Ah, June, the so-called “wedding month.” In history, it was the Roman Empire that started the tradition of June wedding due to the festival of the deity Juno and his wife Jupiter, the goddess of marriage and childbirth. Both are also the reason for the 6th month of the old Roman calendar. In many western hemisphere countries this tradition picked up because June is the first month of summer and flowers became readily available for the wedding decoration, and the scent of flowers somewhat masked the body odor of those who didn’t bathe regularly.
Of course, in June, school is out so kids get involved easier without filing for school leave. And of course, it’s easier to go to honeymoon destinations since it’s not the rainy season yet. In the Philippines, June is considered the start of the monsoon season, and the rains mean a colder atmosphere. Filipinos seem to have a penchant against getting married in the summer.
In Cagayan de Oro, with June coming up, wedding venues will be prepping up for the calls and inquiries. We compiled a few of some of the best wedding venues around the city and perhaps a little bit beyond. The name of the game here is a venue that is unique and a bit of an adventure.
The Malasag House
Here’s a name you seldom hear when it comes to wedding venues.
It probably has the best overlooking view of the city, day or night, since it is located on the hills of Malasag, Cugman, around 20 minutes away from the city center.
Although the Malasag House is a retreat house run by religious orders, on certain occasions they open their retreat house to weddings, because, according to them, the house must be shared to everyone and the view is too good not share with everyone. They even serve breakfast, lunch, or dinner packages for weddings. The venue itself can accommodate up to 50 persons while 150 persons can be accommodated at the garden venue.
Mapawa Nature Park
Again, for nature lovers planning to get married, this nature park is located at Malasag, Cugman.
It is only around a 20-minute drive from the city center. Since the park is almost always fully booked, it is advisable to call ahead and to also confirm if the coming weather is good.
The resort is a 2,500 hectare eco-tourism park, and the flora here, especially the trees, is said to be centuries old.
You can bring your own food for cooking or you can avail of the restaurant.
You can inquire from the staff if they can facilitate a nature wedding, something they have done before, or a poolside wedding followed by a short nature trek for all the guests.
Malasag Eco-Tourism Village
Located in Malasag, Cugman, just 15 minutes away from the city center, the village is actually accessible only by private vehicles.
What makes this an attractive wedding venue is the flower and butterfly walk in which you can get married amid a thousand hanging flowers and butterflies.
Also, the private rooms and restaurant offers a breathtaking view overlooking the city, especially at night. You do need to call ahead as they get fully booked for June weddings quite early.
Ultra Winds Mountain Resort
This is a family-friendly resort with a dining restaurant whose main attraction – aside from its good food and menu lineup – is the panoramic view at night overlooking the river and the city.
It also has hotel rooms, accommodations, and amenities as well as a downhill zipline. Functions can be at the restaurant or on the open grounds, a novelty way to celebrate your wedding vows.
The rooms can accommodate up to 15 persons while the villa can accommodate up to 7 persons in case the families of the wedding couple need to stay at the resort.
Again, you need to call ahead as they might get fully booked for June weddings. They are located along the Convention Center Access Road, Baungon, Bukidnon.
Blu Sands Beach Resort
For those who dream of a beach side wedding, this fairly new resort in Initao, Misamis Oriental, is just the place for that.
Though the large part of the resort is given to the hotel itself, the screened and roofed beachside cottages on the beach front ensure for clean food when served during the wedding. This is something different compared to the more common open cottages in other beach resorts so that food is not exposed to the elements and flies.
The beach cottages are good for families and other groups who want to enjoy beach swimming while at night guests can enjoy the large swimming pool for night swimming, though the pool is also open during the daytime for guests who prefer fresh water to salt water.
Dahilayan Forest Park Resort
Located in Dahilayan, Bukidnon, around an hour and a half from the city center.
Adventure rides and other thrills from the park aside, Dahilayan offers probably the best daytime garden venue wedding, because even during the daytime the air can be very cool. At night the rooms don’t need artificial air-conditioning since it is so cold and you may need a couple of blankets just to stave off the cold.
The weather, the view overlooking other rolling hills and forests, the nearby forest, and the pine trees nearby make for a very romantic and nature-themed wedding venue. Because of its popularity, you really need to call ahead because they get fully booked really fast.
This is another of those so-called rare weekend getaways that will definitely give you plenty of “greens” and mountain views that can be breathtaking since it is overlooking other hills and forests.
Located at the Magic Farms in Mambatangan, Alae, Manolo Fortich, just a 45-minute drive from the city, the site features a casual dining restaurant and open spaces suitable for selective wedding events.
The place definitely has the catering abilities to accommodate even up to 150 people in a garden wedding venue. You just need to call way ahead of time so they can plan out everything. The atmosphere around the venue is definitely cool and romantic, perfect for any outdoor garden wedding.