Hidilyn Diaz and Julius Naranjo are married; honeymoon rocked by quake in Baguio

OLYMPIC GOLD MEDALIST Hidilyn Diaz and husband Julius Naranjo with wedding participants and guests

BAGUIO CITY- The country’s first Olympic gold medallist Hidilyn Diaz is now married to his coach,  Julius Naranjo, a Filipino Japanese from Guam, a United States territory.
Hidilyn and Julius were wed on July 26 in an intimate ceremony decorated in gold white at the St. Ignatius Chapel inside the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) in Baguio City. Reception followed at the Baguio Country Club.
A day after the wedding, a big earthquake jolted their honeymoon and they were seen rushing from their hotel to safe open spaces outside their hotel together with other hotel guests and employees.
Reports showed Hidilyn was a radiant bride in a Francis Libiran wedding gown.
According to Libiran, Hidilyn’s wedding gown is “inspired by her beauty and kind heart.”
“For her gown, I made sure that it’s her personality that comes out while she’s wearing [it] and walking down the aisle,” said the designer, who also designed Julius’s barong based on the patterns associated with the Philippines and Guam.

The 31-year-old weightlifter from Zamboanga and her coach tied the knot on July 26, exactly a year after Hidilyn bagged the country’s first-ever Olympic gold at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo.

A Who’s Who in sports, business and government were the couple’s sponsors and wedding participants.

However, it was gathered that based on photos shown on social media, many of those invited like former Senator Emmanuel Pacquiao and Vice President Maria Leonor Robredo were unable to join the solemn rites and celebration.

Former senator Manny Pacquiao is currently in the United States with his family, it was learned.

Dr. Vicki Belo, another sponsor, is in New York City based on her latest posts on Instagram Stories.

Meanwhile, former Vice President Robredo is enjoying her vacation in Turkiye with her daughters.

Actress Angel Locsin was also invited to the wedding as one of Hidilyn’s Maids of Honor, but the Kapamilya actress was not able to make it as she celebrated her first wedding anniversary with husband Neil Arce that same day.

Another actrerss, Iza Calzado, who was one of the bridesmaids, is currently in the U.K. for a vacation. She sent her congratulatory messages to the couple online.

Apart from Robredo and Pacquiao, other wedding sponsors were First Pacific CEO Mr. Manuel Pangilinan; San Miguel President Ramon Ang; SM Investments Corporation Vice Chair Teresita Tan Sy-Coson,  Judy Ann Santos and husband Ryan Agoncillo.

Only the couple’s closest celebrity friends and family gathered on July 26 to witness Hidilyn and Julius tie the knot in a Catholic wedding ceremony.

Among the celebrities spotted at the couple’s wedding was the stylist Liz Uy.

The couple’s athlete friends including 2018 Asian Games gold medalist Margielyn Didal, 2022 Tokyo Olympics silver medalist Nesthy Petecio, and bronze medalist Eumir Marcial were there.

Retired basketball player Alvin Patrimonio, Hidilyn’s nutritionist Jeannette Aro, former Bacolod Mayor Monico Puentevella, and former cager Chris Tiu were also present.

Motivational speaker/preacher Bro. Bo Sanchez, who was among the principal sponsors, came with his wife Marowe Sanchez.

Malaysia-based Filipino singer Yazmin Asis was among Hidilyn’s bridesmaids. The friendship between Hidilyn and Yazmin blossomed during the pandemic

Motivational speaker/preacher Bro. Bo Sanchez, who was among the principal sponsors, came with his wife Marowe Sanchez.

Malaysia-based Filipino singer Yazmin Asis was among Hidilyn’s bridesmaids. The friendship between Hidilyn and Yazmin blossomed during the pandemic.

In true Hidilyn Diaz and Julius Naranjo fashion, the newly married couple prepared the wittiest souvenir photo for the guests on their special day, GMA News reported.

Nice Print Photo, the official wedding photographer of Hidilyn and Julius’ nuptial, shared a pic of the photo booth filled with weights as an ode to weightlifting, the sport in which Hidilyn clinched the Philippines’ first ever Olympic gold.
“Cute souvenir photo of the couple in their very uniquely thought of photo wall,” said its caption, followed by two gold medal emojis.

Julius revealed in an interview with Manila Bulletin it was him who called the date to add more meaning to their wedding.

He said, “I told Hidi that we should make the anniversary of winning the first gold medal our wedding date.

“That was the time when she won, that was the time when she got the spotlight.

“Now that it’s a year later, it’s a way for us to celebrate.

“That’s what the wedding is all about, right? Celebrating us. It’s also a date we will remember forever.” (Jeanne Michael Penaranda)


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