How do you celebrate Valentine’s Day

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Saturday, February 14, 2015

Happy Valentine's Day!


CEBU - When you hear the words Valentine’s Day, what’s the first thing that pops into your mind? I’m guessing flowers, heart-shaped confectionaries, and teddy bears; romantic dinners at a five star restaurant or wedding proposal even.

People usually associate it with romantic love and spend it with special someone on February 14, but countries around the world have different ways of celebrating Valentine’s Day.

Valentine’s Day is not for lovers alone, but also a time to appreciate friends and family. It’s more about remembering loved ones and not just romance.

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I wanted to know how people are celebrating this special occasion so I decided to walk into places and see for myself. In one of the malls in the city, along with the flowers and gifts concessionaires, there was a dedication booth where you can send greetings and request songs and the singer performs it live.

I also decided to go to Plaza Independencia, one of the historical spots in the city, and as I neared the entrance I saw a guy carrying flowers, and he met up with his girlfriend; some were sitting under the shade of the trees singing along with a guitar, others were practicing a dance routine.

My next stop was another mall in the city. Hoping for something that will catch my attention, I aimlessly wandered around the north wing. I stopped to buy some ice cream when I noticed an old couple sitting on one of the couches, eating ice cream and acting very lovingly to each other. It was really heart-warming because the husband was trying to spoon fed his wife, while the wife was chuckling and shrugging his intentions off.

In the event center, a mobile phone brand was promoting their line of Android phones. Hosting the event was Blinky de Leon, clad in an orange top and white skirt, entertaining the audience by playing games like “Bring me” and “Statue dance” while they wait for their special guests Jimmy Bondoc and Paolo Santos to serenade them with their soulful voices. Winners won Happy Mobile slings and powerbanks.

I strolled around the mall to have a look at other Valentine activities. I was astonished to see eight to ten flowers and teddy bear stalls flocked by crowds. There were also cake stalls available.

There was this little girl carrying a surprise gift for her mother while a little boy was bonding with his mother and younger brother.

Next to the stalls was a play pen for kids called bubi blocks, where I saw energetic kids screaming and running around. I think their parents left them there to spend some alone time somewhere in the mall.

Different families were bonding in Bibo entertainment, playing games and having fun; and there were groups of friends shooting some hoops and moving with the beat in Just Dance.

My experience of this year’s Valentine’s Day was really fruitful. I thought that Valentine’s Day would only be filled with mushy romance, boy I was wrong. I never thought that a lot of people still value family ties during Valentine’s day, which is very heart-warming. (Marian Lyka Jaca/USJR Intern)

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on February 15, 2015.

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