I’m a proud uncle I must say. Up until now I can’t seem to overcome the genial feeling at how the wedding ceremony and after-wedding-party of Alexis & Thatcher has turned out. All elements of a fun party was there. The wedding reception in particular was a well thought-off kind of a revelry.
The set-up was grand, the live music was impeccable and the host was entertaining! Elements of Alexis and Thatcher’s personalities were present in all corners of the venue, from geeky/techy toys and designs to youthful books and journals. I never realized that chic elegance and non-mainstream geeky-ness can jive well and would be such an exciting type of a wedding party concept.
nengkoy with the couple…
Another impressive aspect of the party were the food and drinks. When I saw the menu, I immediately concluded that the line-up of these exciting dishes were well-scrutinized. The dinner was absolutely lovely!
I am not a wine connoisseur but my having three glasses of the red wine that night would signify how good the wine was. But the most impressive of all in terms of drinks was the serving of Johnnie Walker Blue Label. There was nothing geeky about it, but the serving of this rare Scottish whisky – a freakin’ bottle on every table – was sheer elegance!
But all these were topped by the dance number that Alexis and Thatcher has performed that night. My family knows that the couple (both seem to possess considerable levels of geeky-ness) shall be the last to dance in any of our family’s occasion. Seeing both strutting a swanky and ritzy dance number was such a treasure to behold. Alexis and Thatcher’s romantic dancing made me super cheery, my emotional equilibrium went berserk that it made me cry for joy.
Here’s how grand the event was… watch it…
The Wedding Reception Party of my niece Thatcher and new nephew Alexis is one of the coolest parties I’ve attended this year. And in this gathering held at the Marriott Hotel Manila, I was given the task by the couple to render a speech (me being the representative of the family of the bride).
Before you read my speech here’s the cool pre-nup video of the couple…
Here’s what I said during the grand celebration of love…
Hi! I am Neil and I am one of the loving uncles of Thatcher, tonight’s lovely Bride.
Like what everyone knows, it is unfortunate that Thatcher’s dad (my brother) passed away when she was still a little girl. I’m pretty sure that my Kuya Iko, Thatch’s dad, would be so happy now that she has grown up to be a fine woman and has finally tied a knot with a gentleman. Kuya Iko must be smiling and watching up there in Heaven.
Thatcher grew up with her brother Denden who acted as her father figure. It was always her Kuya Denden and at times Ate Erika whom she can count on. Kuya Denden and Ate Erika are Thatcher’s significant human beings that made Thatcher the way she is today. While I, along with my elder brothers Wreigh & Bogis and Ate Raquel’s elder brothers: Larry, Dennis & Nelson were her warriors if need be.
One of the most touching deed that Thatcher has done to me is a note she composed a couple of years back. The note was part of a gift she gave me that Christmas. I was touched when I read that note for it indicates how appreciated my being an uncle to her. That note was one of the best gifts I received that Christmas and up to this day that note is kept in my treasure file.
The first time I met Alexis was in Japan. Prior to meeting him, I have heard a lot about him from the stories of my Nanay Nengkoy, nieces Erika, KrisMae and Mica and nephews Denden, Luis and Miggy. One big conclusion was derived from their stories, Alexis is a rich kid who does not seem to know anything about household chores. Because of this pre-conceived idea, simple tests and challenges were concocted for Alexis during our family’s vacation in Osaka. These challenges were simple household chores that Alexis needs to undertake, i.e. from fixing the bed, to taking the garbage out, to even washing the soiled dishes.
At the end of that vacation, my family all agreed that Alexis passed these simple challenges. Though not with flying colors at least Alexis did his very best to get along with a crazy family like ours. He even passed the test of eating his vegetables as insisted and enforced by his Ninang Gaying. In my own personal analysis, the most impressive trait of Alexis is his being respectful. During our first meeting, he automatically addressed me as Tito Neil.
