How Melissa Ricks found ‘the one’

Published August 31, 2020, 7:56 PM

by Jane Kingsu-Cheng

She’s now engaged to her boyfriend Michael Macatangay

Star Circle quest finalist Melissa Ricks has been through a lot of challenges, even admitting in her Instagram account how life was two years ago. “When I felt that everything was falling apart, 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,” intimates the single mom. 

When a friend, Direk Paolo Tesico, told her that the best days were still ahead of her, it made her cry. “I held on to that. That was when I turned to God,” says Melissa. From her search to be closer to God, she found herself frequenting Jesus the Anointed One Church in Rosario, Batangas, which was two and a half hours away. She tried her best to attend Sunday mass every week. “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 muses.

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My Love Story: “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. I was feeling hopeless I didnt have as much money as I did before, I was a single mom, I was alone, I didnt have work and I was scared, That was when I turned to God, I knew that hindi niya ako papabayaan, hindi niya kami ni Kiera papabayaan, He was the one I could rely on.. He was my rock. Its true, rock bottom is where you rebuild your life, Where God will rebuild your life. Sometimes God mixes up your plans, tests your faith. 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 attended Sunday services there when I could, because there, somehow it felt like I was home, it felt right, I felt safe, I didnt feel judged, I felt like my worries were taken away,and I felt like I had a family there. The first time I walked into the church I said a little prayer “Lord, I surrender, what ever 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”. As my relationship with the Lord started to grow, I learned to talk to God as if he was a friend. In a separate prayer on one of my visits, nag baka sakali lng ako, actually it was more like a thought, “Lord, baka naman po may ma meet ako dito, un alam and sakit, un napagdaanan na ang lahat, un masipag, un 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 walk into church, like I did every Sunday along with Kiera, and I sat in the front row.. right next to Michael.❤️ • •I would like to thank @niceprintphoto for always being part of all the milestones in my life and capturing moments that we will treasure forever. • Thank you @gideonhermosa for going all the way to Batangas to make this occasion not only special one but a beautiful one too with all the beautiful flowers and candles, Im super kilig and I am truly thankful?

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In one of her visits, Melissa asked God, “Lord, baka naman po may ma-meet ako dito.” Her credentials were “masipag, mabait, mahal ako and mahal anak ko, but most of all, may takot sa Diyos. Sana po may makatabi ako.” A few months later, she sat on the front row right next to her would-be fiance. 

Fast forward to Aug. 30, Michael Macatangay, along with Melissa’s friends Ru, Mau, and Prey, surprised her with a wedding proposal in Rosario, Batangas. Michael asked the help of florist and event stylist Gideon Hermosa to dress up the path with beautiful flowers. Polaroid shots of the couple were hung on the curtain wall at the end of the walkway where Michael knelt down in front of all their friends and family to propose. 

Melissa ended her post by thanking Michael’s family, “for all the love and kindness you have shown Kiera and me. I can’t wait to be part of this wonderful family. I promise to take care and protect Jayden and Michael the best that I can.”

Photos by Nice Print Photos