Last De­cem­ber 18, 2018, Joanne Domingo and Dex­ter Latayan, two seem­ingly dis­tant peo­ple who found fa­mil­iar con­nec­tion and sub­se­quently love in un­ex­pected cir­cum­stances, took their vows as hus­band and wife.


Last De­cem­ber 18, Azuela Cove's Tri­an­gle Gar­dens wit­nessed an in­ti­mate gath­er­ing of friends, rel­a­tives and fam­ily mem­bers of Joanne Domingo and Dex­ter Latayan who tied the knot at a solemn out­door cer­e­mony in­side the tree-shaded park.

Joanne was my col­lege class­mate and Dex­ter was one batch higher dur­ing my high school days in Ate­neo de Davao. Joanne and I would re­con­nect with col­lege friends later on en­gag­ing in the ba­con busi­ness. Joanne's fam­ily is the maker of the fa­mous Larry's Homemade Ba­con.

I was a par­tial wit­ness to their love story. The two met in a din­ner party with our group and there sparks flew, Dex­ter fell in love with the enig­matic busi­ness­woman and pur­sued her.

“He asked if he could add me on Face­book the first time we met. I said yes even be­fore I knew who he was and what he was up to. Or even, why. No rea­son. We hardly knew each other… but in the ca­coph­ony of the bar that night, we would just look at each other and there would be calm,” re­calls Joanne.

It was what you call serendip­ity as way back as kids they had cross paths. Joanne's fam­ily trans­ferred to a home once owned by Dex­ter's fam­ily, her older brother was Dex­ter's class­mate while their moms are long­time friends.

“It was God's per­fect time,” Joanne de­scribes their re­la­tion­ship which took a new page with their wed­ding. De­spite years of be­ing sin­gle and search­ing, two seem­ingly dis­tant peo­ple found fa­mil­iar con­nec­tion and sub­se­quently love in un­ex­pected cir­cum­stances.

The wed­ding en­tourage was com­posed of Joann and Dex­ter's fam­ily and friends led by the groom's par­ents Ariel and Janette Latayan, Dex's sib­lings Anna Jan­ina and Michael Jonathan the bride's par­ents Ro­mualdo and Dina Domingo, Joanne's sib­lings John Paul, John Philip and Jasper Patrick.

Dex had his barkada from way back in Ate­neo de Davao high while Joanne had her friends from Ate­neo de Davao, Philip­pine Women's Col­lege and Davao City Na­tional High School. The Ma­tron-of-honor Mayor Sara Duterte was Joanne's class­mate dur­ing their grade school days in PWC.

Genevieve Ann Cruz was the Maid of Honor while the Best Man was Jerico San­tos, Dex­ter's best pal way back in Ate­neo, Grooms­men in­clude Juan Kar­loz Alba, Lloyd Fran­cis Bra­ganza, Carlo Magno Cruz, Jasper Patrick Domingo, John Philip Domingo, Michael Jonathan Latayan, and Michael Mon­te­bon.

Brides­maids were Karen Pasco, Lirio T. Don­doy, Maria Guadalupe Ma­gal­lanes, Gladize Div­ina­gra­cia, Sachi Domingo, Cherry Ann Z. Diaz and Reg­gie Solana.

Can­dle spon­sors were Patrick An­dreas Patey and Anna Jan­ina Latayan, Veil were JP Domingo and Don­abelle Marie Domingo, Cord spon­sors were Rey Div­ina­gra­cia and Rosanna Div­ina­gra­cia. Bi­ble bearer was Don Miguel Domingo, Ring Bearer was Brent Isaac Obel­lanida, Coin bearer was Javier Fran­cisco Aranas, Flower girls were Mia Olivia Veloso, Makaila Vonne Espero, An­gelia Div­ina­gra­cia.

Wed­ding spon­sors in­cluded Pres­i­dent Ro­drigo Duterte, Con­gress­man An­to­nio Floirendo, Leti­cia dela Paz, El­iz­abeth Zim­mer­man Duterte, Ni­co­las Div­ina­gra­cia, Mary Ann Mon­temayor, Nelia Frances Llanto, Ethel Ampil, Ruben G. San­tos, Ge­n­e­sis Goldi Colin­gan.

The re­cep­tion was held at En­derun Tent also in­side Azuela Cove where guests where shown the cou­ple's mon­tage of pho­tos and video cre­ated by Or­ganic Stu­dios and Mono­chrome Stu­dios (for video). Joanne's high school buddy Dan Sal­vaña, the man be­hind Salvo Events, made the mag­i­cal day pos­si­ble.

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