We all know that Arthur Solinap proposed to Rochelle Pangilinan on February 19, 2016.
But the groom told PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) it was not the first proposal he planned for the dancer/actress.
He related, "Kasi yung unang beses na gusto kong mag-propose, 2011 ba yun, Survivor pa."
Arthur joined Survivor Philippines Celebrity Doubles Showdown, which was shot in San Vicente, Palawan. He was away for several weeks, and didn't have communication with Rochelle.
Arthur continued, "Gusto kong mag-propose noon. Yun ang una. Desidido na talaga.
"Pagdating sa Manila, hindi pa pala."
He waited another five years before he could finally say, "Ito ang tamang time."
The Kapuso actor said, "Totoo pala yung sinasabi nila na hindi natutuloy dahil parang hindi pa ito ang tamang time, totoo pala.
"'Tapos pagpasok ng 2016, yun, na-feel ko na.
"After proposal, may pinagdaanan kaming matinding pagsubok. So kung kinasal kami 'tapos may dinaanan, ‘di ba?
"Parang inayos muna kami individually."
Arthur believes that August 8, their ninth year as a couple is God's perfect time for their wedding.
And he's never felt so sure about his decision: "Pang-matagalan talaga.
"Hindi ako papasok sa isang bagay na alangan. Baka sabihin hindi pa pala.
"Basta pinasok ko, dapat for sure."
Now that they're a few weeks away from the big day, has he been experiencing "wedding jitters"?
“Wala,” he said, looking so relaxed at the office of PPL Entertainment, Inc. in Scout Tobias, Quezon City, where this interview took place.
He added, “Excitement na, e.”
Arthur admitted the preparations had not exactly been stress-free.
“Nai-stress pero as much as possible hindi lang talaga ine-entertain. Like lahat ng detalye pakikialaman mo. Pero sabi ko nga, kaya nga tayo may coordinator.
“Parang gusto mong pakialaman sa sobrang hands-on.”
Usually, it's the bride who is more hands-on, but remembering Rochelle's previous description of her groom as O.C., Arthur said, "Alam mo noong una, sabi ko, kung ano ang gusto niya, chill ako.
"Ganun pala yun, noong una, upo-upo lang, nakikinig.
"Pero hanggang sa palapit na, sobrang involved na.
"Parang ayokong iwanan hangga’t di pa prepare."
But everything has been manageable so far.
"Oo naman, once in a lifetime, e," he threw in, smiling.
RELATIONSHIP WITH FAMILY. More than the frills and flair, Arthur wants the guests to see their wedding as a "blessing."
"Gusto ko lang na makita nila kung paano kami na-blessed at ma-highlight yung relationship namin na nasa gitna namin si God.
"Hindi lang dahil maganda ang wedding, kung hindi gaano napakabait ni God sa amin.”
One factor the some couples consider is the relationship with their respective families.
In the case of Rochelle, Arthur said, “Ever since naman hindi naging problema.
"Siguro kung three years, four years ago ikinasal kami, ganun pa rin ang support. Hindi sila nangengealam, e."
Given the number of years they have been together, is there anything else he has not discovered about his bride?
"Siguro kung paano siyang mommy. Kasi, as a partner nakita ko na siya, maalaga. As a daughter, kapatid, grabe siya.
"So yun na lang ang ano, gusto kong makita, as a mother, and, siyempre, as a wife pa.”
Have they talked about the number of kids they want?
"Reality? Two to three," he said, laughing.
But he is hoping for five kids, and praying for the possibility of having twins.