July 9, 2021

#WESupport: I Do Bohol

I Do Bohol is the province’s spirited campaign to re-energize the tourism climate in Bohol. It is a series of unique bridal fairs crafted to fit the current situation of the world. Recently, they held the I Do bridal fashion show in partnership with South Palms Resort Panglao, Bohol Association of Weddings and Event Professionals, Bohol local government units, and the Department of Tourism. | Photos by Wendell Banilao | Special thanks to Mikee Andrei

The Bohol Association of Weddings and Event Professionals or simply known as BAWEP is a dynamic SEC-accredited organization which aims to create a sense of cooperation, integration and unity within the weddings and events industry in Bohol and beyond. The establishment of this organization is rooted from the fact that this industry was the first to get impacted with the hardships and morbidity of the pandemic and is still experiencing growing pains all over again. Tourism is the economic lifeline of Bohol and with the erratic rise of Covid cases in the island, everything went on a standstill, a momentary suspended animation. That is why BAWEP birthed its first campaign to rejuvenate the ailing tourism of Bohol, the I Do Bohol Campaign. It is a series of unique onsite and online bridal fairs set outdoors.

It is a spin-off effort of the famous Behold Bohol campaign. It envisions to put Bohol back on the map as the prime wedding destination in the Philippines by reinvigorating the tourism sphere specifically targeting the weddings and events industry. Given the new circumstances we are facing, it a huge opportunity to invite potential wedding clients to chase and pursue their wedding dreams in Bohol.

The roster of officers hail from the different sectors to provide fairness and representation across the organization. President: Nino Ephraim Gironella, Manager of Active Events Vice-President: Maria Leticia Zafra, Eventologist/Host of After Five Weddings and Events Secretary General: Geneveive Enriquez, Wedding Planner of SEMS – Sequencing Events Management Services Treasurer: Aileen Pasagad, Designer from Aileen Pasagad Couture Auditor: Mark Vincent Ramasola, Photographer from Artline Studios Press Related Officer: Sunshine Maglente, Event Stylist/Wedding Planner from WISHES in Bohol Board of Members: Gloria Leodivica Araneta, Wedding Planner/Host from SMILE Philippines Chandymar Batoy, Host from SMILE Philippines Marigold Zaldivar Fuego, Event Stylist/ Planner from Silverbleu Weddings, Belle of a Bride Mae Supremo Li, Wedding Planner from Supreme Weddings BAWEP is an umbrella organization which is comprised of multi-faceted sectors or groups catering to a specific need within the industry.

Partner sectors: Bohol Registry and Union of Skilled Hair and Makeup Enthusiasts or BRUSHME for the beauty space League of Active Coordinators and Eventologists or LACE for the weddings planners and coordinators Photo Video Association of Bohol or PVAB for photographers and videographers Florists and Weddings & Events Registry of Stylists Bohol or FLOWERS-Bohol for wedding stylists and florists Bohol Caterers Association or BCA for food caterers Bohol Guild of Emcees of BGEMS for masters of ceremonies and hosts Bohol Cake Makers Association or BCMA for cake and dessert makers and providers Bohol Association of Designers and Couturiers or BADC for designers and couturiers Bohol Entertainers and Talents or BEAT for wedding entertainers and singers Bohol Association of Dance Instructors or BADI for dancers Professional Audio Visual LED or Pro AVL for lights and sound engineers and providers.

(L-R) Billie Hakenson, Miss Universe Philippines 2020 4th runner–up, Ms. Ava Cagampang, BTO Staff- Policy and Standards Josephine Cabarrus, BTO Head, and Pauline Amelinckx Miss Universe Philippines 2020 3rd runner-up
Ribbon Cutting ceremonies to formally open the I Do Virtual Bridal Fair (L-R) Congressman Edgar Chatto, Judy Quiatchon from DOT Region 7, Governor Art Yap and Jasmine Maierhofer

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