“Details make perfection, and perfection is not a detail,” Leonardo da Vinci once said.
Way before this pandemic created so much uncertainty in our lives, it was uncommon for me to be asked to create a cake for an intimate gathering or celebration. In my decades of experience, intimate gatherings are both an honor and a pleasure to cater to as it allows you to know a chosen group of people and share such a beautiful experience with them.
One of the most celebrated weddings I remember so well was the wedding of Robby Mananquil and Maxene Magalona, both icons in their own right. One can just imagine the creative force combined when these two decided to tie the knot as a couple last January 8, 2018.
I was privileged to be chosen to create their wedding cake; as excited as I was, I approached this opportunity as I do all my creative endeavors: passionately meticulous.
Whenever I get asked to create a cake for an occasion, and in this case, a wedding, it’s never a question of a template or a portfolio design for me. Instead, the process involves very small but intentional steps, where the vision of a person or a couple is represented in my design. I make sure that my creation captures their passion. My work would be symbolic of their celebration, and this idea inspires me to do my best in everything that I do.
That was why when I was commissioned to make their wedding cake I immediately went to work on the elements that would ultimately create the perfect cake.
Robby Mananquil, being a musician and artist, and Maxene Magalona, being an actress, was just the tip of the iceberg. As I got to know them more, learning their stories and how they saw their relationship evolve, I realized that one cake could never encapsulate their journey together as a couple. Their story was full of adventure, inspiration, and positivity. I wanted to use the details of their relationship as my inspiration in a meaningful but low-key manner.
We decided to make multiple cakes that would serve as table centerpieces for an intimate group of guests to bring home.
The wedding reception was at Sala. A special menu was chosen by the couple and prepared by chef Colin Mackay.
The couple handpicked only 33 guests that included family, godparents and friends. They would be treated with cakes that featured the passions of Robby and Maxene: their various travels all over the world that had educated them and encouraged them as a couple, to their love of sentient beings that solidified their commitment to eating a plant-based diet, to the obvious things such as wearing matching outfits that symbolize how they honor each other, and their never-ending affinity with music and yoga, which heals them and brings them closer and makes up a huge part of their lives.
The godparents were Gary Valenciano, Richard Gomez, Michael V, Ben Chan, Antonio Tuviera, Keren Pascual, Lucy Torres-Gomez, Virgie Ramos, Dr. Aivee Aguilar- Teo, Rubby Sy-Coyiuto, Malou Choa-Pagar and Carolina Bunagan.
Amid happy tears and riotous laughter, almost everyone shared their feelings and stories. The cakes I created served not only as centerpieces for their reception but also sweet souvenirs for their chosen tribe. All the delicate details came together, making this truly one of the exceptional weddings I am proud to have been a part of.