To you Thatcher & Alexis, now that you are married, let me correlate my unsolicited advice with that of your recent pre-nup video. Your prenup video was shot in Enchanted Kingdom, a theme park with various rides and attractions. Please be advised that life indeed is like a roller coaster ride. At times it may be like a happy ferris wheel or a nerve wrecking space shuttle ride. There would be moments that life’s challenges may seem to be like a trip inside a horror house. But you should always remember that no matter how hard and difficult trials may be, never stop falling in love with each other. I’m pretty sure that life will simply be a breeze when you’re together like that of a gentle ride on a Merry Go Round. I hope that you stay together forever and live an enchanted-kingdom-like life ahead! Congratulations and cheers to Thatcher & Alexis!
kasal movie poster captured from cinemalaya 2014 website
My two most favorite scenes in the movie Kasal (The Commitment) directed by Joselito Altarejos are the dialogue-less squabble scene of the two main characters in the middle of a green-lush alleyway in which instead of spoken dialogues, a sweet Tagalog love/wedding song is being played and the passionate love making scene that features the two main characters along with the old-timer veteran Filipina actress Boots Anson Roa.
I loved the long-shot dialogue-less quarrel scene because even though you could not hear what the characters are articulating you can actually see and feel from afar what they are saying. This one is a truly magical achievement for the director who was able to capture such a rare feat. Very seldom in a Filipino-made film that I have seen this. Usually in a Filipino movie, for a message to be conveyed it needs to be overtly spoken and for an emotion to be felt the main character should be shot close up.
The other impressive scene was the pink love-making part of the movie. Aside from the challenging erotic calisthenic-demands for the actors, the scene was further made difficult because a film clip of the well-respected and morally-right veteran actress Boots Anson Roa is being flashed and projected directly onto their skin. It’s like having sex with someone while your senior citizen elementary school religion teacher is closely watching. How on earth can you attain the ecstasy and worldly bliss? Thus, kudos to the director who was able to think and execute something as unique as this.
the young bride (photo taken from cinemalaya 2014 website)
Aside from these two richly flavored scenes in the film, Kasal (wedding in English) was able to highlight various dynamics about marriage, love, commitment and family. And what is so impressive about it is that these dynamics were navigated in an incredibly solid and cohesive manner. The impressive story also depicts the irony of a happy wedding celebration which can actually be the reason for sadness, struggles and troubles by those involved by it. The story and scenes were so close-to-reality viewers inside the theater were expressing their unconcealed elated reaction while the movie is running.
Though the main characters did not end up being together as an item and that the ending was rather sad, you nevertheless will feel – if you would just deeply contemplate – that the lead characters in the story will be just fine in the future. And that is another remarkable achievement of this film. The ending was a sad silent pause yet still pleasant.
Now I can say that I already have a favorite Altarejos film. I had some problems with the technical aspect of the movie most especially the dubbing. But all these were easily erased by the trueness and sincerity of the story as well as the impressive execution by that of the superb director.
Kasal (The Commitment) is a finalist and an official entry in the Director’s Showcase category of the Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival 2014.
Ay howp it wins…
Forty eight years ago, owning a television or a refrigerator is very rare in a Pinoy household. During this era, clean drinking water in the Philippines is stored in a tapayan (a huge and heavy clay jar) for it to get refreshingly cold.
Also forty eight years ago Nengkoy said the magic words “I Do” to Joe inside San Rafael Parish Church in Pasay. Yes, June 9, 2010 celebrates the 48th wedding anniversary of Nengkoy and Joe (my mom and dad).
I still remember the hilarious moment when I was still a little kid, my brothers and sisters curiously asked my dad what made him fell in love with Nengkoy. He would jokingly say… “kasi merong refrigerator sa bahay ng nanay nyo kaya ko sya niligawan at pinakasalan!” (It’s because there’s a refrigerator in your mom’s house that is why I pursued and marry her).
I know my dad was joking but thanks to that refrigerator! If not for it I would have not been born and live a ‘delicious’ life! Thank goodness Nengkoy did not just own a tapayan! Hahaha!
Kung nagkataon, walang delicious na tulad ko ngayon!