MANILA — Actress Ara Mina, 41 is now engaged to her boyfriend, Philippine International Trading Corporation (PITC) Undersecretary Dave Almarinez, 46.
Ara gave her followers a glimpse of the proposal thru her Instagram, which happened on Tuesday, January 12, in Laguna where Dave once served as a board member of the province.
The place in San Pedro, Laguna was arranged by Nice Print photography company.
On the background were words “Will You Marry Me?”
On its post on Instagram, “and it’s official! @therealaramina is now engaged!”
“Congratulations Dave and Ara! Sooooo happy to be part of this beautiful moment (heart emoji) #SheSaidYes”
In other post, the photography company shared other memorable moments of Ara and Dave’s engagement like while Dave was kneeling in front of the actress and offering the ring.
In another photo Ara is in tears as Dave puts the ring on her finger. The next picture is the lovers embrace after Ara said yes to Dave’s proposal with the caption: “They are engaged! Congratulations @therealaramina and Dave Almarinez (followed by four ring emojis.) This most beautiful moment is priceless.”
The “Ang Probinsiyano” actress posted: “Today I have received the most perfect gift from God. A prayer I have always been sincerely trusting Him to bring into my life. Dave, thank you for being my answered prayer.”
She further said: “Thank you for not giving up on me. You are the reason why we have stronger days.” Ara said she was clueless of the surprise.
“I was totally clueless of what this day would bring. And your surprise made me felt more loved and cherished than I did yesterday. You are all awesome!” she added.
Ara also thanked all those who made the “magical milestone” in her life possible, as she used the hashtags #weddingproposal and #ISaidYes.
In an interview on “Magandang Buhay” on Tuesday, Mina opened up about her boyfriend.
“Actually kung tatanungin niyo ako, ako lang ‘yung hinihintay niya kung talagang magko-commit ako kasi sa nakikita ko kapag sinabi kong ready ko, parang lalagay na ako sa tahimik,” she said.
Mina has a daughter, Amanda Gabrielle, with former boyfriend Patrick Meneses.
According to the actress, Almarinez has already met her daughter.
At peace kasi okay ang family ko. … okay rin kami ng ex ko, father ng baby ko. Okay din naman ang business ko, okay din ‘yung career, parang kontento na ako. Kaya thank You, Lord. Thank You talaga,” Ara Mina said.
In November 2020, Ara admitted that they were exclusively dating, although they have known each other for two years. (Evelyn C. Diao)