“Why’d you take so long?”
This was the question actress Dionne Monsanto asked her non-showbiz, Filipino-Swiss boyfriend Ryan Stalder when he finally proposed. The romantic proposal happened while the couple was on vacation in Kandersteg, Switzerland, where Ryan is based.
In a post on Instagram, Dionne revealed that he and Ryan knew one another since 2007 but they only started dating in 2018.
She wrote in the caption, “I said, ‘Yes! Why’d you take so long?'”
“Ryan & I have known each other since my PBB season in 2007. Yet we only started dating in 2018 – 11 years of knowing each other.
“Grateful that we were friends first and that we’ve seen each other grow.
“There’s no foundation better than friendship. Grateful that the universe gave me the kindest man ever.
“Here’s to forever + 49 years, my love @nayr_redlats.”
The “Pinoy Big Brother” alum flew to the country last January. She said it had been a year since she last saw her now-fiance, who is Filipino-Swiss.
Monsanto announced their engagement on Instagram yesterday, Feb. 6, sharing photos of them in robes and a ring on the actress’s left finger. Snow-capped mountains made for a picturesque backdrop for the happy couple.
She also reveled in the fact that they were friends before they were a couple.
The day before, the couple celebrated their lasting relationship by wearing matching outfits on their “first date in more than a year.”
The couple began dating in 2018 after Stalder visited the Philippines to open a restaurant-resort in Siargao. They bridged the distance between the Philippines and Switzerland by traveling to see each other every 3 months. But with the pandemic and travel restrictions, Monsanto told ABS-CBN Lifestyle in May 2020 that they kept their relationship strong the past year through video calls. With the engagement, it appears they now plan to be inseparable.