A Wedding Reception at Sala Filipina

October 23, 2012
The wedding reception was scheduled for 5 pm but guests arrived past 6 pm slowly filling the hall of Sala Filipina that can accommodate 200 guests. Typically, the hall is Hispanic  reminiscent of the Spanish era perfect for a romantic theme without much flair to flaunt. Just the photographic setting speaks volume. 

The music by a versatile pianist and competent singer despite the average sound system added casual classic performance. Sometimes, that happens but being a trouper, we make do what's there. We never blame the technician. We suggest a thing or two to improve the sound. 

Performing with just a pianist is comforting. He can express a style hand in hand with the singer worth recommending for a classic ambiance like an old-refined hall. It has certain touch to a wedding reception.

The wedding of Joel and Camille was remarkable. The guests were relaxed and enjoyed the camaraderie among friends and relatives who came to spice a special affair - a wedding to remember. For me a simple wedding stands out, if done the right way. And the wedding where we shared our music and hosted the wedding reception program were sincerely handed doing the best we can after hectic wedding unrelated morning activities. 

But the evening wedding soiree at Sala Filipina boosted the artists in us. Cheers to the newlyweds!

Just A Wedding Story To Tell

October 1, 2012

The father was obviously keyed up about his daughter's wedding just few days more and preparations were done mostly by him with the presence of the future bride and equally edgy mother. They had made the major preparations and opted to add pizazz for the big day by engaging with wedding musicians.

The father of the future bride decided to get us from comparisons made and a week after, the lovely daughter forwarded me the music list closes to their hearts and some were not familiar to us so we did the usual searching of pieces but failed. Good Youtube provides the avenue for musicians or artists to learn the melody for possible delivery of their chosen songs.

The day of the wedding rolled up. I left the house three hours prior to the wedding because traffic is terrible during Saturdays along Edsa. Much to my alarm, it was the worst traffic I encountered. I immediately called my pianist to help me in case I would be late by asking the church singer to take over, if late. I felt appeased that it was possible.

I reached the church in Sucat just in time for the Offertory to sing their requested wedding song. And I felt better.

After the ceremony, another travel time for the reception at Leslie's, a stone walled restaurant with antique woods flourishing the place. A distinctive wedding reception venue, I can say.

The program started a bit late just to gather all guests before commencing. It was a wonderful wedding to start with. Not much flair of a program but the music from Augustine Music and Events did their sincere share of making the event a marvel and some guests with their wonderful renditions of the couple's favorite songs. It completed the night. Even the bride did a wonderful song for her love one and for the guests. She was brave enough to sing a difficult song with our accompaniment.

To end casually, Godspeed for the couple!


An Intimate Wedding Experience

September 21, 2012

An afternoon wedding set for two lovely couple where friends and relatives came despite the rain on a Tuesday. When the ceremony started, the rain stopped for added comfort for those who came a little late when the bride had her walk with the song of Taylor Swift played on a CD. The church choir did the mass songs during the ceremony and for the pictorials, the Augustine Music and Events musicians rendered some songs and music.


Allen and Aira werere indeed happy celebrating their wedding with close relatives and friends amidst  the beautiful church of Our Lady of Consolacion Parish in Tierra Pura, Quezon City. This is one place where serenity is found, especially weddings.


The reception is adjacent from church. The Bulwagang Recoletos can seat 200 guests when all rooms are opened. It is intended for small group divided into three rooms but you can occupy the whole hall, if desired. Wedding reception here offers convenience for guests and just steps lead you to a well-maintained venue really intended for various functions of any kind – weddings, debut, birthdays and seminars.


The couple opted for simple music with just a piano and flute with a wedding singer and program host. They had special guest during the reception who played two classical music with his violin. Guests who offer special numbers during the reception add spice to the festivity and more to the delight of the couple, for sure. The violinist added spice for a share.


