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This Girl Said She Didn't Like Flowers, So Her Boyfriend Bought Her A Bouquet Of Chicken Instead

"I used to drop hints that I didn’t like flowers and instead wanted a bouquet of chicken nuggets or chicken wings. Little did I know that he would take my comments seriously."

Posted on February 2, 2017, at 11:09 a.m. ET

Annika Aguinaldo is a 19-year-old college student from Manila in the Philippines. She's known her boyfriend, Rico Villanueva, also 19, since they were in elementary school.

Aguinaldo told BuzzFeed News that the first time the couple hung out together was at a McDonald's. Since then, they've shared small fast-food–related acts of kindness, like surprising each other with chicken nuggets when they knew the other hadn't eaten.

Last week, Villanueva asked Aguinaldo to meet him as he had a surprise. When she arrived, she was greeted with a bouquet of chicken nuggets. A friend who had come with her captured the moment, which Aguinaldo then shared to Twitter.

I told him I didn't like flowers, so he got me a bouquet of chicken nuggets, and I pretty much became the happiest…

Aguinaldo said that she had previously told Villanueva that she didn't like receiving flowers, and as a joke, hinted she wanted a bouquet of chicken instead. However, she said she never thought Villanueva would actually get her a posy made from nuggets.

Since being posted to Twitter, the tweet has been liked over 30,000 times. Many commenters appreciated the romantic gesture, as well as Aguinaldo's unashamed love of chicken.

@AnnikaAgs @RicocoPops @steph_millenX This is goals

@tybrintogod @AnnikaAgs waiting for the day a man does this for me

The tweet even caught the attention of McDonald's Philippines, which invited them for a romantic meal.

Who would've known that a Chicken McNugget bouquet would lead to this? Thanks @McDo_PH for treating @RicocoPops and…

Aguinaldo said she did not expect the tweet to become so big, but despite the couple's new viral fame, they still intend to carry on giving each other "small, silly gifts."

"Despite the viral post, Rico and I are still the same goofy couple," she said. "Viral tweet or no tweet, I still appreciate the little things he does to make me happy."

And yes, she confirmed that she, Villanueva, and their friend Eia ate the bouquet after taking the photos.

A BuzzFeed News investigation, in partnership with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, based on thousands of documents the government didn't want you to see.