Bacolod City -- Yesterday, my niece Nessa Oplas got married in this city. Her husband is Jayme "Jun" Sy, Jr. Nessa is a bright lady. High School in Cadiz City, undergrad BS Biology from University of the Philippines (UP) Baguio, BS Medicine 2nd year at St. La Salle Bacolod. She shifted to MBA at University of Negros Occidental-Recoletos (UNO-R) then pursued and finished her Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA) from the same university. She is the CEO of Alas Oplas and Co CPAs, Bacolod branch. This is my sister's accounting/audit firm with head office in Makati City.
Jun is also a very talented man. Undergrad from De La Salle University (DLSU) in Manila, Bachelor of Laws from Ateneo de Manila University (AdeMU), placed #1 in the bar exam during his time, and pursued MBA from La Salle Bacolod.
Wedding was held at Birhen Sang Barangay Chapel, Sta. Clara Subdivision, Bacolod. There were five officiating priests.
Full house at the church. About one-half of the guests were from Jun's family and relatives, they have a big family covering three generations in attendance. The other half were Jun's friends, Nessa's friends and her family, both from father and mother side.
Nice bridal car, ala Batman's car.
One of their pre-nuptial photos.
The clubhouse was full.
Open bar, but I contented myself with San Miguel beer, later with red wine.
Nessa's gown was glitzy and elaborate.
There were many speakers last night. Among them was my sister, Marycris Oplas. She and husband Donnies Alas, represented Nessa's parents, Atty. Nestor Oplas and Atty. Alita Manatad-Oplas. Ate Alita died of cervic cancer in 2005, Manong Nestor, the eldest among us five siblings, died of prostate cancer a few months after, in 2006.
My sister is not only Nessa's auntie, she also stood as Nessa's second mother after she and her two siblings, Kim Carlo (eldest) and Krizza (youngest) became orphans. My sister supported Nessa's MBA-DBA schooling and put her in the Bacolod branch of her company.
The couple istening eagerly to the various speakers.
My sister's two kids, Lancelot and Guenevere, also spoke about their fond memories with their Ate Nessa, and their previous meetings with Jun before the wedding.
Nessa's younger sister, Krizza, was her Maid of Honor during the wedding. I did not take a photo of Krizza yesterday but here's one from her facebook page :-)
Congratulations again Nessa, Jun. Multiply with more bright children soon.
* See also: Elle Marie in Negros Occ., August 20, 2012