Tears fell as actress Melissa Ricks got engaged to her non-showbiz boyfriend, Michael Macatangay.
Nice Print Photography recently released a video reel featuring the memorable moment when Melissa said yes to her partner of two years. The intimate surprise proposal happened in Rosario, Batangas last Saturday, August 29, and was witnessed by the couple's family and close friends.
My Love Story: “Your best days are still ahead of you” this is what Direk Paolo Tesico a friend from church told me.. Somehow this made me cry, I held on to that. That was 2 years ago, When I felt like everything was falling apart. I was feeling hopeless I didnt have as much money as I did before, I was a single mom, I was alone, I didnt have work and I was scared, That was when I turned to God, I knew that hindi niya ako papabayaan, hindi niya kami ni Kiera papabayaan, He was the one I could rely on.. He was my rock. Its true, rock bottom is where you rebuild your life, Where God will rebuild your life. Sometimes God mixes up your plans, tests your faith. This led me to Jesus the Anointed One Church in Rosario, Batangas. Yes, that is 2 1/2 hrs away from where I live, but I made it a point to attended Sunday services there when I could, because there, somehow it felt like I was home, it felt right, I felt safe, I didnt feel judged, I felt like my worries were taken away,and I felt like I had a family there. The first time I walked into the church I said a little prayer “Lord, I surrender, what ever plans you have for me, I accept, if it is meant that I will raise kiera on my own I accept, I leave it all in your hands”. As my relationship with the Lord started to grow, I learned to talk to God as if he was a friend. In a separate prayer on one of my visits, nag baka sakali lng ako, actually it was more like a thought, “Lord, baka naman po may ma meet ako dito, un alam and sakit, un napagdaanan na ang lahat, un masipag, un mabait, mahal ako and mahal anak ko,but most of all may takot sa diyos. Sana po may makatabi ko” I smiled thinking as i prayed. A few months later, I walk into church, like I did every Sunday along with Kiera, and I sat in the front row.. right next to Michael.❤️ • •I would like to thank @niceprintphoto for always being part of all the milestones in my life and capturing moments that we will treasure forever. • Thank you @gideonhermosa for going all the way to Batangas to make this occasion not only special one but a beautiful one too with all the beautiful flowers and candles, Im super kilig and I am truly thankful🙏
In the video, Michael, who first met Melissa in church, said he had been planning to propose to his girlfriend prior to the COVID-19 pandemic.
"Bago mag-pandemic, nagca-canvass na ako ng engagement ring," he revealed.
"[Noong] nagkaroon ng pandemic, na-realize ko na I really need to propose because we are living in sin. Kasi dinala ko si Melissa dito sa bahay namin. Kahit isipin nila na wala kaming ginagawang masama, eh magkasama naman kami," he added.
Melissa, for her part, said she already had suspicions that Michael would propose to her.
"Ako kasi 'yung magaling mag-surprise, so parang medyo nagiging suspicious na 'ko. Pero ayaw ko pa ring mag-assume," she said.
"'Pag-pasok pa lang ng gate, umiiyak na 'ko sa kotse," she shared. "Tapos ayun, pagbaba ko nakita ko na 'yung mga friends ko na alam ko kahit malayo, pumunta pa rin sila."
She went on: "I feel very blessed to have a group of friends na talagang through thick and thin nandiyan talaga sila para sa akin. And, of course, si Michael, kahit hindi siya sweet, nag-effort siya maging sweet para sa akin, para sa araw na 'to. I'm very thankful, and blessed ako na God placed him in my life at the time na hindi ko talaga akalain na I would fall in love with anybody."
The video also featured greetings from their family and close friends, who congratulated them on the engagement.
Watch the video below:
Sharing with you how @niceprintphoto captured this very special Moment in our lives🙏 Thank you to my friends from Manila that were able to witness this happy day with me @gretsfullido, @itsempressita, @vinoguingona @jamilapaz, @andigue, @theraphaelmartinez, @lovelyterrado and more, specially to @stylemeru @imruds for being punong abala, and of course to @gumpalprecious and @mauaguasin for all the effort!! To my family in the US I wish you were here, thank you for all your messages for us, my heart is full!! Thank you to all my friends and family here in Batangas, and to my JA1 Rosario family, mahal ko kayo lahat❤️😂 • • @niceprintphoto 📸 @gideonhermosa 🌸
It was in November last year when Melissa introduced Michael to her followers.
The couple has yet to reveal when they will officially tie the knot.