Sandra Lemonon on Wednesday, September 29, revealed that she is in a romantic relationship with basketball player Sol Mercado.
The beauty queen made the revelation in an Instagram post where referred to the cager as her "biggest blessing."
"You make me feel all the butterflies and always put a big smile on my face," she said. "I can never seem to be upset with you for too long because you always know how to make me laugh & be accountable while giving us grace & being patient in moments when we need it the most.
"The love that we share for one another is pure. It is a love I’ve always wished to share with my significant other."
Sandra went on to share the things she admires about her boyfriend, among them his "depth, strength, resilience, passion, and compassion."
"I am so grateful to share and build life together, and I can confidently say that you are the one for me," she then said.
"Thank you for being my guardian Angel and always protecting me and letting me be me. Life is definitely better with you. I love you so much my love," she added.
Sol, for his part, confirmed their relationship with a touching birthday tribute to Sandra.
"'What’s understood doesn’t have to be explained.' That’s US! Never have I had anyone get me and understand me the way you do. We constantly on the same vibration and I appreciate and love you more than can be explained through this post. Looking forward to continuing this journey together, life is so much better with you by my side!" he said.
"Happy birthday my love, I’m grateful for you and your existence," he added. "Keep growing and continue to hold me accountable to grow with you, cheers to my 8!"
Sandra competed in the Miss Universe Philippines pageant last year and finished as a semi-finalist.
She also joined Miss World Philippines in 2016, where she finished in fourth place, and Binibining Pilipinas in 2018, as a semi-finalist.
Meanwhile, Sol is a player for the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA). He has played for teams Rain or Shine, Meralco, San Miguel, Barako Bull, and Ginebra. Moreover, Sol is the ex-fiancé of actress Denise Laurel. They called off their engagement in 2016.