PEP YEARENDER 2017: Sparkly engagement rings

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Sarah Lahbati announced her engagement to partner Richard Gutierrez last July 31, 2017, via the pilot episode of their show It Takes Gutz To Be a Gutierrez Season 5.


The year 2017 has brought a lot of us a lot of memories, but some actresses may have memories that tend to stay in the mind a little longer: sparkly souvenirs aka engagement rings!

Ellen Adarna is said to have received a massive stone worth three million pesos from John Lloyd Cruz, who is the father of the child she is carrying.

But since the actress has not confirmed that the "yellow princess cut perfect diamond" was an engagement ring, technically we can't put her in this list. 


But here is that list. And it starts with Rob Mananquil and Maxene Magalona.

On Valentine's Day, Rob proposed to his girlfriend of two years.

Under the neon lights of the Tokyo Dome in Japan, he said to her: "I love you so much, will you ride this roller coaster of life with me?"

In a previous interview with PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal), Maxene revealed her initial reaction:

"Tongue-tied, like super speechless, and then I just started crying.

"Sabi ko talaga, 'Is he tying his shoe laces?'

"As in gano'n pala talaga yun, when it happens, it feels so surreal, na hindi mo alam..."

Almost three months after that proposal, Maxene allowed PEP.ph a closer look at her ring.

With a lot of kilig, the daughter of the late Francis Magalona gushed, "He got me a princess ring 'cos I'm a princess."

Maxene and Rob are set to tie the knot early next year.

Rob, incidentally, has equally well-known parents, Robert and Millet Mananquil. The latter is the long-time lifestyle editor of the Philippine Star.


Ai-Ai Delas Alas got engaged last April 12.

Her now-husband Gerald Sibayan proposed by writing "can you be my misis?" on the Starbucks cup he gave the Comedy Queen.

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Gerald and Ai Ai tied the knot last December 12, at the Christ The King Church in Quezon City.

During a PEPtalk shoot earlier, on April 21, Ai-Ai proudly flashed her dazzling ring.

Laughing, she said, "In fairness, sinuot ko ngayon, ha?

"Sinuot ko talaga para makita niyo.

"...Ayan, di ba, para maging proud naman ako sa aking fiancé, na pinaghirapan niya 'to."

The ring has a center diamond surrounded by three smaller diamonds, which are also surrounded by much smaller diamonds.

It also has side stones.

Ai-Ai narrated how Gerald purchased the ring.

"Sabi niya, 'Hindi na ako kumain niyan!'

"One year niya itong inipon. Actually, may five months pa nga daw siyang babayaran.

"Sabi niya, 'Kulang pa nga akong five months.'

"Biro mo, one [year] and five months niya itong inipon, ganoon."


In an exclusive interview with PEP.ph last June, Max Collins talked about how her long-time beau, Pancho Magno, popped the question.

"Nagpaalam muna siya sa lola ko, sa buong family ko. Alam na din ng mom ko.

"And nung nasa beach kami sa Boracay, and then my mom said, sige, akyat na daw muna siya sa room niya.

"Sabi niya kay Pancho, 'Sige, go na, go na.'

"'Tapos sabi niya [Pancho] sa akin, 'Dito muna tayo.' Kasi gusto ko na sana umakyat.

"Sabi niya, 'Nakapagpaalam na ako sa lahat, but I haven't asked you yet.'

"Lumuhod siya, and then, ayun na, iyakan, that’s it. I cried, he cried, we both cried."

Incidentally, Pancho's mom is Redgie Magno, a top executive at the GMA Network.

According to Max, her ring "has 19 diamonds including the one in the middle."

The couple exchanged vows in a Christian wedding held at the Manila Marriott Hotel last December 11.


Richard Gutierrez proposed to Sarah Lahbati against the backdrop of "pink skies" and "magical" Zermatt in Switzerland as their backdrop.

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The celebrity mom said the actor "made me feel like a princess once again...What.A.Day"

In an interview with Preview.ph, Sarah said Richard enlisted the help of his mom Annabelle Rama to find out the kind of ring she likes.

"She would wear the biggest engagement rings," Sarah said of her irrepressible then would-be mother-in-law.

"Every week, she would wear a different one, a different size and color, and I thought, 'What is wrong with her, what is she doing?'"

Nonetheless, Annabelle's little experiment worked because she got Sarah to comment on the various rings' styles.

The Kapamilya actor then "stole" from his mom the ring Sarah liked, and had it resized.


Rachelle Ann Go's birthday wish for her 31st birthday came true when her American beau Martin Spies asked for her hand in marriage.

Last September 8, the Pinay Broadway actress took to Instagram to share how her boyfriend proposed.

"I just prayed for this on my 31st birthday, and just like that this happened.

“What an amazing God we have. Thank you Father God for this man. A man who loves you first. I still cannot believe this!!! ahhh!”

Rachelle gave her fans a quick peek of her engagement ring through a video she uploaded on Instagram.


Iza Calzado and Filipino-British beau Ben Wintle were a picture of happiness after the latter finally popped the question last October 8, in Tagaytay.

Before agreeing to the proposal, Iza teased Ben about the ring.

She quipped, “Can we check first?”

She bit it, then happily returned it to her fiance, saying, “It looks real. It’s real.”

The couple’s close friend and fashion stylist Katrina Cruz-Villanueva posted on Instagram a close-up shot of the exquisite three-stone engagement ring.

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Dianne Medina got engaged to Rodjun Cruz ten years after they got together.

The actor proposed last October 10, which was also his 30th birthday.

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He did it with a diamond ring with side stones.


Other actresses who got engaged this year were Michelle Madrigal and American partner Troy Woolfolk.

His proposal took place in July 2017, while they were vacationing in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, with Troy's family.

Christian Bautista and non-showbiz girl Kat Ramnani got engaged last October 30, during their European tour.

Sunshine Garcia tearfully said "yes" to politician Alex Castro, then wrote a touching post on Instagram last October 17.

"Yung inakala ko na lagi na lang ako magiging audience kada may mag-propropose at ikakasal.

"Yung malapit ko [nang] tanggapin sa sarili ko na baka hindi para sa akin ang ganitong klaseng love story."

Referring to her future husband, she said, "Hanggang sa dumating ka at binago mo yun. Binigyan mo ako ng isang magandang kuwento ng LOVE STORY..

"Thank you for loving me, thank you sa pagtupad ng promise mo. Thank you at binalik mo ang pangarap ko na muntik ko [nang] kalimutan... I love you hubby... I love you so much."

On Christmas eve, Luis Garcia chose the historic Calle Crisologo in Vigan, Ilocos Sur, as the perfect venue to ask his long-time girlfriend Nikki Valdez to marry him.

On Instagram, Nikki wrote, "Truly a blessed night that happened on the most wonderful time of the year with the most special people in our lives!!!

"Thank youuuuuu @hoyluisito for making this a December to remember. I LOVE YOU FOREVER and EVER!!!"

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On Christmas day, KC Montero proposed to his girlfriend, former Miss New Zealand World Stephanie Dods, in the U.S.

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During the holidays, Phil Younghusband also asked his girlfriend Margaret Hall to marry him.

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