Engaging Trips

Since it’s Valentine’s Day today, I thought I had to make an attempt to post something romantic. So, instead of listing the most romantic places in the country or date places, I’m featuring a couple of friends who went the extra mile to take the next step in their relationship. Here are a few adventure-filled marriage proposals.

Proposal while Scuba Diving 

Rina and Don got engaged while scuba diving in Arthur’s Rock, a marine sanctuary in Mabini, Batangas last May 2010. To pull this underwater engagement off required careful planning, conspirators (everyone in their group including the driver) and precautionary measures to ensure that the ring would not be carried away by the current, which was really strong that day. Don brought a slate where he had written the proposal down and attached the ring to a carabiner to keep it safe.

(Screenshots grabbed since I can’t post the video  here due to Facebook’s privacy settings.)

“What happened was Don showed me one side of the slate first, which says “Mahal na mahal kita, Rina” then flipped it to the other side, which says “Pakasal na tayo.” Later I realized that technically, it wasn’t a question…but he said he put it that way because he wanted to make it a point to propose in Filipino. My “yes” was when he made the “OK” sign after putting the ring on my finger, and I made the “OK” sign back, and we were engaged!” — Rina

Proposal while Mountain Climbing

How romantic is it to get engaged on top of the world while watching the sunrise on a sea of clouds? Leo’s sweet proposal to Mithi last December 2011 was done during a mountain climbing trip to scenic Mt. Pulag, the highest mountain in Luzon with a peak of 2,922 meters above sea level. The borders between the provinces of Benguet, Ifugao, and Nueva Vizcaya meet at this mountain’s peak. Though it rained during their climb to the base camp on the first day, the sun came out during their hike to the summit for a picture-perfect proposal.

(Photos by Mithi’s friend Josh Villaruel grabbed from her FB page)

“It was our first time to climb Mt. Pulag together. Actually, I wanted to surprise him because it was his birthday so I even brought cake for him which the guide carried up, but he had the bigger surprise planned. After camping at the base camp the night before with a group of friends, we climbed to the summit early in the morning to watch the sunrise. While we were taking photos, he pointed to a spot where there weren’t any people and said we should go there, and I thought it was just to get a better angle for the photos. Then, he faced me and took out the ring hidden in his camera bag. I couldn’t hear everything he said because of the cold and my excitement. I just heard the beginning of what he said: “We’ve been together now for more than 5 years….” and then “Will you marry me?” — Mithi

Sweet! Congrats again!

Proposal while Motorcycling

I wasn’t sure if I wanted to include my own engagement details here, but not a lot of people know that Art actually proposed to me during a motorcycle ride aboard Falcor, his Kawasaki Eliminator that we’ve shared a lot of great rides on. At the time, I wasn’t driving my own scooter yet and he invited me to go for a ride with him during one cold and windy night in October 2009, when he popped the question out of the blue. Since I had no means of getting back from where we were if he left me on the side of the road, I had no choice but to say yes. 😉 He didn’t give me the ring until we got back to safe grounds since he was afraid one of us would drop it. We don’t have any photos of the actual moment, but here’s one of our pre-nup photos taken in Marilaque a few weeks before our wedding.

(Photo by Kix Tavora / Resonance Photography)

Know any other adventure-related marriage proposals here in the country? Share away!

UPDATE: April 2012!!! — Proposal during a Zombie Outbreak 

I have to give this couple props for giving a whole new meaning to the phrase “Till Death (or the Walking Dead) do us Part”. John Funtanilla proposed marriage to his girlfriend Jaja Biscocho in the middle of a Zombie Apocalypse. Hordes of zombies circle the couple running for their lives during Outbreak Manila, the zombie-themed fun run held in Nuvali, Sta. Rosa last April 14, 2012. The video produced by Pelicola.tv and organized by Re-create Events went viral on YouTube hours after posting. As one of the comments (by TheJuliaFilms) on YouTube points out: “CUTEST PROPOSAL EVER! This trumps all the romantic sh*t that’s super overrated! Y’cannot beat a friggin proposal whilst being surrounded by zombies. <3″ I agree 100%. Even the zombies can’t help but applaud the couple. See the proposal unfold here:

18 thoughts on “Engaging Trips

  1. Wow, this is an inspiring post for me! I just hope my prince will propose in the most adventurous way too. Oh, I didn’t know Kara that you are married. Glad you include your engagement proposal. It is adventurous (coming from me who is afraid of motorbikes)

    • @Mheanne – Going on 2 years this year. Thanks. I hope the same fun and adventure-filled proposal for you!
      @Killerfillers – Thanks and Happy Hearts Day too!
      @Rose – Environmentalists have cool stories 🙂 Pansin ko lang puro taga-Haribon dati yung mga tao sa post na to 🙂
      @Nina – Yeah. Sorry for the cheesiness. I’ll get back to regular programming after this. 😉 Writing about airsoft next.

  2. Kara, i really wish this was included in the blog carnival!
    Sweetest proposals ever, even if us girls know it’s not the expensive stuff that makes it special but the fact that the guy really thought of the best way to ask.

    So cute and i love Marilaque too, so scenic and pretty.
    A lil cheese now and then isn’t so bad. A great topping on your awesome blog.

    • Thanks Lauren. Yup, guys should know that it’s really capitalizing on your shared interests and the thought/planning they put into the proposal that matters. Hope some Nomadic soul out there gets some ideas! Hehe 😉

    • Hi Sheila. Really cool blog on Adrenaline Romance! My husband (www.outsideslacker.com) and I have been wanting to get back into rock climbing ever since we tried it again recently in Sagada 🙂 Love your climbing pics!

  3. “Since I had no means of getting back from where we were if he left me on the side of the road, I had no choice but to say yes.” –> Had to laugh at this. 😀 Glad you included your own proposal story here, Kara! 🙂

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