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A Negrense Wedding


We went to Bindoy, Negros Oriental last Saturday for a very special occasion. It was the wedding of Darlin, my cousin and childhood friend.

We left Cebu City at around 5:00 Friday. We reached Santander at around 9:30 and we got on a barge which left for Amlan at exactly 9:50. The boat ride to Amlan was a completely nerve-wrecking experience. We traveled in pitch darkness and the boat swayed so hard that a lot of passengers threw up. We reached Negros at around 10:30 – safe and sound (thank God!). That was when we learned that the last trip from Dumaguete to any part of the island was at 9:00. Great! LOL. So, we went to Dumaguete and decided to stay at a McDonald’s until 2:00 am. Then, we went to the terminal and waited for the first bus trip there. We were so happy when we learned that a bus was leaving  for San Carlos City at around 2:15.

We reached Bindoy at around 3:30. A few people were already up when we arrived. Some were already setting up the tents and the tables. I wanted to take pictures of the activities. But my eyes told me to get some sleep. I went to bed and I woke up at around 7:00 am.

Congratulations! Mr. and Mrs. Alcazaren!

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My breakfast (and favorite!) – Puto!!!!

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The tables and tents were ready when I  woke up. Nice!

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I really liked the atmosphere of the main ‘dining area’. It was right in front of the coprasan!

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The long table for the primary sponsors right in front of my grandparents’ humble hut.

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Tables and tents set up in the front lawn.

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My aunt Clarita, who is a very great cook, personally prepared some of the dishes.

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Our neighbors preparing the second caldero of rice. Anticipating a huge turn-out later. Hehehe.

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Ready to roast!

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Our neighbors setting up the roasting area.

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I learned that a very special mixture of oil and herbs is poured all over the lechon before it is cooked.

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And that for the lechon to be evenly cooked, heat must not be placed directly underneath it.

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Some neighbors taking a short break. All smiles!

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Another neighbor posing for the camera!

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My mom and my cousin. A lot of people say they look the same. What do you think? Hehehe.

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My cousin going around with a pitcher of water (or was it tuba?). Hehe.

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The nice thing about celebrations in the province is that the neighbors show up and help prepare the dishes.

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While everyone was busy, Osman and I went to our most favorite place in Bindoy – the beach!

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Osman enjoying the nice warm weather.

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The usually rocky beach is now all-sand because of the amihan which hit Negros a few weeks ago.

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Osman having a blast.

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A nice-looking bantay-dagat outpost.

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Na-ihas ang taga siyudad. Hahaha.

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Of course, Satchmo enjoyed the beach, too!

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Then, we went back to get ready for the wedding. Nice-looking give-aways!

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The wedding dress and shoes.

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My cousin with her make-up artist.

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My young niece Jillian all set for the wedding.

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 The church of Bindoy. Looking really nice.

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Here comes the bride! With my uncle Mario and aunt Mingga.

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Darlin, Agnew, and their parents. Mabuhay ang bagong kasal!

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My mom and a new friend.

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 After the mass, we all went back home for the — guess what? Lechon!!!!!!!!!

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Everyone looks hungry. LOL.

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Let’s all pray first.

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Meanwhile, a few meters from the tents were these other tables. Everyone was invited!

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Wedding cake!

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When everyone was full, everyone helped wash the plates and wipe them dry.

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Then, it was time to open the gifts! Woohoo!

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 Again, congratulations Darlin and Agnew! God bless!

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34 responses to “A Negrense Wedding

  1. Ri February 2, 2009 at 7:12 am

    lechon!!! :D
    whats a “coprasan”?
    what a fantastic day

  2. DAZZ Melbourne February 2, 2009 at 7:54 am

    nice… wishing them all the best… now, can i have some ” inasal” ?

  3. DAZZ Melbourne February 2, 2009 at 7:56 am

    it’s a place where you COPRA the SAN…

  4. leylander February 2, 2009 at 8:09 am

    lol. a coparasan is where coconut meat is dried by steaming.

