LOOK: Man’s surprise for wife of nearly 50 years makes us KILIG!

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.

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.
(Translation: My parents are separated. I grew up with nanay and tatay, so even though my parents are separated, I had a very good example of what love looked like. Fast forward to now, while it slowly became visible to me that fact that their relationship isn’t perfect, it was emphasized to me that you need both love and mutual effort in order to make a relationship work. They’re celebrating their 49th wedding anniversary this year and I couldn’t be happier! I even joked, another 50 years more, hahaha!
They’re honestly my biggest sources of inspiration because a few years from now, I want them to be able to hang a tarpaulin with my face on it on our gate that I was able to pass the board exams, HAHA. They honestly keep me going, because 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 to them.
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 councilor, and nanay works at our church (which is why she 4 amends 4am mass). On that night that tatay was preparing the surprise, my cousin and I looked at each other funny and said ‘Tay, you’re so corny!” But admittedly, we were both happy for him and helped him anyway. The next morning, when I woke up, Nay greeted me with a kiss on the forehead and thanked me for the effort.”)

Nanay and tatay and the grandchildren

“My favorite thing about them is how they take care of each other and are mindful of each other’s routines. They help each other literally in sickness and in health and for better or for worse.”

Kilig feels!!!! They are the cutest! Happy birthday, Nanay!

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Disclaimer: WheninManila.com does not own these photos. Credits go to Hazel Gil.

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