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Hidilyn Diaz gets another gold: an engagement ring from coach Julius Irvin

By Camille Santiago Published Oct 16, 2021 1:29 pm

Olympic gold medalist Hidilyn Diaz is engaged!

Coach Julius Naranjo proposed to Diaz on Friday, Oct. 15 while having dinner with close friends at Sheraton Hotel in Pasay City.

"I'm grateful to God that He sent Julius into my life, he make [sic] my life easy," she wrote in the announcement, showing off her gold medal and new bling.

"Alam ng iba kung ano mga sinasakripisyo niya para maabot namin ang pangarap na Ginto sa Olympics together with #TeamHD, nun laro kinilig at masaya ako kasi siya mismo nagsabi God is the center of our relationship, kaya walang duda magYeYES ako dahil swerte ako may isang Julius nagmamahal, nagintindi , at sumoporta sakin," the athlete continued.

Naranjo, on the other hand, also posted a similar photo with the caption: "There's a first for everything."

The couple's friends who were there also shared snippets from the "magical" evening.

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Journalist MJ Marfori even shared a "closer look" at the "barbell" ring that was designed by Naranjo himself.

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Diaz and Naranjo first met at the 2017 Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan. Diaz was there to represent the Philippines, while Naranjo represented Guam in another category.

He shared that he was "inspired to see her willpower, her way of fighting towards the top, working hard—it’s such an inspiration."