Hau`oli Lā Hānau Remaliah

cakeSit on the beach and bask in the sun. Feel the coarse sand beneath the toes and enjoy the cool breeze touching the cheek, lips and nose. Observe the clear water mirrors the azure sky. Resist not the invitation to take a splash and linger for a while. Laugh boisterously like there’s no tomorrow and dance happily as if in a variety show. These and more I wanted to happen for my son’s second birthday in the Philippines. But as I was thoughtfully planning the elements of the party, I suddenly wondered, how could I possibly make all these things become a reality if I was living inside the sandbox and miles away from the paradise where I wanted it to be? Thank goodness that we’re at this day and age where almost everything is a possibility through the existing technologies. Snap! Snap! Snap!

Months before the event, while in Saudi Arabia, I constantly searched through the internet to find the best venue for our son’s party – planned exclusively for our families and close friends back in our home country. Fortunately, one day, I stumbled across an interesting blog that enthusiastically talked about MERGRANDE Resort in Davao City. After reading the post, I visited the resort’s website instantly. Considering their facilities, party packages and offered rates, I told myself, “The search’s over!”

After booking the venue, I started conceptualizing the itty-bitty details of Remaliah’s special event. As most of our families and friends know, Remaliah (Sage) loves swimming, Rowel likes laid-back activities and I love anything Hawaiian. Hence, we agreed that Surfer Dude/Luau/Hawaiian was the perfect theme for our son’s 2nd birthday bash.   I was really glad that the theme had plenty of awesome options and it wasn’t really difficult to throw because it’s adaptable for many ages. Without further ado, here are some snapshots of Remaliah’s second birthday bash last 21 December 2013 at MERGRANDE RESORT, Davao City, Philippines.

INVITE 

invite1

THANK YOU CARD

thank youhttp://www.roipallones.com 

“WELCOME” SIGN OF THE RESORT

mergrande

STAGE

stage

PHOTO BOOTH

tarpTita Wiberly Abellana Escoton’s gift :) 

TABLES

center table

long tableThe cute stuffed toys were made by Sage’s Lola Rhodora Martinez. Her creations were placed at the center of the adult’s tables and  just so perfect for the theme.

PRIZES

prizesGiving out special awards  (BEST DRESSED, STAR OF THE NIGHT AND DARLING OF THE NIGHT) every time we throw a party for our little man is a tradition that we would like to continue on. It has never failed to add fun to the event.

Last year’s winners were:

darlingHannalei Pascual (darling of the night)

bestZarah (Best dressed)

starAunt Shine (star of the night)

By the way, Mergrande’s loot bags for the kids weren’t that bad.

FAVORS

favor kidsfor the kids

favors adultfor the adults

FOOD, FOOD and FOOD

food

lechonSuper thank you Tito Roi Pallones and Tita Rosette Reyes for the LECHON!😀

dessert tableSee the  colorful surfboard toppers? Aren’t they lovely?🙂 It’s Tita Odessa’s gift!  The super delicious cupcakes were paid by Tita Che.

cakesThank you Ate Shiela for the cheesecake, Mergrande for the blue cake and Ate Abby and Ate Saisai for the chocolate cake.

OUR OHANA

family2

family

ohana

MORE PHOTOS….

my girlsHigh School friends

table1Table 1

table2Table 2

table3Table 3

visitorsAbby, Daddy Rowel, Remaliah, Mommy Charisse and Ate Saisai

with atePavilion

kid2 KEIKIS

baby rhanielRhaniel

tintoyKuya Nephi

kurtKURT

bday boyThe cutest surfer dude I’ve known!😀

PHOTO BOOTH

daddycoolRemaliah’s coolest granddad.

family3Tita Che, Lehi, Nephi and Tito Don

cousinMy lovely cousin who hosted the event

arangPretty WAHINE

april

Beautiful April

tita tingAte Hanna, Tita Tin and kuya howard

funnyMe with my daddy cool and crazy sibs!

cuzMy cousin and nieces

THE WINNERS

(raffle, games, etc)

winners

Mahalo nui loa family and friends for your generosity and love.

Much ALOHA from Rowel, Remaliah and Charisse

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