John Prats and Isabel Oli are what can be called an “unexpected” couple.
Coming from different networks, with no mutual friends and no previous encounters whatsoever, it seems that the entire universe conspired to bring these lovebirds together.
In a span of five months, John and Isabel have developed a kind of relationship that one might only see in long-time couples.
Judging from their Instagram posts, they seem very comfortable and genuinely happy with each other.
Add to that the fact that Isabel doesn’t seem like a stranger at all to the tight-knit Prats family.
FAMILY APPROVES. Last Holy Week (March), Isabel got to spend time with John and his relatives in their family farm in Batangas.
It was all peachy, says Camille Prats, John’s younger sister, and the family couldn’t be happier if ever he decides to marry Isabel.
In an interview with PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal) back in April, Camille said, “Masaya, siyempre,” when asked how the family would react if ever John announces his plans to marry Isabel.
“Kuya is already of age, he’s 29, and you know para sa akin I think it was just a matter of right timing, meeting the right person at the right time.
“Kung si Liv naman, Liv is, I think, already of age na rin to start a family." Liv is short for Isabel’s real name Olivia.
“So, if their plans go together, as in, they both decide to start a family, wala naman akong nakikitang dahilan para hindi nila ituloy iyon. Hindi na rin naman sila mga bata.
“For us naman, we’ve known Isabel for quite a while now. I’ve known her even before they started going out and she’s a really nice person.
“And if there’s one thing I would want my brother to settle down with, I think it would be her ‘cause I know… Alam ko kasi kung ano iyong tipo ng kapatid ko.
“And this was actually the first time na parang… Mabait kasi si John, e. Mabait siya to a point that sometimes napag-aanuhan siya, iyong parang people take advantage of his kindness kapag nasosobrahan.
“So, parang with Liv kasi, I knew or I kind of felt that she’s the type of person who wouldn’t take advantage of my brother’s kindness. In short, tatapatan pa niya.
“So, I wanted someone for my brother who would actually take good care of him because I think he would be a good provider.
"He’s a good uncle to my son, which no doubt I know he will be a good father as well, so iyon iyong gusto kong mahanap ng kapatid ko.”
As mentioned many times in stories about the couple, it was Camille who got the ball rolling between the two.
According to John, who related to Boy Abunda in an interview for Bandila last February 19, Camille was the one who first got in touch with Isabel via Facebook and asked for her number.
“So ito naman, pinag-meet ko lang siya nila Liv, pero siyempre nasa sa kanila na iyon kung gusto nila iyong isa’t isa,” Camille continued to tell PEP.
“Ako talaga [ang gumawa ng paraan] kasi parang I know also that he’s starting to get frustrated na rin with his life.
“Parang sinasabi niya sa akin na, ‘Ang tanda ko na. Siguro hindi na ako mag-aasawa,’ so parang he’s losing hope that he’d still find someone to start a family with.
“So, ang sabi ko, ‘O, ito. I, personally as a girl, I really like her. I would want siguro my son to marry someone like her, so try mo baka you’d like her, too.’
“And you know, sa kanila na iyon kung paano na sila naging okay.”
ANSWERED PRAYER. It’s easy to describe to John and Isabel as two “lost hearts” who found their way to each other, judging by frustrations in their previous relationships.
It can be recalled that John dated Bianca Manalo for about seven months, only to go kaput at least a year before he met Isabel.
Isabel, on the other hand, admitted in a PEP interview that she had a hard time getting over her breakup with Gab Valenciano at the turn of 2012.
In John’s appearance on Bandila’s “Ikaw Na” segment, he said that Isabel was the answer to his prayers.
“Itong huli ko [breakup] iyong pinaka-iba. Naiba to the point na naisip ko na baka hindi ako talaga pang family, pang relasyon. Baka mamaya tatanda na talaga ako na pa- girlfriend-girlfriend lang, ganoon lang talaga.
“Until my sister, sabi niya, ‘Huwag. Iba pa rin pag may pamilya kang sarili mo,’ and then, ‘I think, Kuya, you should pray for your lovelife.’
“I never prayed [for lovelife] kasi parang lagi lang family, your health, career, ganyan.
“Until noong December na, ‘Oo nga ano, I think I should pray,’ and very specific na [prayer] na, ‘Hopefully next year, 2013. Surprise me,’ at kinumpleto ko ang Simbang Gabi.”
Meanwhile, Isabel, who is a Born-Again Christian, has lifted the cause of her lovelife to heaven’s mercy.
Earlier in January, she told PEP contributor Rose Garcia that she’ll go on a week-long fast to pray for her lovelife.
Days later, she met John and the rest, as they say, is history.
LOVERS ON INSTAGRAM. On January 17, John started what would become a chronicling of his love story with Isabel on Instagram.
He posted the first photo of him and Isabel together with the caption, “Nakakamiss ka @isabelolifee :)”
From then on, they would exchange sweet nothings—for everyone to witness on the photo-sharing application.
In an interview with Isabel, which came out in PEP last March, she said, “I’m really happy and at the same time, babaeng-babae ang feeling ko,” when asked about John’s very public display of affection towards her.
These days, they call each other “hubby” and “wifey.” But will their journey as a couple ever lead to the altar?
“Mga two years from now,” John boldly predicted in his TV interview, and he even said “I’m claiming, yes, she’s the one.”