New garden venue near Tagaytay–perfect for weddings

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Minimalist pavilion opens to a view of the lush garden.

Couples looking for a discreet and sylvan wedding venue or clients wanting to veer away from the usual hotel or restaurant destination, can opt for this new location in Amadeo, adjacent to Tagaytay City. It is two kilometers away from a heritage site, the Church of St. Mary Magdalene.

Aminsana Events Place is a one-hectare property consisting of a covered pavilion overlooking a sprawling tropical garden and a two-bedroom bungalow with lifestyle amenities. One gets that cozy feeling of holding a party in one’s garden or lanai.

Bridal suite

Owners Pamela Valdes and brother Gabriel Panlilio established Aminsana as a venue that is relaxed but is also understatedly elegant and intimate.

“Amin sana,” which means “it’s ours—we hope,” suggests that the clients are made to feel that they are entertaining guests right in their home.

“Pam and I envisioned a well-lit place with a flat ground. It’s hard to walk in dark corners. Caterers with their food and equipment complain about venues with uneven terrain. It’s also hard for seniors,” says manager Marilou Reyes.

The place has a quiet ambiance, as well as exclusivity.

Unlike other venues in close proximity to noisy areas, Aminsana has a quiet ambience and exclusivity.

Impressive tropical landscape

The destination itself is the top attraction. Gener Flores of King Louis floral farm, who designed the landscape, was tasked to transform a coffee plantation into an impressive but low-maintenance tropical landscape. The garden must symbolize a new life—perfect for a wedding.

It feels like home, while the wedding entourage waits in the living room.

The garden, which can accommodate 300 guests, is bordered by pockets of trees, shrubs and undercovers, with flowers to add color. The back garden teems with foliage and flora in varying textures that beckon visitors to linger.

The garden has pockets for intimate conversation or solitude.

Clusters of bamboo trees near kamuning shrubs, brightened up by marigolds and eugenias, serve as natural fence.

The colorful blooms are combined with huge foliage such as alibangbang or bauhinias and lilac linums. The giant pitogo or cycas sprouts over periwinkle forget-me-nots and variegated eugenias. Pink bells and hibiscuses are clustered with a rubber tree and giant fern. For texture, curly leaf ferns are teamed with iris lilies bordered with ground covers.

The garden has decorative stonework and little fountains. Stalks of lemongrass exude a sweet scent that wards off mosquitoes. The only sound you hear is the symphony of crickets.

The place is for entertaining under moonlit skies or holding a lawn tea party, but if there are rain showers or for those who don’t really like the outdoors, there’s the minimalist pavilion that can hold 400 guests and is enclosed by glass walls. The client can tap his preferred caterer who also provides the chairs and tables.

The bungalow, designed for the bridal entourage, has a kitchenette, powder room, living room, master bedroom with a bathroom and twin bedroom.

“I wanted the place to look special so that guests will say, ‘Amin—sana,’” explains Valdes. —CONTRIBUTED

Visit Aminsana Events Place at A. Mabini St., Barangay Cinco, Amadeo, Metro Tagaytay. Call 4014825 or 091784994149

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