Olympic gold medalist Hidilyn Diaz now engaged to her coach Julius Naranjo

Olympic gold medalist Hidilyn Diaz now engaged to her coach Julius Naranjo

MANILA—Olympic gold medalist Hidilyn Diaz and her coach Julius Naranjo are now engaged.

Julius made his proposal to Hidilyn at the Sheraton Hotel. Resorts World Manila on October 15 in the evening.

In her Instagram posts, Hidilyn brought out her new GOLD— a ring with a weightlifting motif given by her coach-boyfriend Julius. The ring was done by Manila Diamond Studio.

Hidilyn on her IG post said: “It’s YES!

“It was a magical moment with @imjulius. I’m grateful to God that He sent Julius into my life, he makes my life easy, alam ng iba kung ano mga sinasakripisyo niya para maabot namin ang pangarap na Ginto sa Olympics.  

“Together with #TeamHD, nun laro kinilig at masaya ako kasi siya mismo nagsabi, God is the center of our relationship, kaya walang duda magye-yes ako dahil swerte ako may isang Julius na nagmamahal, nag-intindi  at sumuporta sa akin.

“Thank you sa lahat ng kasabwat ni Julius, magaling po kayo, naging meaningful ang gabi dahil sa inyo.”

Prior to the proposal proper, a despedida dinner was held at the most-visited Bubble in Sheraton which started at 6:30 p.m.

It was a happy and special dinner for the three couples which led to the proposal of Julius to Hidilyn,

Haidie and Julius were joined by their respective sister and brother on #TeamNOEL–Marco Alcaraz and Precious Lara Quigaman, and Iza Calzado and husband Booky Boss, Ben Wintle.

According to friends, Coach Julius has always jokingly knelt before Hidilyn but there was no engagement ring yet since it was always a prank. This time, it is serious and different.

This led to comic Joross Gamboa saying, “OK lang i-prank ang proposal, pero huwag niyo naman sanang i-prank ang wedding, ha. Seryosohin niyo yun.”

The room was filled with laughter with trainer-fitness coach Culver Padilla present, who vowed to support Hidilyn and Julius in the opening of  her Home Gym Metrowalk soon.

Also in the company were some of the friends of the couple Haidie and Julius, with popular designer Francis Libiran, Arsi Baltazar and Nat Manilag who would be responsible for their wedding to be held next year.

Now that Hidilyn has achieved the product of her consistent training— the Olympic gold medal, she wants to achieve this time, the equivalent gold price—peace of mind and enough time for her family and the family she and Julius will raise. Both of them are in the right age to build their family.

But the question is, what about her plan to compete in Paris in 2024?

In a virtual presscon of Kuwentong Jolibee: GINTO recently, she still wants to train more for her next competition.

“Tuluy-tuloy pa rin ang training ko. Plano ko, maglalaro ako sa world championship. “Then next year maglalaro sa SEA Games kung matutuloy, then after that titingnan kung paano yung qualifier for Paris 2024.

“Kung kaya at makita yung qualifying na nandun yung bodyweight ko, then tuluy-tuloy po for Paris 2024,” Hidilyn said.

For now, what is important is herself and her happiness with Julius. Let’s just wait for the announcement of their wedding.

It was heard that they want a solemn wedding ceremony and they might have a destination wedding. They are planning to do it in a resort in Baguio which is owned by a friend.

There will only be a Manila reception party for Hidilyn and just like what happened to Ryan Agoncillo and Judy Ann Santos and Chiz Escudero and Heart Evangelista.

They assured their followers they will not leave sports. Recently, they met with the UP officials and apart from the recognition bestowed upon them, they talked to the President and to the Dean of College of Human Kinetics to teach special subject like weightlifting when the school resumes face-to-face classes by school year 2022-23.

Hidilyn also wants Julius to sing on their wedding. She revealed Julius has beautiful original compositions and as prodded by friends, he sang a part of the song “A Thousand Years.” (ECD/MTVN)

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