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The Big V

 

It was a question I heard almost a dozen times in the two whirlwind weeks I spent in the Philippines this February. I really shouldn’t have been surprised. I was, after all, staying with my boyfriend’s family. I got a lot of questions about our relationship, but even more than the typical “How did you meet?” “How long have you been together?” and “When are you getting married?”, Valentine’s Day was on the top of most Philippine minds – everywhere.

Rizal Park in Manila sported a giant LOVE art piece and a maze of heart sculptures. Restaurants were booked solid for dinner on the 14th. And ads at every mall offered gift suggestions such as chocolate, flowers, cellphones, and even refrigerators for that special lady.

So what did my love and I do on that special day? We descended 776 carved stone steps to reach just two of Lake Sebu’s seven waterfalls (Hikong Alo and Hikong Bente) before promptly passing out on the van ride back to the family compound.

Lake Sebu, Hikong Bente Waterfall

Lake Sebu, Hikong Bente Waterfall

Sure, there was a lovely lunch with his parents and aunts at Punta Isla Lake Resort. A boat ride and tour of the lake. And plenty of memories made. But we’re not really big Valentine’s Day celebrators. I’m more likely to send a snarky card to my boyfriend than prepare a candlelit dinner.

Valentine's Day Love Notes at Punta Isla Lake Resort in Lake Sebu, Philippines

Valentine’s Day Love Notes at Punta Isla Lake Resort in Lake Sebu, Philippines

But if V-Day has a special place in your heart, consider a romantic getaway to the Philippines. The white sand beaches of Boracay Island, the remoteness of Palawan (Trip Advisor’s top two island destinations in 2013), or the private cottages at the Pearl Farm Resort should be on your radar.

Waterfront Bungalows at Pearl Farm Resort, Philippines

Waterfront Bungalows at Pearl Farm Resort, Philippines

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