Bridal Diaries: Wedding Requirements in Cebu

Congratulations! You’ve just gotten engaged and you’re now planning the wedding of your dreams. Planning a wedding can be overwhelming and I definitely know what that feels like. Mapping out the day itself is a feat in itself but lemme tell you, ladies, the requirements are one hell of an adventure, as well.

The main goal is to get your Wedding License. This is crucial before you can say your I Do’s inside a church or on a beach or in court. Without this, you can’t move forward so I highly suggest that you prioritise these above everything else.


Got this checklist from the Civil Registrar at the back of the  City Health office

Requirements Where To Get It Link/ Notes Cost
Latest certified true copy of PSA birth certificate Online/ PSA P 330.00

(if you go to the branch, it’s cheaper)

CENOMAR Online/ PSA P 430.00

(if you go to the branch, it’s cheaper)

Certificate of family planning & responsible parenthood City Health Department * Bring your voters ID if you can because they WILL badger you for one. P 150.00
Valid ID Passport, PRC ID, NBI Clearance, Voters ID, etc. (photocopy only)
CEDULA City Hall P 60.00- P 200.00
Marriage license application form (Form 90) City Hall P 150.00



Requirements Where to get Important information Cost
Marriage license City Hall
Baptismal & Confirmation Certificate Church where you were baptised/ confirmed.





Depends on your church
Pre Cana Interview Church Paolo and I are planning to get our pre cana at the Archbishop palace for P 1,500.00 for a half day session. We’ve been told that you can do it cheaper for the whole day, with other people and that Discovery Camp is another great option!


Marriage bans Church closest to you As soon as you book your church of choice, they will present wedding bans to you that you need to present to the church nearest to you. This is basically a PSA to everyone that you’re about to get married and if anyone has anything to say about it now they can do it now and not during the wedding. P 150.00

If there are any corrections, please feel free to let me know!

I hope this helps all us brides! <3

Issa P. soon to be G.

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My Bag Was Snatched! And Everything I Had To Do Afterwards…

A hot minute ago, my precious bag and all  my possessions inside of it were stolen from me. I talk about that story in the video above so if you’re a sadist who enjoys a good crying episode- don’t hesitate to subscribe to my channel!

I figured I would make a good situation out of something bad and since I technically lost every single valid ID possible, I felt like this would be helpful to anyone who might need it.

Here’s what I lost:
* Valid IDs: Drivers license, Passport, PRC ID
* iPhone, Hard drive, wallet with cash & an issued check, important notebooks/ organizers & bag

Here’s what I did:
1. Checked all CCTV footage in the area for any information from the recent incident.
My bag was snatched in front of the FLC building so I was hoping that there was footage that could lead me to anything that could have been useful. I was also advised to message Bantay Mandaue- Team on Facebook in case they could access the other CCTV’s in the area. They did reply, not everything they said was useful but it was a reply nonetheless and I was pretty thankful for it.

2. Called up my bank. I only have debit cards and while they’re generally safe, I still wanted to make sure that even if the guy who stole my bag was able to punch in the right numbers, I had already secured my money.

3. Cried. Cried a lot. Just kidding. Or not.

4. Tried to see what I could do with my phone. I had very important documents on my phone so I had to make sure that even if I would never get my phone back, the thief couldn’t get through to my important notes and what not. I had an iPhone and had some issues because of the two point authentication codes so in the end I had to call up the Apple hotline and ask them what they could do to help me in my situation.

5. Called up the police. I was feeling a bit dazed and confused with so much that was going on that I just had to call the police on the phone and ask them what the next step was. They did advise that I go in and get a police report so if in case anyone tried to use my identification IDs they would know that it wasn’t actually me. They said that I could walk in any time that I wanted to and that I didn’t have to pay anything so I decided to go a week after because I really wasn’t in the mood nor did I have the willpower to do anything.

6. Because I came in so late, I had to secure an Affidavit of Loss from my attorney first. There are 2 ways that you can do this, print your own affidavit online and have it notarized (or so I’ve heard) at City Hall or you can walk into an attorney’s office to have one made. I paid P500.00 for mine at my regular firm and it only took me 3o minutes. It wasn’t so bad that I had to get an AOL since I would eventually have to get one for my drivers license and passport anyways…

What To Do With Lost License:

7. I haven’t really done this yet part yet mostly because I have no interest in driving anytime soon but there are articles online and here is one with enough information.

What To Do With Lost Passport:
8. I’ve been advised to prepare my AOL and Police Report. I do happen to have a scanned copy of my passport so I’ll make sure to send it over along with my NSO (because I don’t have any valid IDs at the moment). I’ve heard that getting a passport right now is hell but we might try out luck elsewhere. Luckily we haven’t planned our honeymoon yet so we all good…. so far.

