Art & Aggie

Sharing the same First Love… and their greatest adventure yet

Dress me up! Tips for our entourage

March21

Dear Beautiful, Sexy, and Hot Ladies in my Entourage (and the Lucky Men escorting them),

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Thank you so much for agreeing to be part of our Bridal Entourage.  Just by your agreement, you have already made us so happy!  Apart from your natural good looks and pleasing personality (ahemahem), we have chosen you because you are special to us.  Thank you very much for doing us this honor!

We’d really appreciate it if you could leave behind a comment or simple shout-out on this post to let us know once you’ve read this already.  =)

As we may have mentioned before, we’ll be sending you the cloth for your dresses.  We deeply appreciate that you have agreed to take care of the patahi for the girls, and the suit rental for the guys.  =)

Please just take note of the following simple guidelines for your attire, and the color motif:

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FOR ATE ANGEL AND NIKKI, THE HOT MAIDENS-OF-HONOR

Credits to About.Com

Credits to About.Com

Raw Material 2.5 yards of printed aqua georgette

2.5 yards of forest green silk lining (must be used under the georgette to produce the motif color)

0.5 yards of fuchsia taffeta (for the sash)

What Makes Your Dress Unique Wide sash of fuchsia taffeta at the waist with ribbon, tails flowing down your skirt (see concept photo)
Neckline/Torso Any (go wild!)
Skirt Bias Cut
Length Tea length (i.e. anywhere below your knees and above half of your calf)
Shoes and Accessories Silver

FOR OUR LOVELY BRIDESMAIDS AND JUNIOR BRIDESMAID

Credits to About.Com

Credits to About.

Credits to About.Com

Raw Material 2.5-3 yards of printed aqua georgette

2.5-3 yards of forest green silk lining (must be used under the georgette to produce the motif color)

What Makes Your Dress Unique A stylish dress with a flattering cut of your choosing that you can reuse even after the wedding
Neckline/Torso Any (go wild!)
Skirt Bias Cut
Length Tea length (i.e. anywhere below your knees and above half of your calf)
Shoes and Accessories Silver

FOR OUR STUNNING SECONDARY SPONSORS, ATES VIRNA, BABES, AND MICE

Secondary Sponsors Concept

Credits to Posh Girl Vintage

Raw Material 2.5-3 yards of printed aqua georgette

2.5-3 yards of forest green silk lining (must be used under the georgette to produce the motif color)

1-1.5 yards of aqua taffeta (for torso)

What Makes Your Dress Unique Torso sheathed in beautiful aqua taffeta, flowing skirt in printed aqua georgette
Neckline/Torso Any (go wild!)
Skirt Bias Cut
Length Tea length (i.e. anywhere below your knees and above half of your calf)
Shoes and Accessories Silver

FOR OUR CUTE FLOWERGIRLS ALI, VENICE, AND LALIE

Credits to Light in the Box

Credits to Light in the Box

Raw Material 2 yards of printed aqua georgette

2 yards of forest green silk lining (must be used under the georgette to produce the motif color)

0.5 yard of fuchsia taffeta (for torso)

What Makes Your Dress Unique A cute Sunday dress with a fuchsia top and an aqua bottom you can wear to parties even after the wedding
Neckline/Torso Any (go wild!)
Skirt Puffy Bias Cut (feel free to wear petticoats inside)
Length Tea length (i.e. anywhere below your knees and above half of your calf)
Shoes and Accessories Silver

FOR OUR BEST MEN, GROOMSMEN, JUNIOR GROOMSMAN, AND SECONDARY SPONSORS

Art together with Best Men Aris and Arnold will be coordinating with you in the coming days for a suit rental, to ensure uniformity.  We will provide you with custom-made neckties of fuchsia taffeta to wear on the day.  Please prepare a plain white polo shirt to wear inside the suit in case it’s not part of the rental.

We’ll just expect you to show up at your most handsome (cut and shaved like a prince :D ), wearing black leather shoes and black socks.

