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In a relationship? You may get a lot of pressure from your boyfriend/girlfriend to plan something spectacular for this coming Valentine’s Day. The good news is that the holiday falls on a Saturday this year, so conflicts with your work schedule is less likely.
Some more good news: you don’t need to spend a ton of dough to show your date a good time! A growing number of local malls like Greenbelt, Eastwood City, SM Mall of Asia, and Bonifacio High Street are pretty enough that you can take your date out for a stroll without draining your wallet. If you’d rather step away from malls, however, we’ve got a handful of budget-friendly date ideas you can try.
Want to invoke the history and romance of Old Manila? We’re suckers for the former Walled City of Intramuros, which is excellent for much more than school field trips. Have lunch amidst the rustic cobblestones of Casa Manila, take a tour of the San Agustin Church & Museum, or hire a kalesa to take you around Fort Santiago in true cheesy-romcom fashion.
2. The Collective
Immerse yourself in Makati’s artsy crowd and visit The Collective, located along Malugay Street. This eclectic hangout is the ideal watering hole for the city’s most creative minds, with a fun selection of shops and restaurants where you can always try something new. Come for the art, stay for the atmosphere. Either way, you and your date are gonna enjoy yourselves.
3. Maginhawa Street
If you or your date are avid foodies, you’ll find plenty to smile about at Maginhawa Street. Located at Teacher’s Village in Quezon City, Maginhawa Street is home to several small but cozy restaurants that’ll definitely fulfill your cravings. Whether you’ve got a sweet tooth or a health-conscious lifestyle, you can’t miss this much-loved culinary destination.
4. Little Tokyo
If a Japanophile has stolen your heart, then Little Tokyo is a must-try for your future date nights. Situated along Makati’s Chino Roces Avenue (Pasong Tamo), Little Tokyo is a charming compound at the heart of the city that perfectly captures the spirit of the Far East. Here you can sit down to a meal of authentic Japanese dishes like sushi, okonomiyaki, ramen, soba, takoyaki, and shaved ice desserts.
5. Salcedo Weekend Market
While not as chill and laid-back as the Legaspi Weekend Market every Sunday, this popular haunt is a great way to spend a lazy morning with your significant other. Held every Saturday at Salcedo Village’s Jaime Velasquez Park in Makati, the Salcedo Weekend Market lets you sample world cuisines and shop for one-of-a-kind buys all in one place. This is not your usual neighborhood palengke!
Wherever you plan to go this Saturday, be sure to plan ahead! Make restaurant reservations in advance, as the demand for intimate dinner settings will be sure to skyrocket on the 14th. Make the proper arrangements with your transport. Fill up your tank, update your car insurance policy, and do all the necessary maintenance checks so you don’t end up stranded on EDSA with a busted engine.
And if things don’t work out, always have a Plan B ready just in case!