Fri­day gives one lucky cou­ple the chance to have a Valen­tine’s Day they’ll never for­get


For Michael and Cha Ala­capa, Valen­tine’s Day came early as Fri­day gave them a makeover per­fect for date night.

Is this Dubai’s most ro­man­tic hus­band? We think Michael Ala­capa might just be. To cel­e­brate Valen­tine’s Day, Fri­day asked read­ers to send us im­ages of their most ro­man­tic mo­ment with their other half. We were in­un­dated with shots of cou­ples at con­certs, Dubai’s Mir­a­cle Gar­den and sky­div­ing to­gether. But it was a starry love story in the desert that im­pressed us most. Michael, 29, and Guerra (known as Cha), 31, Ala­capa met in Dubai five years ago and have been mar­ried for two. When we asked them if they would be game for a makeover to be shot on lo­ca­tion at Fair­mont The Palm, fol­lowed by a ro­man­tic din­ner and stay, they gave us an ex­tra chal­lenge – Cha is 20 weeks preg­nant with their first baby. Both orig­i­nally from the Philip­pines, our #re­la­tion­ship­goals in­spo now live in Deira. Michael has been in the UAE for seven years and his wife eight. The cou­ple, who clearly adore each other, shared some of their most loved-up mo­ments with us. How did you meet? Michael: Bizarrely we ac­tu­ally met here at Fair­mont the Palm through col­leagues. This makes to­day even more spe­cial, so we are so grate­ful. Af­ter meet­ing, we soon re­alised we had so much in com­mon and knew a lot of the same peo­ple – but it ac­tu­ally took two years of be­ing close friends be­fore we be­came a cou­ple. What’s your most ro­man­tic mo­ment? Michael: For Cha’s birth­day in Au­gust last year I took her to the Mleiha Ar­chae­o­log­i­cal Cen­tre in Shar­jah. They were of­fer­ing stargazing pack­ages to wit­ness the Per­seid me­teor shower, which is vis­i­ble from Earth ev­ery year. I booked a pri­vate spot with a camp­fire and we sat and watched the shower. Cha: Sadly it turned out to be a cloudy night so we couldn’t see too much, but that didn’t stop it be­ing so ro­man­tic. I didn’t know where we were go­ing un­til we ar­rived at the camp­site. He kept it a com­plete sur­prise. How did Michael pro­pose? Michael: We went on a week­end get­away to Sir Bani Yas Is­land in Abu Dhabi. Af­ter a beau­ti­ful din­ner, we flew sky lanterns and then I went down on one knee and popped the ques­tion. It was mag­i­cal and un­for­get­table. Where did you get mar­ried? Michael: We got mar­ried in our home coun­try, the Philip­pines, at a beach­side re­sort in Na­sugbu, Batan­gas. It was so beau­ti­ful there and lovely to be sur­rounded by all our friends and fam­ily. Cha: Our wed­ding had a travel theme be­cause we both love to travel – we’ve done 18 coun­tries to­gether and count­ing. It was the best day of my life. How did you en­joy your makeover? Cha: Michael ac­tu­ally kept this a se­cret from me so it was a lovely sur­prise when I found out. I feel so spe­cial hav­ing my hair and make-up done. It’s good to do this be­fore the baby ar­rives as I won’t get the chance then! Michael: I think Cha looks beau­ti­ful. What a lovely day.

Left: Michael and Cha be­fore the makeover and (above) as styled by

Fri­day. Right: the cou­ple in the desert, and on their wed­ding day.

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