Thank you Electric Company (the one that shall not be named) ever so efficient and reliable, for killing our power supply on New Year’s Eve. If some dream of a White Christmas, we were having a BROWN (out) Post-Christmas. Hahaha 🙂 And although it was quite tricky to play guessing games with our food in the dark, we still managed to have a lovely NYE dinner. In fact, the candle light made our family affair even more dramatic! 🙂 Who would’ve thought that a power outage, something easily considered as an inconvenience, a source of discomfort, a major hasslehoff, would turn out to be the most amazing backdrop for a dream proposal. Yes, Patrick proposed to me in the dark. Yes, we got engaged during an unscheduled village wide brown out at midnight.
It took the entire weekend for the Filarts to create an elaborate set up in Pat’s room. They wiped out all the Christmas lights in National Bookstore and Ace Hardware. They even borrowed plants from their neighbor! It was definitely a team effort with everyone pitching in! When I saw the “behind the scenes” photos it made me tear up all over again..knowing that every one really made an effort to help Patrick made the whole proposal even more meaningful. The whole room was dotted with little lights so as soon as the power got cut, they all sighed with despair worried that this would ruin their surprise plans. (Of course, I was completely oblivious to all this..I was distracted by the ensaymada and tsokolate I was trying desperately to eat with my cellphone light shining over it). Thank God because Patrick didn’t allow a little hiccup to get in our way and still decided to push through with the proposal.
Upon his signal, just as soon as we finished eating, his sisters-in-law created a very convincing diversion which gave the rest of the family and my parents time to position themselves for the big moment. When I entered Pat’s room, I was in complete shock! It was pitch dark, with only the tiny candles leading the way up to my adorable Patrick! 🙂 Luckily the skies were lit with blazing fireworks at buti nalang at maputi ang aking mahal na Filart that he managed to glow in his full Tisoy glory. I don’t even remember what I said, one thing’s for sure..I was the panicky headless chicken and Pat was the cool cat.:) Patrick put together this short video so I hope you all enjoy it! I watched it 3 times straight!!! Darn it, girl, wipe that big smile off your face..PRONTO!
Our Brown Out New Year Celebration
The power came back on about 30 minutes after the whole grand proposal, so we all went back to the room to take pictures of the beautiful set up. We even joked around that we should’ve done a whole re-enactment with the lights on..but you all know I’m a horrible actress. You’d be crying for different reasons if I even attempted to act. Hahaha 🙂
It was absolutely perfect!!! I’ve always wanted a simple and meaningful proposal with all our loved ones around. And since I’m such a fan of D-I-Y projects, I loved this proposal because everything was really made from scratch! Family project talaga 🙂 Thank you so much to Jonsy and Cecil, Mic and Paul, Joy, Tita Rina and Tito Abet, Mateo, Audrey, Bella, Mom and Dad..and of course to my sweet and thoughtful Patrick for giving me my dream proposal!:) Thank you Lord for orchestrating everything!!!
And to all the hundreds of people who have sent us tweets, emails, and comments..MARAMING SALAMAT!!! Thank you for sharing this special moment with me and Pat! Kinikilig ako sa mga messages ninyo!:)
To close this already very mushy blog post, here’s a snippet from my soon-to-be mother in law’s email that really touched my heart. It moved me so much because I’ve always prayed for God to bless me with good in laws as well. 🙂
“I have often wondered what my “last” daughter in law would be like as God had already blessed me with two wonderful ones. And now, He has added you to our family. We are blessed and very happy. You just seem to fit right in and I know that everyone is so happy for Patrick. Our “baby” is now engaged! He has so patiently waited and believed for God’s best for him and I’m sure he feels you are worth the wait and we all agree. (And you are the Patricia we never had! ) I have prayed for my son’s wives since they were very young and God has been faithful to answer my prayers.”