THE Kasalang Filipino 2015 in Cagayan de Oro City is here again as it opened at Centrio mall activity center on Friday, September 18, and graced by mayor Oscar Moreno, vice-mayor Ceasar Ian Acenas and Tourism regional director Catalino Chan III during the opening ceremonies.
Guest and participants were welcomed by Professional Organizers Unlimited, Inc. (Prof Org) Vice President for Weddings, Ayee Parojinog. Prof Org is the local partner of Kasal.com-Web Philippines, Inc., the national organizer of Kasalang Filipino. Kasal.com’s president, Roger Chua, was also present during the opening.
Kasalang Filipino is an annual event held, albeit not simultaneously, in twelve different cities in the country.
“Our mission is to promote local businesses and suppliers,” says Angela Dayrit Kho, head organizer of the event and finance manager for Prof Org.
She adds, “Other brides go to Manila or Cebu to look for wedding suppliers. They don’t know that we actually have capable and talented suppliers here in CdeO. They don’t know that they don’t have to go far for it. We want to highlight our own local suppliers. Aside from this, the event also provides an avenue for those in the wedding industry to know what’s new and what’s trending.”
“Booming city ang CdeO and a lot of wedding suppliers from our city have a lot of potential. It’s a developing industry here,” says vice-mayor Acenas, “Events like this should be promoted. We provide options to those who are getting married. Maayo pud ni kay it supports CdeO exhibitors and it encourages other local suppliers as well as suppliers from other places to exhibit here in our city.”
The bridal fair allows for wedding suppliers to exhibit their products and services to potential clients, couples who are planning to tie the knot. Exhibitors include catering companies, cake and pastry businesses, photography and video service providers, jewelry firms, a make-up company, fashion designers, hotel and venue providers, invitations and other printing needs suppliers, and DJs and wedding singers. For those who want their wedding to be extra special, a fireworks supplier is on exhibit as well.
Ann Kathryn Lim, owner of Paperworks, a wedding invitation supplier, said, “The event gives us exposure. We want the people to know what we do especially would be brides and grooms. We want them to know that we have whatever they have in mind for their invitations.” She adds, “Invitations are highly customized, we can capture and visualize the imagination of the bride or groom and put it in the invitation. You don’t see our designs in the local market.”
Geigy Salva agrees. Geigy is the owner of SeaCakes, a dessert buffet provider. She adds, “It’s a big help to us because we get clients because of these kinds of events, this is good marketing for us. Prof Org helps us promote our products through referrals too.”
The three-day event that runs from September 18 until today, Sept, 20, features a wedding table setting competition by Tupperware, a bridal make-up competition by Ever Bilena, video reels of actual weddings, mini concerts by several wedding singers and performers, the Search for CdeO’s Upcoming Wedding Designer, and two bridal fashion shows. (Riain Alfonso)