CAVITE — As flowing white curtains were drawn open, a bride—glowing, beautiful and filled with emotions—emerged. She began walking down the church aisle, all eyes on her especially one pair. At the end of her walk, down the altar, the equally emotional groom awaited to take her hands to forever. This scene straight from romantic movies became an unforgettable moment for not just one but 20 couples. They were the lucky ones whose dream weddings came true at Lancaster New City’s Kasalang Bayan held last August 4 at the Parish of the Holy Family.
Touching hearts for three years already, Lancaster New City’s Kasalang Bayan chose couples who had been living together or were already blessed with children. Some had wed in civil ceremonies, while others tied the knot for the very first time—but all wanting to make the vow as husband and wife in front of God.
Coming from all walks of life and proving that love is for all ages—meet three of Lancaster New City Kasalang Bayan newlyweds.
From young love to forever
Shervin and Khaecell Caluscusao are the proof that young love can lead to forever.
Their love story began when Shervin, 14, saw Khaecell, 13, in a jeepney ride. It was love at first sight for Shervin, who immediately befriended Khaecell. From being friends at first, they entered a relationship at such tender age.
They became a family three years later when Khaecell gave birth to their first child. Then, everything seemed against all odds but they endured, growing older and maturing together along the way.
Shervin, now 22, and Khaecell, 21, finally decided to seal their love in front of God after eight years of being together.
“Masaya ako na kinasal na kami. Matagal ko na po itong pinapangarap. Nang magkahiwalay po ang magulang ko, siya na ang nag-alaga sa akin,” Khaecell told Philstar.com in an interview.
For her promise to Shervin, she said, “Magiging mabuting asawa ako sayo. Lahat ng responsibilidad ko, gagawin ko.”
“Habang nabubuhay ako sa mundo, hindi ko kayo hahayaan ng mga anak mo na masaktan at apihin pa ng iba,” Shervin responded.
Residing in Dasmariñas, Cavite, the young couple knew about Lancaster New City’s Kasalang Bayan from Jerry and Analie Peralta, whose love story were also chosen among the 70 entries submitted this year.
It’s the right time
For Dean Mervin and Annabelle Ventura, marrying at Lancaster New City’s Kasalang Bayan was a perfect timing—just three months after they got engaged.
“After 10 years of being together, nag-propose ako sa kanya last May on our anniversary. Actually, nagpa-plan pa lang kami ng kasal nang biglang dumating ang Kasalang Bayan dito sa Lancaster,” Dean told Philstar.com, proving that he wouldn’t let Annabelle slip from him anymore.
He first met Annabelle through her cousin, and immediately went to court her. They became first became a couple in 2008 and started living under one roof two years into their relationship. Today, their family includes their five-year-old daughter and two-year-old son.
For her part, Annabelle still couldn’t believe that after all those years, she is finally married to the man of her life.
“Sobrang saya ko. Hanggang ngayon parang hindi ako makapaniwala na kasal na kaming dalawa. Siguro talagang binigay na sa amin na magsama na andyan si God sa gitna namin,” she said.
Annabelle also thanked the organizers of Lancaster New City’s Kasalang Bayan for helping couples like them have a church wedding without having the need to spend on everything. It is known that a church wedding plus the reception have become costly nowadays.
At Lancaster New City’s Kasalang Bayan, couples are treated to a complete experience, from prenuptial shoot with hair and make-up and pre-wedding seminar to the actual wedding day where they are given bridal bouquet, boutonniere, cord, veil and arrhae. It doesn’t end here. They are also provided with reception with souvenir and cakes and digital copies of prenuptial, wedding, and reception photos and videos.
Never too late for church wedding
Allan and Verna Marcial are are civilly married for 26 years already but this didn’t stop them from marrying in a church, when given the opportunity.
According to Verna, 48, they still wanted God’s blessing, more so now that they got older. Allan is 56 and they already have four children. They were the oldest couple to wed at the Kasalang Bayan.
“Buong buo na ‘yong pagiging mag-asawa naming dalawa at mas matibay na dahil sa simbahan at sa Panginoon,” Verna said.
But she never imagined experiencing a church wedding as beautiful as what she just had. “May pagkakataon na nanood ako ng wedding dito. Sinabi ko, ‘Parang ang ganda ng kasal dito. Sana ang anak ko maranasan din niya itong ganitong kagandang kasal.’ Iyon pala, ako ang ikakasal (dito)!” she exclaimed.
