LOOK: Slater Young formally engaged to Kryz Uy in stylish Chinese ceremony
“Pinoy Big Brother: Unlimited” big winner Slater Young and fiancée lifestyle blogger and writer Kryz Uy took their engagement to a whole new level by being “Chinese engaged,” as announced by Young, in reference to their stylish Chinese engagement ceremony.
The couple, who both have Chinese blood, formally announced their engagement yesterday, Sept. 15, during their Ting Hun, a Chinese pre-wedding tradition similar to Filipinos’ pamamanhikan, wherein the groom and his family asks for the hand of the bride, as well as bring gifts to the bride’s family.
“Just finished our Tinghun and it was quite the experience,” wrote Young on a post he shared via Instagram. “Embraced our Chinese heritage and now we’re officially ‘Chinese engaged’. Feeling the love and support from both our families.”
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Young and @kryzzzie asians. — Just finished our Tinghun and it was quite the experience. Embraced our chinese heritage and now we’re officially “chinese engaged”. Feeling the love and support from both our families ❤️ (check out our stories for more) — One more step to forever with you love. @kryzzzie — Photo by @rockpaperscissorsph
The two shared to fans the milestone through their Instagram Stories. Following the tradition, Uy, who was wearing a silvery modern take on qipao, entered the room walking backward to avoid negative energy.
Uy appeared to have been taken back at the number of people who were invited to the supposedly “simple” ceremony.
According to Chinese tradition, the Ting Hun was held in Uy’s house. A sang hee (double happiness) sign, which symbolizes a happy marriage, was the backdrop of the makeshift stage for the couple. Meanwhile, the table in front was laden with gifts, which comes in pairs and emblazoned with a sang hee sticker on top, from the groom’s family as a form of dowry.
On the table, a red satin cloth was placed, symbolizing happiness. The standard gifts and their corresponding meanings include misua (noodles) for longevity, eggs for fertility, round fruits for good luck and prosperity, cake and sweets for a sweet marital life, and jewelry to signify the groom’s capacity to provide for his soon-to-be-wife.
Young acted hurt when Uy was in the process of putting his boutonnière which earned him laughs from the crowd.
“We both don’t know what we’re doing, it seems,” stated Uy when it was time for Young to give her the engagement ring.
The serving of tea is an important part of the Ting Hun. The bride serves tea to the groom’s family from the eldest to the youngest. The groom will also do the same to the family of the bride.
Young wackily posed with Uy’s family. “Welcome to the family, love,” said Uy.
After their Ting Hun, the couple spent some time to relax.
“How is your Ting Hun experience?” Uy asked Young. Seemingly lost for words, he replied, “It was very Chinese.”
“It was very Chinese but we’re Chinese so it’s fine,” Uy said.
Young asked for Uy’s hand while they were vacationing in Japan earlier this year. The two are yet to announce the date of their wedding. JB
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