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Best Bridal ‘Car’ for a Pinoy Wedding: A Carabao-Drawn Carriage

It probably won’t work in an urban setting, of course, but if you lived in a rural area, then you must have seen your fair share of Pinoy weddings with a carabao-drawn carriage as the bridal ‘car’ – and it looks so nice, right?

Carabao-Drawn Bridal ‘Car’ Goes Viral

The carabao is an animal of labor, recognized in the Philippines as the national animal. It’s not just a hardworking animal that helps in the field, plowing the ground to help farmers, but a carabao is also admired for its strength, perseverance, power, and efficiency.

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As the national animal, the carabao is a symbol of the Philippines. So, if you’re planning to do a Philippine-themed wedding, then having a carabao-drawn carriage might work for you.

Just like this couple, Card and Yeng, who got married last November 20, 2021, in a Filipino-themed wedding. Not only did they choose to have a carabao-drawn bridal ‘car’, they even had a Philippine flag hanging from one of the makeshift poles in their carriage.

Photo credit: Daisy Fulmaran

Though the wedding was obviously scheduled at daytime, there’s a lamp hanging at both sides of their carriage – another symbol that you can commonly find in the Philippines.

It would definitely be fun to ride in this special carriage. While it might not be practical in many places, particularly if you live in the big city where carabaos might be too scared to walk on the busy streets or too tired to walk so far, it certainly looks perfect in this rural setting.

Photo credit: Daisy Fulmaran

If given the chance to do it, would you also have a Filipino-themed wedding with a charming carabao-drawn carriage? It’s quite adorable!

Congratulations to the newlyweds, Card and Yeng! Great idea on using these Filipino symbols for your wedding.

Photo credit: Daisy Fulmaran

What are the Filipino National Symbols?

The following are the national symbols of the Philippines:

  • Animal: Carabao
  • Bird: Philippine eagle
  • Fish: Bangus
  • Anthem: Lupang Hinirang
  • Flower: Sampaguita
  • Tree: Narra
  • Leaf: Anahaw
  • Fruit: Mango
  • Gem: Pearl
  • Sport: Arnis
  • Hero: Dr. Jose Rizal
  • House: Bahay kubo

Inspiring

Nine Siblings Who Used to Live in a Hut, Built Dream House for Parents

They used to be poor and lived in a hut that’s away from most people’s homes. They didn’t even have electricity. But nine siblings were able to make it through their financial challenges to build their dream house for their parents – and it’s really a beautiful 3-story house with a roof deck! Wow.

Siblings Upgrade Ancestral House from Hut to Mansion

In an inspiring post shared on Facebook group Home Buddies, netizen Sar Calva explained that she posted their story to serve as an inspiration for others.

Photo credit: Sar Calva / Home Buddies

She narrated how she and her family used to live in a hut because their parents were poor. Yet none of them complained about the hardships they experienced in life, knowing that their parents love them.

Photo credit: Sar Calva / Home Buddies
Photo credit: Sar Calva / Home Buddies

Instead of complaining about how difficult it was to share a small hut that doesn’t have electricity with so many siblings, they dreamed about building their own homes. They also dreamed about building one for their parents.

According to Sar, they were poor but their parents understood the value of education.

Photo credit: Sar Calva / Home Buddies
Photo credit: Sar Calva / Home Buddies

A lot of poor parents make their children find a job at an early age to help support the family, but their parents didn’t do that. Instead, their parents made sure that they all went to school so they can fulfill their dreams of a better life.

Indeed, all their hard work paid off.

Photo credit: Sar Calva / Home Buddies
Photo credit: Sar Calva / Home Buddies

Decades later, they now have their own homes and families. But they didn’t forget their dream of building a house for their parents. So, the siblings contributed what they could to upgrade their ancestral home from a hut to a mansion.

Photo credit: Sar Calva / Home Buddies
Photo credit: Sar Calva / Home Buddies
Photo credit: Sar Calva / Home Buddies

Sadly, they lost both parents before they could complete the house. Still, it was wonderful to know that they did their best – and they believe that their parents are smiling happily from heaven, seeing the house they all dreamed of finally come true.

Photo credit: Sar Calva / Home Buddies
Photo credit: Sar Calva / Home Buddies
Photo credit: Sar Calva / Home Buddies
Photo credit: Sar Calva / Home Buddies

Value of Education

Did you know that education is considered as a basic human right? It’s recognized as a powerful tool that may help lift many people out of the poverty line.

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Woman Loses Weight, Receives Php50k Reward from Husband

Losing weight can be difficult, but many were able to achieve it with the right motivation. For one woman in Davao City, the motivation came in the form of Php50,000 that her husband promised she’d get if she achieves her goal. It was a challenge she readily accepted – and she soon won! Wow.

