The Wedding Suppliers Association of the Philippines Northern Mindanao Chapter has set their program plans and projects for 2022 during a Christmas Fellowship at Amaya View, Indahag Hills, Cagayan de Oro City last December 24, 2021.

The event was graced by no less than WSAP Founder Thel Jesus “TJ” Yuson who personally planed in from Manila to give the WSAP pin to the chapter officers and members.

Among the key programs and projects planned by WSAP Northern Mindanao for 2022 are the following:  Northern Mindanao Suppliers Ball (Feb. 2022), Northern Mindanao Wedding Expo 2022, and the Northern Mindanao Co-Working Space Exclusive for Wedding Suppliers.

“Our common working space will have a full-time staff who will attend to our client’s inquiries. It will have a gallery with all the fliers and information they need to know about  the particular supplier,” TJ noted. “So the co-working space will be like a daily expo where all these will be made available to the client to help him decide on the appropriate wedding supplier for their wedding.”

According to TJ, WSAP Northern Mindanao is the first regional chapter to be organized outside Metro Manila and have elected their officers for 2021-2022:  Enson Geguiera – President; Leigh Roux – Vice President; Michael Moca – Secretary; Garry Acuman – Treasurer; Rommel Lagumbay – Auditor; Lourd Martinez – Business Development; Clau Amanense – Public Relations; and Ambing Carrasco – Director.

Ang association natin hindi lang focused on the business owners. Focused din on the other stakeholders. For instance, you cannot do without your staff who are mostly on-call for gigs. Even they can be our members, “TJ said.

“Competition is always there but we can work professionally. We’d like to uplift the public’s perception for wedding suppliers. Clients are already educated about the industry and will not go for your bells and whistles because each supplier has their own style and flair. It’s more matching the client with the appropriate wedding supplier who meets his wants and needs.”

The Wedding Suppliers Association of the Philippines, Inc. (WSAP) was registered as a non-profit organization by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in 2018, and now has hundreds of members across the country.

“Our primary goal is to professionalize the  wedding suppliers industry by delivering comprehensive trainings, seminars, legal ang health activities possible, ensuring that wedding suppliers are regarded as professionals in their field,” said TJ. “Fair po lahat, walang premium, walang bago, walang luma, we are all business persons, we are all equal here.”

“We, the Philippine Wedding Suppliers Association Inc. envision ourselves to become the most well-known wedding organization worldwide,” he stressed.

Aside from Yuson who also represents the National Capital Region, the WSAP National  Board of Directors includes the following: Lalaine Arorong (CAR),  Rona Marie Igana (Region 1), Michael Cacai Muñoz (Region 3), Zsarita Marie Sarmiento (Region 5), Kuster Young Cadagat (Region 6),  Ian Baldomaro (Region 8), and Kevin Lim Fortin (Region 9).

Among WSAP’s programs and events for 2022 are  We Share A Plate (Feeding Program) to reduce/prevent child malnutrition, educating children on healthy diet and lifestyle habits and improve school enrollment, attendance and academic performance; Love Is Red (Show your love through blood donation) to promote voluntary blood donation, ensure a sufficient supply of safe blood at all times, and encourage members to adopt the ideals of principles of good citizenship, and establish strong branding; 1,2, Tree Planting Program; You May Sweep the Drive (Clean Up Drive); and, Art in Cell, Craft with Love livelihood program for jail inmates.

“We’re not only here for ourselves, but we’re also part of the community where we do business, and  these are some of the ways we can give back to it,” TJ explained in describing their outreach programs.

In a related development, eight of the WSAP NorMin Chapter members have been nominated to the Top 20 Wedding Planners of the Philippines in WSAP People’s Choice Awards 2021.

They include Geguira’s Events of Chapter President Enson Geguira and Leigh Rioux Events Management Services of Chapter Vice President Leigh Rioux, along with the following chapter members Dress Olshop Gowns and Event Services, H & R Events Management Services, Camiguin Wedding & Debut Planner, Bukidnon Wedding, KDA Weddings and Event Services, and Balloon Angel Ozamiz.

The Awarding rites have been set for February 2022 at a date to be determined later by WSAP.

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