The Glow in the Dark Proposal

Magiging Misis na akooooo!!!!

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 πŸ™‚ 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! πŸ™‚ 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! πŸ™‚ 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 πŸ™‚

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 πŸ™‚ 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. πŸ™‚

“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.”

59 Responses to The Glow in the Dark Proposal

  1. awwww…. sweet! Thanks for sharing this to us, curious cats πŸ˜‰

    i hope i get to be blessed as you, to have good in-laws… in God’s perfect time. Now, sana mag ka bf muna.. lol.

    I strongly believe you have done much good and really really deserve all these. Patty, ikaw na! πŸ˜€

  2. Wow Ms. Pat that was just so sweet and sincere! Congratulations to you and Patrick. May the Lord bless your relationship more and more! πŸ™‚

  3. OMG!!!! I’m so kilig! I was smiling the whole time i was watching it… so000ooo happy for you Ms. Patty… i think the brownout is blessing in disguise… it made the proposal more romantic, well that’s what i think. Best wishes and congratulations πŸ™‚

  4. Such a heartfelt post πŸ™‚ I’m also a fan of DIY-projects. Yung may effort talaga!

    Best wishes Patty and Patrick!

  5. I love that last picture of you two in the bottom left. Very cute πŸ˜€ Thank you for sharing that little snippet from your soon-to-be-mother in law. It was beautiful. The video right there just made the whole thing incredibly lovely. The both of you have an amazing family πŸ˜€

  6. I’ve have been waiting for this post!!! and it’s definitely awesome!!! na teary eye naman ako!!! he’s simply so sweet and darn it girl you’re the perfect picture of an inlove woman with a big smile!!! happiness=)

  7. The Lord has proven once again that He knows how to give good and perfect gifts to His children, He answers a mother’s prayers ( and dads too) and He is the greatest engineer, matchmaker of all time….. He must have been thinking of you Patty when He made Patrick. See, even both your names match. He makes all things beautiful in His time. God bless your union with peace, bliss and kids!
    From Venni- all the way from the US!

  8. I think the power outage was really meant to happen. Para kayo ni Patrick ang talagang mag-shine! Congrats to the max!

  9. I hate the fact that I found out about your engagement a day later! πŸ™ But still, I’m sooo happy for youuu, Idol Patty!!! OMG talaga!!! You deserve to be happy and everything that’s happening to you. Even though I don’t know you personally, you’ve inspired me in so many ways and for that, I want to say THANK YOU. You truly are a beautiful person inside and out.

    Best wishes to you and Patrick! I can’t wait to read all of your future blog posts about your new chapter in life as Mrs. Patty Laurel-Filart! Heehee. πŸ˜‰

    Your (self-proclaimed) #1 fan,

  10. If I may be so candid, I’d like to say:

    You already, Patty. Ikaw na. Ang haba ng hair!

    Now that that’s out of the way.. congrats, Miss Patty!
    Your story may have just single handedly restored my believe that somehow, somewhere out there, someone is meant for me. πŸ™‚


  11. we’re from the electric company and we love you Patty! sinadya talaga namin para mas dramatic. blessings to you and the soon family πŸ˜€

  12. Hi Patty,

    I’m so happy for you. And that message coming from your soon to be Mother-in-law is a very touching letter ever. God is really give you who you need in your life, I can feel the happiness that this EVENT in your life. I just hope and I will pray that Papa Jesus will continue to shower you and Patrick more love and blessings. Best wishes po.

  13. Talagang jumping for joy! Nakakaiyak naman talaga!
    I’m so happy for you! Pwede rin ba kami maiyak sa tuwa? πŸ™‚

  14. Hello Patty!

    This may sound pretty weird but this made me happy today. And hopeful in a good way πŸ™‚ I’m a hopeless romantic and a sucker for wedding proposal videos. What made this more special is that I’m a fan of yours! Hehehe. I have this 366-day project and this is my reason to be happy for Day 3 πŸ™‚

    Congratulations to you and Patrick! πŸ™‚ All the best and happiness to the both of you! <3

  15. Sa buong video, natatawa at kinikilig po ako. Pero nung nabasa ko yung e-mail ng soon-to-be-mother-in-law nyo po, bumuhos na luha ko. Iba Ms. Patty!! Grabe. God is good talaga. Galing!!!

  16. Very touching vid and email by your future m-i-l :)Am such a sucker for proposals.. Very apt for someone like you. Been following you since Uaap days. GoD Bless and Stay happy and in love.

  17. Thanks for sharing, Patty! πŸ™‚

    I am super kilig by this post lalo na yung video. I watched the video with my hubby and pati siya napapangiti. Hihi! I had goosebumps while watching it.

    I’m sure, until now, bigla ka na lang mapapangiti when you remember how Patrick proposed. When my hubby proposed, para akong baliw for weeks. Bigla na lang ako ngingiti then tatawa. Hehe! πŸ˜€

    Kudos to Patrick and his family for the effort! He seems like such a good guy and I am happy for you both. Praise God!

