Of love and engagements

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By Adrian Bobe

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Tuesday, August 26, 2014


MY CALENDAR is dotted with the list of invites from friends and former classmates who are getting married this year.

But before the big day, they first schedule the engagement day, with some wanting to propose on a beach front or a posh hotel. They invite me as well to witness these engagements.

People in my age bracket (24-27) can surely attest to a significant number of their close friends or relatives wearing shiny engagement rings.

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Blame it to the westernized ‘bling-ring culture,’ but engagements are slowly becoming a Filipino tradition, far from instant marriage ceremonies our parents have been acquainted with in the past decades.

Before their wedding day, I want to share their love stories tp convince you why you should also be engaged.

My Korean love

My close friend Diana Girlie and Korean Jimmy Choi will have their dream wedding in South Korea this month. What would make this more exciting is the presence of Diana’s parents who flew to Korea from Bacolod City last week to witness this heart-warming ceremony.

Their story is a modern fairytale that is one for the books. Diana, who expressed her hesitation to be in a relationship with foreigner Jimmy in the past, is amazed with the beautiful outcome of their cultural differences and language barrier.

Jimmy is among the thousands of Koreans who opt to study English and business communications in Bacolod. On the other hand, Diana is among the increasing number of education majors who fasttrack their careers as language instructors to Koreans and foreigners.

For a year now, Diana has been busy learning all-things Korean: language, education, food, culture and marital obligations. I couldn’t be any happier than to see her high school dream of “marrying her prince charming” happening less than five years after college. Indeed, true love waits.

Beers and basketball

My cousin Erika, who is a marketing officer of the largest beer company in the Philippines, has accepted the proposal of his long time boyfriend, JM.

Being an only daughter, this turned out to be emotional for her parents. Letting go of their unica hija is surely a major decision.

But good thing JM is on his way to becoming a professional basketball player. A varsity athlete of the University of the East and former ace shooter in USLS during high school, the 6-foot tall player has surely all the makings of the next basketball superstar.

With this, Erika’s parents and family are secured that both of them can lead a bountiful life in the future.

As of this writing, no plans are set yet, but one thing I know is certain: I will be on the entourage, witnessing a dear cousin starting her life with a man she truly loves. With a beer on my left and a ‘thumb’s up’ sign from my right, cheers to Erika and JM!

High school sweethearts

With a pair of heels and a laced-top, a small note suggested she has to wear this and meet the sender on top of a hotel before sunrise. And if you think that is sweet enough, then guess what, the groom-to-be orchestrated an events team, complete with a romantic back drop juxtaposed to a serene reddish sky, before kneeling to say his piece.

Asia and Francis are my close friends way back our high school days at the Negros Occidental High School. Theirs is a kind of relationship that matured over time. From being high school sweethearts, I am a witness to how their love for each other grows.

They have become business partners, best friends and allies.

After the engagement few months ago, they are separately building new careers in business management and health wellness. Whatever may come in between in this another transitory phase in their lives, I am sure that Asia and Francis will come out of this better, and yes, more in love with each other.

They are always my favorite high school sweetheart, reminding me how exciting is it to fall in love with the same person over and over again.

Let me point out that these three love stories are not written in a bed of roses, so to speak. Sometimes, they also experienced pain and loss. But at the end of the day, true love decides to love deeper and maturely.

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on August 26, 2014.

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