San Lazaro, Manila—Luxury hotel Winford Manila Resort & Casino (WMRC), together with Fashion Designers Association of the Philippines (FDAP) and Michael Ruiz Events Styling, recently joined creative forces to host a unique bridal show dubbed Winford Weddings: In Full Bloom.
Held on Wednesday, September 18, 2019, the exclusive showcase took place in WMRC’s massive ballroom on the hotel’s 4th floor. Attendees of the by-invitation-only affair were limited to VIP guests and members of the press, who were feted with the culinary expertise of Choi Garden Manila and Copa De Manila. Delicious dessert was catered by Hearts & Bells, and overflowing drinks courtesy of Emperador and The Bar.
While traditional shows of this nature typically feature bridal couture only, In Full Bloom offered a fresh twist by presenting nuptial fashion for the groom as well. Top-billing the program were celebrity guests Alex Gonzaga and Diether Ocampo, who played the roles of the blooming couple effortlessly, parading the stunning creations of FDAP members on the runway. Both were flanked by Mutya ng Pilipinas beauties and celebrity ring bearer, Jacob Lim, who formed part of their entourage for the evening.
Gorgeous floral arrangements decked out the entire WMRC ballroom consistent with the motif’s blue and white hues, first seen in the wedding invitations produced by AAP Printers. Completing the ethereal mood were high-powered lights and a crystal clear sound system delivered by S One, while a modern Ting Hun set up by New Victory and Chinoy TV by the entrance welcomed guests as they filed into the ballroom.
“In Full Bloom is the theme of our showcase because like flowers in bloom, it also describes the blossoming love between two people ready to tie the knot,” said Mr. Jeffrey Evora, President & Chief Operating Officer, WMRC.
“More than that, the words “in full bloom” can also be used to describe Winford Manila because we like to think that we too are blooming after reaching an important milestone—our 2nd Anniversary in the hospitality business earlier this year.”
Operated by the Manila Jockey Club (MJC) Investment Corporation, WMRC offers luxurious accommodation and world-class entertainment with 128 well-appointed rooms, a three-level gaming area, outdoor heated swimming pool, gym and spa, fine dining, and retail outlets.
Using In Full Bloom as a jump-off point, WMRC now actively promotes its MICE-ready capabilities—mainly in the form of the 700-seater pillar-less ballroom where the event was held.
Expert celebrity feng shui master Hanz Cua recently performed a ritual at WMRC, particularly in the ballroom, pronouncing the premises auspicious for weddings.
“The floral chandelier in the ballroom is the ‘flower of romance’ and signifies love throughout a blissful relationship and marriage,” explained Master Hanz. “The same goes for the ballroom’s gold carpet which symbolizes ‘wealth’ and also the ‘Fú’ character beside the Winford Manila logo which is a symbol of good luck in Chinese.”
WMRC offers comprehensive food & beverage options courtesy of its in-house banquet services team or tenants Choi Garden Manila and Copa de Manil, with the icing on the cake—its own private helipad—at the newlyweds disposal should they make other arrangements to be whisked away to their honeymoon by chopper at the end of the night.
For more on WMRC, visit www.winfordmanila.com or call the Guest Services Hotline at (632) 528-3600.