I am aware of the hassles that I will be facing once I considered Makati Park and Garden as venue. When I was still preparing my wedding back then, i have read from my fellow sissies in Wedding@work the problems that they have encountered during their preps and so I removed it from my shortlisted venues. As I am now preparing for my Bella first birthday party, my chosen theme fit the venue perfectly so I had to reconsider this time.
As early as 1st February 2010, I have inquired the availability of the said venue. The only person handling the the scheduling of the place confirmed to me that our preferred date is still available, he instructed me to come and pay as soon as possible so he can block the date for me since they do not accept pencil booking and full payment is required to reserve the pavillion. I admitted that it was my mistake that I waited for a week before going to Makati City Hall to pay. When my mom went there to pay, Rolly Medina informed her that it was already booked for 2-6 and 7-11 time slots.
I was disheartened when I was told. As I have mentioned earlier, the venue was perfect for my party plan, it's also a plus that it is near house with discounted rate for Makati residence.
Anyway, with a heavy heart I started again to scout for other possible venues which I need to squeeze in during office hours. However, I was really keen on getting MP&G, even willing to change our party date. I again called their office and find out what would be the next date available. I spoke with a different person, Joanne if I am not mistaken. It just crossed my mind for a split second that maybe the person who booked my preferred date might change her mind or something...I just check again if June 5 is still available. To my surprised, she said that it is. She told me to come as early as 9:30 the following day just to be sure. Again, my mom went and finally paid the full amount.
I am just a little upset with the person-in-charge when my mom went the first time. You see, my mom is already old and I was turned off that he was not considerate enough on her.
Moving forward, on the day of the party, no stress na for me, the people around the venue were pleasant to deal with. I had no problem at all except that my caterer came as early as 9:00 AM to set-up. Unfortunately, they weren't allowed until 10:00 AM. There was also a janitor on stand-by cleaning the area where we placed the bubble machine so it will not be slippery. The restroom were also cleaned. This place is really a perfect venue for children party.
For those who wish to consider MP&G for the reception, you may contact Rolly Medina at 8998994. Makati residents can avail of the discounted rate of Php 5000. Non-residents are charged Php 8000.00.