‘Bakit parang kasalanan ko?’: Here’s how direk Antoinette Jadaone almost lost her engagement ring

Moments after Antoinette Jadaone announced her engagement with fellow filmmaker Dan Villegas, she shared how she almost lost her wedding ring in Rome. 

In Instagram, the Filipina filmmaker penned a short story she titled “Ang Alamat ng Nawawalang Maluwag Na Singsing.”

According to direk Tonet, they were about to check out from their hotel room when her now fiancé asked if her engagement ring was with her. To her surprise, the ring was not where it was supposed to be. 

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ANG ALAMAT NG NAWAWALANG MALUWAG NA SINGSING Pa-check out na kami ng hotel sa Rome. Nag-aayos na kami ng maleta. “Nasa’yo singsing?” sabi ni Dan. Tiningnan ko ‘yung daliri ko. WALA ANG SINGSING. “WALA ANG SINGSING!!!” sabi ko. At lumaki ang mga mata ni Dan. Malaki na mata niya pero may inilaki pa — ito yata ‘yung inspirasyon ng mga cartoons ng Looney Tunes. Lumaki na rin mga mata ko. Malaki na rin mga mata ko pero may inilaki pa. Nagpalakihan kami ng mga mata. Kontes ito. It’s a tie. Chineck ko ang banyo. Sa lababo — kakasipilyo ko lang, nahulog ba??? Kinalikot ko ‘yung drainage, wala! Jusko, wag naman sanang nahulog! Chineck ko ‘yung basurahan. Mami, hinalungkat ko, jusko ang dirty, pero ‘yung singsing jusko po, okay lang maging dirty! Wala! Jusko, rurok na ba ng katangahan ko at nai-flush ko??? Jusko, wag naman sana, kasi mahirap kalikutin ‘yung inidoro, super dirty na! Oo, nakatira ako malapit sa Pasig River pero inidoro is dirty pa rin! Chineck ko maleta ko. Naghihintay na ‘yung room cleaner kasi 10am pa dapat ang check out pero past 12 na. Sabi ko, “Te, nawawala engagement ring ko!” Syempre in English, so naintindihan niya bilang TFC subscriber. Tinanggal ko ‘yung inayos ko nang mga damit at balabal para magkasya lahat sa isang maleta lahat ng gamit. Tinanggal ko mga pantalon, mga coat, at biglang — TING! Bwakangangshet, andun ang singsing! Kung kaninang umaga PH time ay may naramdaman kayong hangin, ‘yun ‘yung buntung-hininga ko. Jusko. ‘Yung sigh of relief, akala ko nagawa ko na dati, pero hindi. ‘Yun pala ang sigh of relief. Kapag ipapagawa ko ang sigh of relief sa mga artista, alam ko na kung paano talaga. Take 1 kaya ko ‘yan. Kaya pag-uwi ko ng Pinas, ‘yan ang una kong gagawin — pasisikipan ang singsing. Tapos ite-train ko ang sarili kong ‘yan ang unang aalamin bago lumabas ng bahay. Hindi “nakapag-bra ka ba?” Nakapag-panty ka ba? Nabayaran mo ba ang Globe? Ang internet? Hindi! ‘Yung bwakanangshet na singsing, nai-flush mo ba??? . At ‘yan ang alamat ng kasalanan talaga ito ng Tiffany’s at pagpalaganap ng diamond rings eh. Oo siya talaga may kasalanan, hindi ako. Bakit ako? Bakit parang kasalanan ko?!##

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“Tinignan ko yung darili ko. WALA ANG SINGSING. ‘WALA ANG SINGSING!!!’ sabi ko,” she wrote. 

The 35-year-old filmmaker said she checked the bathroom sink and even the trash can just in case it was there.

“Chineck ko ang banyo. Sa lababo — kakasipilyo ko lang, nahulog ba??? Kinalikot ko ‘yung drainage, wala! Jusko, wag naman sanang nahulog! Chineck ko ‘yung basurahan. Mami, hinalungkat ko, jusko ang dirty, pero ‘yung singsing jusko po, okay lang maging dirty! Wala! Jusko, rurok na ba ng katangahan ko at nai-flush ko??? Jusko, wag naman sana, kasi mahirap kalikutin ‘yung inidoro, super dirty na! Oo, nakatira ako malapit sa Pasig River pero inidoro is dirty pa rin!” she further wrote.

Luckily, after her checking the pile of clothes in her luggage, she finally found her treasured ring.

“Kung kaninang umaga PH time ay may naramdaman kayong hangin, yun yung buntung-hininga ko. Jusko. Yung sigh of relief, akala ko nagawa ko na dati, per hindi. Yung pala ang sigh of relief,” she said. 

From now on, Tonet said she no longer leaves the house worrying if she’s wearing her bra or if she has paid her internet bill already, she now worries about her engagement ring getting misplaced once again. 

The lady director and her husband-to-be are creators and collaborators of hit hugot films That Thing Called Tadhana, Never Not Love You and Alone/Together. 

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They say that there’s a particular moment when you just know you want to spend the rest of your life with a person, that s/he’s The One. Maybe the moment he drove seven hours to your house so he can bring you to the airport without getting soaked in the rain. Or the moment you spent a quiet moment on the beach until the sun rose. Or the moment he cancelled all his meetings to be with you at the hospital. I didn’t have any of those moments. Yet I knew, Dan was it. There was just this peaceful feeling that envelope me whenever I am with him. We don’t fight about the pettiest things anymore – and if you know us, we can fight like three-year-olds fighting over the last piece of candy. I feel safe, I feel protected. There’s an assurance that my secrets and dreams and failures found a sanctuary in him, I don’t ever have to worry. I found a teammate in him – letting me do things on my own but also knows when to help or call me out. It’s just that air of overwhelming love but never suffocating. It embraces me enough for me to feel I am never alone but not too tight that it makes me lose myself. That was when I knew. It wasn’t one moment. It was one moment after another, one feeling after another, that maybe didn’t matter individually but became so strong when they all piled up. It was a maybe that simple question that asked – Do you want to keep this feeling for a long time? When I said yes, that’s when I knew. (Written on June 9, 2019)

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