March 19, 2011, Jessica Gwen Siazon was welcomed to the Christian world. Baptism was held at the Malate Church (trivia: this is the church where me and my brother was also baptized). We chose this church because it’s an in-between location for our families, Jeff’s from Las Pinas, my family in Caloocan and friends from Quezon City, San Juan and Cavite.
Although it’s a communal baptism, the ceremony is still solemn and organized unlike other communal baptisms I attended. Maybe because it’s a Saturday so less chaos.
We got 7 pairs of godparents, quite a handful to some but they are really our close friends, and some volunteered so who can resist it, right? We are so overwhelmed by the presence of our friends and families, most of the invited guests were present. We’re also thankful for the paparazzis, some of the ninongs brought their cams and some used our cameras to capture the event since we’re too busy holding Gwen to snap photos.
After the ceremony, we headed to the nearby Max’s restaurant for the reception. This is also the reason why I chose Malate Church because there’s a convenient reception so that guests won’t be hassled by the transfers. I reserved the reception for 70 people and chose Menu 5 from their package. Max’s restaurant has Christening packages to suit your needs, a Premium option is also available which includes the cake and the guestbook with pen. A 2-thousand peso difference from the basic package, I got the Premium package with the cake but I regretted it because we’re not able to eat the cake at the reception. I should have ordered cupcakes instead…
Blessed Baby reception at Max’s. I chose yellow and pink combination for the balloons. The reception area at Max’s Malate is quite small though, but we’re lucky to be the first to reserve the enclosed area. The restrooms are nice. There’s also an ample parking area at the front of the restaurant and also at the Roxas Blvd. side.
The cake is just about 12 inches, I find the icing too sweet and the chocolate cake too bland. Nothing special for a 2k price difference. As for the food, it’s more than enough. Guests were able to bring home some food. The fresh lumpiang ubod tastes bland though, even if there’s a sauce provided. Other viands included in the Menu 5 is Lechon Kawali, Max’s Fried Chicken, Fish Fillet in Tausi and Pansit Canton. We had Buko Pandan for dessert.
The package from Max’s included 25 assorted cookie souvenirs at the bottom. The kids enjoyed munching it. I decided to order another set of souvenirs for adults, cupcake towels, yummy to look at but they’re not edible, hehe…