On Thursday, November 14, Matteo Guidicelli, 29, announced his engagement to longtime girlfriend Sarah Geronimo, 31. Six days later, the actor posted a heartfelt message on his Instagram and Facebook accounts.

In the post, Matteo paid tribute to his parents, alongside promises to Sarah's parents, Delfin and Divine Geronimo, that he will give make sure to give their most beloved daughter a "happy life." 

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In the message, he wrote: "Family is my number one priority.

"In this next chapter of my life, I'm extremely excited to start my own family with the love of my life, my fiancée Sarah G.

"I deeply thank my parents for teaching me the values of a solid family.

"Life will never be perfect but what matters is that we learn, grow and improve until it is our time to take over.

"My father has been my best example; he is my mentor, my solid rock.

"Papa and mama's values, passion and selfless attitude has taught my siblings and me a lot and has molded us to become what we are today.

"One day, I pray, I will do the same for my own family.

"I'm very blessed and honored that my parents welcomed Sarah to our humble family like another daughter.

"My sister and little brother loves her the same way.

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"Knowing she is loved and accepted in the family simply fills up my heart with joy."

NOT-SO-SMOOTH-SAILING RELATIONSHIP

Matteo and Sarah have been together for around six years, but are notoriously private and have managed to keep details of their relationship out of the spotlight. Matteo notes in his post, however, that their relationship isn't perfect, and that they, just like any other couple, have gone through ups and downs in the past years.

"People might be thinking that our relationship has been smooth sailing," he writes.

"But let me tell you, it hasn't been easy.

"Sarah has been tough.

"I saw her grow, mature, and develop into an independent beautiful woman that I am extremely proud of!

"My love, thank you."

Matteo also expressed his hope to one day join his and Sarah's families together.

He added: "I dream that one day both our families will sit around a dinner table and simply celebrate life.

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"Love, happiness, joy and LIFE must always be celebrated."

He also wrote a special dedication to his future in-laws:

"Tito Delfin and Tita Divine, if there have been hard feelings or events that were not supposed to happen in the past, I humbly apologize.

"I assure you that I will give Sarah a happy life with the best of my capabilities.

"With pure, honest love, and respect.

"We wish to move forward with our life plans and begin this brand new chapter of our life.

"Mahal na mahal ko po si Sarah.

"Mahal ko din po kayong magulang niya at mga kapatid niya.

"Hangad ko po na maging isang pamilya tayo.

"Pangako ko po na aalagan ko si Sarah na kapareho ng pangangalaga niyo sa kanya."

Matteo announced his engagement to Sarah on November 7, much to the delight of their fans who have been wishing for this "happy ending" for the couple. But while their engagement came as a surprise to most people, Matteo's younger brother, Paolo Guidicelli, revealed on his Instagram Stories that the longtime couple has been engaged for a whole year and no one knew about it.

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Fans are now eagerly awaiting the announcement of #AshMatt's wedding date.

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This story was translated from Filipino to English.

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