I have the honor of announcing the engagement of Makati Congressional bet and 3-term Magallanes Councilor Nico Garcia to the gorgeous and gregarious entrepreneur/baker/leadership and management trainer and consultant/supersister/superdaughter/supergirl Goldee Salcedo.
Nico and Goldee have been a couple for eight years running. After keeping everyone in suspense, both heaven and earth are rejoicing that they are finally to be wed!
Nico proved to be a true romantic and proposed in no less than the Eiffel Tower in the City of Love.
Unbeknownst to Goldee, Nico followed us to Europe and was to surprise her at dinner on our first evening in Paris.
And surprise he did!
We were so lucky to get reservations at Le Jules Verne, the incomparable Michelin-starred restaurant of culinary legend Chef Alain Ducasse in the Eiffel Tower. (Chika lang – this was the same restaurant where Tom Cruise proposed to Katie Holmes … and the same restaurant where French President Emmanuel Macron brought US President Donald Trump when Trump visited Paris for Bastille Day just this July.)
Once we were seated at our table, Nico snuck up behind Goldee to give her flowers … and an engagement ring!
The gentlemen over at Le Jules Verne (thank you, Monsieurs Didi and Jean Jacques!), The Duchess and I “collaborated” like millennials and got it all on video:
Look at their beaming smiles after the proposal … Goldee will kill me for posting that lower pic because her eyes are closed but it’s the one that shows how deliriously happy she was!
Read the full story in today’s First Class in the Inquirer:
Congratulations, Goldee and Nico!