Jholo and Maica: Giving Love Everyday
For a month, Jholo Granados and Maica Chavez were preparing for a thanksgiving event with SOS Children’s Villages Philippines. The couple was busy buying and collecting for their donations when Jholo realized it was the perfect time to propose to his girlfriend, Maica.
Jholo originally wanted to propose during a trip to Israel which they were planning for 2020. After the lockdown was implemented, Jholo fell ill and was rushed to the hospital. “After my confinement, I just knew I had to do it. It was now or never,” Jholo says.
Luckily Jholo’s nieces were the perfect accomplices. Larissa Casingal is a production designer while Kim Torres is a wedding planner and director. Kim planned a surprise, after a surprise, after a surprise for Maica and Jholo says it was well executed. They also arranged for a caterer since it would be a mini reunion of sorts for the groom-to-be’s family.
Jholo and his nieces were able to set up the proposal without Maica realizing that this was going on during their thanksgiving at the orphanage. When Jholo was scheduled to say a few words after the event, it was the cue for the proposal. A large “Will you marry me, Maica?” sign emerged together with a balloon backdrop and a bouquet by Gideon Hermosa.
Maica of course said “Yes!” and the couples’ thanksgiving event became even more memorable. They ended the day with fireworks, which was a sentimental touch for the couple. “On the day of the proposal, I got nervous and was jokingly saying to cancel everything and just have dinner. I was too nervous! But I am glad Maica said ‘Yes’. Our first date was during the Pyrolympics, so that was the best surprise after the proposal.”
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The Dream Team
Conceptualization, coordination, and direction: Kim Torres Events | Photography: Chapter One Studios | Videography: Wishing Well Films | Catering and styling: Juan Carlo the Caterer | Band and sound system: 3rd Avenue | Bouquet: House of Hermosa by Gideon Hermosa | Mobile bar: Manila Craft Mixes & Brews | Host: Edroy Lim | Balloons: Liza Lugue-Alviedo | Fireworks: Dragon Fireworks | Venue: Palazzo Verde | Couple’s area setup: Larissa Casingal | Kids and crew meals: The Food Station and Cocina de Maceda
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