HENRY Jeff Mardo found a very unique way to make his wedding proposal.
On March 30, Mardo told the girl of his dreams that he would marry her in any church she so chooses if he can make a shot from halfcourt
When he swished the shot, Mardo went down on one knee then showed off a ring to the delight of the girl who shot the video that has been viewed more than 200,000 times and shared over 4,200 times as of Monday morning.
When SPIN.ph tracked him down, Mardo though admitted that he along with the girl he proposed to in the video have already tied the knot last August 2, 2014.
“Late proposal ‘yan,” said the 35-year-old.
Mardo explained that he still thought about doing the wedding proposal video in a basketball court near their home in Cainta, Rizal to bring joy to his wife.
“Walang proposal. Nabuntis na agad si wife kaya kasalan na agad. Then minsan, nagkukuwento siya na ‘Ikaw, walang proposal eh, no?’ Siguro may mga napapanood siya sa Facebook, kinikilig at naiingit,” said Mardo.
One day, Mardo decided to do it.
“Biglaan lang ‘yun. Nag-bike kami then punta sa court,” he said.
While the halfcourt shot was seemingly made so effortlessly, Mardo admitted otherwise, saying he took many takes before making the shot.
“Mga nasa 20 siguro,” Mardo said when asked how many attempts he took before making the halfcourt shot. “Nung una kasi, nakatalikod ko tinitira ‘yung bola from halfcourt. Mga nasa 12 siguro na nakatalikod.”
“Actually, maraming take ‘yan. Nung binanggit niya ‘yung pangalan ni Lord saka pumasok,” Mardo said, referring to the words, ‘Lord, pasok niyo po’ that were uttered by Cyrel in the video.
Mardo added: “Nung sinamahan lang talaga niya ng dasal na ‘Lord, pasok niya po,’ saka lang pumasok.”
Even though the marriage proposal came late, Mardo said his wife Cyrel was very happy with the ‘kilig moment’ especially when he went down on one knee, which was not planned at all.
The ring on the video is actually their wedding ring.
“Sobrang kilig,” said Mardo, when asked about Cyrel’s reaction. “Hanggang ngayon, paulit-ulit niya pinapanood ‘yung video. Tapos pinapalo ako sa sobrang kilig niya.”
“Ringless daw kasi at shoot na shoot,” he added.
Although he was not a varsity player in college, Mardo played in inter-department leagues at Technological Institute of the Philippines-Quezon City during his college days from 2003 to 2006.
In 2006, he was part of a bid to break the Guinness Book of World Record for continuous dribbling. He did surpass the previous mark of 26 hours and 40 minutes of former African-American thrower Joseph Odhiambo but was not the last man standing in the event.
Even though he spends most of his time tending to his travel agency named Dorayd Travel and Tours, basketball remains close to his heart. He coaches kids of the Kampo Sunday Club Basketball Clinic.
He is happy to have given his wife an unforgettable moment.
“Deserve niya ‘yun. At gusto ko maramdaman niya ‘yung mga nararamdaman ng ibang mga babae kapag nagpo-propose ‘yung mga mapapangasawa nila,” said Mardo.