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Ambiente Fino Events Place

Publish On 2016-04-05 , 3:45 PM

Discover the newest place in Cavite set to give the finest ambience for celebrations, food appreciation and delightful experiences — Ambiente Fino.

Situated at the heart of Trece Martires City, this place will surely be a haven for celebrators and events enthusiasts. You don’t have to settle for a second-rate venue; we’ve built an ideal place intended to accommodate your most significant occasions.

Reminisce the past in the perspective of the present! This place gives a retrospective glimpse of the Spanish period set in the realities of the current times. Let your eyes feast on the classic elegance of this place. You don’t have to go far just to get a fine venue for your event. You’ll be surprised with what we’ve got for you and your loved ones. Ambiente Fino can accommodate up to 200 guests, and if you want it more exclusive, you have it for the taking.


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What is Barong Tagalog?

Publish On 2016-04-12 , 2:18 PM

In the Philippines a modern, westernized style of dressing is common everywhere. In the urban areas as well as in the rural areas. For a long time already. Happily, it doesn't mean that it is impossible to see typical Filipino dress. At ceremonies, festivals and all other kind of important meetings, you will be able to see some men wearing the Barong Tagalog.

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Barong Tagalog is an upper garment and known as the formal men's wear of the Philippines.  The Barong Tagalog has a long tradition of more than four centuries. The look as well as the meaning of the dress have evolved throughout four centuries. The special traditional features remained untouched; the dress is thin and transparent (with a shirt under it), has decoration and one will wear the barong tagalog 'tucked out'. 

The meaning of the name "Barong Tagalog"
 'Baro'  = word for 'dress' 
 'Barong'  = means 'dress of '
 'Baro ng Tagalog'  = 'dress of the Tagalog'
The Tagalog:  people that lived  on the island of Luzon, already  a very long time before the Spaniards arrived on Luzon. 

The origin of the specific features of the Barong Tagalog
Long time before the Spaniards arrived in the Philippine archipelago, the Tagolog people on  the northern island of Luzon, wore already a dress, that can be seen as the origin of the Barong Tagalog. The dress reached slightly below the waist, was colourless and had an opening in the front. The dress was, as the picture shows, tucked out.

Why is it that the barong is tucked out?

There is more than one explanation! 
One explanation says that it is because of the tropical climate, which favours clothes that are tucked out. However, the historical explanation says that the Barong Tagalog traces its roots in the Spanish-colonial era (1565-1898).

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The roots of the Barong Tagalog

From the beginning of the Spanish rule in the Philippine archipelago, the Spanish rulers demanded the Filipino men to wear  the Barong Tagalog. The Spaniards wanted to make  the differences between themselves and the 'natives' visible by the dress.
Therefore they prohibited  to tuck the barong under the waistband. That was the mark of the inferior status of the natives. Next to that,  the cloth material should be transparent. That should make it impossible to hide any weapon that could be used against the Spanish rulers. Furthermore, it was forbidden to have any pockets in the barong. This had to prevent any thievery.

Even at the time that some Filipinos became successful business men or successful in agricultural activities,  these  lucky and more important middle class men had to wear the Barong Tagalog just as the Spanish rulers demanded.
In these Spanish period, the new middle class started to put  more attention to the design of the barong.  The front of the barong showed more and more a hand -work design. It was the beginning of becoming a symbol of resistance to colonization. 

The Barong Tagalog evolved to ' the national dress'!

The Barong Tagalog gained his real 'national prestige' after president Quezon, the first Filipino president, declared the Barong Tagalog "the National dress". So, the Barong Tagalog  evolved from the pre-Hispanic became officially a symbol of the Filipinos' resistance to colonization!

The Barong Tagalog week

In 1975 The former president Ferdinand  Marcos issued a decree proclaiming an official " Barong Tagalog Week " (June 5 - 11). It was the incentive to a wider use of the Barong Tagalog.