FOR OUR LITTLE MEN (GIAN, ICE, AND JEROME)

Please ask your mommies to prepare for you a long-sleeved plain white polo shirt, black pants, and your best black leather school shoes.  Tito Art and Tita Aggie will provide you a fuchsia bowtie and cummerbund to wear on the day itself.

This is pretty much it.  We’ll be coordinating with you regarding sending the cloth/renting the suits.  For questions, please just get in touch with Aggie.  Thank you very much, and God bless you all!

Love,

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Art and Aggie

The Bridal Entourage

March21

Here is the complete list of our bridal entourage.  Everyone on this list, please leave a comment to confirm if we’ve stated your names correctly before we make the final invitations.  Thanks and God bless!

If your name is on this list, please also click on to Dress Me Up! Tips for our Entourage for guidelines on your attire.

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FRONDA – MANANGU NUPTIALS

May 28, 2010 / Makati Park and Garden

MAIDENS-OF-HONOR

BEST MEN

Angela Rosa V. Tagnia

Aristheo V. Fronda

Daniele Nicole D. Brion

Arnold V. Fronda

BRIDESMAIDS

GROOMSMEN

Abigail V. Fronda

Alvin V. Fronda

Ana Marie V. Fronda

Michael Julian V. Manangu

Alexandra V. Lapa

Romeo Ben V. Manangu

Raissa May S. Venturanza

Randy C. Olap

Maria Rica S. Venturanza

Allan G. Expression

Jenny Laine M. Cesar

Kristofferson M. Tenorio

JUNIOR BRIDESMAID

JUNIOR GROOMSMAN

Arabella V. Fronda

Airon V. Fronda

RING BEARER

COIN BEARER

BIBLE BEARER

Gianni Luigie A.     Manangu Isaiah Christopher V. Rempillo Jamaric Jes S. Urriza

FLOWER GIRLS

Alexandria Mitchelle M. Sulit Venice T. Manangu Lali L. Borlaza

SECONDARY SPONSORS

Candle

Veil

Cord

Avelina B. Urriza

Virna Naomi S. Venturanza

Maya B. Lope

Ptr. Isagani M. Maningas Jr.

James Ross V. Tagnia

Ptr. Enrico S. Lucena

PRINCIPAL SPONSORS

Maria Vera Venturanza-Yu

Atty. Alberto E. Venturanza

Lourdes M. Manangu

Gilbert M. Manangu

Adela B. Tupas

Henry V. Tupas

Isidora F. Castro

Fernando M. Castro

Nora N. Carpio

Danilo T. Rodero

Leticia V. Agapay

Perfecto V. Lope

Geoffrey L. Uymatiao

Fe V. Capistrano

Marichu Daisy S. Jimenea

Joey A. Bermudez

Officiant: Pastor Romeo C. Nicolas

Save the Date – May 28!

March21

It actually rhymes, y’know?  (Save the Date, May Twenty-Eight!)

I am proud to present our snazzy Save the Date card, courtesy of one of our lovely Maidens of Honor Nikki!

Our Save the Date card

Formal invitations will be ready in April, so we’ll send these out in the meantime via FB and email.  Watch out for it!

Art & Aggie: The Story of Us

February27

Arthur V. Fronda and Agnes Ruth V. Manangu officially became a couple on December 7, 2005.  That’s an awfully long time ago, right?  And here we are on the verge of pledging before God and men to spend an even longer time with each other.  By all symptoms and indications, this must be LOVE.

For all who are interested in how this came to be, here in pictures and brief prose is THE STORY OF US:

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Starting Out: What were We Thinking?

I was hardly aware of Art that first day of on-the-job training at Consumer Loans Operations, but apparently I had a warm and beautiful smile that pretty much did him in.  The day soon rolled around when I would have to learn about how to clear checks, and little did I know about his crafty manuevers to make sure that he would be the one to teach me.  It turned out to be fateful.  A few minutes with this mabango, quiet, and gentle fellow with the naughty eyes and delicious complexion and I was hooked as well.

Both only weeks fresh from break-ups of years-long relationships, we found ourselves at a crossroads in December 2005.  Everything happened so fast that we hardly had the time to think, but a chance at love was presenting itself to us, pressing us to trust without asking so many questions.

