29 Dec2012

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Yup, 20 years married today. A pretty major milestone, specially since when marriage was invented, most folks only lived to 38 or so years average life expectancy. So I think it’s a bit stingy to say that all you would traditionally be expected to give/receive as a present on this momentous day is a bit of porcelain… :) At any rate, Mrs. MM and Marketman didn’t go with the “porcelain” theme this year. I got this spectacular little original watercolor, framed in glass, particularly significant because it is a painting of the interiors of San Sebastian Basilica, in Quiapo, where we got married 20 years ago… It is incredibly similar in look and feel as some of our color photographs from the wedding…

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Mrs. Marketman got two maps from 1752 (they are a set) of the Philippine archipelago, based on Father Murillo de Velarde’s map, the “Mother of all Philippine Maps” done by Jacques Nicolas Bellin. They will be added to her small collection of maps that show so many little quirks and “mistakes” from maps between 1500 to 1800… No fancy parties or dinners planned, just a quiet day out at the beach with the Teen. Oh, and maybe a well-chilled bottle of Veuve Clicquot, an annual anniversary tradition. :)

Previous Anniversary posts…

2010 – Caviar & Champagne
2008 – Resizing Wedding Rings…
2007 – 15th Anniversary – The Dress

 

COMMENTS:

  1. edee says:

    those are nice presents, congratulations on your 20th!

    Dec 29, 2012 | 5:20 am

     
  2. krizteene says:

    Happy 20th anniversary! I wish you more happy days ahead! May He continue to bless you and your family good health and everything else you need. Thank you, MM, for your generosity, sharing even small bits of your lives with us. And i propose a toast for Mrs. MM, for always standing by your loving husband. Sabi nga nila, behind a successful man is a loving wife.

    Dec 29, 2012 | 5:27 am

     
  3. linda says:

    Cheers to you and Mrs. MM on your 20th!

    Dec 29, 2012 | 6:24 am

     
  4. Josephine says:

    Congratulations!!!! May your love continue to grow..(and please keep cooking!)

    Dec 29, 2012 | 6:55 am

     
  5. Guada says:

    Happy anniversary! Wouldn’t mind receiving the same gift ( the watercolor painting) since we got married in the same church 16 years ago…..Cheers !

    Dec 29, 2012 | 6:58 am

     
  6. Chinky says:

    Congratulations to you and the Mrs.!

    Dec 29, 2012 | 7:23 am

     
  7. Sopa de Ganso says:

    Congratulations but do you know what day it is in Spain?
    Los Santos Inocentes, our April Fool.
    You tell someone you’re getting married on the 28th of December and everyone thinks its a joke

    Dec 29, 2012 | 7:46 am

     
  8. Joel Abanilla says:

    Congratulations on your 20th anniversary! May you have many more happy anniversaries in the future.

    Dec 29, 2012 | 7:54 am

     
  9. Marlo says:

    Happy anniversary! Wow, 20 years! All the best!

    Dec 29, 2012 | 8:07 am

     
  10. natie says:

    You are a romantic, MM..More blessings to the two of you.

    Dec 29, 2012 | 8:17 am

     
  11. Blackwidow says:

    In this age of divorces and annulments, it is heartwarming to note that you and Mrs. MM have stayed married the past 20 years. Congratulations Mr. and Mrs. MM! And may you “love and to hold” until death do you part.

    With a Veuve Cliquot, how I wish everyday were a wedding anniversary!

    Dec 29, 2012 | 8:17 am

     
  12. ceej says:

    Happy anniversary!

    Dec 29, 2012 | 8:40 am

     
  13. marilen says:

    Happy anniversary, happy anniversary – a toast, let’s hear it for a lovely and curiosity-knows-no-bounds-couple!!! What lovely and fascinating gifts to each other!!

    Dec 29, 2012 | 8:45 am

     
  14. Imee Navarra says:

    Happy 20th anniversary!

