Ronald and Christine
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Our Wedding Day
Tuesday, December 30, 2003
Catholic Rites was held at
Manila Metropolitan Cathedral
Intramuros, Manila
Pastoral Blessing was held at
Coconut Palace
Roxas Boulevard, Manila
Dinner Reception followed after the Pastoral Blessing
at the Coconut Palace.

The Day We Got Married
So it was on the afternoon of 30th December 2003, with the blessings of their parents, Mr. and Mrs. Roberto Manabat and Mr. and Mrs. Hector Gonzales, the couple sealed their love for each other. The simple and intimate rites at the Manila Cathedral, which were attended by close friends and relatives, was officiated by Msgr. Chito Bernardo. 

Cocktails and dinner reception were held at the Coconut Palace, which was elegantly decorated by events stylist Dorothy Cuna who outdid herself with the an imperial luau theme. The festive, Christmas ambiance came complete with the sumptuous food served by Josiahs Catering.  

A pastoral blessing by Rev. Clemente Guillermo preceded the dinner.  The bride was radiant in a gown by Mel Vergel de Dios, who also did the gowns of the entourage in light hues of yellow and pink.  Amis Print was commissioned by the couple to print their classic invitation.  Patrick Rosas did the makeup, String Minstrels provided the music and Jorge Maniquis documented the memorable wedding in photos.

The beautiful bride was teary-eyed as she pronounced her vows while the dashing groom kept his composure but blushed a little when his bride serenaded him with the classic Carpenters love song, "You". A touching part of the evening  was when the couple expressed their love and gratitude to their parents, who made them what they are today, and promised to apply the lessons that they have learned from them as they face a new life together.

The evening ended with a surprise fireworks display.

*This article is contributed by my mother-in-law, Baby Manabat.

Our First Dance

This is one of our favorite shots taken during our wedding.  We surprised everyone with a fireworks display while a live rendition of What a Wonderful World was being played by the string ensemble.