The Reyes and Gulpeo wedding is another experience for us performers or we can say dedicated wedding musicians doing the best we can no matter what. We also accept the fact that at times we falter with the work we do but foremost in our minds is to contribute gaiety to an affair with the brand of music we share. Augustine Music and Events plays a part of this by providing songs and music, as well as running the wedding reception program devised by the couple.


We want to thank Allen and Aira for affording us the honor as a part of a well prepared wedding. From the bottom of our hearts, Godspeed!



September 16, 2012

The Little Sisters of The Poor, an international Religious congregation, in Pasay City run a home for the elderly where we performed for a birthday celebration at their main function room. More tables outside the hall for other guests were provided. A special place was set for the elderly for their entertainment.

The house is for older people, 65 years and above, who are abandoned, others found on streets  and the rest turned over by the Department of Social Welfare to the Home of the Little Sisters of the Poor.  They depend on God’s Providence working through generous benefactors.  It is such a relief that a place like this exists for elders who need comfort and a sort of longing until their last moment.  And nuns can do the sincerest task for them.

My brother, Manny Lupato, had an interlude with one dying woman with no relative to be found and his story pinched my very soul. She also asked for Ensure milk and my brother handed an undisclosed bill to one of the sisters to grant her simple wish. It’s such an experience for him and signalled me a lesson.

Well, we as music artists did the best we can to liven the party with not only upbeat songs and music but some love songs. Others joined by rendering some songs for the celebrant and some dance numbers that surprised Jessielyn, the birthday girl.

Augustine Music and Events performs all kinds of music and songs that fit the theme of the celebration. We do their music requests on the spot or they can perform them with the able hands of great Philippine Musicians who are not only into weddings but all events requiring music entertainment.

Such relief was felt for another experience sharing our love of music. Someday we will go back at The Little Sisters of The Poor Home to serenade the elderly with songs of the past.


Experience with Themes & Motifs

September 13, 2012

Themes & Motifs paves a way for big and small wedding suppliers to showcase what they can offer and for us trying to find a niche in the wedding industry is an awakening. Glad that they offer such gigantic approach for everybody to get a chance or I can say, a way to discovery.

My group, Augustine Music and Events had realized  a part where we as professionals and passionate of what we do best are slowly gaining a certain mark, small maybe but the tract is fielded.  The two bridal fairs we joined were start for us excluding the work we put from other ways merging to an easier searched group.

Wedding musicians and Event Planners as we are dubbed to really put the title as real test of the best we do. Perfection is not claimed but the sincerity of what we do is palpable from all works we do and proud to say that foremost in our minds is to make a wedding event worth celebrating with our contribution.

Well, you all are aware that the best comes from people who love what they do and Themes & Motifs scores so high and Augustine Music and Events is an honest group who thinks the best - and the best comes from believing one’s capability. It grows, for sure. And we are a part of growth.

Lastly, thank you Themes & Motifs for extended help shared for many. Godspeed.


A Wedding of Two People Deeply In Love

August 29, 2012

A wedding destination was set for a 2 pm at a quaint church in Silang, Cavite a distance away from a rough road but the grandeur of Antonio de Padua Church stands as a solemn replica  for devotion. The place is such a delight to watch and have photos with. It really started on time with wedding musicians of Augustine Music and Events doing the solemn music from the processional march down to the recessional march. A relative did the bridal march singing their favorite song.

Almost all where teary eyed when the marital vows were exchanged by Ace and Melissa and spoke of their true love with each other despite their differences. There was no music opted and their words of love revealed their intense feeling for each other. It is such delight watching a wedding where guests don’t make much hush making solemn of a place. And this intensify a romantic set-up matching a certain wedding theme with the couple’s favorite songs and music played by dedicated musicians of the Philippines.

The wedding reception was held at Teofely’s Garden located near the national highway going to Tagaytay and fascinated by the place. You have to walk through a slim road but not that far to reach the venue but the moment you step into the entrance beholds such neat and wide space fit for many guests especially weddings. The wedding program started a bit late to catch up with shimmery light of darkness for a romantic feel of the place and it was indeed a very cozy wedding affair with the usual program where traditions are met, messages said, music played and games spiced up the celebration.

