Palace first: Reporter proposes to girlfriend in front of PNoy

by Willard Cheng, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Dec 16 2011 05:17 PM | Updated as of Dec 18 2011 08:47 PM

MANILA, Philippines - It’s a first: a man proposing marriage to his girlfriend in front of the President in Malacañang.

A radio reporter covering the Palace proposed to his girlfriend in front of President Aquino during the Christmas party of the Malacañang Press Corps on Thursday night.

President Aquino grins in delight as he watches radio reporter Deo de Guzman propose marriage to his girlfriend, Teresa Fernando, during the Christmas party of the Malacanang Press Corps Thursday night held in Malacañang's Heroes Hall.

Deo de Guzman of Radio Mindanao Network’s DZXL was in the middle of his intermission number, singing “How Did You Know” when he asked his girlfriend of ten years, Teresa Fernando, a registered nurse, to join him at the center.

In the middle of the song, de Guzman delivered his lines: “Alam mo Teresa, ten years na tayo next month. And this song really… is our story. Kasi ‘yung first words, ‘You asked for my name.’ Totoo 'yun, you really asked for my name. And this night, I want this to be very special to you. Dahil ngayon, ‘ika nga ni Geneal Eduardo Oban, dalawang beses lang kita gusto makasama and that is now and forever.”

He then brought out from his pocket a box with a ring inside and went on to kneel and popped the question: “Will you marry me?”

Radio reporter Deo de Guzman after he wins the “yes” of girlfriend Teresa Fernando.

The 51 year-old bachelor-president watched in delight as several members of the audience became teary-eyed.

It took several seconds before the stunned Fernando could say a word.

“Seryoso ka?” she asked.

“Naghihintay ang mahal na Pangulo,” de Guzman said.

“Yes,” Fernando answered, to the wild cheers and applause of the audience, including the President.

De Guzman put the ring on Fernando’s finger and kissed her.

The audience egged on the couple, both aged 26, to ask the President to stand as godfather in their wedding. “Ninong! Ninong!”

But before the couple could ask, Aquino begged off, saying he still wants to get married but said he could be a secondary sponsor instead.

“’Wag naman ninong. Pwede pa abay. May balak pa ako,” Aquino said.

According to a folk belief, a single man who stands as wedding sponsor would jinx his chances of getting married.

But Aquino had already served a wedding godfather to friend Mar Roxas and Korina Sanchez in October 2009.