    Dec 29, 2012 | 8:46 am

     
  15. MP says:

    Congratulations Mr and Mrs MM! May God bless you with many, many more happy years together… And may the MM community continue to be part of your journey…

    Dec 29, 2012 | 9:31 am

     
  16. Maria says:

    Happy anniversary! Continue loving and laughing together. Here’s wishing you another 30 years!

    Dec 29, 2012 | 9:31 am

     
  17. Jessica says:

    Happy anniversary! May you have many more wonderful years together!

    Dec 29, 2012 | 9:37 am

     
  18. mayums says:

    Happy anniversary, MM and Mrs. MM! 20 years of being married is such an accomplishment nowadays, what with all the news of separation you see left and right… some people find it hard to honor commitments in marriage, so yours is truly an inspiration.

    My husband and I celebrated our seventh a few days ago. This news made me giddy all over again. :)

    God bless you and your family.

    Dec 29, 2012 | 10:10 am

     
  19. rosa says:

    congratulations MM and Mrs. MM, not only for 20 years of marriage, but for raising a wonderful daughter like the Teen (uhm, not that i know her, but from your stories i’m sure she is ?)

    Dec 29, 2012 | 10:16 am

     
  20. EbbaBlue says:

    Such unique gifts, as unique as you are. Congratulations to you and the misses.. God Bless the entire family.. more more blessings..

    Dec 29, 2012 | 10:30 am

     
  21. Ley says:

    Happy 20th MM and Mrs. MM!

    Dec 29, 2012 | 10:54 am

     
  22. Mari of NY says:

    Happy Anniversary to both of you!!! Such a milestone…my husband and I are working on our 10th this 2013.

    Dec 29, 2012 | 11:06 am

     
  23. paul says:

    Congratulations! Just have to say San Sebastian was in our short list of churches as well. Gothic, all-steel, prefab structure shipped from Belgium and reputedly designed by Eiffel. Beautiful.

    Dec 29, 2012 | 11:07 am

     
  24. PITS, MANILA says:

    CONGRATULATIONS … ANG TAMIS!!! :)

    Dec 29, 2012 | 12:01 pm

     
  25. millet says:

    very nice and well thought of. congratulations, Mr. and Mrs. MM! 20 years is a major milestone! here’s wishing you miles and miles of milestones!

    Dec 29, 2012 | 12:02 pm

     
  26. elma says:

    Happy anniversary! God bless you both and your family.

    Dec 29, 2012 | 12:02 pm

     
  27. Andrea says:

    Happy Anniversary! God bless your family.

    Dec 29, 2012 | 12:41 pm

     
  28. Gej says:

    Happy Anniversary !!! 20 years!

    Dec 29, 2012 | 2:47 pm

     
  29. Roderick says:

    Happy 20th Anniversary… Congratulations to you Mr. M and the Mrs. M.

    Dec 29, 2012 | 2:48 pm

     
  30. Lee says:

    Happy Anniversary :)

    Dec 29, 2012 | 2:49 pm

     
  31. Maricar says:

    Happy Anniversary!

    Dec 29, 2012 | 3:41 pm

     
  32. edrid says:

    happy anniversary!!!

    Dec 29, 2012 | 3:55 pm

     
  33. Guits says:

    Happy Anniversary!

    Dec 29, 2012 | 4:07 pm

     
  34. Susan says:

    Yay to strong and great marriages!

    Dec 29, 2012 | 4:07 pm

     
  35. Tisay says:

    happy 20th anniversary…

    Dec 29, 2012 | 4:12 pm

     
  36. Elit says:

    Happy anniversary po MM and Mrs MM! :)

    Dec 29, 2012 | 5:23 pm

     
  37. Bambini says:

    happy anniversary mm and mrs mm!

    Dec 29, 2012 | 7:07 pm

     
  38. Helen says:

    Happy 20th Anniversary!!!

