It was the stuff of rom-coms. Pusong Ligaw star Beauty Gonzalez found herself cornered at a quiet dinner with then boyfriend Norman Crisologo. The location: Right in front of a chapel in Currimao, Ilocos Norte. Beauty already saw a proposal coming to light, even questioning her date why he felt so hot that moment. But she recalled that night, "Pero ayokong mag-assume... Mag-aaway lang kami." It only took Beauty a few more minutes to see a drone flying from the bush—some gadget Norman had told him about as the "sign" of his proposal if ever, the sign she was waiting for. Beauty would burst into tears in front of Norman then trying to act above suspicion. "Drone!" "Where? That's not a drone, that's a Martian!" "Drone yan, tanga!" The chapel doors would open and the couple's closest friends including Ellen Adarna and John Lloyd Cruz plus a Rico Blanco-instructed band would join in the surprise. Within minutes, Beauty saw her life change—forever.
Every lady dreams of a beautiful proposal, and celebrities are not spared of this desire. No lady ever sees a proposal coming—and this is the exact reason why they get all kinds of emotional. The better planned, the more it tugs on the heartstrings. Just check out these celebrity proposals that have turned viral for a reason, each of which we couldn't watch without sobbing in hopeless romantic joy. #TissuePlease
John Prats and Isabel Oli. John stayed true to his dancing roots by surprising then girlfriend of two years Isabel with a flash mob. With the help of over 400 back-up dancers, the Banana Split regular organized the performance at the foot traffic-heavy Eastwood Citywalk. He then proposed to Isabel, with Jason DeRulo's "Marry Me" playing in the background. They now have a daughter, who recently celebrated her first birthday in April.
Tim Yap and Javi Martinez Pardo. The ultimate eventologist made sure his 40th birthday last January was a bang, and not just for its time-appropriate Miss Universe theme. Shortly after his obligatory birthday speech that night, Tim called his partner Javi on stage and professed his love with a proposal. The couple is planning to tie the knot in 2018.
JC Intal and Bianca Gonzalez. In October 2011, Bianca revealed on The Buzz that she and JC were officially in a relationship. In March 2014, a week before Bianca left for a trip to London, the couple got into a big fight. This made the PBA star player miss her more, such that he decided to propose to Bianca upon her return. This was exactly JC's “peace-offering”—a wedding proposal at NAIA with friends and family watching. Bianca and JC now have a daughter named Lucio.
Chito Miranda and Neri Naig. The Parokya ni Edgar frontman initially told Neri that they would be shooting a music video at a private resort together. Right on the set, Neri found a projector screen that flashed "Ako na siguro and pinakaswerteng lalake sa buong Cavite." The former Star Circle Questor knew at that moment what was going to happen. A teary-eyed Chito would then come out for the proposal. The couple shared a two-year relationship before sealing their vows in 2014. They now have a healthy baby boy named Alfonso III.
Carmina Villaroel and Zoren Legaspi. Carmina and Zoren started dating in 2000 and have been long-time partners before their marriage in 2012. Zoren's "proposal" took Mina by surprise but not as much as she was learning that it would lead to their wedding briefly after. The story: Mina initially thought that she was going to a commercial shoot with Zoren, which required them both dressed in wedding garb. It turned out to be part of an elaborate proposal-turned-wedding attended by the couple's loved ones. "Gusto ko sanang humingi ng parang apology kasi nauna yung kambal bago yung kasal," Zoren told Mina's dad at the exchange of vows, inciting laughter from the crowd. But 'twas a solid tear-jerker all in all, if you ask us!
—With Claudine Regino
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Banner photograph screencapped from Beauty and Norman's proposal video