Gab Valenciano recently proposed to his girlfriend of three months, model Tricia Centenera, on May 8. The announcement of the couple’s engagement was made by their friend, Brazilian model Marianna Henud on her Instagram account who posted a photo of the happy couple with Tricia wearing an engagement ring.
“I can't believe this is happening. Such a beautiful surprise proposal @gabvalenciano did to@triciacentenera ?? I am so happy for you guys and I wish you a lot of happiness. Congratulations babies!” she wrote.
The post which has 82 “likes” as of this writing had a comment from actress-beauty queen Ruffa Gutierrez who congratulated the newly-engaged couple. “Omg congrats!!! so happy for you guys!!@triciacentenera ?” Ruffa wrote.
Gab, who just returned to the Philippines after staying for a while in the US to finish his Bachelor of Science in Recording Arts course at the famed music and arts school Full Sail University, has been very vocal about his desire to marry Tricia.
In the press conference of his father’s recently-concluded two-day concert, Gab bluntly said that the blogger-host could be “the one.” "I hope so. I would want her to be the one. I don’t know if I’m going to marry her one day, but this is the first time in a relationship na sobrang close siya sa mommy ko. And she is the one I can say is most alike my mom," he said.
He added that even his good friend Jericho Rosales, who recently tied the knot with Kim Jones, thinks the exact same thing. “Nakakatawa nga kasi sobrang close niya kay Kim Jones. Sobrang close nila. And Echo, as you know, is one of my closest friends. Sabi ni Echo, ‘Bro, baka she’s the one.’ Sabi ko, ‘Maybe,’” the 25-year-old performer narrated.
In the same interview, Gab noted that he’s looking into settling down in a year and half.
As luck would have it, Tricia caught Kim’s bouquet during her Boracay wedding to Jericho last May 1.
“Look who caught the bouquet.............,,,... ???@triciacentenera” Gab wrote as the caption to the photo he posted of himself with Tricia.
According to Gab, their love story began in the most uneventful way—as friends. The second son of Mr. Pure Energy Gary Valenciano shared in the same press conference that he and Tricia have been friends for a while now, but only got closer when the latter faced a major problem in her life and the former served as her confidante.
Since she was based in Manila while Gab at that time was still in the US, Gab shared that they contented themselves by doing video calls until one day, Tricia visited him in Los Angeles.
“She passed by L.A. and nasa L.A. din ako for a couple of days lang. And I got to know her and I realized this girl is amazing. And I think now I am emotionally and mentally ready for a real relationship,” he recalled.