Friday, February 27, 2015

Love to the Max: Part 2 of Day 1 (Renewal of Vows Edition)

I already showed you the first part of the seminar which is mostly workshops.

Then, I showcased our
hotel room.

Now, I'll share what happened that night.

We freshened up and went back to the function hall.

They set up the function hall like a fine dining restaurant.

It was a candle light dinner.


The wives were asked to enter the place first.

The husbands stayed outside for awhile.

After few minutes, Duz came in. He planted a kiss on my lips and handed me a rose.


Duz: Kanina pa kita hinahanap. Umabot na ko dun sa dulo, di kita makita. Pinagpawisan na 'ko.
Em: Nyek. 2nd table tayo. Tabi lang ng entrance.

Nakatalikod kasi ako. Hindi ko rin napansin na pumasok siya. Kaya pala nagtataka ako, bakit yung mga asawa nung mga katabi ko dumating na, siya wala pa. Naligaw pala!

We were laughing.

The program started. We were instructed to ask our spouse with the questions given to us.

I feel like you're knight in shining armor when you ____ because _____.

The most enjoyable time I had with you was during _____.

What I lack in ___, you complete by ____.

I can never leave without your ____ because _____.

We had a very deep conversation. At one point, Duz was teary-eyed. When he can no longer hold it, his tears started falling.

Yang asawa ko na yan, pa-macho epek lang. Pero pag dibdiban na ang usapan, mas nauuna pa yan umiyak sakin.

He's normally strong on outside, soft on inside.

Moving on, our dinner was served per entrée. Entrees were plated and served at our table.





Those yema balls are to die for!

After dinner, we were asked to give the letter we wrote to our spouse.



My husband reading his letter to me.


Seeing marriage in a whole new perspective. Woooh!

Then, the renewal of vows.

Here's what Wikipedia says about it.

A wedding vow renewal ceremony is a ceremony in which a married couple renew or reaffirm their wedding vows.

Most take place in churches and are seen as a way for a married couple to renew their commitment to each other and demonstrate that the vows they took are still considered sacred. To some couples the ceremony offers the chance to celebrate the wedding they never had.

Some of the reasons couples mention for holding a vow renewal include having passed through a difficult time in their relationship, celebrating a significant anniversary, or in order to have a religious ceremony if their original wedding had not been one.

Those highlighted points apply to us.

Duz and I had a civil wedding.
We didn't have the candle, coin, cord and veil ceremonies. So it was our chance to experience those ceremonies we never had.

Before the seminar, our marriage had hit rock bottom. Only few people would know my battle in saving our marriage.

I have noticed that very often, the turning point in a marriage is when a couple hits rock bottom.

One saying that I have heard quite often that does seem to hold some truth is “when you hit the bottom there is nowhere to go but up.”

Surviving the tough times is a great reason to go through a vow renewal.

Here's the ring to symbolize our commitment in our marriage.

And here's our marriage contract :)

Then, we had sparkling wine.

After that, we were entertained with live music. Couples were dancing.

Gustung-gusto 'to ni Alejandrino.

Hindi niya raw kasi ako masyadong na-i-sayaw nung JS Prom namen.

We danced to the tune of “Kahit Maputi na ang Buhok Ko.”

Afterward, the "newlyweds" called it a night. What a honeymoon it was! *wink*

By the way, the organizers requested the hotel admin to turn off the TV sa lahat ng rooms para walang istorbo. I really don't know kung paano ginawa ng hotel (kung pinatay ba yung cable or whatever), because when we entered the room, Duz turned on the TV right away and it opened. The next morning while chatting with other participants, all of them wasn't able to watch TV that night. Kame lang meron. Haha.

So that's it. Watch out for my post about our Day 2.


  1. What a fun and meaningful experience! New beginning yan sa inyo sis, dahil sabi mo nga you guys have hit rock bottom na pala before. God bless your union and your little family!

    P.S. Gusto ko rin ng renewal of vows, pag naka-10 years na kaming kasal siguro. :)

    1. Edel, nice nga yun kung mag renewal of vows kayo after 10 years. :)