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Valentine's Ideas 2018: The Best Things to Give and Do in Manila

Plan the ideal Valentine’s for each personality this February.
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The season of love is upon us, and so is the stress that comes with orchestrating the perfect Valentine’s Day date. But what would the perfect one be without gifts? Here, we've listed down the best gifts to give every personality plus some of the best things to do in Manila for the month of love.

For The Active

When buying for the on-the-go man, full-time mother, or frequent traveler it's best to find something that will be useful.


The 500-mg Aivee Water makes Hydrogen-rich water that contains suspended Hydrogen molecules. Hydrogen has many benefits as an antioxidant including anti-stress and fatigue which makes Aivee Water the perfect gift for those with active lifestyles. Aivee Water is available at all Aivee Clinics and at the A Institute


Express how you feel with Tod’s limited edition Valentine’s collection for 2018. The collection has a lot of standout pieces, but these sneakers with 'Love' stamped on the sides add an extra sweet touch to an already beautiful gift. Tod's is available at Greenbelt 4 and Rustan’s Shangri-La


Pacsafe’s collaboration with Quiksilver. The 40L Anti-Theft Carry-On Pack is equipped with safety and convenience features such as a removable dry bag, heavy-duty tarpaulin pockets, and storage. The backpack has Pacsafe’s trademark anti-theft technology that prevents slashing along with secured zip tabs. Quiksilver x Pacsafe QUIKSAFE 40L Carryon, P10,690, Urbanize, Travel Club, Rustan's


For a change, bring your busy Valentine to a quiet night by the bay at Sofitel's Fusion Love. You can expect 21 dining ateliers and unconventional yet exciting pairings. For inquiries and reservations, please call F&B Reservations at 632.832.6988 or email [email protected]

For The Artistic

Journalists, professionals, and art enthusiasts alike will appreciate a well-crafted pen.

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True to Swarovski’s DNA, this pink lacquered pen is designed with sparkling crystals and a central ring showing the brand’s logo. Swarovski is available at Rustan's Makati, Rustan's Shangri-La, Rustan's Alabang Town Center and Rustan's Ayala Cebu


Montblanc’s Antoine Saint-Exupéry Limited Edition Fountain Pen is limited to 1931 pieces, the year Saint-Exupéry published "Night Flight." Montblanc is available at Rustan's Makati, Rustan's Shangri-La, Rustan's Cebu, Greenbelt 4, City of Dreams Manila, and Newport Mall


From February 5 to 18, TWG is offering a special Valentine’s menu set that includes Tomato Raspberry & Beet Salad, Halibut Risotto, Seared Ox Tongue, and Dulce de Leche Love Me Tea Cake at P1,750. The creative tea-infused dishes will be most appreciated by art lovers. TWG is located at Greenbelt 5, Shangri-La Plaza, Resorts World Manila, Central Square, and S Maison Conrad Manila


The Manila Hotel is offering an overnight stay for the holiday at P6,504.07 +++ or P8,000 in a Superior Deluxe Room. There will also be a Valentine's concert if you want to inject art into your night. Lolita Carbon's Himig ng Pag-ibig features the Metro Manila Concert Orchestra, and comes with a romantic dinner. For inquiries, email [email protected] or call 632.527.0011 

For The Beauty Junkie

Aside from makeup, you can hoard skincare and fragrances to give your beauty-obsessed Valentine.


Jo Malone London’s Red Roses is blended from seven of the world's most exquisite roses. The cologne has top notes of lemon and mint, middle notes of violet leaf and Bulgarian rose, and its base note is beeswax. Jo Malone London is available at SM Aura, SM Megamall, Rustan's Shangri-La, Conrad Hotel Manila, Greenbelt 5, Okada Manila, Podium, and Rockwell


Find a great selection of beauty-related gifts within Nuxe’s latest offerings. NUXE Sun SPF30 Face & Body Sun Protection, P1,650; NUXE Creme Fraiche Rich Cream 50ml, P1,850, Rustan's Makati

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Tom Ford’s Vanilla Fatale has top notes of saffron, coriander, myrrh, and olibanum; middle notes of roasted barley, roasted coffee absolute, narcissus, and frangipani; base notes of Madagascan vanilla, mahogany, and suede. Tom Ford is available at Rustan's Makati


For February, Chef Anthony Collar and his creative team at Shangri-La at the Fort have created a cosmetic-inspired set of sweets for Valentine's perfect for any makeup maven and beauty junkie. Shangri-La at the Fort, Manila. 30th Street corner 5th Avenue Bonifacio Global City, Taguig 1634 Metro Manila, Philippines. 632.820.0888; [email protected]; shangri-la.com/fort


The newly-opened Grand Hyatt Manila has a lot of activities planned for the romantic holiday. For starters, the hotel is offering a decadent dessert set at The Lounge at P1,500 for two. Meanwhile, The Grand Kitchen will host a Red Dessert Buffet on February 10, 13, and 14 at P2,300 per person. For reservations, call 632.838.1234 or visit manila.grand.hyatt.com

For The Food & Drink Connoisseur

Wining and dining might be enough if your date’s passions include food & drink, but why not take it a step further and gift them something they’ll be able to use in the kitchen?


