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New Coast Hotel’s Strawberry Caramelito cake. New Coast Hotel

From handwritten letters to bouquets of nice-smelling flowers on Valentine’s day, exchanging gifts as a gesture of love is a form of professing your affection and gratitude to those who fill your life with much happiness.

Flowers, chocolates and cards, paired with a romantic candlelit dinner are the usual routines every red-letter day. Even though for some it might seem like an ordinary occasion, Valentine’s is one perfect day to celebrate love. What better way to show it than with gifts and dates that surprise and delight?

Looking for ideas?
Swarovski’s Attract Soulmates Necklace is a perfect reminder of a couple’s time together on Valentine’s. Its design is centered on the concept of “you and me” as it features two closely-positioned Swarovski crystals that symbolizes eternal bond between soulmates.

Smell fresh and sweet with Salvatore Ferragamo’s Signorina.
Salvatore Ferragamo

What is Valentine’s day without hearts? Swarovski’s Bella Earrings is an additional touch of sparkle to this special occasion. It comes with two new, on-trend colors: the silk crystal and the clear crystal.

Smell fresh and sweet for future date nights with Salvatore Ferragamo’s Signorina, a fragrance with shades of passionate red, playful pink and elegant black for a contemporary appeal and romantic feeling. Each whiff smells of sophistication and elegance like a Ferragamo woman.

There’s also the chic, urban black and red colors of Salvatore Ferragamo’s UOMO for men, featured in a masculine and Italian two bottle scents, the Signature and Urban Chic.

Seda BGC’s Straight Up introduces its Seafood Bar. Seda bgc

Pair any Valentine’s day look with the Vara Rainbow Mini-Bag, a shoulder bag which resembles a compact piece of city chic and style. Front flaps are available in red and pink.

Red and black dominate men’s accessories for the Salvatore Ferragamo’s calfskin leather wallet with its three-dimensional texture and embossed iconic Gancini logo. The same theme is also used for casual belts with the double Gancini buckle completing the look.

Wear statement shirts from the Stradivarius Sings For Love, a collection which features shirts inspired by love songs, movies and messages of empowerment. Whether independence and self-love, wear a shirt with the iconic villain Harley Quinn and pin-up Betty Boop prints. Celebrating love? There’s Princess Leia and Han Solo in white and pink. Or if it’s just happily celebrating love month, popular song lyrics of The Beatle’s All You Need is Love and Roy Orbison’s Pretty Woman in black and white are suitable for any romantic, passionate or any kind of love.

Romantic indulgence
Did you know that the first Valentine was sent in the 15th century?

Valentine’s Day comes around only once a year, and it is usually touted as the day when people wrack their brains in search for something material to give their loved ones. As rich as its tradition sounds (which dates back to ancient history) one should also realize that Valentine’s Day is more than just these traditions we’ve all come to know.

Here are some of the activities couples (or even singles) can do on the day of hearts.

Richmonde Hotel Iloilo
The stereotypical red-letter day celebration at the hotel recognizes the brokenhearted, too! At BizBar, those who are single will hopefully get a bit of luck, lots of Heineken booze and live entertainment. Don’t worry, no minimum consumption is required.

City of Dreams
A not-really-blue crab for those feeling blue? Feast on Nobu Manila’s Omakase which comes with a whole blue crab followed by creamy and spicy shitake, engi, masago and scallop chawan mushi; and Sous vide Australian Tenderloin with Dark Chocolate, Sake and Mirin Reduction Demi-glace, Broccolini and Nobu Style Fries.

singles can indulge in Heineken and live entertainment at Richmonde Hotel Iloilo. Richmonde Hotel Iloilo

Conrad Manila
Couples can pamper themselves at Conrad Manila’s ‘Chocolate Indulgence’ spa. It features an aromatic chocolate scrub followed by a healing massage treatment. As a gift, guests take home a pair of Signature Pralines for the ideal sweet and sinful memento.

Seda BGC
Straight Up introduces its Seafood Bar, a market-style set-up featuring a variety of fresh seafood that can be enjoyed grilled or sauteed on-the-spot by guests who dine. More relaxed and with amazing view of the metro skyline and beyond, guests will treasure this extraordinary dining experience with friends or even solo.

New Coast Hotel
Does your love have a sweet tooth? The hotel’s Strawberry Caramelito cake might be a thoughtful gift idea for your special someone. Baked with love, it is a beautiful thing of strawberry mousse filled with caramelito choco chips and fresh strawberries.

with Louise Lizan

Wear statement shirts from the Stradivarius Sings For Love. Stradivarius