  5. noli February 2, 2009 at 10:30 am

    is it not expensive to steam dry now Ley on the coconut meat? I thought farmers sun-dry them. . are we having less of sunny days now? (lol)

  6. leylander February 2, 2009 at 10:34 am

    hehehe. im not exactly sure kung steam ba or cook gyud through heat. basta i saw them use the coprasan once when they ‘cook’ the meat overnight until they’re brown.

    it’s not expensive cause they use the ‘bukong’ para sugnod. hehe

  7. ronnie silva February 2, 2009 at 11:15 am

    Hello Ley!!

    Good Lord!!!! These Photos really remind me home. Oh my God! I can’t wait to be back home in two months time. I terribly missing Cebu, my land, my panga etc. Hey Ley, I like to meet you when I come. I’ll get in touch with you for your mobile phone. Cebu here I come!!!

  8. Marian Calago February 2, 2009 at 11:59 am

    ay I think sa amoa man gud kay dependi sa init sa panahon if dugay sd nimo ipatimbang ang kopras. amo na I dry through the heat of the sun or if ting-ulan gali.. we steam it sa PUGURAN.hehehehehhe AND THat’s we call it Coprasan.hehehhe.. nice gathering……

  9. inday myrna February 2, 2009 at 4:48 pm

    What! a nice wedding,
    Congratulation “Daylin @ Agnew”
    I wish you all the best…

    Hello Satchmo… Ley, imong cousin ug mama murag kaluha,
    Ganahan ko sa ilang reception, kalame sa lechon, ummm
    Sound like you’re having a hard trip Ley?
    Finally, nakaraos din.

  10. ofw_cebu February 2, 2009 at 8:04 pm

    mao dyud ni nindot sa probinsya ba, stress free living kaayo ba……for sure, naa dyud paklay ug humba diha ley . . . . sus, makagutom man pod… hehehe :)

  11. ianne February 2, 2009 at 8:24 pm

    My best wishes to the newly wed!! The food & the cake, yummy! Your mom & cousin, they look-alike indeed. What a beautiful wedding!

  12. billy February 2, 2009 at 9:52 pm

    This is one event which sharply displays Filipino values in a true Philippine setting. Every hand in his/her own assignment, from food preparation to dish washing. Yet there’s still time to escape for a little fun and reflection in the beach.

    Being taga siyudad, Oh, I missed this experience! Congrats to all.

  13. Racquel Wisconsin February 3, 2009 at 12:59 am

    Ley, send my best wishes to the newly weds. Your photos makes me really homesick. It reminds me of the good old days in the provincial town where I grew up. “Puto” like you is my favorite, partner that with manga or “sikwate”. Well anyways, good to hear you are back in Cebu , in one piece and happy to have that mini vacation. I hope to see you in person when I go home for a months vacation sometime in mid April.

  14. Takdol February 3, 2009 at 6:49 am

    What a beautiful celebration. Maka-mingaw gyud.

    Pareho diay ta ug paborito para pamahaw, Ley – puto. Unfortunately, dili ko kama-o mo-luto ana. Tan-aw tan-aw na lang sa imong litrato.

  15. Inday Ethna February 3, 2009 at 7:50 am

    Such a delightful post – very intimate and personal family party. Thank you for sharing.

    Coprasan is where fresh copra is dried especially during the rainy season. Right?

    Take care!

  16. batang cebu February 3, 2009 at 2:15 pm

    Coprasan (or dangkahan) is like a kiln drier. It dries the copra before it’s being sold by using the coconut husks with the shells (bukong) as the fuel. The other way is to dry the copra under the heat of the sun. But it’s a slow process and delayed further if it rains.

    By the way Ley, nice photos and interesting coverage of the wedding.

  17. dencios February 3, 2009 at 2:35 pm

    ang galing a! ang galing ng wedding ang sarap tignan parang lahat ay masaya talaga. pinoy na pinoy. tulungan sa preparation. great shot! kuhang kuha ang moment ng kasalang negreseng pilipino. Aba e negrense din ata ako para sa kaaalaman mo! :)

  18. Neiner in Atlanta February 3, 2009 at 7:29 pm

    WOW . nindota sa mga pictures Ley! maora man sad ug naa ko dha . thanks for reminding us how a wedding Pilipino style is done gyud . It is the BEST !!!! Makamingaw ug makagutom .. he he he .. Congratulations to the Bride and Groom !!!!!!!

