Beyond love’s clichés

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Sunday, February 9, 2014

FIRST dates are usually, and quite understandably, filled with clichés—a candlelit dinner with a matching bouquet perhaps? It’s hard to go wrong with such classic move, but over succeeding years, creativity does kick in as couples get to know each other better and go for activities they both love.

But for newlyweds, it’s a new ball game, yet again. Special occasions like Christmas, New Year and Valentine’s Day will once again usher in a new level of excitement. It’ll be another milestone, another “first”, only this time it’ll be celebrated with love that over the years has grown—the kind that more than anything else, goes beyond the clichés.

In this Valentine’s season, get to know three newly wedded couples and their love story, and find out how they will be celebrating this special day.


Becoming parents on Valentine’s

Carlo and Johannah (nee Patalinjug) Lood had been together for seven years before tying the knot in an unforgettable wedding ceremony last November 2013—unforgettable because on the same day Typhoon Yolanda swept the region.

Rain or shine, they insisted on pushing through yet halfway in the entourage’s preparation, in the midst of the howling winds and heavy rain outside, they decided to move it the following day—an interesting tidbit caught in their wedding video that features clips from both days.

For Valentine’s Day, Carlo over the years has surprised Johannah and taken her to restaurants around the city. “It’s usually he who plans where we have dinner and it’s always a surprise,” shared Johannah.

For the wife and mom-to-be, her most cherished V-Day experience was when they tried the edge coaster and skywalk at Club Ultima. “He’s afraid of heights but he still went with me,” she recalled fondly. “I can still remember he was sweating and his hands were cold the entire time.”

A series of memorable dates as couples, and an even more memorable wedding, but perhaps one that can ultimately beat that is this year’s Valentine’s Day. As of this writing, Johannah said, “I could give birth anytime this week. I’m sure the 14th will be traffic so it’s better that we’ll stay at home since we live just near the hospital. Our Valentine’s Day dates over the years were amazing but for this year, I know it will be the most special and most exciting!”

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on February 10, 2014.


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