Actress Melissa Ricks is now engaged to her non-showbiz boyfriend Michael Matangcay.
On her Instagram account, the 24/7 star penned her love story with her husband-to-be.
Before meeting Michael, she revealed that she felt like her life was falling apart.
“I was feeling hopeless. I didn’t have as much money as I did before, I was a single mom, I was alone, I didn’t have work and I was scared,” she said.
Melissa recounted how this dark time in her life pushed her to build her relationship with God.
“He was my rock. It’s true, rock bottom is where you rebuild your life, where God will rebuild your life. Sometimes God mixes up your plans, tests your faith,” she said.
According to her, this newfound relationship with God led her to Jesus the Anointed One Church in Rosario, Batangas.
During one of her visits there, she asked God for someone who would love her and her daughter. She even prayed to meet this person at the same church.
“A few months later, I walk into church, like I did every Sunday along with Kiera, and I sat in front row… right next to Michael,” she wrote.
Two years after, Michael popped the big question in Rosario, Batangas, where they found each other.
In another post, she thanked those who played a part in her relationship with Michael. “It was God who orchestrated our love story but he used many people to do so, “ she wrote.
Melissa also posted a close-up photo of her beautiful engagement ring and a video showing how her special day went.
In the engagement video, Michael shared his side of their love story, from when they were first introduced by church pastors to how he secretly planned the proposal.
“Nagkaroon ng pandemic so na realize ko na I really need to propose because we are living in a sin kasi dinala ko si Melissa dito sa bahay namin. Kahit isipin nila na wala kaming ginagawang masama, magkasama naman kami,” he said.
He had long wanted to ask Melissa to marry him but then COVID-19 happened. “Matagal ko ng plano mag-propose kay Melissa. Bago mag-pandemic, nagka-canvass na ako ng mga engagement ring so with the help of our friends, binuo namin ito. Na-cancel pa because kasi nag MECQ ang Manila.”
Melissa, on the other hand, couldn’t help but turn emotional over the efforts of her now-fiancé.
She said, “Si Michael kahit hindi siya sweet, nag effort siya maging sweet para sa akin, para sa araw na ito. Very thankful and blessed ako that God placed him in my life at a time na hindi ko talaga akalain na I would fall in love again pa dahil talagang sinuko ko na kay Lord. Sabi ko, Lord ikaw na ang bahala sa akin. And God gave me Michael.”
Check out more photos from her surprise engagement here: