Even as weightlifting star Hidilyn Diaz agreed to tie the knot with Julius Naranjo, their sport was still in full display.
Naranjo popped the question to the Olympic champion with a custom-made engagement ring featuring a barbell with a diamond on top.
The ring, made by Manila Diamond Studio, also has “Tokyo 2020” engraved on the band – a nod to the recent Olympics where Diaz made history with Naranjo, who also serves as her coach, by her side.
Manila Diamond Studio said the golden ring was inspired by the “love, strength, and passion” of Diaz.
“In collaboration with coach [Julius], we brought life to what could only be the perfect ring for her. Another gold for our champ!”
Diaz, the Philippines’ first Olympic gold medalist, said Naranjo caught her by surprise as she thought they went to Sheraton Manila to go on a triple date with actresses Iza Calzado and Precious Lara Quigaman.
The weightlifting power couple announced their engagement on social media on Saturday, October 16.
“Kudos to [Julius] because he was able to keep this secret from me,” Diaz wrote on Instagram in Filipino.
Diaz will soon turn her focus on the World Weightlifting Championships in December as she heads to Malaysia for training.