Don’t you find it adorable seeing couples do sweet things towards each other? Whether it’s simply holding hands in public, surprising the significant other with deeds or even sneaking in kisses here and there, it’s such a delight to be one of the witnesses of their love story, especially if it’s a couple close to your heart.
Our grandparents can be a primary example of our #relationshipgoals, based on the length of time they have together and how thoughtful towards one another even through the years. Hazel Gil is one of those individuals who is charmed by the relationship of her grandparents, who have been married for almost 49 years.
Gil took it to her Twitter account how she found her Lolo’s gesture thoughtful as he prepared a small surprise for his wife.
so it’s my lola’s 67th birthday today and my lolo stayed up to get this ready for her before she goes to her 4am mass……
49 years together this coming 2018 & the kilig is still so real ??❤️ pic.twitter.com/J9AMr3WOSz
— hazel gil (@hzlgil) December 30, 2017
WHEN IN MANILA was able to reach out to Gil for further details.
“My nanay and tatay have been married since 1969, but they’ve been together longer than that!! They’re actually high school sweethearts. In fact, they tried eloping in February of 1969. They were young. Kakagraduate lang nila from high school, tapos a few days later, pinauwi lang din sila and so yung dad ni nanay sabi magpakasal na sila kasi nagsasama naman na daw sila kaya yun, they got married through a civil ceremony in February, April that same year, nag-church wedding sila. Naging pulis si tatay and naging teacher si nanay. They had three kids and my dad was the first, followed by my two titas.”
Editor’s note: “Nanay” and “Tatay” in English mean “mother” and “father” respectively, but this is what Gil addresses her grandparents.)
(Translation: My nanay and tatay have been married since 1969, but they’ve been together longer than that!! They’re actually high school sweethearts. In fact, they tried eloping in February of 1969. They were young. They just graduated from high school, then a few days later, they were eventually sent home and so nanay’s dad said they get married instead since they’re together anyway so there, they got married through a civil ceremony in February, April that same year, they had their church wedding. Tatay became a policeman while nanay, a teacher. They had three kids and my dad was the first, followed by my two aunts.)
“My parents are separated. I grew up with nanay and tatay, so even though hiwalay parents ko, I had a very good example of what love looked like. Fast forward to now, while naging mas visible sa akin yung fact na hindi perfect yung relationship nila, naemphasize sa akin yung fact na you need both love and mutual effort para gumana ang relationship. They’re celebrating their 49th wedding anniversary this year and I couldn’t be happier! Sabi ko nga, isa pang 50 years eh, hahaha!They’re honestly my biggest sources of inspiration dahil a few years from now gusto ko they’ll be able to hang a tarpaulin with my face on it sa gate namin na nakapasa ako sa board exams, HAHA. They honestly keep me going, kasi I know I wouldn’t be here without them. As different as i might be from them and as different as they might be from each other, I owe most of my strength sa kanila.Nanay and tatay are kind of opposites – while both are conservative, tatay is more outgoing and nanay is more introverted. Tatay is a retired policeman and konsehal, and nanay works at our church (which is why she attends 4am mass). Noong night na prineprepare na ni tay yung surprise, my cousin and I looked at each other funny and said “ang corny mo tay!” pero we were both kilig and helped him anyway. the next morning pag gising ko, nay greeted me with a kiss on the thr forehead and nagthank you siya for the effort.