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A New Life, a New Beggining - A Boracay Getaway of Elliezer and Marivic

It's summer time once again! Have you been to the beach already? What about in Boracay; Philippines famous beach resort? Well, this is the blog that will reveal to you the real color of Boracay. Grab a pen or power on your notepad and list down the most important things for your next summer getaway - at Boracay!

Perfect choice, perfect place to spend a honeymoon vacation after an exhausting yet very successful wedding – this is the sentence that will best describe Eliezer and Marivic’s visit to Boracay, Philippines. The date is January 2, 2012 – their most awaited and most talked about wedding day at Fernbrook Gardens in New Alabang, Philippines. Everything about this holy matrimony is impressive, memorable and full of elegance – the place, people, environment, service, and overall wedding atmosphere are amazing. Two great places united two person’s hearts together. It was made even more romantic and dazzling with these pictures to share to everyone who is in love and passionate about traveling as a reason to celebrate success in life.

On the Photo: Sand Art of "Boracay" During Eliezer and Marivic's Arrival Day


Just like planning a big wedding event, booking for a holiday tour is also taking a closer look on every detail of the travel itinerary. Choosing one of the finest hotels in Boracay brings so much fun and excitement to the newly wed couple. It is Boracay Regency and it is definitely a brilliant choice. This luxurious resort with striking Mediterranean-inspired architecture, landscaped gardens and expansive beach front welcomed the couple with smiles and greetings of the staffs. A breath-taking view of the “Bora” beach from their suite truly gave them the relaxation that is truly worry-free. Great foods, excellent services and superb quality bed and furniture – they all define the true meaning of honeymoon that is beyond expectation.







Truly it is – clear blue sea, powdery white sand, and romantic rays of yellow sunshine. These views give Eliezer and Marivic a once in a lifetime experience at the beach. Walking on the fine sands, playing on the waters along the shore and taking of pictures at different angles and spots never give the couple the feeling of tiredness and boredom. Beach relaxation is truly Boracay’s number one offer to all of its visitors. The boats are colorful. The blue ocean is cool to the eyes. Tourists of different nationalities are everywhere. Sand arts, water activities and nature wonders were all captured by the couple’s camera. It was all fun uploading the photos in Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn and Instagram – more likes and positive comments for sure.







The highlights of Marivic and Eliezer’s honeymoon vacation at Boracay are the leisure activities. The Jet Ski experience is energizing. Eliezer’s driving skills is once again tested – on the water this time. Marivic is so thrilled when the ocean wind refreshes their faces as they accelerate to full speed. The water splashes on them when Eliezer is making a sharp turn against the ocean waves. What a sporty day for the cheerful couple. However, the Jet Ski adventure is just all about the beginning. Next to it is the ATV escapade – another sporty challenge for the adventurous guys like them. The seatbelts are in tact. The engine is roaring. The Boracay Island welcomes more the two explorers with its very lovely nature wonders, thrilling mazes of terrains and roads of hospitable people and communities. As if it is not at all an exhausting drive of the ATV for Eliezer because the navigator Marivic also did very well in finishing the trails.







 

Anyway, excitement and fun didn't end still on the Jet Ski and ATV escapades. The most fulfilling adventure for them is the sea diving or more popularly known in Boracay as the helmet diving. Thanks a lot to their latest underwater digital camera. The colorful fishes and corals are captured together with Marivic and Eliezer’s smiles for the very first time in their life. Life underwater is all about serenity. The couple’s encounter with the marine life resembles an extension of their exchanges of wedding vows. It was a perfect photo shoot. What a portrait to remember for the rest of their life!



And what’s next after the deep ocean adventure? Well, the envy of all, it was a jaw-dropping and mouthwatering seafood eating marathon. Literally huge, juicy and delicious – these are the crabs, lobsters and squids that the two order after their long day of sporty and extraordinary activities. That was such a great food and good life restaurant experience. Every bite is a taste of success. Each toast of cheers and laughters make the couple even more binded and deeply in love with one another.





The Ati-Atihan Festival is also being celebrated in the Island of Boracay every month of January. People’s body are painted with charcoal and decorated with colorful costumes. Everybody is happy and is on top of their expressive gestures and voices during the celebration. Eliezer and Marivic were one of the many guests who witnessed this very famous annual event of the Filipinos. A tradition that truly molded Boracay and its people is very legendary in the Philippines, the major event of which is being held in Kalibo, Aklan – the mainland town that is a few nautical miles away from the island. It's another big day that captures the couple’s attention and it was an all-fun celebration in the beach.







The afternoon sunset is a photographic memoir for the couple. Not only captured literally, but also in their hearts and minds it is all about hopes and dreams. As the sun is doing its farewell of the day, the clouds are expressing their acceptance of it by creating colors that are attractive and romantic. The day ends beautifully. A romantic afternoon becomes an opportunity for the couple to plan not only of their next day in Boracay but also of their future days of endeavors as a family. The couple left Boracay with paramount happiness and full of good memories.





Ellezer and Marivic exchanged their vows last January 2, 2012. In front of more than 150 guests, the best friends were made one by the power of the God Almighty. They chose to become one in a place where they know families and friends they love will also become one community with them. Their friends are there. Their parents are there. Their close relatives are all there to guide them. Their Boracay escapade is truly a fulfillment of their dreams. A place that is famous to the whole world fulfilled a big dream and strengthened a plan that soon will be executed to build another dream – A New Life, a New Beginning.








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