    Dec 29, 2012 | 7:13 pm

     
  39. ka_fredo says:

    Congratulations to both of you. 20 years is great achievement! More power to you and the Mrs.

    Dec 29, 2012 | 7:14 pm

     
  40. sophie says:

    Congratulations MM and Mrs MM! Happy New Year to your lovely family.

    Dec 29, 2012 | 9:06 pm

     
  41. Edwin says:

    Happy Anniversary and congratulations

    Dec 29, 2012 | 9:28 pm

     
  42. ConnieC says:

    20 years of wedded bliss……In love and friendship! ( and in the most organic way, sa hirap at amoy ng kusina!) Best wishes!

    Dec 29, 2012 | 10:18 pm

     
  43. MariaD says:

    Happy 20th Wedding Anniversary MM and Mrs. MM!

    Dec 29, 2012 | 10:44 pm

     
  44. Meg Mationg says:

    Happy anniversary :-) wishing you more years of wedded bliss :-)

    Dec 29, 2012 | 10:46 pm

     
  45. ros says:

    Happy Chinese (as in China the porcelain) Anniversary!!!

    Mr./Mrs. MM

    :D

    Dec 29, 2012 | 11:02 pm

     
  46. Migs says:

    Wow! 20 years! Congratulations!

    Dec 29, 2012 | 11:43 pm

     
  47. Teresa T says:

    Happy 20th Wedding Anniversary! Congratulations and best wishes to you and Mrs MM for such a big milestone. Cheers to another twentyfold years of love, laughter, happiness and peace to your family. You’re my role model :-) Enjoy the rest of the Holiday Season!

    Dec 30, 2012 | 12:36 am

     
  48. Jannah says:

    happy anniversary po :)

    Dec 30, 2012 | 12:52 am

     
  49. myra says:

    Happy Anniversary Mr. and Mrs. MM!

    Dec 30, 2012 | 12:53 am

     
  50. shiko-chan says:

    happy happy anniversary! yet another way in which you are a shining example to many others :)

    Dec 30, 2012 | 1:26 am

     
  51. JE says:

    Happy anniversary!

    I immediately recognized the church from the drawing, as I spent a lot of my childhood Sundays admiring the old interiors of San Sebastian, the stained glass windows, the large pipe organ at the back, wondering why they never used the pulpit, all while admittedly not paying attention to the ongoing mass. Just got a rush of all those memories back.

    Good times.

    Dec 30, 2012 | 1:32 am

     
  52. enna says:

    Happy 20th anniversary MM and Mrs. MM

    Dec 30, 2012 | 2:37 am

     
  53. moni says:

    Happy anniversary Mr & Mrs. MM!

    Dec 30, 2012 | 3:01 am

     
  54. atbnorge says:

    Maligayang bati sa inyong ika-20. :)

    Dec 30, 2012 | 3:59 am

     
  55. La Emperor says:

    Congrats on another milestone! All the best in the coming New Year…

    Dec 30, 2012 | 5:03 am

     
  56. joanie says:

    Congratulation! Keep the fire burning!

    Dec 30, 2012 | 10:08 am

     
  57. Bearhug0127 says:

    Congratulations and best wishes, MM & Mrs. MM.

    Dec 30, 2012 | 1:08 pm

     
  58. Mart says:

    Happy 20th anniversary!

    Dec 30, 2012 | 1:34 pm

     
  59. Corrine says:

    Congratulations Mr and Mrs. Marketman for reaching a significant milestone! Mrs. MM is such a sweet and gracious lady who I met in our very first eyeball.

    Dec 30, 2012 | 1:46 pm

     
  60. max says:

    congrats on your 20th anniversary

    Dec 30, 2012 | 1:53 pm

     
  61. kurzhaar says:

    Congratulations on a real milestone!