If your Valentine is a coffee fan, the newly-launched Nespresso flagship at the Power Plant Mall in Rockwell is worth checking out. The Nespresso Boutique is located at R1, Power Plant Mall, Rockwell Center, Makati

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Get some red to match the holiday of love, like this stylish retro-style toaster from SMEG. SMEG is located at Park Terraces, Makati


The Lobby Lounge at Crimson is offering afternoon tea with a mix of sweet and savory items such as mini red rose rolls with prawn Marie rose and focaccia croute with salmon and dill, raspberry macarons, and red velvet mini cupcakes. For more information or reservations, visit Crimson's official website at crimsonhotel.com/manila or call 632.863.2222

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Book a simple yet sumptuous feast at Makati Diamond Residences' Alfred. The dinner buffet includes cheese fondue, salmon gravlax, roast beef, and strawberry shortcake as well as rose macarons. For more information, call 632.317.0999 or email [email protected]

For The Romantic

The romantic will love the typical combination of flowers and chocolates. Take it to another level by gifting a romantic piece of jewelry.

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This precious pair from Jewelmer will forever be a staple in your Valentine's jewelry box. Jewelmer is located at Alabang Town Center, SM Mall of Asia, The Peninsula Manila, Shangri-La at The Fort, Shangri-La Plaza Mall, Makati Shangri–La Hotel, Greenbelt 5, Trinoma, SM Megamall, and Glorietta 4


Charriol’s Forever Waves necklace and bracelet takes a forward turn using subtle insignia and a slim reworking of the brand’s twisted cable motif. Charriol is located at Central Square in Bonifacio High Street Central, Gateway Mall, Greenbelt 5, Newport Mall, Podium, Power Plant Mall, Robinsons Magnolia, Robinsons Place Manila, Rustan’s Makati, Rustan’s Shangri-La, Rustan’s Ayala Cebu, SM Mall of Asia, TriNoma, 158 Designers’ Boulevard (Alabang Town Center and Marquee Mall), Kiss & Fly Terminal 3, Abreeza Mall in Davao, and Veranza Mall in General Santos City


Make a statement by getting your Valentine this pavé Tiffany ring with diamonds. Tiffany & Co. is located at Rustan's Makati


Bulgari's Lucea Moon Phase is inspired by the presence of light and the way it permeates a watch’s dial. Bulgari is located at Greenbelt 4, Ayala Center, Makati



Count on Raffles' Mireio to set the mood for Valentine's. The restaurant presents a five-course dinner that includes a light truffle-tuna tartar with celery and green apple for starters; a savory lobster bisque with fennel, turnip, and crab flakes; a hearty beef tenderloin garnished with Rossini potato puree and shallot confit; a creamy Saint-Marcellin cheese in French baguette; and a special dessert with a glass of bubbly. For more information and reservations, call 632.795.0707 or email [email protected]

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For The Stylish

Out of all the personalities, the stylish will seem to be the easiest to shop for but you’ll need to look at trends and the latest pieces.


Louboutins will do more than flowers and chocolates for those interested in fashion. Christian Louboutin Crossfliketa Patent Heels, Rustan's Makati and Rustan's Shangri-La


Stop by the Hermès boutique to find a no-fail Valentine's gift for the fashion fan in your life. You can choose from jewelry, bracelets, small leather goods, or bags. Hermès is located at Greenbelt 3, Ayala Center, Makati Avenue, Makati


And so will these burgundy Salvatore Ferragamo sneakers for the stylish gentleman. Salvatore Ferragamo CUBE City Sneaker, Greenbelt 4, Newport Mall, Rustan's Makati, Rustan's Shangri-La, and Solaire Resort and Casino

If your Valentine isn’t much into shoes, Jaeger-LeCoultre has standout timepieces that will do the job.  Jaeger-LeCoultre is available at Greenbelt 5 and Lucerne boutiques


Pick a lively place such as Shangri-La at the Fort's Samba. This year, Chef De Cuisine Carlo Huerta will be presenting a four-course set menu that features authentic Peruvfavoritesites like the Salmon Acevichado Con Tamal De Arroz and Asado De Res Criollo Con Pure De Apio Nabo. This set menu is priced at P3,200 and comes with a glass of bubbly. Shangri-La at the Fort, Manila. 30th Street corner 5th Avenue Bonifacio Global City, Taguig 1634 Metro Manila, Philippines. 632.820.0888; [email protected]; shangri-la.com/fort


Celebrate heart's day classically at the Peninsula Manila where you can choose from a Seafood Dinner Buffet at Escolta, Slow Roasted Angus Beef Tenderloin at The Lobby or an intimate five-course dinner at Old Manila. For dining inquiries or reservations, call The Peninsula Manila at 632.887.2888, e-mail [email protected] or visit peninsula.com

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For The Tech-Obsessed

Aside from gadgets, you can get the tech-obsessed in your life these tech accessories.


Bottega Veneta’s Valentine’s collection has a number of tech cases and pouches. Bottega Veneta is located at Greenbelt 4, Ayala Center and Rustan's Makati


Knock two birds with one stone with MiLi’s collaboration with Ferrari. Car and tech enthusiasts will love these Ferrari-stamped USBs and hard drives. MiLi x Ferrari Ferrari iData Pro and iData Air, Rustan's Makati and Rustan's Shangri-La


Marco Polo Ortigas' Cucina will make a perfect venue with its live action stations. Priced at P2,888, you'll be able to enjoy a wide array of different cuisines including the famous seafood station. For more information, contact 632.720.7777 or book online via marcopolohotels.com or email: [email protected]

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