Unang nagkita ang dalawa during Shamcey’s 25th birthday/victory party on May 2011. Lloyd accompanied his cousin, Carol Ty, who was also a beauty pageant contestant to the party. June 16 nang opisyal na maging magkasintahan ang dalawa.
Exactly two years as a couple, Shamcey and Lloyd had their private Chinese ceremonial engagement last June 16 at the EDSA Shangri-la Hotel in Mandaluyong City. Ito ay dinaluhan ng kanilang mga pamilya at malalapit na kaibigan tulad nina Venus Raj, Janine Tugonon, at Ariella Arida.
Their engagement is called a Ting Hun, isang seremonyang ginagawa ilang buwan bago ang kasalan. Dinadaluhan ito ng kani-kanilang pamilya. In Chinese culture, the ceremony symbolizes that both families formally accept their new son or daughter-in-law into their family.
Unang pumasok sa venue ang pamilya ni Lloyd na dala ang mga symbolic gifts na ibibigay sa pamilya ni Shamcey. They were met by Shamcey’s parents. Kasunod nito, pumasok si Shamcey kasama ang isang elder representative ng kanilang pamilya na role model sa married life nila. Paatras siyang naglakad palapit kay Lloyd. Ayon kasi sa Chinese tradition, ginagawa ang ganitong uri ng lakad para maiwasan ang mga negative energy na maaaring humadlang sa samahan ng ikakasal. Other important rituals were also made during the Chinese ceremonial engagement.
I had an exclusive interview with Shamcey and Lloyd on The Buzz where they shared their love story. Lloyd watched the pageant together with his mom at the Araneta Coliseum and Shamcey initially caught his eye when she was onstage. “I asked my mom, ‘Mommy, ang ganda talaga ng girl na iyon. Kung iyon ang magiging girlfriend ko, papayag ka ba?’ Sabi ng mommy ko, ‘Naku, magagalit yata si Daddy sa iyo kasi beauty queen, public life.’ Kasi kapag Chinese mas gusto nila low-key, private.”
Makalipas ang isang buwan after the pageant, nagkita ang dalawa sa party ni Shamcey. Ang pinsan ni Lloyd na si Carol ang nagsilbing tulay para sa dalawa. Sinabi raw ni Carol kay Shamcey, “Look, that one, that’s my cousin. I-date mo! Patay na patay sa iyo iyan! I-date mo na!”
Hindi nagtagal ay nagkaroon nga ng komunikasyon ang dalawa through Facebook. Noong una ay ayaw pang ibigay ni Shamcey kay Lloyd ang kanyang number. For their first date, nanood sina Shamcey at Lloyd ng pelikulang Pirates of the Caribbean. It was a 3D movie but Lloyd kept on removing his 3D glasses. Paliwanag ni Lloyd, “Sabi ko, mas maganda pa iyong katabi ko kesa pinapanood ko.”
Lloyd gave Shamcey a promise ring as a sign of his love and commitment. This also served as their engagement ring. What are their promises for each other? “I promise to put Shamcey first in our relationship. Siyempre she will always be my everything,” Lloyd replied. On her part, Shamcey shared, “I will never leave you. I want to go with this life, with this journey, with you as my partner.”
Kaibigan, usap tayo muli!
Points of Boy
by Boy Abunda