Despedida De Soltera

September 29, 2014
Written by Cat Arambulo-Antonio
Categories: Events, Motherhood

 

A Despedida de Soltera is a Filipino tradition that represents a showing of consent from the bride’s family and blessing over the marriage. It literally  means, “goodbye to spinsterhood.”

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The Despidida De Soltera that my parents threw for me was larger than my actual wedding. I had over 300 guests while my wedding was less than 100 guests (our immediate family & a few really close friends). Sometimes I wonder if there was an underlying meaning of my parents celebrating my Soltera in full force. I was under the impression that they seemed to be very eager to “give me away”, haha!

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I was definitely NOT the perfect child nor was I a walk in the park to raise. I gave my parents problems that only others could dream of (more like a nightmare! haha!). The two sayings that my parents live by: “Patience is a virtue” and “What doesn’t kill us will make us stronger!”.

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Fortunately, I was blessed with a very understanding, forgiving and loving family. My mistakes and shortcomings were never taken against me but were viewed as an “experience” to mould me into a better person. I remember my grandmother telling me, “We need to go through the bad to be able to appreciate the good!”.

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Like anything in life, we live and we learn. It may have took me A LOT of bumps on the road to become the person I am today -BUT- I wouldn’t have done it any other way.  In my case, all it needed was a little balance and a voice of reason (someone that I would actually listen to) to keep me grounded and add some sense into most of my impulsive and spontaneous ways.

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I didn’t need someone to change me, I wanted someone who was wiser than me and could compliment me. When I wasn’t flying out of the country to party or coming home at the wee hours of the morning/afternoon from a late night out, that is when I knew, my parents and family knew that Carlo was the ONE.

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And YES, you’re right Dad & Mom… THAT called for a celebration!!! Thank you for throwing me an amazing Despidida De Soltera! =)

Special Thanks to Robert Blancaflor, Lily Banquet Manager of Manila Polo, Photographer: Willy Saw, Dress: Rosanna Ocampo, Pong Niu of MAC Cosmetics, Entertainment by: Anna & Glenn, Bea Tantoco and The Sauce, [V] Alvey Alfonso, Cliff Cole & to my dear friend JM Rodriguez for your surprise dance/song number.

- Cat Arambulo-Antonio

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