Of course there were BUMPS on the road.  And how!  I remember telling him, “Masyado kang banal, and ako I don’t believe in anything.  Hindi tayo magtatagal.  I just gave you a chance because I think you’re cute.”  I had always imagined I would end up with a brooding, existential, right-brain type who would dream of despair and suicide with me while making high art.  On the days when we weren’t making googly-eyes at each other (because we really were head over heels in love), we would fight passionately about whether God existed or not, and if He did exist if He were truly loving or truly cruel.  In Art’s private prayers during this time, he would ask God again and again if he did the right thing in choosing to be yoked with an unbeliever.

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Reaching the Next Level:  Art’s Prayers Answered

Art soon learned wisely not to spar with me on the all-important matter of God and his place in the universe.  Instead he sustained his prayers for God to make the effort to introduce Jesus to my thirsty soul.

On my part, I found the quiet a good opportunity to observe Christ in action in Art’s life.  As his girlfriend, I bore close witness to his quiet trust in Providence, his self-control even in the face of daring provocation, his freedom from worry, his gentleness and kindness emanating from what seemed to be an other-worldly core.  I was during this time still wallowing in the despair of existence, trying to find my answers within myself and in other people.  I was dreadfully envious that peaceful Art seemed to have all the answers.

During one particularly trying Sunday, I considered during a lunch date at Shakey’s Greenbelt about how it would be nice to end up with Art.  But in the same heartbeat, I realized the relationship couldn’t last if it were to be based on our own personal agendas and selfish beliefs.  After refusing his invitations so many times before, I humbled myself and asked him to bring me to church.  And the rest was history.

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Pastor Art and Baby Aggie

So by opening my heart and mind a little bit, I began to find out many things.  I found out that God was indeed loving, and had a wonderful plan for all of us.  I found out that He created me and knew me better than anyone, and that He knew that left to my own devices I was headed toward destruction.  Then I soon understood, in that shining moment of my life where my heart and mind were wisest, that God sent his only Son Jesus, sinless and innocent as he was,  to take all the punishment for everything shameful that I had done, if only to grant me a chance to be with Him always at the end of this life of pain and suffering.

The knowledge once accepted was liberating and heady.  How wonderful it was to be loved from all sides, my soul loved and kept by Jesus divine, my earthly person loved and kept by gentle and long-suffering Art.  Aside from all these wonderful discoveries, I began to find out more about Art. I found out how God was using him to share the good news of Jesus to other thirsty souls like myself.  I found out how God spoke through him when he would take the pulpit on Sundays to preach.  And I found out how marvelously he was used by the Lord to guide the many young people of Christ the Counselor Fellowship (CCF) toward upright and godly lives.  How was I going to become a helpmeet suitable for him?

I had just gotten to know Jesus at this time.  Aside from being the eldest and default cabin counselor of the young ladies of Fira House during the Youth Camp in Nagcarlan, I had little notion of what God planned for me in the future.  But soon I began to wonder where all these were leading.   In the same thoughtful way Mary was taking everything in when Jesus was growing up, I kept all these observations in my heart.

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Becoming Ate Aggie to Kuya Art: Accepting the Commission

Art was mentor to both young men and women in CCF at this time.  How surprised I was when I was tasked to mentor young ladies of my own.  I started out with Ritzel, Micah, Jane, and Cathleen… and eventually, Janice, Reiann, Jacque, and Patricia as well.  It wasn’t easy starting out, but by God’s grace my little group soon started evolving into a formidable team for God’s Kingdom.

So it seemed that in God’s complex imaginings He had succeeded through seemingly simple ways in providing Art a partner for ministry, someone who could help him mentor the girls in godly womanhood and who could join in him encouraging the guys to be better men.  Soon we spent so much of our time together talking about how to improve the ministry, and without really sensing it, we were falling ever more madly in love with each other.  We truly became partners at this time, drawing up dreams and grand plans for the Church, pondering the kids’ problems as would a father and mother, challenging each other to learn more about God’s Word, praying with and for each other.  We still had our faults, but God used both of us to whittle each other into shape.  We were becoming better people for each other in the course of our service to God.