  19. hoz49 February 3, 2009 at 9:27 pm

    Thanks Ley for inviting us to the wedding. May they have a lifetime of happy times!

  20. mardie c",) February 4, 2009 at 12:53 pm

    kalami tan-awon sa buhay probinsya oy. makahinumdum man lang ko anang koprasan sa probinsya sa akong mama, humutan kaayo ko sa baho sa kopras. kalami sa lechon, pustahan naa gyud ang dinuguan ana ba. congrats and best wishes to your cousin and her hubby. may they have a fruitful & blessed life ahead of them.

  21. JFA February 4, 2009 at 1:28 pm

    Ley… matsalams sa imong posting diri. ug congrats sa imong ig-agaw! Daghan jud mi nalingaw aning mga pictures nimo bay. You really did a good job on reminding us sa atong mga ka-gikan. Gikan pod ko sa probinsya… tubong Oslob n nidako sa Argao. Scenes like these are very common during my younger days…. and i guess naa ghapon ron.

    basta bisdak… bisdak forever, hehe!

  22. Buchick February 5, 2009 at 7:41 pm

    That’s my kind of party! Table laden with lots of good local delicacies, laid-back, unpretentious, very Filipino with everyone having a great time helping out.

  23. LyniTalk February 6, 2009 at 12:33 pm

    maglaway man sad ta ani…
    mao niy nakanindot sa probinsiya madato’g mapobre pa enggrande gyud kaayo permi ang okasyon ilabina sa kasal, na hala!…moburot gyud maayo imo tiyan.

    halad ni para nila Darlin and Agnew, ang pulong nga makalipong…(whahehehe)

    “Kung moabot man ang Bagyo ug ang mga Dahon sa Sanga malaya ug maanod sa makalisang nga Sapa” hinaut unta magpabilin maghinausa ang inyong huna-huna nga andam ug pareho mong usa ra ang koptan…

    Ay, basta payt lang mo diha permi…

  24. kent February 7, 2009 at 9:16 am

    lamia pud sa coke.tagsa man jud.
    tagsa kalitro!
    daghan pa jud kaayg inasal.manangpit ug silingan ang bahu.
    mura man ug amlan inyung lugar sa bindoy,ley.nalukop ug bermuda grass.pero ang dagat murag sa tanjay.ngadto sa lawton,wara-wara beach.magwara wara sa lapuk ug sa hunas.hehehe
    pero in fairness,dili kangilngig sa balas sa dagat sa liloan,cebu.nga inig tunob sa tiil murag suyopun sa lapuk.hehehe.bawiun lang sa kinilaw nga takubo.lamiii

  25. Cecile February 8, 2009 at 12:05 pm

    Nice wedding guys…….congratulations to the newly weds. Yummy lechon…..!

  26. Victoria-New York February 8, 2009 at 11:40 pm

    very nice post, ley! congratulations to the happy couple

  27. voice4u February 10, 2009 at 2:49 pm

    wow congratulations sa bag-ong couple mwahhhhhhhh :-)…. lami kaau pakals ani nga tym ley? aahehehhehee… kalami jud sa puto kada buntag den dunay sikwati hmmmm kalami ba naglaway jud ko ay waaaahhhhh…

  28. melanie February 14, 2009 at 10:30 pm

    gimingaw ko ug ingon ani nga pakals ai..

  29. Jeselle March 11, 2009 at 4:26 am

    That was one of the most beautiful weddings I’ve seen. Thank you for sharing.

  30. joel/Mariana Is. March 15, 2009 at 1:35 pm

    ley, mobalik mos bindoy rong fiesta? hapit na man…
    post kag pics ha… rgds, God bless

  31. Ikay Villanueva January 11, 2010 at 11:13 pm

    Hi! Great post!

    I was at that wedding, too… though I was a little late. I think I arrived when everyone was already drinking and singing karaoke.

    I am just wondering… are you nephew that they all said has a great singing voice? I remember that they said he couldn’t sing that night because he wasn’t feeling well due to the trip.

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