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Sid and Kat Maderazo’s 10th Wedding Anniversary Bliss in Queenstown
01 Oct 2018STORIESBY SweetEscape

This isn't just another awe-inspiring TV advertisement set in a scenic location somewhere in an urban paradise. This is a celebration of love and an honoring to a lifelong commitment years of two people bound by trust, partnership, and love.

Early this 2018, Sid, and Kat Maderazo, together with their children, Zen, Sky, and Ocean flew to New Zealand to celebrate the couple's 10th wedding anniversary.

by Jen for SweetEscape in Queenstown
by Jen for SweetEscape in Queenstown
by Jen for SweetEscape in Queenstown

When they got married in 2008, unlike the usual bride who'd prefer to look her best in a custom-made gown embellished with crystals, gems, and all, Kat decided to wear a Php7,000 wedding gown from Kamuning market in Manila. Yup, she's that simple and practical. But every woman certainly deserves the best especially on occasions such as that of a wedding anniversary, so Sid decided to surprise her by coordinating with top fashion designer, Francis Libiran, and his business partner, Arsi Baltazar. Just as how fate magically works, the gown that Kat had chosen was actually a piece that Francis Libiran designed while he was in New Zealand!

For 3 weeks, the Maderazos set off in a camper van adventure where they traversed 2500 kilometers, visiting one panoramic destination to another. From Kerr Bay Holiday Park and Shantytown, Greymouth, to Hotikita and Wanaka, it was not only an Instagram-worthy adventure, but a special memory meant to be kept forever.

The couple's renewal of vows ceremony took place in a venue by Moke Lake, a really picturesque location off the beaten track. As an intimate celebration, aside from their relatives, also present were his Brap Pack brothers, Drew Arellano and Javy Olives together with their families.

by Jen for SweetEscape in Queenstown
by Jen for SweetEscape in Queenstown
by Jen for SweetEscape in Queenstown

Though Queenstown is known for heart-racing activities such as alpine heli-skiing and zip-lining, theirs was an adventure one for the books. The view from Moke Lake alone where they shot their post-wedding photos is like a view straight out of a postcard! As a TV commercial director, Sid knew things out so well.

On occasions when all you want to do is have fun, selfies sure wouldn't be able to justify how beautiful a setting is or how real emotions are, so it's a great idea to have a photographer to document those for you, just as how Sid and Kat trusted SweetEscape to do so.

by Jen for SweetEscape in Queenstown
by Jen for SweetEscape in Queenstown
by Jen for SweetEscape in Queenstown

SweetEscape has a network of photographers from all over the world who would glad to be of service to capture your best moments on occasions and celebrations such as anniversaries, weddings, birthdays, and honeymoon. On your first booking, use the code FIRSTESCAPE to get $50 off on checkout.

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8 Things To Do This Holiday Season, The Filipino Way
17 Dec 2018IDEASBY SweetEscape

Filipinos are known for their long holiday celebration. Many traditions and new ways keep this season alive no matter which city or town you go. You won't run out of things to do (but your budget probably will!) when you celebrate the holidays in the Philippines through these activities:

1. Go Christmas shopping in bazaars.

It's this time of the year when massive pop-up year-end bazaar and sale events happen, so go ahead and take advantage of the markdown madness to complete your Christmas gift list.

2. Complete the Misa de Gallo.

How many masses have you attended so far? Get up early or spare an hour so you could attend the mass at night because as they say, completing the 9-day or -night series will make a wish come true.

3. Visit music and lights shows and displays around the metro.

As soon as the holiday season comes, many parks and tourist attractions open Christmas-themed shows that are perfect for all ages. These Instagram-worthy locations are usually free of charge, making them picturesque and cheery venues to gather with your friends and families.

4. Spread the holiday cheer through Christmas carols

It has been part of the Filipino tradition to gather in groups and sing either classic or remixed tunes as they go from one house to another. Just as long as you know the lyrics to the in-trend Christmas songs, you'll definitely get those coins, or if you're lucky, you'll receive bills from your kind neighbors!

5. Organize a reunion party.

Many Filipinos love merrymaking, so expect most of your December weekends, and sometimes, weekdays too, to blocked off with schedules of parties. It's also a time to meet the newborns or catch up with the relatives who you haven't spoken to for a long time. Make your reunion party more memorable and let SweetEscape photographers turn your moments into beautiful photographs. Special for this holiday season, get 50% OFF on your 2-hour photo shoot, anywhere in Manila.

6. Pick a gift for your "monito" or "monita"

The Filipino version of Secret Santa is a more exciting and interesting one because gift-giving is done in small batches. Whether the category's something big, something fluffy, something embarrassing, or something naughty, you'll surely go home with a smile on your face because your friend or officemate could surely find a gift to pull that category or theme off!

7. Go on a staycation with your family

For some Filipinos, the holiday season means quality time, without the hassle of preparing feasts or organizing parties. Some simply prefer staying in or booking an accommodation where they could all relax and exchange thoughtful gifts after a hearty meal.

8. Go for a quick holiday vacation.

To some who've been looking forward to a unique kind of celebration for the holidays, setting off to another country is an option. School or office breaks give them a chance to explore new places, making their holidays a more memorable one.

In times like these, memories are meant to be saved. Especially if you've waited long enough for your family to be complete this holiday season, don't miss the chance to document those moments — let SweetEscape do it for you.

SweetEscape now offers a one-hour photo shoot that'll capture your best holiday moments in 1-2 spots. Your edited photos will be ready in 3 business days, just in time for sharing with everyone else around the world. Learn more about our one-hour photoshoot here: https://www.sweetescape.com/en/one-hour-photo-shoot

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