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The Critical Junction: Jesus or Art?

We were soon settling into a comfortable routine.  He loved me.  I loved him.  We became best friends, supporting each other through work and personal stresses over lunch or during walks we liked to take.  Then on Sundays, I took my place at his side at youth leader meetings, a constant support and sounding board in our many activities and projects.  The relationship was reaching a level of predictability that could have been either one of two things: the beginning of the end, or the signal to go to the next level.

One day, the littlest of things set off the most ground-breaking of conflicts… one where Art was pressed to declare where he wanted to go with the relationship and I was on point to evaluate what was the most God-honoring use of my time and affections.  After about two weeks of internally wrestling with confusion, intense emotion and each other, we parted ways in October 2008.


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Becoming the Girl (space) Friend God Intended

What did breaking up with Art feel like?  Like I sliced my heart with a serrated knife clean off my chest, stabbed it several times, squeezed a basket of calamansi on it, and put it right back, throbbing.  I’m not kidding.

People couldn’t understand why we broke up, and on particularly difficult days, neither could we.  We seemed so in love and so devoted to each other, and there were some who couldn’t imagine us fighting over anything.  Art shared to members of our Church how he always prayed that God would lead me to maturity in Christ.  During this time, however, he would add ruefully that he had no idea God was going to do just that, by cutting him out of the picture.  On my part, I threw myself into my work, my ministry, and my other relationships.  Independently, we worked on being still and humbled enough to hear God speak.

After the first stormy weeks had passed, we actually became the best of friends during this time… with both the pressure and complacency of a relationship off our shoulders.  In straight words we could never say to each other as boyfriend-girlfriend without provoking a shouting match, we encouraged each other to be more mature, to be better, and to be more responsible.

Managing the emotions that came when we were around each other continued to be difficult, but we pressed on still serving alongside each other in church.  I became busy with my own life and the possibilities that lay ahead of me, hardly aware of what new plans Art was hatching for the year 2009.

After weeks of praying and talking and praying some more, almost at the close of 2008 Art asked for me back with real plans on his lips and purpose in his eyes.  I looked up at the sky for guidance, and did what any sensible girl in my position would do.  I said, “Yes.”

Thank you, Lord.

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The Proposal

And so we found ourselves back with each other, ever more committed, patient, and loving now since God had taught us just how much we had to lose.  Our happiness became tempered with rationality and consideration… gaining another dimension that made it evolve into pure and simple JOY.

The first half of 2009 was a blur, until that day Art insisted that I meet him at MOA on August 8, 2009 just to walk around.  After a long talk with no agenda in particular over pancit and halo-halo at Razon’s, evening fell and we sat by the bay to watch fireworks, which suddenly started popping in the sky at that very convenient time.  I was tensing up inexplicably as I leaned back against him and my face was burning. What exactly was going on?

As the fireworks ended, out of nowhere came Art’s hand with a tiny transparent box enclosing a red cushion and a sparkly little ring.  Before he even whispered, “Will you marry me?”, of course I already knew what I was going to say.

And the rest, they say, is history.  :)

Models for a Day: Our Prenup Pictorial

February27

If I were to summarize the whole experience of going through a prenuptial pictorial, I would say it was exhausting, uncomfortable, and hands down the best fun we’ve had in years and years.

Here are the fruits of our labor, against the backdrop of Makati Park and Garden’s most picturesque spots:

Thank you to the following people who made it all possible:

