One of the country’s trailblazers in events, The Next Step Events Inc., bring you another first in the country – Wedding Destination Planners Workshop 2017. This passionate institution seeks to impart its expertise, wisdom, and experiences gathered through the years together with talented wedding planners from here and across the globe.
A wedding is a moment to treasure and cherish; a story you can share with your children, grandchildren, and the next generations. It is a milestone in people’s lives. And The Next Step Events Inc. is here to provide you the tools needed to organize an unforgettable wedding: mastered activities that help enhance your creativity, artistic and entrepreneurial visions, and your event management skills!
Anyone with the passion to inspire, create wonderful memories, and those who wish to make a big name in the wedding industry. Even anyone who merely aspires to broaden their event management skills should attend the event! Let The Next Step Events Inc. help you become the giant of the wedding industry!
Learn and network with wedding planners and suppliers as they share the ins-and-outs in the wedding business. Our speakers will help the participants answer two (2) important questions:
The NextStep Events Inc. promises that you will be recognized as an expert in the field. Develop a bigger scale of clientele, acquire a new set of skills from experts in the wedding industry and an international certificate .
Since the event will be staged in Boracay Island, expect business with pleasure aside from building a credible wedding business or a structured events planner portfolio. Most importantly, The Next Step Events Inc. gives you your money’s worth. Expect a program that gives value for your investment.
WashingTours & Events
(Company Based in Washington, D.C.)
Founder of Washington Tours & Events (Tour Guide Company Based in Washington) Driven by over 25 years of experience and motivated with a passion in travel and tourism. Knows multicultural language skills in destination and event management. Her specialization include knowledge of and experience in international tour management services, and tourist guide training.
“Maricar is an extraordinary and engaging lecturer and a renowned expert in the field of tourism and special events management, including wedding planning”- Dr. Joe Goldbatt, FRS
Annaliza Laxamana, CED
President & CEO
The Next Step Events
One the World’s 1st Certified Event Designer from San Diego University
Annaliza Bacani-Laxamana, One of the World’s 1st Certified Event Designer from San Diego State University, A Master in Entrepreneur from Ateneo Graduate School of Business, Studied Entrepreneurial Marketing: Managing the Value Proposition at Asian Institute of Management and Marketing Graduate at University of the East-Caloocan.
The Founder and CEO for more than 2 decades of Modern Ads & Promo Inc.; a manufacturer of promotional products and creative marketing service, Founder and President of The NextStep Events Inc., Owner of Gush Souvenirs and Café in Boracay. While running her own companies, she handled the position of Marketing Director and COO of Boracay Ecovillage Resort and Convention and Marketing Consultant of Lynderm Facial Center and Business Consultant. Currently, she also gives talks about Life Mapping to college students and professionals.
Because of her dedication and mission to the events industry, she has been recognized and nominated for Industry Contribution Category at International Special Events Society (ISES) Esprit® Awards(USA).
Her passion and commitment to education are the main force for her new company, LEADimpact Asia Inc. A company committed to growth, development, and empowerment of business professionals in the Asia-Pacific Region.
Germaine Angelica Salvador, C.H.E.
Certified Hospitality Educator
Author, “Event Management: Envision. Execute. Evaluate,”
Gem has carved a career in the foodservice industry and has experience in all areas of foodservice management: General Management, Operations, Human Resource Development and Marketing. She has made valuable contributions in strengthening Philippine brands like Jollibee, Racks, L.C. Big Mak, Goto King, Bangus, Gerry’s Grill, the Cravings group, the North Park Group of Restaurants, Red Ribbon Bakeshop and Max’s; and in building start-up chains like Don Henrico’s, Chef d’Angelo, Khaleb Shawarma, Yadllie Philippines and Chicken Shack USA.
With a strong background in marketing and training, she successfully lead the event teams that put together high impact sales conferences and product launches for Jollibee, Greenwich, Pfizer Philippines, Abbott Laboratories, and the Philippine Basketball Association. Developing and implementing training programs for her clients, as well as teaching stints at the University of the Philippines, DLSU-College of St. Benilde and the American Hospitality Academy Philippines has honed her as an effective trainor—management, marketing, sales, event management and customer service being her forte. Her training sessions are events that are not to be missed.
She authored one of the first locally-produced textbooks in Event Management. Her book entitled “Event Management: Envision. Execute. Evaluate,” debuted at the 2009 Manila International Book Fair and its second edition was released in May this year. The textbook is used by HRIM students in various colleges and universities.
She also is a Certified Hospitality Educator (C.H.E.), having completed the professional certification requirements of the American Hotel and Lodging Educational Institute.
Jonathan Seevaratnam, CSEP
Ceo and Event Guru
Jiggee (M) SDN. Bhd.
CSEP | Certified Special Events Professional
MPI | Meeting Planners International Member
ILEA | International Live Events Association Member
2016 Northwood University | Outstanding Business Leader Award
2015 Special Events Magazine | Top 25 Young Event Pros To Watch
2013 Advertising+Marketing AOTY Finalist | Event Marketing Agency of the Year
2012 Advertising+Marketing AOTY Silver Cube | Event Marketing Agency of the Year
2012 Special Events Gala Award Nominee | Best Event for a Corporation or Association (Budget under USD$100,000.00)
As a professionally qualified entertainers, he holds a BBA in International Business & Management, with minors in Language Arts & Social Sciences from Northwood University of Midland, Michigan, in the USA, along with a professional Executive Certificate in Event Management from the University of Technology, Sydney, Jiggee is indeed the person to make your event THE EVENT!!! As an Events Specialist, he has produced events of diverse proportions, ranging from Launches, to Gala Awards Nights, to Conferences and Exhibitions and a host of other private events. His experience in the Events & Entertainment industry has given birth to a new moniker, and he is now called the “Eventainment Guru”. Book him for special gala dinners, launches, awards nights, themed parties, weddings, proms, street parties, carnivals, road shows, and for any event that might need a dose of his kind! Jiggee has a way with kids & adults like no other! His charisma and personality go beyond his frightfully energetic & out of this world Show Time. Holler today, and let’s all “Get Jiggee With It!”
Boracay Weddings & Events
Aiza De Leon
President & CEO
Not Just a Box Events & Social Events Expert