|Photo Credit: Lovi Poe and Albert Kurniawan Instagram Accounts|
Senator Francis "Chiz" Escudero and 29-year-old actress-host Heart Evangelista are now officially engaged after the lawmaker proposed marriage Saturday, July 23, 2014.
Make-up artist Albert Kurniawan posted a short video of the proposal on Instagram that shows Escudero kneeling on one knee while putting a ring on Evangelista's finger.
Kurniawan also posted on his Instagram a closer look of the engagement ring that the senator gave to the actress, captioned: "Beautiful promise ring and even more beautiful engagement ring :):) @iamhearte congrats #heartandchiz."
How Senator Chiz proposed to HeartSenator Chiz Escudero's staff narrated how the lawmaker pulled off his proposal to actress Heart Evangelista.
According to a statement, Escudero had already planned the proposal months before with the help of Evangelista’s friends. However, he decided to push through with it only last week when he found the perfect opportunity.
Escudero and Evangelista flew to Sorsogon last Thursday with family "under the guise of a vacation since it's a long weekend.”
“Heart had some friends over too. But on Friday, some of Heart's friends started to arrive in Sorsogon without her knowledge. On Saturday came Alessandra da Rossi, Lovi (Poe) and Roco (Nacino) as well as some of Chiz's friends from Manila,” the statement added.
At around 8 p.m. on Saturday during what Evangelista thought was just a normal dinner, one of her friends led her to the dinner area where Escudero’s friends were waiting. De Rossi, Poe and Nacino were also there.
While music was playing in the background, Escudero emerged and approached the actress. He read a text message from the actress' father congratulating his daughter for the engagement.
"Heart was already reduced to tears the whole time,” according to the statement.
Escudero then asked his son, who was also there to witness the proposal, to take out the ring before he went down on his knee to ask for Evangelista’s hand in marriage.
When Evangelista said “yes,” a long fireworks display ensued as they sealed the proposal with a sweet kiss (via ABS-CBNnews.com).
Watch the full video of Sen. Chiz Escudero's proposal to Heart Evangelista (courtesy of GMA News).
Message of Heart's father
Reynaldo Ongpauco, the father of Heart, sent a message on the occasion, sending it through the senator. Chiz showed the message to Heart on his phone during the occasion.The message read (via gmanetwork.com):
"congratulations. heard the news and i just wanted to wish you well. it seems like yesterday when you were just a little girl now you're all grown up, on your own and engaged. as a father, i wish you all the happiness, love and blessings in the world. only you deserve the best. i love you very much. - dad"
Friends and celebrities took to social media sites to congratulate the newly engaged couple:
Best wishes to my friends, Heart and Chiz. Keep in touch. Hahaha.
— Eya (@leahmiralles) August 24, 2014
I'm so happy for you guys! Chiz and heart. You finally found someone who gives you that feeling that… http://t.co/HoHfEVKGRE
— Lovi Poe (@lovipoe) August 23, 2014
Congratulations Heart x Sen. Chiz! KILIG 😍
— KC Concepcion (@kc_concepcion) August 23, 2014
Senator Escudero has been married before and has twins with Christine Elizabeth “Tintin” Flores. They separated in 2010. The annulment of Escudero's marriage to Flores was finalized in June 2012. Escudero and Flores were together for 10 years and have two kids.
Chiz and Heart relationship has been going on for almost two years now. They made their relationship official on July 31, 2012.