Heto na ang kinasasabikang kilig story of the week! Hahaha! Okay, let's start from the very beginning.
Nov 9, 2011 was our shoot day for OK! Magazine's annual Christmas team photo. Part of my job is to produce this shoot, and that meant doing all the nitty gritty details--from booking the location, prod team (photog, makeup, hair), transportation, down to pulling out outfits for the whole staff. Whenever I'm producing a shoot, my brain works 10 times faster than everyone else because if anything goes wrong, my ass is on the line. So basically, WORK MODE is plastered on my forehead.
I did the pullouts the day before and because I had no assistant (she's currently on vacay), doble yung pagod. I was so tired that I called Mitor hoping that he can visit me at home and bring me Chatime's Roasted Milk Tea but he was at a party so he can't. So I just slept and woke up at 6AM to put together the outfits, packed them in a suitcase, then hurriedly took a bath to make it to our 9AM call time.
First on the beauty chair!
That's hairstylist Marie Tan doing her thing
Right after hair and makeup, I'm off to the clothes rack!
Studying combos and who should wear what.
Can you guess what our theme is? :)
Our shoot location is at Cafe 1771, a very country chic restaurant in Ortigas. We arrived at around 2PM and started shooting 30 minutes later. Since we're used to the whole smiling/posing thing already, we were done with our group photo in 20 minutes. Yehesss, pro na pro lang. LOL. Because we had plenty of time left, we did our usual solo shots and played in front of the camera. In other words, fun-fun lang.
Red, Nikki, and Jay casting a spell with their knife wands
Wacky it is!
So in the middle of the fun, the waiter knocked. "Excuse me po, asan po si Kabbie? Pinapabigay po ito", he said. It was a cake with a smirk face. I was like, "Uy ang cute oh, yey may cake tayo!". All the while I thought it's from Bianca, Cafe 1771's PR. Then the whole team was like "Ooooh ang cute, dali pichuran din naten, hawakan mo lang, Kabbie." So hawak at ngiti naman ako.
Then after two minutes, the waiter knocked again. This time around, he was holding a rose. "May nagpapabigay po", he said again. I was a bit confused na at that time, coz I knew that Mitor was in Bataan. Frances even blurted out "Kanino kaya galing yan? Uyyy meron may crush kay Kabbie!" Hahaha. By then I knew wala namang ibang magpapa-cute ng ganun kundi si Mitor. Thing is, I'm kinda used to his pa-cute visits during my shoots (sometimes he brings me YanYan, Pocki Sticks, or Chatime and will just stay in the waiting area until I finish) so I was like, "Okaaaaaay Mitor you can come out now!". But he didn't. So I thought baka nahihiya lang yun kasi I'm currently shooting. So okay, shoot again with the rose naman!
Puzzled and kilig
A few seconds later, the waiter knocked for the third time, with a red soup pot on hand. "Ma'am Kabbie, masarap daw po yan sa cake", he said. So okay, I thought it was some caramel drizzle or whatever, so I placed it on the table, opened it, and inside was...
...a red box.
OH MY GAAAAAAAAWD. Those were the first three words that I blurted out. But in my mind, four other words were on loop--THIS IS NOT HAPPENING, THIS IS NOT HAPPENING.
At that time, my hands were shaking and my heart was beating so fast but my mind was still in denial.
So I opened the box, and BULAGA! No ring.
But there was a note that says...
I just had to have it laminated! Mwahahahaha
So I looked outside...
AND THERE HE WAS.
Mitor entered the room with a HUGE bouquet of flowers and Chatime Roasted Milk Tea; slowly knelt down, and even before he popped the question, I was already nodding my head.
Then he took out the ring (OMG the ring is HUGE!) and asked the magic question, with tears in his eyes.
OF COURSE I SAID YES!!!
And then I looked around the room, and everyone had tears in their eyes, too. In my mind I was like "Oh shocks eto na ba dapat yung moment na iiyak ako?" Honestly, I was just stunned. Everything was a blur. I can't believe he caught me off guard! Just so you guys know, I always always always find out about Mitor's "plans" so he rarely surprises me. But this time, I was completely dumbfounded. Work mode nga kasi ako, diba? And you know what? THE WHOLE TEAM KNEW ABOUT IT!!! I seriously got Punk'd.
Mitor and his lovely accomplices.
OK! Team Rocks!
At hindi pa diyan nagtatapos ang gulatan portion.
When I got home that night, he told me to go up to my room first because...
A bed of roses was waiting for me.
How's that, for a proposal, huh? Yiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii. *kilig*
Thank you, Mitor, for that unbelievable day.
Yes, Yes, Yes, I will marry you, even a thousand times over.
To my friends and family, thank you for the happy vibes and well wishes. I am super happy, more than I can ever imagine.
You can stop giving me flack for not shedding a single tear during that moment because now, as in right now as I'm typing... I can't stop crying.
*Photos by Mitch Mauricio and Elaine Natividad
*Makeup by Ria Gamboa and Cherry Pacheco
*Hair by Marie Tan and Pipo Santos
*Clothes courtesy of Forever 21