang patumpik-tumpik we grabbed the opportunity.

 

 

Notice the venue’s irregular shape? Actually the place is octagon.

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Photo courtesy of my brother. Wala lang ang ganda ng shot eh.

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Yes it’s raining! We went there one week before the Habagat.

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The Trellis

  • Park Metro (now called Le Parc)

EDSA cor. Roxas Boulevard,

Metropolitan Park, Bay Area CBD, Pasay

Peso Power:

P50,000.00 for the Main Hall

P40,000.00 for the Carpeted Hall

Learned about the place when I inquired at Le Pavilion. The place is quite new, I think it’s a subsidiary or affiliate (whatever you call it) of Le Pav. Basta iisa sila ng developer. They are on promo so we paid it a visit.

The carpeted hall good for 100 pax.

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The Main Hall good for 150 pax.

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malaki to nasa loob lang ako ng carpeted hall at may divider

The Suite Room

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So syempre ang nanay ko eh masyadong particular sa CR at yung talaga ang unang pinupuntahan. Medyo mapanghi siya pero sabi ng guard wala kasing nagmamaintain pero pag may event meron naman daw.

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  • Marc 2000 Tower, penthouse

1973 Taft Ave., cor. San Andres St.,
Malate, Manila 1004

Peso power: P15,000.00

Searched this thru the net but again didn’t paid attention. We just decided to visit the place when we had our food tasting with Julio’s Catering since they recommended it and it’s within the vicinity. It’s the penthouse so expect it to be on the top of the building. Muntik pa namin di makita yung place dahil Sunday buti na lang nagamitan namin ng charm yung guard dun. hihi

The entrance to the hall.

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May event nung gabi before kami pumunta kaya may balloons.

The place is actually big. Not to mention the rental is affordable.

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The conference room that can be used as make up room.

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The c.r.. Mabango naman daw sabi ni Mommy.

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  • Ramon Magsaysay Center

1680 Roxas Boulevard,
Manila

Peso power: P20,000.00

The place is very popular sa w@w and girl talk. Most likely if all the venues we did an ocular will not pass our requirements, we’ll end up here.

The facade and the fountain. It’s beside Diamond Hotel.

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fountain will be opened for a fee

The hall with lights on

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may event daw kaya makalat

Of course eh ano pa nga ba…this will also serve as the make up room for the bride.

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yes, that’s my mom inspecting the wash room. hehe

  • CCP Silangan Hall

Roxas Boulevard, Pasay City

We braved of inquiring at the place because I heard that the place is affordable. After our ocular in Ramon Magsaysay Center, we went straight here. Unfortunately, no ocular is allowed on Sundays. Even if we pleaded and said that we came from a far place the guard still didn’t allow us. Oh well. So no pictures, sorry.

  • Aliw Theater

Sotto Street, CCP Complex, Pasay City

Peso Power: P15,000 (Elizalde Hall)

Who would have thought that this place can be an events venue? Well, we were surprised too. We learned about it when we had our FT with Centertable and the moment we knew it I got very excited to visit the place. After our unfortunate visit in CCP Silangan Hall, we went straight here since it is just at the back of CCP. Again, we don’t have any pictures of the place coz there’s an ongoing renovation and the manager didn’t allow us to at least sneak in at the hall because he said it’s “maalikabok”. Yet we were able to discuss things. When we’re settled to get the place because of its affordability, the manager checked our date and sadly there’s an event on that day. 😦

  • The Venue at Prism Plaza

4th Level Prism Plaza, Two Ecom Bldg., Ocean Drive,

MOA Complex, Pasay

Peso power:

P25,000.oo (weekday), P30,000.00 (weekend) for Hall 1

P20,000.00 (weekday), P25,000.00 (weekend) for Hall 2

A fellow w@wie suggested this place when we are looking for a venue. I got so excited knowing that the place is new and it is developed by SM not to mention that it’s near MOA. One more thing that excites me is that it’s overlooking Manila Bay.

When I inquired with them and told me that they have open house and food taste with Hizon’s we grabbed the opportunity to visit the place. As of this writing, I’m biased with this place. Just refer to this post.

The walkway going to the prism plaza.

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ang ganda lang

The mesmerizing outdoor of The Venue. Overlooking Manila Bay, just what I wanted.

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The Venue hall 1 &2 good for 200 pax. Hall 1 can accomodate 150 pax while Hall 2 for 100 pax (sabi nila). The place looks small just imagine the divider right after the pillar is there.

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set up by Hizon’s

The Suite for Hall 1. There’s a separate suite for each hall.

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The pantry.

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The E-commerce building. Maganda raw siya sa gabi because of changing lights of the building.

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  • 1Esplanade

SM Central Business Park Seaside Corner

Bay Boulevard, Pasay

Peso power:

P90,000.00 (Mon to Thurs), P100,000.00 (Fri to Sun) for Coral A & B

P80,000.00 (Mon to Thurs), P90,000.00 (Fri to Sun) for The Pearl Hall

One of my top choices. I really loooooove the Pearl Hall coz it’s outdoor and beside Manila Bay! When Hizon’s invited us for their food tasting and we learned that it will be held at 1Esplanade we grabbed the opportunity.

Coral Hall A with Hizon’s set up.

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hanapin niyo ko. 😀

The Pearl Hall.

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got a little disappointed with Pearl Hall kasi it’s beside the road

Manila Bay view of the Pearl Hall.

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sorry wasn’t able to get a nice shot of the hall

  • Palacio de Maynila

1809 – 1813 M. H. Del Pilar Street, Malate, Manila

Peso power:

P123,200.00 for 6 hours

P134,400.00 for whole day

Another top choice. Love the place coz it’s along the Bay Walk. And the venue is reeeaaaalllllyyyyy nice!! And the swags are fixed.

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The Pantry

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The Hall. Sorry sa madilim na kuha. Yung centerpiece raw sa ceiling pinapalitan every year.

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ang nice noh? and it’s big. 😀

The entrance to the hall. Ang ganda talaga!

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pwede mag set up ng cocktail tables dito. parang pwede na rin tong venue noh?

The Holding Room.

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The Comfort Room.

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Manila Bay view.

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We still have more in our list – like  Coconut Palace, Patio de Manila, Oceana, SMX, Le Pav, Museong Pambata, Ibarra’s Garden, White Space, Intamuros venues – Teatrillo, Casa de Manila, La Castellana, Villa Imaculada, Clamshell, etc. But we already found “the one” so stop na kami sa ocular. Tsaka magastos ang mag-ocular. haha… But masarap mag-ocular!

So there…I’ll update once we have booked our “napupusuan at fit sa budget” na venue. Pa-secret effect muna though w@wies already know kung saan kami leaning. 🙂

Note: The rates posted here are 2012 rates. Some venues charge VAT.

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