What To Do With Lost PRC License:
9. Instructions here


Losing your organizer might not feel like a lot but because my work notebook had a list of all my clients and our current collectibles which also reflected on my planner along with the exact times and dates that I or my staff were scheduled to pick up. I opted to choose my safety first and drop any/ all events, commitments and meetings that were reflected on my planner. It just seemed like the safest thing for me to do so needless to say, I spent majority of my time inside the house.

So that’s basically it. I hope this helps at least one person.

Love you all,
Issa P.

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Sunnies Face, Now Open In Cebu (SM City Cebu & Ayala Center)!

I often find myself saying that the Sunnies moguls- Georgina Wilson, Jess Wilson, Bea Soriano-Dee & Martine Cajucom could sell me a scalding bag of poop and I would still buy it. When they first came out with Sunnies my initial thoughts were, “why would they decide to sell sun glasses? Aren’t my fake Raybans enough?” and yet every time I pass by a Sunnies Stand, I can’t help but feel the urge to steal buy every piece of tinted glass on their shelves.

Then they came out with Sunnies Optical, it sort of made sense but then I thought- “I doubt they’re going to replace the long standing optical brands we’ve been getting our glasses from for the last 2 decdes” and yet here we are, 2 years after, 5 frames in (4 broken, 1 lost) and I’m still getting my prescription glasses from them. Many will argue and say they’re fragile frames and that you can get the bang for you buck elsewhere but that’s never stopped me. Except for now since… I’ve give up on frames.

AND THEN they came out with their Sunnies Fluffmate line and I was like “get the fuck out of the house, I’m so tired of their shit” but guess who almost had a panic attack when she wasn’t able to check out her lipstick when their website crashed? me. Guess who set her alarm 30 minutes before the website launch so she could possibly get every fucking color? me. Guess who now has 3 of the colors after JUST vowing to not buy lipstick? me.

Now don’t get me wrong, I know it looks like I would walk off the face of the earth if these ladies would ask me to but in all honesty, I do not aspire to be or look like them. I don’t stalk their social media accounts nor do I feel the need to breathe their air but I do respect them and I do admire them and what they’ve done for fashion girls like myself. They’ve given girls the ability to express themselves in the smallest yet most impactful ways- take eye wear for example: to some of us, it’s just a piece of metal, plastic and glass that you put on your face but now it’s an article of clothing that allows someone to get an idea of who you are: classy, quirky, fun, sophisticated- you name it. Same effect with lipstick. That, and the fact that their creamy texture, gorgeous colors at the sweet; sweet price of only P345.00 really hit the spot. In truth, I have yet to have an opinion about their highlighter and brows duo kit but so far the women of the world say yes.

I didn’t really understand the “IT Girl” effect at first but as I stepped into Sunnies Studios in my plaid dress, boots and beret on opening day and allowed myself to revel in the all the fashionable looks that each girl was wearing I suddenly felt like that was the one thing missing in my life all this time- a space to be myself, to feel good and be that girl I always wanted to be from the magazines.

Call it whatever you want but 9 year old Issa would never think that 20 something year old Issa ever would get to wear boots and a beret in Cebu so I still win.

Welcome to Cebu, Sunnies Face- this blog is unnecessary but once I started writing it I couldn’t stop.

can’t wait for the next thing hopefully within decent time periods cuz you know, we have a wedding to pay for…

Issa P. very soon to be G.

House of Lechon Opens 3rd Branch in Don Avila St., Capitol

Cebu’s Famous and loved House of Lechon’s 3rd branch is an actual house this time! Located along the bustling streets of Capitol closely situated near schools, churches, tourist hotels and busy establishments- it seems but fitting that their largest branch to date would be here.

This 200 sqm property is fully equipped with ample parking space and lots of space for families, friends and colleagues of up to 150 people to gather in celebration. They have closed off sections, particularly Lana 1 that can accommodate around 40 people and Lana 2 that can carry up to 100 guests for those who wish to hold private functions. While it’s best to make reservations of up to 2 days in advance, you can even order entire an entire lechon for as low as P6,000.00  that go great with their other food offerings.

And just in case you’re forgetting, House of Lechon doesn’t just offer any lechon- they offer Car-car lechon. While every Cebuano has their lechon of choice, it’s undeniable that Car-car’s lechon paired with their signature “drippings” is a hard contender.

Lana 1 on second floor


Another fun addition to this branch is that they will be adding a Summers ice cream shop within the restaurant. Summers is just one of the many names under the Page group of companies including House of Lechon! Til it’s open, sweet tooths can still indulge in HOL’s sweet offerings- my personal favorite being the broken glass dessert.

For inquiries/ reservations contact them through the following:
Landline – (032) 231 0958

See you there!
Issa P.