  • Art – For being a sweetie even when stress made me the shrew of shrews.  Thanks for staying calm when I feel like there’s a thunderstorm in my heart.  Ang handsome ng groom ko… and it shows in the photos!  Of course, it’s real love that makes these pictures jump out, right?
  • Photographers Richard Mojica and Jowell Mariano – Praise God that our free prenup pictorial GC from attending the Before I Do Workshop was able to secure for us the services of two incredibly talented and super nice photographers from Imagine Nation Photography!  These guys were soo patient with us, and had a real eye for beauty and detail.  They really went way beyond expectations.
  • Bridesmaids Rae Venturanza and Alex Lapa – Tell me, how blessed am I to be related to these two?  What are the odds of a bride having both a make-up artist and a stylist in the family?  Slim to none, so thank God!  My two wonderful cousins helped me shop, dressed me, primped me, and even fed and drove me (love you, Raissa!) so that all I had to do was to sit still and be a glamourpuss for the camera.  I am forever in their debt.
  • Best Man Arnold Fronda and Groomsman Alvin Fronda – Three-day sales at SM are crazy, and so are a bride and groom in total stress over a wedding preparations.  Thank God Arn and Vin were up to the task of running all over the department store to get sizes and waiting as Art and I fitted stuff!  We were able to get cool outfits for Art without incident.  And Arn went an extra mile to assist Art during the shoot… truly our best man.  :)

In other news:

  • Finally met Mae this month for the gown design!  We’re turning Mommy’s vintage gown into a modern satin and lace confection.  Watch out for it!

Venue… Check! The Lovely Makati Park

January30

What a wonderful week it has been.  I thank God for Arnold and Oman who very kindly gave their time and effort last Tuesday to help us pin down the venue for our wedding… and at a preferred rate at that!

I’m not sure if you remember how I described this venue in my last post, so to refresh your memory:

After setting out on our own back to Makati, we decided to pay a visit to this one venue which we had long been hearing about, but never got around to visit. Little did we know that we were about to step into… THE ONE. The venue of venues.

I am loath to post pictures here of THE ONE since in our sheer delight, we actually forgot to snap some shots. The few shots we have of the party venue itself did not do much justice to it either.

Instantly, upon entering the grounds, Art and I began to feel things slowly click into place. The air was crisp and cool, the greenery was lush, and the simple pathways meandered this way and that… there were many of them and the choices just added to the allure of the place. It was huge, and there was so much to explore. At each turn was a cozy perch where friends could share long intimate chats and lovers could whisper sweet nothings undisturbed. All framed in the soft hue of reasonably-distanced lampstands and warmly glowing Christmas lights hanging all around. Yes, yes, this venue makes me wax poetic! This is the way it made me feel. I thought, not without a little flush, “I could get married here!”

I suppose the real reason why this appealed so much to us was because of the way Art and I envisioned our wedding. More on that in another post, but in this venue’s simple charms and practical functionality serves us so well. And the price, now that’s the best part. But reserving it–hurdling the process–is another story.

Therefore you must be expecting something really breath-taking at this point.  And so, without further ado, I’d like to present the simple yet beautiful setting for our I Do’s: Makati Park!

Things Art and I liked about Makati Park:

  • The sprawling grounds.  Where do we begin?  There are gardens, trellises, aviaries, gazebos, fish ponds, benches… essentially lots of space to ramble about.  We hope you, our guests, enjoy every bit of it.
  • The space – it’s huge!  We can invite more people we know and love should God decide to bless us with more resources.  (Which I trust He will.)
  • The price.  We shelled out just enough to feed a dozen  people to make the full payment on the venue.  That to me is real value.  Thank you, Mayor Binay, for your good management of Makati taxes to make this possible.  Hehe.

Still much left to do, but at least this is one thing off our list.  Thanks, Arnold and Oman!  Arn is doing a good job as Best Man so far–even though he just found out he was that man this Wednesday.  Hehe… ‘Di bale at least there are two of you, right?

More updates to come, watch for it!

Venue-hunting day

January10

With much thanks to our gorgeous bridal make-up artist and bridesmaid Raissa, we were able to visit some three venues today in Las Pinas. All I can say it, the air seems to be fresher there. Maybe there is something to the City’s claim that Sitti likes to boast about… it’s the cleanest city in Metro Manila.

The first venue we visited was Bali Garden. It was, hands down, the most beautiful venue we have ever visited… EVER!

Let me just say that it took all of my energy not to start gushing like a glassy-eyed school girl at the intricate wood carvings, and the lovely balinese decor. There was a cool breeze sweeping through the entire venue. The aura seemed very much like a serene Balinese resort.

