Francine Prieto now engaged

Robert James De Roque, ABS-CBNnews.com

Posted at Oct 07 2015 06:35 PM | Updated as of Oct 08 2015 02:35 AM

MANILA -- Sexy actress Francine Prieto is now engaged to her American boyfriend, Frank Shotkoski.

Shotkoski gave the actress the engagement ring in her house on Tuesday night.

"Dapat daw nung birthday ko kaso nag-Bible study ako. Tapos halos wala kaming chance na kami lang, palagi may kasama. Kagabi lang," she told ABS-CBNNews.com via Facebook.

Frank is set to leave for the United States on Thursday but will be back in the country by November.

Although they are already engaged, Prieto said they still have to plan their wedding details.

"I guess when you meet the right person, at 'yung lahat ng values na gusto mo nasa kanya at kung paano ang treatment niya sa 'yo," the actress said when asked why she has decided to settle down.

"And most importantly, kung paano niya i-embrace lahat ng tao at ginagawa mo, at todo suporta sa 'yo through thick or thin," she added.

Prieto, however, clarified that she is not quitting show business once she gets married. "Hindi ako magre-retire dahil first love ko ang acting. Palaging open ang doors ko sa TV and Movie projects," she said.

Shotkoski, a scientist and a molecular biologist, and Prieto have been together for eight months. They met through a common friend in December 2014.

Meanwhile, Prieto is set to star in a "Maalala Mo Kaya" episode together with Sarah Lahbati, Yesha Camile, Mara Lopez and Katya Santos on October 17.