My Wedding Proposal Story

This is how my forever with Viv started.


December 2014 was an amazing time, my mom went in my room and showed me something that changed the course of my future.


She showed me three different engagement rings. Why was my mom doing this? Because just a few weeks before that I asked her if she can help me find the right engagement ring.


When I saw this one ring, I knew that it was the perfect one for Viv so I chose that one. I believe God loves me so much because the jeweller said that it comes with the perfect wedding ring already.


I collaborated with my friend Mariel Dato if she can sneakily ask Viv her ring size and what kind of gold she wants.


She told me the size was 2 and she wanted it yellow gold, so the ring was resized and the gold was changed.


I didn’t propose immediately, I needed more than 5 months to prepare for it. I needed to prepare  everything: my finances, my guts, my will, and my heart. I wanted to be the best JPaul I can be for Viv.


May 2015, I sent a text to Viv’s parents asking them if I can meet them for dinner at Robinsons Magnolia. When we were there, I got a text from Viv that her dinner with friends were moved from Gateway Cubao to Robinsons Magnolia. WE PANICKED! We quickly found a restaurant that she would probably not eat in.


I asked her parents, Tito Rodney and Tita Monam, if I can marry their last daughter. There was a bit of an awkward feeling but then they smiled and said yes. Tito and Tita told me that they trust me and that made me feel like King Arthur himself was knighting me and I was ready for my biggest adventure yet.


Now it’s time to prepare for the proposal!


Viv’s favorite place is Cafe 1771 in El Pueblo, Ortigas. I knew that that would be the perfect place for the proposal. I made arrangements with the management, and I just have to say that they were very accommodating to me.


So here’s what happened:


We watched Jurassic World at SM Megamall, and then we walked to the restaurant. As we arrived at Cafe 1771 we were seated at a beautiful place near the window.


The servers started taking good care of us by serving us soup, salad, and that unforgettable Salmon Rockefeller and Osso Bucco.