We also had a chance to view Ysabel’s Garden, which was a very compact and lovely garden venue. They were setting up for a wedding, allowing us to fully appreciate the impressive effect of white drapes and silver beads hanging from a high, softly sloping ceiling with translucent roof panels. Classy and wow-inducing in its own right.

Unfortunately for us, though, both venues insisted that all their events contract their in-house caterers, so it was either sign them up, or go without our precious Hizon’s booking. And since we love our account executive Lari so much, Art and I were really in a quandary.

After setting out on our own back to Makati, we decided to pay a visit to this one venue which we had long been hearing about, but never got around to visit. Little did we know that we were about to step into… THE ONE. The venue of venues.

I am loath to post pictures here of THE ONE since in our sheer delight, we actually forgot to snap some shots. The few shots we have of the party venue itself did not do much justice to it either.

Instantly, upon entering the grounds, Art and I began to feel things slowly click into place. The air was crisp and cool, the greenery was lush, and the simple pathways meandered this way and that… there were many of them and the choices just added to the allure of the place. It was huge, and there was so much to explore. At each turn was a cozy perch where friends could share long intimate chats and lovers could whisper sweet nothings undisturbed. All framed in the soft hue of reasonably-distanced lampstands and warmly glowing Christmas lights hanging all around. Yes, yes, this venue makes me wax poetic! This is the way it made me feel. I thought, not without a little flush, “I could get married here!”

I suppose the real reason why this appealed so much to us was because of the way Art and I envisioned our wedding. More on that in another post, but in this venue’s simple charms and practical functionality serves us so well. And the price, now that’s the best part. But reserving it–hurdling the process–is another story.

So friends, if you’re reading this, please pray with us that this venue–THE ONE–remains open on our chosen wedding date, and that all goes well with the reservation. If God wills that we seal our vows in this lovely place, I would definitely jump around in happiness. :) Thank you, and God bless you all!

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Pamamanhikan

January9

Finally! The pamamanhikan pictures are up! Since this took place last November 14, this is waay overdue.

Although I was tired from cleaning all day and doing some cooking, the day was an overall success. Looks like our families are off to a good start… and we had enough bananas and kakanin to last us until 2010 courtesy of Art’s family.

Check out the pics (courtesy of the night’s official photographer Michael) here:

Welcome 2010!

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Is it actually possible that it’s already January 2010?  The wedding plans are chuggin’ along but not as quickly as we had hoped.  Yes, my friends, I know that God will provide.  He must certainly be planning a really delicious surprise for Art and me in the coming days.

At this point, we already have one booked supplier and several volunteer suppliers:

  • Caterer – Hizon’s.  (Ang taray, di ba?  Tipirin na ang lahat, ‘wag lang pagkain.)
  • Wedding Coordinators – Ilia and Anna, with special advice from Ate Mia
  • Wedding Singers – Sitti, Arnold, and Abigail
  • Bridal Make-Up Artist – Raissa
  • Bridal Gown Designer and Seamstress – Mae
  • Guestlist Manager - Mig
  • Food Taster (no joke) – Robby
  • Musical Director – Arvin Chester
  • Invitations/Giveaways (I’m still trying to decide) - My lovely cell group
  • Officiating Pastor and Marriage Counselor - Pastor Romy
  • Official Website Administrator and Emcee – Nikki

Ok, so even with minimal effort, we still have some progress because of our wonderful friends and family.  Praise God! 

Our big rocks for January are as follows:

  • Setting the venue
  • Setting the date
  • Booking the photographer and videographer (as advised by Ate Mia)

I suppose the Wedding Fair Mama and I will be hitting on the 23rd and 24th should help out with the last item.

Yes!  2010 will soo be our year, Art ko.  :)

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First Update

November8

Today, ArtandAggie.Com gets its first few sections.  Praise God!

Our thanks go to Nikki for setting up this lovely little site!  You’ve made us so happy, my dear!  =)

We’ll be adding more updates as the day draws ever near.  A very interesting development that will soon come round is the Pamamanhikan, which is scheduled for Nov. 14.

Watch out for more updates.  =)

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