    I’m excited for future posts about the wedding preps, the wedding, and your life as a misis. πŸ™‚

    BTW, my hubby and I are having our first baby and we are thinking of baby names for girls and unanimously, we want the nickname to be Patty when our baby’s a girl. πŸ™‚

  18. waaaah! THE proposal blog! until now topic naming friends ang engagment mo (chismosa? haha) that certain tweet announcing that you’ll soon be a MISIS brought different emotions. nakakabaliw, as if i know you personally that I WANNA HUG you during the time you tweeted that. SUPER CONGRATS MY FAVE BLOGGER! Ms. GErbil!

  19. it’s true that when you really pray for it(the One) and wait on for God’s best–it does happen!!! I know because HE granted the same for me …congrats to you and Patrick!!!–carmen watkins

  20. Aaaaaawwww kilig!!!!! Meant to be ang pag brownout haha!!

    Waaaah naiyak ako sa letter ng mom in law mo!

    Congratulations The Pats!!! πŸ™‚ Wooohoo!!! Wedding of the Century!!! πŸ™‚

  21. Congratulations to the both of you! I’ve been reading your blog for so long and I’m happy that you’ve met the guy that God has prepared for you. Reading your post, I remember how I felt when my husband proposed to me a year and a half ago. Iba talaga if you’ve waited and you know that the person you’re going to end up with is the one God wants for you. πŸ™‚ God Bless You both and enjoy the preparations! It goes by so quickly!

    and I love the video. I was grinning stupidly the whole time! πŸ™‚

  22. I really teared up on your soon-to-be mom-in-law’s note. It’s something I miss out on praying for but will now add to my list. It’s such a great joy knowing that everyone genuinely believes that you deserve the happiness that you have.

    Congratulations soon-to-be Mr. and Mrs. Filart! πŸ™‚

  23. Hi Patty and Patrick! Just reading this post keeps me hopeful. Both of you have been such an inspiration. Thank you very much and more love to you both. Cheers!

  24. I just finished reading Authentic Beauty last December and after reading this perfectly directed moment of Patrick’s proposal – time and again, God never failed to give the BEST gifts to people who knows who to put first in their lives and in the center of their relationship. You made my faith in love stronger and it made me whisper a prayer of gratitude to our heavenly Prince for showing me the beauty of love in this chaotic world.

    You guys are an inspiration for each and every one of us. God Bless! πŸ™‚

  25. Awwww.. This is the highlight of my day.. a happy story/thought lingering in my mind up to I don’t know when.. I am a fan of yours.. I check your blog everyday and the moment I knew about your engagement (thru your previous post), I eagerly waited for you to post the details. I’m at work and opened your blog.. I am in tears while working.. πŸ™‚

    You are so blessed and I’m happy for you!

    The GOOD In-laws are also a blessing. I have the best in-laws also and so I can relate.

    Enjoy the wedding preps. Cheers!

  26. It’s my 5th time to watch it in 3 hours (never closed your blog tab on my browser while I work.. so I play the Vid from time to time.. hindi ako nagsasawa!) and it’s my 5th time to cry.. haha! this is really sweet and touching.

    Congratulations! keep inspiring other people πŸ™‚

  27. I don’t like this. I LOVE IT! πŸ™‚ Congrats Patrick and Patty. Finally Tita Rina’s prayer had been answered. I’m a fan of Patrick ♥ Patty. God bless your marriage! To God be the glory.


  29. Congrats Patty! Late na ako but reading your story makes me kilig. The candles made it even more romantic, than the christmas lights. So boo and thank you Meralco. =)

  30. Congratulations to you Ate Patty πŸ˜€ Reading this post made me feel giddy hahaha πŸ˜€ I can’t wait to be proposed to! LOL Even though I know that’s still like a million years away :D.

    I am so happy for you and kuya Patrick! Hope it will not only last ’til death do you part, but forever!!! πŸ˜€ God bless! And keep on praying to the big Guy up there πŸ˜€

  31. GRABE. Soooooper romantic naman nung proposal. :”> I’m very happy for you, Ate Patty. God bless you both. Hay, kiliiiiiiig face! :))

  32. Awwwww…. so happy for you. πŸ™‚ I think it’s sweet that even Pat’s mother prayed for you while you and Patrick were just kids. Congratulations again. πŸ™‚

  33. i have been extremely busy this year and haven’t had the chance to catch up with your blog. I must say, your blog is definitely refreshing, i get a lot of good tips and i love your blog about being thankful to the Lord, it just makes me smile.

    I was completely disappointed to be so huli sa balita with your engagement, nonetheless I’m super happy for you. You and your fiance look great together.

    You are one of the very few people who I may not know personally, but I’ve come to really like because you seem to be a really nice person and I admire you for that. Keep blogging…i don’t really post comments because I’m busy and shy, but I just wanted you to know that i’m genuinely happy for you. πŸ™‚

  34. Hi Patty, I’ve been a fan since breakfast but only come across your blog site just now. Thank you for sharing your day to day experiences with us. I watched the proposal without an audio since I am in the office at Abu Dhabi but still it caught me teary-eyed. I must commend your fiance and now your husband together with his family and friend for pulling off the proposal despite the brownout. May you continue inpire us by your regular blog post. Congratulations and Best Wishes!