‘Happy New Year! Will you marry me?’


Dr. Mark dela Cruz shows  a message for his fellow paediatrician and girlfriend Dr. Christine Joy Reyes Lacar with the message: ’Will you marry me?’

MANILA, Philippines—Just as the hospital atmosphere starts to get busy ahead of the anticipated New Year rush of revelry casualties, a doctor lightens up the mood after he proposed marriage to his girlfriend on national television.

As on-duty hospital personnel take the chance to flash their posters with New Year greetings for their loved ones in front of television cameras at the Jose Reyes Memorial Medical Center in Manila on New Year’s eve, Dr. Mark dela Cruz, a paediatrician, takes the spotlight after flashing his message written on a white sheet of paper, bearing the message, “Happy New Year!!! Will you marry me?”

The message is meant for his girlfriend, Dr. Christine Joy Reyes Lacar, also a paediatrician from the Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital.

Short as it may seem, the couple’s relationship started just some three weeks ago although they’ve been friends since their medical school days.

“It’s been weeks for us but I know I found the one and I’m lucky. I love her so much,” Dela Cruz tells reporters in a quivering voice.

Prodded to get his girlfriends’ answer over the phone, he calls up Lacar, telling her about his televised proposal.

“I’m in front of the media, and I just proposed,” Dela Cruz says. “Yes? Kausapin ko nanay mo?”

“Yes? Sure? 100 percent? I love you?” he continues.

The conversation ends with an “I love you” from Dela Cruz, giving reporters the hint he got the “Yes”.

“She said ‘Yes!” the doctor confirms with a big smile on his face. He says he planned for the proposal, knowing that reporters would be coming to JRMMC to cover New Year revelry emergencies.

Dela Cruz says he wants a church wedding, probably this year.

He describes Lacar as “very sweet and very intelligent.”

Dela Cruz says he will give the engagement ring to Lacar in a meeting with their parents where he will formally ask her hand in marriage.

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  • Dong Moya

    thats my man!

  • Klepto

    Doc sukatin mo muna ang haba. Kung lampas na sa puwet mo hwag ka na mag asawa. Hindi ka na ma pang chicks kung ganyan.

  • 56del_11

    ganda ng gimik ni doc, lupet ng way nya mag propose ah!

  • fibromyalgia

    Sorry to be  a grammar grinch, but come on, Inquirer… don’t you guys have proofreaders anymore? 
    This was a nice story, but the repeated use of the wrong possessive as in “her girlfriend” and “Pressed to get her girlfriends’ answer,” along with errors in the use of tenses (e.g., “Dela Cruz said, as he repeat what her girlfriend was telling him from the other line.”) made the reading experience less than pleasurable.

    I’ve always been a fan of PDI (both the print and digital edition) and it makes me sad to see your quality go down over the years. You could do better. I’m very sure of that.

    Note to those who might be inclined to kill the messenger bearing bad news: don’t waste your time.

    Balewala sa akin kung magalit man kayo o sabihing grammar Nazi ako. 

    Mahalaga ang tamang pag-gamit ng anumang wika, maging Filipino/Pilipino man, o Ingles.

    • Penta

      Maybe their proofreader had his/her leave for New Year’s celebration. I also commit grammatical mistakes especially If I’m in a hurry or very sleepy. But let it be, new year na pagbigyan, at least nakapagbigay sila ng magandang kwento dito sa inquirer. But I understand your point =)!

      • fibromyalgia

        I respect your opinion. Thanks for your polite comment, as well. :)

    • Pio Gante

      relax, no need to be a stickler. demanding perfection in an imperfect world is really that pointless.

      • JX Peron


      • fibromyalgia

        Ah, must be my work ethic kicking in. I’ve seen those kinds of errors frequently online, not just here, btw. Mataas lang talaga ang tingin ko sa Inquirer. That’s why my expectation is also high. Anyway, thanks for your polite comment.

  • marco

    my heart leaps while reading this story……its so amazing to feel good reading good stories as the start of new year, 2013

  • regd

    Paano naging 100% sure puro tanong yung sagot ni Dra.? 
    Dr. dela Cruz: Will you marry me? 
    Dra. Lacar: Yes? (anong klaseng sagot yan?)
    Ang masagwa, kausapin pa ni Dr. ang nanay ni Dra. E sino pala pakasalan nya? Naguluhan ako! Sensya na, epekto siguro ito ng sobrang toma kagabi. 

  • Penta

    I’m very amused with this man. It takes a lot of courage to do that especially on Television. What if he was dumped by the girl and then; but anyway, hope they’ll find love with each other. Congratulations to both of you =)

  • fredrickbastiat

    How corny is that. Why do doctor’s have star like status and walk around like they are god’s gift to the world when so many  of them lack competency it the first place?
    They are just service providers, no higher in intellect then any other profession and often can more easily cover up their medical blunders then an engineer whose building comes tumbling down due to faulty design.

    • Bulleseye

      PSCH. Can’t you just be happy for other people?  Or better yet, shut up if you can’t say anything nice.

    • Dennis

      I think you are gay happy new year

    • ReyMatt

      Tsk. Good luck treating yourself when you get a stroke or a simple cataract.
      How on Earth were you able to say that doctors “walk around like they are god’s gift to the world”? Either you had medical complication or you are frustrated doctor wannabe…
      Doctors are just like any other person: a few do behave as you are insinuating.  But many go about life without any giving an afterthought to their longer years in school, more than 36 hour work shifts during training, and the given responsibility that other people’s health and life is dependent on them.  
      This guy in the news is a resident pediatrician in a government hospital. It is difficult to “walk around like a god” in a depressing environment lacking sleep taking care of scores of sick children who have little money for medicine. Most probably he’s not even getting a government salary like all the other nurses, janitors, etc.

    • michael l

      To Fredrickbastiat: Give them a worthy 15 seconds of fame. And, ” WALANG BASAGAN NG TRIP!” 

    • Rocky Lim

      your grammar sucks.  Why do DOCTORS (not doctor’s) have star-like status…lack competency IN (not it) the first place….cover up their medical blunders than (NOT THEN) an engineer…

      Everyone who works is a service provider, they are however SKILLED service providers. What’s your job?  Last time I checked, engineers and doctors are professions that require HIGH intellect.  Apparently, posting comments in the Inquirer is not held to the same standard.

  • windhawl

    congrats…what courage…may you have great time together.

  • SolitaJ

    C’mon the doctor is just expressing his desire the best way he could. He did it decently without infringing on anyone’s right! Best wishes to the soon-to-be couple! God bless!

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