    And here’s something I think you and readers of this blog will especially enjoy:

    http://downloads.bbc.co.uk/podcasts/radio4/foodprog/foodprog_20121105-1600b.mp3

    Dec 30, 2012 | 2:34 pm

     
  62. Betchay says:

    Happy 20th anniversary MM and Mrs.MM!…. quite a feat indeed! So is this the inspiration to that romantic silhouette in your gingerbread house?
    I had no internet access for your past 7 posts so please accept my belated Merry Christmas to you and your family and your whole staff!
    About a week ago,I randomly guessed and luckily picked up the magazine featuring the Teen and I would say she has grown into a very lovely-looking,spunky and smart young lady! Congratulations to her but bigger congratulations to you and Mrs MM! You must be very proud of her achievements!

    Dec 30, 2012 | 3:01 pm

     
  63. ami says:

    Belated anniversary Mr & Mrs MM. Congratulations and many more years to come.

    Dec 30, 2012 | 3:01 pm

     
  64. Monique says:

    Happy Anniversary!!!!

    Dec 30, 2012 | 4:04 pm

     
  65. Girlie says:

    Happy aniv!

    Dec 30, 2012 | 4:11 pm

     
  66. peggi says:

    Happy Anniversary to you and Mrs. MM. Wishing you all the best and more blessings in the years to come. God bless.

    Dec 30, 2012 | 4:43 pm

     
  67. Irene says:

    Congratulations to you both, MM! It sounds like it’s been a good ride so far – thank you for letting us share parts of the journey with you.

    Here’s to many, many more celebrations ahead! :)

    Dec 30, 2012 | 7:06 pm

     
  68. Zerho says:

    marketman in Jessica Sojo! I thinks it a rerun on boneless lechon belly. Happy anniversary Mr and Mrs Marketman!

    Dec 30, 2012 | 7:51 pm

     
  69. Monique says:

    Cheers to your celebration of love and life! Happy 20th anniversary..

    Dec 30, 2012 | 8:59 pm

     
  70. Jade186 says:

    Congratulations and best wishes!
    Since it is your ‘China’ (porcelain) Anniversary, may I add that I think you’re also a ‘Chopsticks’ couple in the sense that you need each other in order to function well… ;-)
    Thank you for sharing us some personal aspects of your life.

    Dec 30, 2012 | 10:42 pm

     
  71. kristin says:

    congratulations MM, Mrs MM….and the teen , here’s to love and to many years more…Cheers!

    Dec 31, 2012 | 1:49 am

     
  72. MrsKookie says:

    Happy Anniversary! All the best!

    Dec 31, 2012 | 4:17 pm

     
  73. Mrs Froggie says:

    God bless you with many, many more years of romantic, harmonious wedded bliss, Marketman and Mrs MM! Happy 20th Wedding Anniversary!!! God keep Cupid continuously busy in your marriage, MM !!!

    Dec 31, 2012 | 11:56 pm

     
  74. Meg says:

    Congratulations MM and Mrs. MM. I wonder if San Sebastian church is still as lovely as before,I heard it needs some major enhancements lately.

    Jan 1, 2013 | 2:05 am

     
  75. gensanite says:

    congratulations!!!

    Jan 2, 2013 | 6:38 am

     
  76. cherub96 says:

    Happy Anniversary MM!

    Jan 2, 2013 | 8:54 am

     
  77. Gie V. says:

    congratulations Mr. & Mrs. MM.

    Jan 2, 2013 | 1:03 pm

     
  78. DhayL says:

    What a milestone indeed! Happy Anniversary to both of you! I wish you more love, happiness and good health! God Bless!

    Jan 2, 2013 | 11:08 pm

     
  79. hungrycurious says:

    I saw this:

    http://www.brainpickings.org/index.php/2013/01/03/on-the-map-simon-garfield/

    and remembered you like maps. Happy Anniversary!

    Jan 3, 2013 | 11:53 pm

     
  80. odessa says:

    Happy anniversary Mr. and Mrs. MM….:)

    Jan 8, 2013 | 10:31 am

     

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