Just a few days after director Antoinette "Tonet" Jadaone got engaged to her fiance, Dan Villegas, she almost lost her engagement ring.
She narrated this story on February 28, 2020, via an Instagram post where she showed a photo of her ring, which was tigtened using a masking tape.
Her post titled Ang Alamat ng Nawawalang Maluwag na Singsing, happened on their last day in Rome, Italy.
Published as is, her post read, "Pa-check out na kami ng hotel sa Rome. Nag-aayos na kami ng maleta. 'Nasa ’yo singsing?' sabi ni Dan.
"Tiningnan ko ‘yung daliri ko. WALA ANG SINGSING.
"'WALA ANG SINGSING!!!' sabi ko.
"At lumaki ang mga mata ni Dan. Malaki na mata niya pero may inilaki pa — ito yata ‘yung inspirasyon ng mga cartoons ng Looney Tunes. Lumaki na rin mga mata ko. Malaki na rin mga mata ko pero may inilaki pa. Nagpalakihan kami ng mga mata. Kontes ito. It’s a tie."
Tonet then went to the bathroom, praying she did not mistakenly flush it down the toilet.
"Chineck ko ang banyo. Sa lababo — kakasipilyo ko lang, nahulog ba??? Kinalikot ko ‘yung drainage, wala! Jusko, wag naman sanang nahulog! Chineck ko ‘yung basurahan. Mami, hinalungkat ko, jusko ang dirty, pero ‘yung singsing jusko po, okay lang maging dirty! Wala! Jusko, rurok na ba ng katangahan ko at nai-flush ko??? Jusko, wag naman sana, kasi mahirap kalikutin ‘yung inidoro, super dirty na! Oo, nakatira ako malapit sa Pasig River pero inidoro is dirty pa rin!
"Chineck ko maleta ko. Naghihintay na ‘yung room cleaner kasi 10am pa dapat ang check out pero past 12 na. Sabi ko, 'Te, nawawala engagement ring ko!' Syempre in English, so naintindihan niya bilang TFC subscriber."
Apparently, the ring was inside her luggage!
She continued, "Tinanggal ko ‘yung inayos ko nang mga damit at balabal para magkasya lahat sa isang maleta lahat ng gamit. Tinanggal ko mga pantalon, mga coat, at biglang — TING! Bwakangangshet, andun ang singsing! Kung kaninang umaga PH time ay may naramdaman kayong hangin, ‘yun ‘yung buntung-hininga ko. Jusko.
"‘Yung sigh of relief, akala ko nagawa ko na dati, pero hindi. ‘Yun pala ang sigh of relief. Kapag ipapagawa ko ang sigh of relief sa mga artista, alam ko na kung paano talaga. Take 1 kaya ko ‘yan."
Tonet then made a mental note of getting the ring resized as soon as they reach Manila.
"Kaya pag-uwi ko ng Pinas, ‘yan ang una kong gagawin — pasisikipan ang singsing. Tapos ite-train ko ang sarili kong ‘yan ang unang aalamin bago lumabas ng bahay. Hindi “nakapag-bra ka ba?” Nakapag-panty ka ba? Nabayaran mo ba ang Globe? Ang internet? Hindi! ‘Yung bwakanangshet na singsing, nai-flush mo ba???
"At ‘yan ang alamat ng kasalanan talaga ito ng Tiffany’s at pagpalaganap ng diamond rings eh. Oo siya talaga may kasalanan, hindi ako. Bakit ako? Bakit parang kasalanan ko?!##"
CELEBRITIES REACT TO TONET'S ENGAGEMENT-RING STORY
Toni Gonzaga, who worked with Tonet in You're My Boss, remarked that Tonet's anecdote was like a script for a short romantic comedy film.
Miles Ocampo dropped a "sigh of relief" emoji.
Charlie Dizon, who will play Teddie in the prequel of Four Sisters and a Wedding, found the story "sobrang benta."
Similarly, Paulo Avelino said the story can be turned into a good film.
Angel Locsin, who is also engaged to her boyfriend Neil Arce, put a crying emoji under Paulo's comment.
ANTOINETTE AND DAN'S LOVE STORY
Tonet and Dan's engagement was announced on February 27, 2020, by Cornerstone Entertainment, Inc., the management company in charge of their careers.
The proposal happened during their European trip on the last week of February 2020.
Tonet posted a photo of her wearing the engagement ring on February 28, a few moments before relating her missing-engagement-ring story.
Tonet and Dan first met in 2011, on the set of Six Degrees of Separation from Lilia Cuntapay.
Back then, both of them were in a relationship with other partners.
The next time they saw each other was in 2013, when they worked in Bakit Hindi Ka Crush ng Crush Mo?
Both single during that time, Dan pursued Tonet, and eventually became boyfriend-girlfriend.