...I made this for his blow-up photo concept, what do you think?...

You must be tired of reading my posts about the tiring work days we had since we arrived in Manila. All those days we had to move here and there, do this and that. Now enough of that and it's time to reveal one of the reason for our trip in the Philippines. Any vague idea? Oh well, our little boy has finally turned one and my family made a big celebration for him there.

Since baby's born we had things planned ahead how are we celebrating certain occasions here and there. We did his baptismal here, baby celebrated Thanksgiving, Halloween, Christmas and New Year here for his first 11mos so we decided it would be just fair to have his first birthday celebrated in Manila. Technically that's the idea though we still kind of made a pre-birthday celebration here days before we left for Philippines. Truly his first is something memorable because officially baby turned one during our flight back home. We left US on Jan 31st at night and arrived in the Philippines on Feb 2 already. So over the Pacific while everybody's (most people) sleeping in the plane we patiently waited for 6:47am US time to greet our boy.

Baby's birthday was celebrated in SHAKEY'S with a few of our close friends and relatives and a lot of the neighbors. Mom practically invited the whole neighborhood saying that it's hard if they will miss some people who might feel bad not being part of it. That celebration also served as a reunion or get together with our friends because we knew our vacation time is limited and we won't get the chance to see them all again after that. It was a big party and so many kids. I admit it ended up to be pretty tiring since I had to carry baby almost the whole event! I was already getting cranky at some point when baby's already getting hungry and so as mommy and daddy! *lol*

The venue reservation and the whole party were my mom and dad's gift, the grand cake from my sisterand additional loot bags and giveaways from my brother. I just hired a photo-video service to cover the birthday so we don't need to worry about the cameras and all. Mom opted for the clowns rather than getting mascot appearance which is usually just few minutes after the candle blowing. The clown kept the crowd entertained the whole event with the games and the magic tricks. My sister also pre-designed the tarpaulin which I finished and redefined and dad had it printed.

Baby loved it when the kids circled around him and started singing happy birthday. He was walking around looking at everybody while giggling and smiling. He also loved it when he was about to blow the candle (though mommy did it) because he got to be near his very nice cake and again surrounded by kids singing happy birthday. He became familiar with the song because days before his birthday I started singing it to him, he was even singing it during our flight. Don't think everything was happy for mommy, I scolded the clown for breaking the candle. Yes, he broke the candle in half!

The party was great and thanks to my family, relatives, friends and other guests who came. You all made it memorable for our little boy. Baby received many gifts mostly clothes, some toys and cash. He has a good new set of clothes even good for his later years.

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14 Responses
  1. RNSANE Says:

    Well, Jariel certainly had quite a visit to his family members in the Philippines. Though he won't remember any of it, there are certainly dozens and dozens of wonderful pictures to show him of his big birthday celebration. You got to spend a long time at home, several months, in fact, which is great when you are journeying so far. A very happy birthday to your sweet son.

  2. Tekkaus Says:

    Happy Birthday to little J. Wow...even big bird attended his birthday huh! :)

  3. rainfield61 Says:

    Happy birthday to you, happy birthday to you, happy birthday to you, happy birthday to youuuuuu.

  4. levian Says:

    that is one huge birthday party!
    happy belated birthday to baby.
    i love the first photograph you edited,
    he looked so adorable in it too! :)

  5. Wow! Happy birthday to him. He must be very lucky to celebrate his birthday in Philipines.

  6. Mummy Gwen Says:

    Happy Birthday To Jariel! Oh my..what a huge birthday celebration! Glad to know you had a great time in Manila. :)

  7. lina Says:

    Wow! That sure looks like a big event! And Jariel sure looks like he was enjoying every moment.

    About Mom inviting the whole neighborhood - my mom did that too on one of Raimie's birthday celebration. We thought of doing a small celebration with a small cake with the family, and she went ahead, arranged a hall, got food and invited the whole neighborhood kids to attend! LOL

  8. Anya Says:

    Happy happy happy birthday
    to the sweetest baby from the world :-)
    so so sorry
    we are to late on your birthday :(
    we hope you had a lovely day and many presents

    hugs and a big kiss for you

    Kareltje =^.^= Betsie >^.^<

    ¸.•´¸.•*´¨) ¸.•*´¨)
    (¸.•´ (¸.•´Anya

  9. Happy belated birthday to Jariel. great photos and so many wonderful memories in Manila.

  10. glad you and your family had a great blast in Manila. i bet Jariel is enjoying his precious gifts too.

  11. Yes, it's such a special moment to you all, a day to remember!
    Your pictures are fabulous! Baby is so sweet, adorable!
    Happy Birthday and please forgive us for this late comment, I'm always so busy with my classes,and I don't have much time for blogging, unfortunately.
    But I'm always thinking of you all !
    and thanks for this beautiful post!

  12. Carver Says:

    Looks like a wonderful birthday celebration. Congratulations to your beautiful child.

  13. [SK] Says:

    happy belated birthday to baby jariel!! wow, it looks like a very serious celebration there, how i wish i could join in the fun, haha.. :)

  14. foongpc Says:

    Wow! What a grand birthday party! Happy belated birthday to baby Jariel! : )

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