From our side, being performers of any affair, we enjoyed the moment having explored another unique kind of a wedding reception venue. This is another wedding destination fulfilled by Augustine Music and Events.


Intimate Wedding Reception at The Farm

August 20, 2012
A wedding reception in a secluded place in San Pedro, Batangas was a beautiful experience being a wedding emcee where the honor was granted me to host. A small guest list of 52 came but the festivity was such delight that I forgot the time has passed fast. It was a 25th wedding anniversary where chosen music was played through the sound system that was reminiscent of few years back but really amazing hearing a bundle of songs and music amidst a huge farm of coconut and mango trees all around. 

The wedding program was simply laid with more of messages and some games with expensive gifts for the winners. We also chose wedding partners in the future and who knows they might be destined. Time will tell but what caught my awe was the message from the eldest of the guests who spoke so calmly with pure words of wisdom felt sincerely by all. It was short but crisp with all the meanings in every word she uttered. She has that gift of gab. I know because it is my field where I am involved with.   

Garth and Darly will be leaving for the states a week after. They had few days left to explore the beauty of some places here and the last visit they will do, I heard is in Vigan, Ilocos Sur where Darly was born and raised. Supposedly, their wedding ceremony was planned for Vigan Church but a close friend of the groom begged for both to do a wedding ceremony nearby and wedding reception at a secret farm in San Pedro, Batangas. For sure, they will be there. 

I want to voice out that weddings in the Philippines are commonly prepared not like others abroad but doing it in a unique place unheard of is something that can etched into memory the difference of banality. Still, I am proud doing Filipino Weddings and a wedding program devised by the couple for everybody to enjoy. 

Wedding Online Planning

August 2, 2012
Being known as Wedding Coordinators and Planners, some ask for help on how to prepare their wedding. If information is what they need we give them the basics just to unburden their thoughts without even mentioning any compensation unless they will go on hiring us in the future, if needed. Of course, lots of information can be gathered online but experiences from us who did the work is believable what works or not.

Yes, we give them links where we did the work letting them imagine how it happened and from their very eyes they see what is going on. That is why videos are very helpful to let them know how preparations go in actual scenes.

How to prepare a wedding is common sense as I always say but imagination put into the making is what makes it different. Wedding Coordinators or Planners of Augustine Music and Events can offer what it takes to have a smooth sailing wedding ceremony and reception.



July 28, 2012
Interpreting a song by a singer or by a wedding singer or any event singer requires a certain style of your own. It might be copied but a twist here and there makes it different. There are songs that are effective through simplicity and some needs a little imagination. Singing is not just carrying a tune or shouting it thinking it is the best way like the karaoke singers do. It hurts the ears, sad to say but most do this way. 

Singing is expressing your soul and the good it comes out is like sharing the gift of beauty. Music is so beautiful and needs to be shared and it it a grave sin from the thoughts of passionate musicians listening to a ruined music piece.

Musicians here in Manila, Philippines are aware of the gift (most of them)  and that is one reason why Filipinos are looked up to when it comes to the performing arts - world class Filipino Artists are found here.



July 20, 2012
The intimacy of events like corporate makes a musician feel important because guests on such a party appreciate performers and it is elating, to say. The music required doesn't need to be studied or pretentious but adding spirit during such special event is enough to be truly called corporate events musicians and musicians in the Philippines are gifted, undoubtedly.

This is the moment, too to showcase the versatility of true artist switching from classical to something upbeat or fast music and variety is magic to the ears. And playing favorite tunes is heartwarming and affective, thinking for the guests' entertainment. True, we can not please anybody but doing music of the past and the moment is safe. It is really called for events musicians to be imaginative often, isn't so?.

We had several corporate performances and the work is longer but that doesn't disturb us professional musicians. Still, quality is maintained and we always say to ourselves that music is a gift and it is worth sharing.





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