The first Filipino gold medalist Hidilyn Diaz is undoubtedly on a roll. After taking home the country’s first-ever gold medal with her historic weightlifting stint at the 2020 Summer Olympics, the country’s pride is now engaged to be married.
Last night, Hidilyn’s long-time boyfriend and conditioning coach Julius Naranjo proposed to her at The Vubble in Sheraton Manila Hotel after dinner. Her response? “Of course, yes!”
In an Instagram post, Hidilyn expressed her gratitude for what she referred to as a magical moment. She said, “It was a magical moment with Julius. I’m grateful to God that He sent Julius into my life, he make my life easy, alam ng iba kung ano mga sinasakripisyo niya para maabot namin ang pangarap na Ginto sa Olympics together with Team HD, nun laro kinilig at masaya ako kasi siya mismo nagsabi God is the center of our relationship, kaya walang duda magYeYES ako dahil swerte ako may isang Julius nagmamahal, nagintindi , at sumoporta sakin. Thank you sa lahat ng kasabwat ni Julius, magaling po kayo naging meaningful ang gabi dahil sa inyo.”
Hidilyn’s engagement ring is made of gold to represent her historic win and a miniature barbell is placed on top of the ring where the diamond is seated. The ring was personally designed by Julius and executed by Manila Diamond Studio.
Photos featured are courtesy of Noel Ferrer, Hidilyn Diaz, Julius Naranjo, Sheraton Manila, and Manila Diamond Studio on Instagram