Tokyo Olympics gold medalist Hidilyn Diaz is now engaged. She had been dating her boyfriend and strength conditioning coach, Julian Naranjo. The surprise engagement happened with the help of “Team HD” at the Sheraton Manila, which includes talent manager Noel Ferrer and Kapamilya star Iza Calzado.
Naranjo himself was a weightlifter as well, though a back injury forced him to retire. He’s also a filmmaker. He is Filipino-Japanese but was born and raised in Guam. The pair first met at the 2017 Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games in Turkmenistan.
In an interview with Dyan Castillejo back in 2019, Hidilyn said she appreciated that Julian knew her priorities were God, her family, her Olympic gold dream, and then him. “Grateful ako na nandiyan parin siya.”
(I’m grateful he’s still there.) During that interview, the question of marriage came up. “We agreed…after the Olympics,” Naranjo had said. “I think everything has to wait until after.”
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