Jen and Ric

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Saturday, January 26, 2013

IT WAS a romance that blossomed after a blind date.

Ric Alvin is the eldest among the three children of Ric Gayares and Melody Villacrusis. “Alvin” among his family and “Ric” with his co-workers, Ric finished his secondary education in USLS-IS and tertiary with DLSU-Manila. Three adjectives that would best describe Ric are accommodating, has a good memory, and KIA (know it all).

Ric’s friends and co-workers can attest to his accommodating nature. He rarely says no – whether a personal favor or official one, Ric always make it a point to assist in any way he can. One good instance happened when the car of his friend broke down. He was then set to meet Jen for a date but, because of his very accommodating nature, he first attended to his friend who was in an emergency and readily made up with Jen after.


One thing with Ric is his gift of a good memory. He memorizes song lyrics, along with the artist and the title. Ask him and he probably could answer which is the title of the song currently playing in your iPod with just a few lyrics being sung. He has good rhythm, and enjoys videoke. He utilizes his knowledge of the song, how it is sung by the original singer, to sing it right, making you think he’s good when in fact he isn’t.

He often is mistaken as “mayabang” because of his jack of all trades, master of none persona. Yes, he can be very intimidating sometimes due to his “knowledge” but it’s just his nature. He doesn’t intend to brag; he just plainly knows the answer to the question or the problem, as he is a glutton for knowledge - be it facts and figures or history.

Jenny Pearl, more often referred to by friends and family as Jen-Jen, is the eldest among the four children of Steve Lizares and Joy King. She finished her secondary education at St. Scholastica’s Academy-Bacolod and her tertiary and master’s units at USLS. Three adjectives that best describe Jen are Perfectionist, Competitive, and Talkative.

As a perfectionist, Jen demands efficiency in both her workplace and in her favorite past time - events management. She leaves no stone unturned when she’s handling office or extra-curricular events, always religiously following-up suppliers days before the event proper or confirming meeting attendees via text/call/email at least a day before her boss’s meeting.
Jen’s competitive nature is best seen in the sport of tennis where she has excelled, being a varsity player from high school up to college. Jen always plays with her heart and with full concentration. As of late, her competitors though have found her “kryptonite” – Ric. Whenever he is around the court, Jen’s concentration is strongly affected. Thus, during tournaments, Jen would request Ric to hide so she’d be able to fully concentrate.

Also armed with a friendly personality and using her “talkative” nature, Jen has been involved in politics, as she was once the SK chair of their barangay. Being friendly came with her being talkative. She can talk. Really talk for long hours. Her talkative nature even caused her young cousin to call her as “daldalita.”

Jen is and will always be family-centered. Evidenced by the number of family pictures in Facebook, Jen loves her family so much that she spoils them. Jen was raised as a devout Catholic, and family centers on our Lord. They never miss a Sunday mass and, if given the opportunity like when she was still based in Bacolod, daily masses.

From that blind date, Jen and Ric knew they were two hearts meant for each other. So on December 15 at exactly 2:30 in the afternoon at the beautiful Sacred Heart Shine, Jen and Ric made their solemn vows as husband and wife. A teary-eyed Ric serenaded his blushing bride as she was walking down the aisle.

The wedding was not a local affair. Family, relatives and friends, some of them coming from as far as England, New Zealand, the United States and locally from Pampanga, Cebu, Manila, and Iloilo, packed the ballroom of L Fisher Hotel. During the reception, Ric once more professed his love with a rendition of a song to his lady love.

Everyone partied until the wee hours of the morning to the party songs of Grupo Mari Teves and, later, DJ White's eclectic mix of 80s and 90s music.

Weddings are one of life’s cherished memories and the team of Atty. Raymond Fortun provided main photography while videography was done by Grilled Cheese Studios. And to quote the gentleman: "They all had a ringside seat on how overwhelmed with emotion the groom was that day. He was breaking down into tears even while waiting for the bride to walk down the aisle. If weddings were as beautiful as this was, I wouldn't mind to go back to Bacolod again."

It was indeed a night to remember for the newly-weds and their families!

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on January 27, 2013.


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