As Rocco Nacino wrote on his most recent YouTube video, “I hear wedding bells!” Yep, the actor and his girlfriend, volleyball star Mellisa Gohing, are finally engaged! The couple of three years revealed the big news last Saturday, November 21, on Rocco’s Instagram, and the photos were breathtaking to say the least. Rocco popped the question on a decorated hill near their village in Antipolo, while their friends and family watched the event unfold via Zoom.
“Kapag alam mo na at sigurado ka na sa taong yun mararamdaman mo…sabi ko, I think it’s time, oras na para pumunta sa bagong chapter,” said the Descendants of the Sun star on his YT vlog. “She’s perfect, she makes me become the best version of myself.”
Below, we list down all the details we loved about Rocco’s heartwarming proposal:
1. The big set-up
The actor definitely brought his A-game for the special occasion. Instead of just driving Melissa to a pretty spot up in the hills, he made a show out of it, too. He lured the volleyball player to his prepared location under the guise of a picnic date with his brother Kyle and his girlfriend. According to Rocco, they tricked Melissa into thinking that the spot had accidentally been double-booked, not knowing that Rocco had planned on veering her towards a different pathway all along.
“Medyo nakatulala na si Mel noon. Di niya alam kung ano’ng nangyayari tsaka medyo nahihiya siya kasi nagagalit ako,” Rocco recalls after insisting on pushing through with their picnic despite the ‘mishap’. “Pero pagkatapak niya doon sa pathway sumenyas ako sa brother ko na ‘Kyle abot mo na yung jacket’ kung saan nandoon yung singsing.”
2. The gorgeous styling
Leave it to Gideon Hermosa to create the fairytale engagement of your dreams. The events stylist lit up the grassy pathway with fairy lights flanking both sides. As the couple reached the middle of the hill overlooking the Hinulugang Taktak Falls, Gideon made sure to surround their emotional moment with fresh blooms, before Rocco got down on one knee to pop the big question.
3. The engagement ring
Rocco personally helped design Melissa’s pear-shaped diamond engagement ring by Sep Vergara Fine Jewelry. It took him months to finalize, but it was well worth the wait considering that the ring is similar to one Melissa had always been eyeing for years now.
4. The outfits
Rocco and Melissa fit perfectly into their dreamy scenery. Where the actor complemented the flowers enveloping them with his pink suit, Melissa, the star of the show, properly stood out in her white ankle-length frock.
5. The photos
Of course, to make the event even more special were the picture perfect photos taken by Nice Print Photography. Check out more of them below:
Watch the full video of Rocco's emotional proposal below!