Indeed, Verna had come a long way from hating Allan in the beginning, who used to be the typical “chic boy” and basketball player.
“Marami akong nilagawan noon pero sa kanilang lahat, siya ang aking napili,” said Allan, who persevered to earn the love of Verna.
Verna attested to this and recalled how Allan courted her almost every day, until the time came when she too fell for him. “Totoo nga ang sabi ng mga matatanda noon, kung sinong ayaw mo, siyang makakatuluyan mo!”
Twenty-six years later and counting, they still are!
“Kung ano ang kalooban ng Panginoon, ‘til death do us part na talaga,” Verna said.
“Hanggang sa tumanda, hanggang sa kamatayan, tayo ay magsasama,” Allan affirmed.
“This is our third Kasalang Bayan and this is something that we want to share to everybody. That here at Lancaster New City, it’s important for us to be able to bring couples together in marriage,” said David Amor, Lancaster New City AVP for Marketing.
“This is why we call Lancaster New City your family-friendly city because we are bringing families and friends together in occasion such as this,” he added.
Lancaster New City Cavite is the flagship project of PRO-FRIENDS. It is your family-friendly township of more than 1,600 hectares where residents may Live, Learn, Work, Play, and Pray. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/LancasterNewCityOfficial and LancasterNewCity.com.ph.
(this article was originally published in Philstar's website
Lancaster New City, PRO-FRIENDS’ flagship project that spans the towns of Kawit, Imus and Gen. Trias in Cavite, recently announced that it will soon be welcoming a prime tenant in its 25-hectare commercial area to further boost its complete lifestyle promise for its growing residential population.
“We are happy to welcome MC Home Depot to the growing number of establishments that have chosen to set up shop in Lancaster New City,” shared PRO-FRIENDS senior vice president and Commercial Business Unit head Richard Tay. MC Home Depot will serve the home improvement and construction needs of the hundreds of families that move into Lancaster New City every month. “With its strong brand, wide range of products, competitive pricing and its planned value-added services, we are confident it will become the preferred Home Improvement Center even by those living in the vicinity of the township,” he added.
“Our Commercial Business Team is one with PRO-FRIENDS in the transformation of the lives of the families in its communities. We are committed not only to provide robust growth opportunities to locators, but, also, a commercial development that enhances our Live, Learn, Work, Play and Pray proposition.” MC Home Depot is a great addition to our lineup of reputable establishments in Lancaster New City, which now include Shopwise, McDonald’s, PSBank, SM Appliance Center and Tapa King. Numerous activities that provide opportunities for bonding among family members and friends are, likewise, being made available to residents and buyers, one of which is Fiesta Musica, a concert series of well-known OPM bands hosted by The Square of Lancaster New City. Family movie nights and fun runs are also held at the township aside from regular activities of interest.
Working toward realizing its complete lifestyle offering, PRO-FRIENDS recently entered into a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with De La Salle – College of Saint Benilde. The MOU will enable the institution to offer its School for Professional and Continuing Education (SPACE) programs at PRO-FRIENDS’ flagship project, Lancaster New City.
“We face very exciting times as we collaborate with the De La Salle – College of Saint Benilde, known for its innovative and industry-oriented academic programs. We believe it will benefit not only Lancaster New City’s residents, but those in Cavite and the Southern parts of Metro Mahnila,” shared Richard Tay, PRO-FRIENDS Senior Vice President and Commercial Business Unit head. “We are now working on identifying which courses of the School of Professional and Continuing Education (SPACE) we can offer in the short term, targeted toward those who want to retool and equip themselves for the increasing challenges at work. Or simply those who want to shift gears mid-career and pursue their true passion. One such offering would be the planned Real Estate courses. This will allow Lancaster New City’s agents to earn continuing professional education credits without leaving the township.”
“In coming up with a masterplan for Lancaster New City, we paid particular attention to allocating space for and integrate learning institutions in our development,” he adds. For K-12 education, Lancaster New City boasts of St. Edward Integrated School’s four campuses for its close to 3,200 students coming from within and around the township. “Through our collaboration with De La Salle – College of Saint Benilde, we provide our mid-career professionals the opportunity to excel in their chosen field and advance further.”
PRO-FRIENDS, through Lancaster New City, remains committed to providing value propositions that meet the #familygoals of families inside its community. Lancaster New City is a 1,600-hectare development that spans the city of Imus, and the towns of Gen. Trias and Kawit in Cavite.