THE best of Kagay-anons’ products, designs, and services were recently featured in Kasalang Filipino 2017 last September 29 to October 1 at Activity Center, Ayala Centrio Mall, Cagayan de Oro City.
The event was sponsored by Kasal.com and Professional Organizers in partnership with Avon and Seda Hotel.
Aye Navarro was the event’s official photographer and in charge of pictorials for promotional shoots with video services provider Wolfram Works Videography and Rowel Yap, floral and events stylist.
The theme of three-day event was Travel and Destination, Wedding Edition because organizers said couples get married in other places because they think it is the best way to celebrate this special day of their lives.
Kasalang Filipino is a venue for new wedding suppliers to have themselves introduced to the market.
Angela Kho, vice president for finance of Professional Organizers, said this year’s Kasalang Filipino was participated by several new wedding suppliers.
"There's a lot of new wedding suppliers man gud. So if you will notice ang sauna mga established brands na siguro sila so di na kaayo sila gapang-apil (That established brands don’t join now), so we have a lot of new ones now but we also have our old exhibitors, they've been with us for the last 10 to 12 years. Depends on suppliers priority,” Kho said.
Exhibitors also included several makeup artists who took part in a competition with the theme “The Bride in her Prenuptial Photo shoot” and a Bridal Fashion Show sponsored by Oro Fashion Designers Guild.
"Well our goal every year in Kasalan is we try to promote Cagayan de Oro and Northern Mindanao as a destination wedding venue kay kung nakadungog namu, Boracay, Bohol kusog kaayo sila (Because if you heard, Boracay and Bohol are booming destinations for weddings). A lot of people go there to have their wedding. Unta we can also establish nga pwede sad ta ma-destination wedding (We hope to be established as wedding destination) and we all have the capable suppliers to make your own dream wedding possible,” Kho said.
"That's why we always coordinate to DOT (Department of Tourism) and this year, ang DOT nagsuppport sila sa destination wedding nato na theme. Naghatag sila og four wedding packages na all over Northern Mindanao nga pwede madaog sa mga registered couple, so murag honeymoon package (DOT is supporting our destination wedding theme. They gave four wedding packages all over Northern Mindanao that registered couples can win, so it’s like a honeymoon package),” Kho added.
Kho said Kagay-anons should support and patronize their own products and destination because Cagayan de Oro suppliers are competent and can deliver their dream wedding.
“Support your local wedding suppliers. You don't need to hire photographers from Manila, Cebu to hire decorators. You come to Kasalan you will see what local suppliers are capable of doing and they can deliver just as good as the service and of course cheaper prices because of course they just here,” she said.