It is no secret that Filipinos are so into celebrations and festivities. As a nation known worldwide for our hospitality, Pinoys have countless red-letter days, ranging from family events to festivals that they go all out in celebrating. However, there are certain events that remain to be top priority. Of course, the first one is the Christmas season – with Pinoys beginning to decorate for Christmas in September and continuing the festivities up until the first half of January. But there is another red-letter day that most Pinoys (especially couples) are very hyped about – Valentine’s Day!
First off, it’s one of the first red-letter days that come right after the Christmas season, enabling Pinoys to max out their leftover festive spirit at this one last hurrah. Second, with our culture verging on the romantic side, Pinoys will never really pass on any opportunity to celebrate with their loved one.
Yet Pinoys celebrate Valentine’s Day in a way that is distinctly Filipino. Here are the ways how:
- It’s Christmas 2.0 – with all the decorations and all
Again, Valentine’s Day is simply the next big day for celebration just right after Christmas. And unlike many countries where February 14 is celebrated as some sort of a personal day, in the Philippines, it’s another event that even our homes need to evoke. As February kicks in, Pinoys not only change their home decor to hues of red and hearts – classrooms, malls, and even offices hang “lady and gentleman” cut-outs or Cupid cut-outs as decor. And notice the piped-in music: if during the Christmas season we have carols all around, now everyone’s playlist is full of love songs.
Long before the world concocted the word “twinning,” Pinoys were already practicing it. Especially couples, during the Valentine’s season (it’s really a season – spanning almost the whole month of February, and not just a single day). You can easily spot who’s dating who by just seeing them parade around in matching outfits. Most couples, on Valentine’s Day, opt to wear not only the same clothes – but also in the same hue of red, to match not only the color of love but also the flower bouquet that many carry on that fateful day.
- Concerts galore
Whether or not you are a city or countryside couple, you cannot escape all the concerts that have been surreptitiously scheduled on February 14. All your favorite bands and singers, both on the national and local scenes, have their own Valentine’s concert. It’s not only some sort of tradition among Filipino musicians, but it’s really also a lucrative move, as Pinoys all love to listen to their favorite love tunes live on Heart’s Day.
- Pinoys’ affinity for parks
Apart from romantic concerts left and right on Valentine’s Day, you can surely find loads of people in parks during Valentine’s Day. It’s the reflection of our culture’s affinity to spending quality time together. And unlike any other holiday, Valentine’s Day calls for actual dates – and Pinoys, being wise and frugal by tradition, we know that even if we’re just sitting by the bench in the nearby park, as long as we’re together, that’s considered special on its own.
- Suddenly, everyone’s into flowers and chocolates
Admit it, the only time you see actual flowers being given as gifts in the Philippines is during Valentine’s Day. It’s that special day when a bouquet of fresh roses means so much more. There’s even an affordable flower shop in Davao City that sells teddy bears by the bouquet! And as society progresses, you can have a flower bouquet delivered fresh to your loved one’s doorstep on February 14! Head to GiftasticDelivery.com, a trusted online flower delivery in Davao, and order one for your partner now! They even have chocolates, wine, teddy bears and all things in between, all perfect to make your Valentine’s Day extra special!
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