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Filipino couple finds true love in Dubai church during their teens

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Feb. 13, 20 | 9:36 am

For many Filipinos, a church is a symbol of a binding relationship—one where forever gets cemented between husband and wife.

This is also the case for Jay and Nina, a Filipino couple based in Dubai. But unlike others, where this place is somehow the endgame, the church for Jay and Nina is actually the start of their love story.

Jay and Nina were part of a youth group at a church in Dubai during their teens. This was when their love story began.

“We were 16 then, I walked into a gathering hall and he was there, singing and practicing with his band,” reminisced Nina.

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They admitted that they found each other attractive, but for Nina it was not love at first sight. She said it was deeper than that. “As I got to know him, I saw his leadership and his love for God. I think it’s our shared values and beliefs that really brought us together.”

Bringing out the best in each other

The couple tied the knot in June 2010, and after almost 10 years of marriage, they continue to have a healthy and meaningful relationship. However, they shared that they have also been through so many hardships in life.

When asked how they managed to get through those trials, Nina said that it was their shared commitment to God that helped strengthen their bond. This love for God allowed them to bring out the best in each other.

When asked how they manage to support each other through hardships and trials in life, Nina shared that it was faith that always keep them together. “We bring out the best in each other. Most importantly we keep God at the center of our relationship. We love God first and then our spouse,” shares Nina.

She likewise shared some of secrets to maintaining a healthy relationship:

– We make sure we communicate.

– We surround ourselves with couples that are thriving in their relationship.

– We find time to go out together as much as possible.

– We keep growing and learning new things together all the time.

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Nina said they would stay in the UAE for a few years more as they continue to build their future together. As for her advice to single OFWs, she said not to rush being into a relationship.

“First, remember that no man or woman will ever complete you and your life doesn’t begin when you meet ‘the one.’ Learn new things, travel, make yourself better, and build relationships while you wait and see what God has in store for you,” said Nina.

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