Who is Olivia? After Valentine's, mystery remains
MANILA, Philippines – “Olivia, will you marry me?”
It’s a question that has, for the past days, baffled motorists and pedestrians traveling through EDSA and Commonwealth Avenue. Pink billboards on waiting sheds from Quezon City to Makati City bear the question, coupled with with “21414” – arguably referring to Valentine’s day.
Days after its presumed deadline, the public is still at a loss, and as the billboards seem to increase in number, so do the theories and speculations by the curious public.
There are those who remain hopeful, believing that there exists a person capable of such a grand gesture. Should the billboards be an authentic wedding proposal, then the mastermind would have shelled out major cash for his metro-wide profession of love.
Are the "Olivia will you marry me" billboards (makati/ magallanes) real?? They're so sweet!!!!— Bela Padilla (@padillabela) February 11, 2014
Seeing a lot of "Olivia, will you marry me?" billboards along edsa. C'mon who the hell is Olivia. Reveal her for crying out loud— Zild Ansay (@zittuccine) February 16, 2014
News about the "Olivia, will you marry me?" billboards always makes me laugh bc what if every single Olivia who sees it thinks it's for her?— Patricia (@pizzatricia) February 16, 2014
As speculation developed, some individuals found a real life Romeo to give credit to.
Several netizens believed that it was actor John Prats proposing to girlfriend actress Isabel Oli.
Oliva Daytia is the actress’ real name, and February 14 is Prats’ birthday. The couple, in recent interviews, has revealed that they are ready to settle down.
Is Isabel Oli the "Olivia, will you marry me?" girl? Isabel's real name is Olivia Daytia. pic.twitter.com/wl6Bl6NR3X— Ryan Macalatan (@ImRyeMacalatan) February 14, 2014
Nagkalat ang billboard sa Edsa stating "Olivia, will you marry me?" Credits for John Prats! :)) Hanep! Ang haba ng hair ni Isabel Oli!— Janine Guirigay (@JANINAYYYYYYY) February 16, 2014
"Olivia, will you marry me?" GRABE SOBRANG SWEET MO JOHN PRATS!!!!! <3— Kristeyn Palma (@CASSintahanmo) February 16, 2014
The facts all seem to add up.
But not quite, says John Prats. In an interview with TV Patrol, the actor disproved the theory with a simple, “Hindi po, hindi po sa'kin.” (No, It’s not mine.)
Oli’s manager Becky Aguila also trashed all speculations. “According to Isabel, John is a very private person,” she told Philippine Star, revealing that even the couple’s famous friends asked them about the rumors.
She said she thinks the gimmick is for an ad campaign, noting that the creators might as well get the couple as their endorsers, given that they have already been identified with the billboards.
Oli’s manager isn’t the only one who thinks the billboards are part of a grand marketing ploy.
With more of the signs popping up in places across the metro, one would argue that only a company would be capable of such a feat.
With the name Olivia as their only clue, some suggest the campaign may be for a television show, a perfume brand, an ice cream brand, or a line of feminine care products.
This "Olivia, will you marry me?", all over EDSA can't possibly be a real proposal. Only a marketing brand can spend this much.— iamtheantonio (@iamtheantonio) February 15, 2014
Okay maka-teaser phase 'tong Olivia-Will-You-Marry-Me brand— Ish Abat ⚡ (@ishyabs) February 13, 2014
Those "Olivia, will you marry me?" signs are a promotional gimmick for the return of SCANDAL on Feb. 27. Olivia is Olivia Pope. (",)— Professional Heckler (@HecklerForever) February 14, 2014
@iramaea Did some digging! Baka it's for a perfume. Search "Perfume Posse Olivia" sa Google. :)— Jio Jared (@jiojared) February 16, 2014
That Olivia will you marry me thing better lead to a new Magnum flavor.— Phil Dy (@philbertdy) February 14, 2014
"@inmidnights: Excited to see the brand behind the olivia will you marry me campaign." I guess it's PH Care. :)— Marcelo Santos III (@akoposimarcelo) February 14, 2014
While the Olivia billboard mystery is yet to be solved, what is certain is that the gimmick, real or not, has captured the public’s attention. Will you be watching for the answer? – Rappler.com