Bridegrooms and the Barong Tagalog
In the Philippines of today,  many Filipinos  will wear the Barong Tagalog at important events. It became a custom for bridegrooms to wear the long-sleeved, embroidered Barong Tagalog.
Polo Barong
After the introduction of the short-sleeved variety, the "Polo Barong", the barong dress became  less formal than in the past. In the last 25 years the polo version became the all-around wear of Filipinos.


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Pamamanhikan: A Filipino Wedding Tradition

Publish On 2016-04-19 , 11:05 AM


After you have proposed to your future wife it is time to talk to her parents. One Filipino tradition we cannot do without is the Pamamanhikan. The Pamamanhikan is simple and yet very meaningful. It is where the groom’s family go to the bride’s home and bring a lot of food, usually native delicacies from their province or barangay.

If the groom’s family is well off they usually bring expensive gifts for their future in-laws, this is normally in the form of jewelry…maybe a nice watch for the groom’s father and a pair of ear rings for the groom’s mother…and for the future bride it usually comes in the form of a bracelet or a necklace. In Filipino culture it is considered right to bring something when you visit someone’s house and it would be rude not to.

The groom’s family then asks the bride’s family for her hand in marriage. This after all means when you marry my son you will symbolically marry his whole family. Now a days the pamamanhikan is purely symbolic. Although the ones mentioned above like bringing food and small gifts still plays a huge part in the modern pamamanhikan, now it is purely to discuss wedding details. Set the date, the theme, the location etc…

A Pamamanhikan is very important to Filipinos. I wrote this post to help foreign men who wish to marry their long time Filipina girlfriends. A Filipino family is very close knit and this is true no matter where in the world you are. Therefore it is traditionally correct to inform her family of your plans for the wedding and it is considered ill mannered if you don’t. Please understand that because you are informing them and discussing wedding details does not mean they can interfere with your plans such as color scheme, flowers to use, how the ceremony would be organised etc…This is a whole different topic.

Remember in todays Pamamanhikan no rigid formalities are required. Just enjoy the company of family members and indulge in good food, good conversation and a good laugh.


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Tagaytay Haven

Publish On 2016-04-20 , 10:43 AM

Check out this beautiful wedding venue located in Tagaytay! Its indoor can accomodate up to 500 guests white its outdoor can accomodate up to 250 guests.


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The Principal Sponsors – “Ninong and Ninang”

Publish On 2016-04-26 , 10:24 AM

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God parenting at a marriage  requires a base of established kinships or friendship of long standing, one presupposing mutual care and concern and not one necessitated on a personal or family interest as called for by occasion.

The bride and the groom to be, usually consult their respective parents in drawing up the list of sponsors.  They might be close elders such as a favorite aunt, uncle or close family friends.  Most of the time this is where involvement of parents sometimes leads to a clash with their son’s and daughter’s as to their preference or choice of sponsors.  There will be arguments when parents insist that a certain person be included in the list of sponsors.  One need to compromise to severe misunderstandings, so make sure your choice is justified.

As sponsors, the “ninong” and “ninang”, Filipino words attached to terms of endearment for a close person are supposed to be second parents or counselors to whom the young couple may run for succor or guidance.  At core, it is a very special relationship.   Being a sponsor at a marriage then carries with it some moral responsibility and obligation for the young couple.

However, the principal sponsors’ original function by the dictates of matrimony are to stand for all intents and purpose, as witness to the marriage.

Strictly, then, a marrying couple only needs two sponsors.  The present, the culture of wedding witness, as sponsors have evolved into the general thinking of: “the more of them the merrier.”

Sponsors are usually chosen for certain specific qualities: such as a spring of worldly wisdom from which the young would imbibe, for character traits, or achievements worth emulating, or for being models of respectability.

In reality, what validates and perhaps, the main consideration in the choice of principal sponsors is the expectation of an expensive wedding present or gift likely to be received.  Particularly, if the sponsor and the young couple are very close, gifts offered wholeheartedly are on a personal level.

Always bear in mind that the end result of a wedding ceremony is the married life.  It is happy to note that aside from the parents and close friends, your choice of “ninang or ninong” are close by to assist either financially or emotionally.

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