DO­ING THE GROUND­WORK

How Agel Go makes Christ­mas gath­er­ings more mem­o­rable for ev­ery­one else

Cebu Living - - Cover Story - By DENISE DANIELLE AL­CAN­TARA Im­ages by JILSON SECKLER TIU

“I started when I was in col­lege, but it wasn’t that serous then. I just did kids’ [ par­ties] for my friends,” Agel Go rem­i­nisces her beginnings in events plan­ning. Her pas­sion for it even­tu­ally grew and her lit­tle side­line turned into a real life pro­fes­sion, ex­pand­ing to flower ar­range­ments and set de­sign for big­ger and grander events like de­buts, wed­dings, and cor­po­rate events.

Af­ter more than a decade of learn­ing— then mas­ter­ing— the ropes through trial and er­ror, Go can now pull off an event for a client she has never met per­son­ally, discussing de­tails with them only through Viber. Still, be­ing a party plan­ner en­tails great sac­ri­fices be­cause of the dif­fer­ent de­mands of the job, some­thing she also knows all too well. What are the most usual par­ties you or­ga­nize dur­ing the hol­i­days?

It de­pends. I don’t know why, but there are dif­fer­ent events [ booked] this sea­son. They’re mostly birth­days, store open­ings, and cor­po­rate events.

Did you ever en­counter a bizarre re­quest for an event for the “ber” months?

None. [Peo­ple of­ten re­quest for] tra­di­tional Christ­mas themes—red, gold, green, or win­ter. What are the most im­por­tant things one should never forget when plan­ning events?

First, you need to choose the per­fect venue. Once you have the venue, you will know what kinds of ta­bles [are avail­able]. [From there], you can plan what kind of ta­ble set­ting to pre­pare. Af­ter I have seen the ta­bles to be used, the de­sign fol­lows. I’ll know what props are work­able in the venue. Af­ter that comes the ex­e­cu­tion. Surely mishaps are in­evitable dur­ing events. What is the great­est one you’ve ex­pe­ri­enced so far?

Peo­ple steal­ing my props, even the big ones.

What was the big­gest one that was stolen?

I saw some peo­ple bring home the lug­gage props for a des­ti­na­tion setup. Also, an old

wom­an­think they’re tried forto get free. the can­de­labra. They If Novem­ber and De­cem­ber are busy for you, do you still have time to host din­ners and re­unions for your friends and fam­ily?

Not any­more, be­cause of my hec­tic sched­ule. If that’s the case, do you still have time to at­tend din­ners and re­unions?

I really make it a point to find time, but I can­not stay at the party for long. If you were to cre­ate a Christ­mas event for you and your friends, what would be the ideal theme?

What’s ideal for me is some­thing win­try: snow flakes, cot­ton, sil­ver glit­ter. But it really de­pends on my mood and the venue, whether it’s in­door or out­door.

THE HOL­I­DAYS MAY BE A TIME FOR END­LESS RE­UNIONS AND FEASTS, BUT FOR AGEL GO, IT MEANS JUG­GLING DIF­FER­ENT

KINDS OF EVENTS.

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