Melissa Ricks is engaged to her non-showbiz boyfriend Michael Macatangay!
The "Star Circle Quest" alumni shared a series of photos from their engagement on Instagram yesterday, August 30. The momentous event took place in Batangas last August 29 and was attended by their closest church friends.
In one of the posts, Melissa shared her beautiful love story with Michael, whom she first met back in 2018.
“'Your best days are still ahead of you' - this is what Direk Paolo Tesico, a friend from church told me. Somehow this made me cry, I held on to that. That was 2 years ago, When I felt like everything was falling apart," she began.
"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."
It was then that Melissa finally decided to turn to God to "rebuild" her life.
" That was when I turned to God, I knew that hindi niya ako papabayaan, hindi niya kami ni Kiera papabayaan. This led me to Jesus the Anointed One Church in Rosario, Batangas. Yes, that is 2 1/2 hrs away from where I live, but I made it a point to attend Sunday services there when I could, because there, somehow it felt like I was home, it felt right, I felt safe. I didn't feel judged, I felt like my worries were taken away, and I felt like I had a family there," she recalled.
"The first time I walked into the church I said a little prayer 'Lord, I surrender, whatever plans you have for me, I accept, if it is meant that I will raise Kiera on my own I accept, I leave it all in your hands,'" she said.
The actress prayed to meet someone who actually understood the struggles she faced in the past.
She continued, "In a separate prayer on one of my visits, nag baka sakali lang ako, actually it was more like a thought, 'Lord, baka naman po may ma meet ako dito, 'yung alam ang sakit, 'yung napagdaanan na ang lahat, 'yung masipag, 'yung mabait, mahal ako, and mahal anak ko, but most of all may takot sa Diyos. Sana po may makatabi ko.' I smiled thinking as I prayed."
"A few months later, I walked into church, like I did every Sunday along with Kiera, and I sat in the front row...right next to Michael. ❤️"
Congratulations, Melissa and Michael! You can see more photos of their romantic engagement in the gallery above!
Melissa first introduced Michael in one of her Instagram posts in 2019.
She was part of the weekend series "24/7" alongside Julia Montes and Arjo Atayde. Her last big screen outing was in the 2010 romance "Paano Na Kaya."
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