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IN PHOTOS: Heart Evangelista and Chiz Escudero's Manila wedding reception

MANILA, Philippines –After their wedding in Balesin Island Club Sunday, February 15, newlyweds Heart Evangelista and Senator Chiz Francis "Chiz" Escudero held a reception in Manila at Blue Leaf Filipinas, Parañaque City on Wednesday, February 18. (IN PHOTOS: Celebrity guests at Heart Evangelista, Chiz Escudero wedding in Balesin)

Guests in attendance included Heart's Startalk family, friends in showbiz like Gretchen Barretto, Lovi Poe, Gary Valenciano, and more. Chiz's colleagues Senator Grace Poe and Senator Sonny Angara were also present. (IN PHOTOS: Heart Evangelista and Chiz Escudero at Balesin wedding reception)

Heart wore a white dress by Monique Lhuillier.  (IN PHOTOS: Heart Evangelista in her stunning wedding dress)

Check out the photos from the reception:

Heart and Chiz mingled guests after the program ended:

Program has ended. Heart and Chiz mingling with guests. — alexa villano (@alexavillano) February 18, 2015

Tessa Prieto-Valdes was also spotted:

Also spotted Tessa Valdez. — alexa villano (@alexavillano) February 18, 2015

More guests at the reception include actress Iza Calzado with boyfriend Ben Wintle, host and athlete Chris Tiu, and Gary Valenciano:

Guests include Gary Valenciano and Chris Tiu, Iza Calzado and boyfriend Ben Wintle. — alexa villano (@alexavillano) February 18, 2015

The newlyweds posed with other guests:

The couple having photos with guests. #ChizHeart21515 — alexa villano (@alexavillano) February 18, 2015

Here's another set of shots of the newlywed couple:


Unmarried ladies gathered to collect the bouquet. In the end, Lovi Poe won:

Lovi Poe then spoke about Heart and Chiz's wedding: zPokDjL6GK /embed/ " width="100%" height="640" frameborder="0" scrolling="no"> 

Actress Lovi Poe is here with Rocco Nacino, and here is another photo of Senator Grace Poe:

Singer Frencheska Farr took a selfie with fellow performers Julie Anne San Jose, Aicelle Santos, and Maricris Garcia before their number: zPf62fGiu3 /embed/ " width="100%" height="640" frameborder="0" scrolling="no">

"Performing in a while. Selfie muna! #ChizAndHeartWedding @aicellesantos@maricris_garcia @myjaps"

Kim Chiu posed in her outfit for the night: zPhgnRLBad /embed/ " width="100%" height="640" frameborder="0" scrolling="no">

"#OOTN thanks @kimiyap @boopyap @haidzfernandez, #chizheartlovefinally," she wrote. 

Actress Gretchen Barretto posed with the happy couple: zPlcIVoj9f/ embed/ " width="100%" height="640" frameborder="0" scrolling="no">

"With the the lovely couple #chizheart21515," she wrote.



Hairstylist Jerry Javier posted a photo of him and Heart in her white Monique Lhuillier gown:" width="100%" height="640" frameborder="0" scrolling="no">

"Thank you Heart @iamhearte #chizheart21515#balesinmanilachizheart," he wrote. 

Guests in attendance included Tito Sotto and Senator Grace Poe: zPZzkiIWxl /embed/ " width="100%" height="640" frameborder="0" scrolling="no"> zPYn6yoW_4 /embed/ " width="100%" height="640" frameborder="0" scrolling="no"> 

Printblast, one of the photographers, posted this: zPRkrNoW3V /embed/ " width="100%" height="640" frameborder="0" scrolling="no"> 

Makeup artist Albert Kurniawan posted a photo of Heart getting ready for the reception: zPX6KXi58Q /embed/ " width="100%" height="640" frameborder="0" scrolling="no">

"Beautiful bride ready for her Wedding reception..@iamhearte #heartevangelista #chizheart21515#makeup #albertkurniawan#makeupbyalbertkurniawan assisted by @jhoibautistahair by @jerrybuanjavier,"

During their reception in Balesin, the couple thanked their family and friends for celebrating with them despite challenges in their relationship. Heart's parents did not attend the wedding.

Heart's father sent a surprise letter telling Heart that it pained him that he couldn't walk Heart down the aisle. He also told Chiz in the letter to take care of Heart.

Chiz promised to love Heart and said that he would only call Mr. Ongpauco 'dad' or 'tatay,' when he is permitted to do so. –

 More on Heart and Chiz's wedding on Rappler: