With the Day of Love merely weeks away, it is best to plan and embark on a romantic escapade with your significant other. However, the 14th of February is a global celebration -- everybody is outside, commemorating the event with surprises and Valentine sprees. People in the metro are busy and occupied booking flower deliveries and dinner buffets. The malls, the fancy restaurants, even the airports, are crowded.
How are you supposed to relish the day of intimacy with your loved one? If you are coming from Manila, check out our selection of destination picks for couples this Valentine’s Day.
1. Vigan, Ilocos Sur
Known for its cobblestone streets and its intact classical structures, the city of Vigan is perfect for lovers who are into reminiscence. An icon minutes away from the capital, the Bantay Bell Tower is a certified must-see. The belfry was a strategic location for Silang’s troops as it provides a clear, wide view of Vigan and Bantay. Together with this amulet of history, you can take a trip down memory lane with the Spanish feel of Calle Crisologo. A famous historical walking site, the Calle, also once trudged upon by the star-crossed lovers and heroes Gabriela and Diego Silang, is filled with restaurants and souvenir shops that will definitely give you and your lover a historical and dreamy experience.
2. Rizal Province
For the daring and the fans of scenic landscape, the Masungi Georeserve, located in Baras, Rizal, is a great Valentine’s bonding. A trail that approximately takes 3-4 hours, the reserve is characterized by panoramic hanging platforms amidst natural rock formations. Most famous of these platforms is the Supot, a web-style viewing pulpit overlooking Laguna Bay. The Bayawak, on the other hand, is a bridge resting on a rock, where tourists can take a break from all the exhaustion brought by the trail. It is also a good sight in taking couple selfies and capturing Instagram-worthy photos of your loved one. Be sure, however, to book at least one week in advance, as visitations in Masungi are for private guests via requests.
3) Subic, Zambales
Home to the historical military facilities of the United States, Subic is a definite must-visit for all roadtrips. Offering the only tiger expedition in the country, it houses Zoobic Safari, a 25 hectare animal park where you can have the wondrous chance of getting in touch with the canine cats as an adventure. Go on a wildlife trip with your loved one, but if you’re hesitant in daring the tigers, you can always channel the sea. The municipality also offers ocean shows involving dolphins and whales, where you can either pet them, or swim with them.
4) Lucban, Quezon
Locally famous as an annual site of Pahiyas, a festival enamored with colorful kiping, you and your partner surely can’t miss Lucban. Located at the foot of Mount Banahaw in Quezon, not only is Lucban known for its fiesta and its pansit. The municipality is now becoming more popular because of its religious site that is unceasingly attracting pilgrims - Kamay ni Hesus. A shrine sought to be visited by many, Kamay ni Hesus is believed to have miraculous capabilities. The sanctuary is perfect to reflect and rekindle your faith with the Lord, as all relationships, especially to the married, are guided by the Highest.
This Valentine’s Day, it doesn’t hurt to go out of the usual and spend extraordinary time to bond with your significant other. Extraordinary doesn’t necessarily mean grand, so if you’re on a tight budget, just pack a few bags and gas up to hit the road. In case you encounter difficulties at the destination, or even with your vehicle, it is best to ensure your getaway beforehand. Contact FGen thru (02) 706 3969 for details on travel and car insurance.