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Here’s The *Kilig* Story Behind Hidilyn Diaz’s Weightlifting-Inspired Engagement Ring

ICYMI, Olympian Hidilyn Diaz got engaged to her BF Julius Naranjo over the weekend!  They were on a romantic dinner with friends when Julius got down on one knee and popped the question. 

What’s the story behind Hidilyn Diaz’s engagement ring? 

Of course, one very important aspect of any proposal is THE ring. We were all gushing over Hidilyn’s when we saw that it’s actually weightlifting-inspired! In a video posted by Noel Ferrer—which was actually taken before Julius asked Hidilyn to marry him—a super-nervous Julius revealed the meaning behind the ring. 


According to Julius, he worked with Manila Diamond Studio to craft the perfect ring for Hidilyn. “I told them to make it gold because she won gold. And then this is a barbell…and then they engraved Tokyo 2020 in the inside of the ring.”  

“It’s custom-made and they did a really great job, actually. I don’t know how many carats it is, but it looks kinda big,” he added, laughing. According to Manila Diamond Studio, the ring is inspired by “love, strength, and passion.” Look how *absolutely perfect* it is: 

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Hidilyn and Julius, a Filipino-Japanese weightlifter, met in 2017 at a sports event in Turkmenistan and have been dating for three years. In a recent interview, Julius said he realized he loved Hidilyn when he made the decision to leave Guam, where he was based.


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