Binondo Food Tour Becomes a Wedding Proposal

MANILA, Philippines – With increasing popularity of social media, it seems like wedding proposals are becoming unique and well-planned in terms of production value for better appreciation of online viewers.

So it’s not surprising that another online wedding proposal is making the rounds among netizens, although this time it is not a hostage drama.

It was Ross Garcia’s idea. Ross, a consultant, decided to marry Jella Mercado, his girlfriend for almost two years.

The wedding proposal’s plot was a Binondo food tour. Ross invited his and Jella’s families and friends to act as participants to an Old Manila tour. There was a marching band and a videographer to document everything.

Jella never suspected anything extra-ordinary.

“Ross told me that Old Manila Walks was offering him a 50% discount on the Binondo Food Tour. He said he was given a discount because this tour was going to be documented and would be used as tourism promotions for the City of Manila,” Jella said on the video uploaded on YouTube.

There was a momentary hitch, though. Jella was caught in a traffic jam for two hours and was going to be late. The tour proceeded as planned and Ross had no other choice but to wait for Jella. The two eventually caught up with the group, though.

After the group had a taste of different dishes Binondo had to offer, they reached the tour’s final destination—the famous “hopia” shop Eng Bee Tin. Upon exiting the store, Jella heard a band music. It was the City of Manila Marching Band.

“After shopping for ‘hopia’, when we got out of the store, the marching band started playing the Ryzza Mae cha-cha song (guilty pleasure hahaha),” Jella wrote. “At this point, I was still oblivious (of the planned proposal).”

She continued: “But then there were two rows of police escorts and Ross insisted we walk between them and to the front of the band. I started to wonder what was going on when we were already nearing the plaza. Ross suddenly disappeared cos (sic) he said he was going to change his shirt, and he left me with Nina.”

She was surprised when everyone started to give her balloons and roses as the band played her favorite song.

“Ross eventually emerged from the crowd as the band was playing Coldplay’s The Scientist. I was already very, very ugly from all the tears, but that didn’t stop him from saying all these nice lovey stuff… getting down on his knee, showing me a very pretty ring, and asking me to marry him,” she wrote.

Immediately after saying “yes,” the sky was filled with colorful fireworks.

“Literally, it was absolutely perfect, except for my melted makeup. And how sana pala I was wearing heels. But pretty much, it was perfect,” added Jella, a medical student.

Bob Nicolas captured the entire proposal on video, which is now going around different social media sites, gaining praises and applause from netizens.

Ross and Jella confirmed that they will tie the knot in May 2014 after she has taken the medical board examination.