By BECKY GARCIA
April 15, 2019
Family and close friends of Michelle Garcia and Ariel Arce got together for the christening and dedication of their bundle of joy, Amos. Marriott’s cluster director of marketing communications and the big guy behind Arce Dairy pulled out all the stops for a memorable and one-of-a-kind baptismal event for their three-month old son.
The ceremony was held at the St. Therese Church in Pasay City and afterwards, family members and guests proceeded to the adjacent Marriott Grand Ballroom where its Diplomatic Hall was transformed into a blue-and-white wonderland straight out of Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory.
Garcia entrusted the venue styling to Teddy Manuel, who combined old world elegance and sophistication with a touch of childlike whimsy. The space was covered in strips of silk fabric gathered around a stunning spherical chandelier. The stage area bore the name “Amos” in blue and in front of a white love-seat — the perfect area for picture-taking. Several long tables that seated 20 to 30 guests were festooned with baby’s breath and other white flowers, gathered on top of tall crystal centerpieces by Bella Banquets.
After a short prayer led by the proud mom, attendants opened the doors to an adjoining room, where an amazing buffet spread awaited guests. There was a complete salad; freshly cooked pasta; a carving station featuring US prime rib; a selection of Filipino-themed mains, including a full lechon from Elarz; a juice and fruit bar where refreshing shakes were whipped up upon request; as well as a tantalizing array of charcuterie and cheeses.
There was also wine courtesy of Emperador Distillers and, for the piece de resistance, a bountiful dessert table dressed in bespoked balloons from Crafting Rainbows. Guests were treated to carrot cupcakes, blueberry macarons, salted egg cheesecakes shaped like cracked salted eggs, chocolate lollicakes, white blueberry chocolate truffles, blue sable cookies, and a chocolate fountain. Of course, a dozen flavors of Arce Dairy ice cream were available too!
Guests included former Miss Universe Margie Moran, Annabelle Rama, Joel Cruz, and many more were treated to the sounds of the Spirit of ‘67 band for entertainment. It was truly an unforgettable evening in celebration of young Amos, who is fortunate to have two loving parents.
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