Woman Receives Php50k Reward for Losing Weight

Being healthy is something that people should really focus on, especially because getting sick can be costly. But everyone who’s ever gone through various diet and exercise fads will tell you that it’s really quite difficult to lose weight.

Photo credit: Cris Cringol via Doris Mondragon / CDN Digital

In reality, there are just too many temptations out there for you to eat more or slack off on your exercise routines. Plus, losing weight isn’t as simple as dieting for a couple of weeks – you might need to do it for months.

But for the many who were actually able to achieve their goal, finding the right motivation is the key.

For Cris Cringol from Davao City, the motivation is the Php50,000 that her husband promised if she reached her weight goal: losing 17 kg in 5 months.

Photo credit: Cris Cringol via Doris Mondragon / CDN Digital

While that’s certainly difficult to achieve, especially for a busy mom of two, Cringol was able to achieve her weight goal. She admitted that it first started out as a joke with her husband, but she would soon take up the offer – and he followed through with the reward.

So, how was she able to achieve it? Through exercise, she said.

According to Cringol, she exercised twice a day – early morning and before going to bed.

Photo credit: Cris Cringol via Doris Mondragon / CDN Digital

It started as joke po siya maam. Kasi before nagka baby is sige po sabi yung husband ko na ang sexy ko daw po noon hahahaha.Tapos ngayon nagka baby na ng dalawa medyo lumaki na daw talaga ako,” she explained.

Ako mismo nag start ng diet2 and exercise kasi nakita ko na ang laki ko na po talaga,siguro nakita niya na kailangan pako ng motivation nag offer po siya na magbigay ng reward para mas maganahan pa po daw ako.

Photo credit: Cris Cringol via Doris Mondragon / CDN Digital

She added, “Hanggang sa time na naging challenge na po kung kaya ko po daw magpapayat . May 2021 po yun maam,dapat ang goal is 58 kilos lang sa october po dapat. Yun po maam pag october 55 na lang po ang timbang from 72 kilos.

Congratulations on winning the challenge!

Photo credit: Cris Cringol via Doris Mondragon / CDN Digital

Healthy Weight Loss Tips

Losing weight for a challenge can be fun, but make sure you don’t also harm yourself while doing it.

Here are some tips to do it:

  • Find a motivation or goal
  • Eat mindfully
  • Eat nutrient-dense foods
  • Drink lots of water
  • Don’t starve yourself
  • Don’t over-exercise
  • Know your limits
  • Plan ahead
  • Monitor your progress
  • Find a support network
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Practical Newlyweds Only Spent Php3,000 for ‘Unli-Rice’ Wedding Reception

A pair of newlyweds earned praise online after spending just Php3,000 on their “unli-rice’ wedding reception at a popular fast food chain. That’s quite impressive, right?

Practical Newlyweds Hold Wedding Reception at Fast Food Chain

Everyone knows that the reception is often the most expensive part of the wedding. In the Philippines, people spend thousands of pesos just for the reception.

Photo credit: Babse Dondon / Inquirer

Even a simple reception may cost at least Php20,000, but it could go as high as over Php300,000 or even more than a million pesos!

That’s why Rhaqueza and Rian Baynosa impressed netizens with their practical wedding reception. They definitely saved a lot of cash by doing it at a fast food chain.

Photo credit: Babse Dondon / Inquirer
Photo credit: Babse Dondon / Inquirer

Not only were they able to spend just Php3,000, everyone was able to have their fill because they had “unli rice”, something that the fast food chain offers for just a couple of pesos more than the regular meal.

Aside from “unli rice,” everyone also enjoyed halo halo, the Pinoy favorite dessert and snack item.

Photo credit: Babse Dondon / Inquirer
Photo credit: Babse Dondon / Inquirer

They also held the other ceremonies done at the reception there at the fast food chain, such as the ceremonial opening of the gifts and the money dance.

The practical couple revealed that they were truly trying to save money because the bride is 8 months pregnant. Because she’s going to give birth soon, it was really a good idea for them to save money by having this simple wedding reception.

Photo credit: Babse Dondon / Inquirer
Photo credit: Babse Dondon / Inquirer

It was even the bride, still wearing her gown, who ordered the food at the counter. She’s really something, huh?

Netizens expressed admiration over this couple’s decision, saying that being practical truly wins – and everyone at the wedding still went home with full tummies, anyway.

Photo credit: Babse Dondon / Inquirer
Photo credit: Babse Dondon / Inquirer
Photo credit: Babse Dondon / Inquirer

How Much Do Wedding Receptions Cost in the Philippines?

According to Rachwed, the catering along can cost anywhere from Php50,000 to Php185,000. But the venue rental can also add to that amount by as much as Php35,000 to Php150,000.

That’s not including the wedding cake (Php4,000 to Php15,000 for the simplest ones, but can go as high as over Php50,000), wedding host (Php5,000 to Php10,000), and reception entertainment (Php4,000 to Php40,000).

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