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Engaging Trips

February 14, 2012

Since it’s Valentine’s Day today, I thought I had to make an attempt to post something romantic. So, instead of listing the most romantic places in the country or date places, I’m featuring a couple of friends who went the extra mile to take the next step in their relationship. Here are a few adventure-filled marriage proposals.

Proposal while Scuba Diving 

Rina and Don got engaged while scuba diving in Arthur’s Rock, a marine sanctuary in Mabini, Batangas last May 2010. To pull this underwater engagement off required careful planning, conspirators (everyone in their group including the driver) and precautionary measures to ensure that the ring would not be carried away by the current, which was really strong that day. Don brought a slate where he had written the proposal down and attached the ring to a carabiner to keep it safe.

(Screenshots grabbed since I can’t post the video  here due to Facebook’s privacy settings.)

“What happened was Don showed me one side of the slate first, which says “Mahal na mahal kita, Rina” then flipped it to the other side, which says “Pakasal na tayo.” Later I realized that technically, it wasn’t a question…but he said he put it that way because he wanted to make it a point to propose in Filipino. My “yes” was when he made the “OK” sign after putting the ring on my finger, and I made the “OK” sign back, and we were engaged!” — Rina

Proposal while Mountain Climbing

How romantic is it to get engaged on top of the world while watching the sunrise on a sea of clouds? Leo’s sweet proposal to Mithi last December 2011 was done during a mountain climbing trip to scenic Mt. Pulag, the highest mountain in Luzon with a peak of 2,922 meters above sea level. The borders between the provinces of Benguet, Ifugao, and Nueva Vizcaya meet at this mountain’s peak. Though it rained during their climb to the base camp on the first day, the sun came out during their hike to the summit for a picture-perfect proposal.

(Photos by Mithi’s friend Josh Villaruel grabbed from her FB page. Congrats!)

“It was our first time to climb Mt. Pulag together. Actually, I wanted to surprise him because it was his birthday so I even brought cake for him which the guide carried up, but he had the bigger surprise planned. After camping at the base camp the night before with a group of friends, we climbed to the summit early in the morning to watch the sunrise. While we were taking photos, he pointed to a spot where there weren’t any people and said we should go there, and I thought it was just to get a better angle for the photos. Then, he faced me and took out the ring hidden in his camera bag. I couldn’t hear everything he said because of the cold and my excitement. I just heard the beginning of what he said: “We’ve been together now for more than 5 years….” and then “Will you marry me?” — Mithi

Sweet! Congrats again!

Proposal while Motorcycling

I wasn’t sure if I wanted to include my own engagement details here, but not a lot of people know that Art actually proposed to me during a motorcycle ride aboard Falkor, his Kawasaki Eliminator that we’ve shared a lot of great rides on. At the time, I wasn’t driving my own scooter yet and he invited me to go for a ride with him during one cold and windy night in October 2009, when he popped the question out of the blue. Since I had no means of getting back from where we were if he left me on the side of the road, I had no choice but to say yes. 😉 He didn’t give me the ring until we got back to safe grounds since he was afraid one of us would drop it. We don’t have any photos of the actual moment, but here’s one of our pre-nup photos taken in Marilaque a few weeks before our wedding.

(Photo by Kix Tavora / Resonance Photography)

Know any other adventure-related marriage proposals here in the country? Share away!

10 Comments leave one →
  1. February 14, 2012 8:17 am

    Wow, this is an inspiring post for me! I just hope my prince will propose in the most adventurous way too. Oh, I didn’t know Kara that you are married. Glad you include your engagement proposal. It is adventurous (coming from me who is afraid of motorbikes)

  2. February 14, 2012 9:08 am

    di ko man lang nagawang mag-propose.hehe anyway this is a great post. Happy Hearts Day!:)

  3. rose sontillanosa permalink
    February 14, 2012 9:36 am

    wow!! congrats to mithi and leo….kakatuwa naman pala mga stories nyo, very inspiring!!

  4. February 14, 2012 4:15 pm

    Wow, ang sweet naman Kara 😀

    • February 15, 2012 1:45 am

      @Mheanne – Going on 2 years this year. Thanks. I hope the same fun and adventure-filled proposal for you!
      @Killerfillers – Thanks and Happy Hearts Day too!
      @Rose – Environmentalists have cool stories 🙂 Pansin ko lang puro taga-Haribon dati yung mga tao sa post na to 🙂
      @Nina – Yeah. Sorry for the cheesiness. I’ll get back to regular programming after this. 😉 Writing about airsoft next.

  5. February 16, 2012 9:32 am

    angas ng proposal ah! sa motor talaga! 😀

  6. February 18, 2012 11:46 am

    Thanks for this post Kara. All creative and adventurous ways to propose. I’m getting a lot of tips here! Kakainspire!

  7. March 2, 2012 2:54 am

    Congrats to you 🙂

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