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How to Celebrate Valentine's Day in Manila

If you still haven't finalized your Valentine's Day plans, we've got you covered.
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From restaurants and concerts to gift ideas, here’s how you can celebrate Valentine’s Day in style. 


What To Do


Get serenaded by Sergio Mendes

Celebrate the holiday by being serenaded by Brazilian superstar Sergio Mendes. This February 14 to 15, Solaire Resort & Casino presents “Sergio Mendes: A Valentine’s Day Concert,” where you’ll be able to listen to his masterful blend of bossa nova, jazz, and funk.

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Watch the sunset from The Peak

Grand Hyatt Manila’s The Peak, the city’s highest roof deck bar, invites you to a simply extraordinary celebration. For 3,500, you can enjoy two glasses of champagne or wine and a platter of tasty finger food while waiting for night to fall.

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See a one-woman show

If you’re looking for an unconventional way to spend Valentine’s, Teresa Herrera’s one-woman show is worth looking in to. Duncan McMillan’s Every Brilliant Thing comes alive through The Sandbox Collective. The critically acclaimed play deals with mental illness in a poignant manner.

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Catch a Valentine’s concert

Winningest best actress Joanna Ampil, Aliw Awards best male concert artist Reuben Laurente, and Aliw Awards best male crossover artist Arman Ferrer will head a Valentine’s concert this month. "Silver Lining The Concert" will be held in the Globe Auditorium at the Maybank Theater, BGC Arts Center.

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Spend the night at the Peninsula

A luxurious night at the Peninsula Manila is one of the best ways to celebrate in the city. This year, the hotel is offering dining credit worth P3,000, a complimentary bottle of wine, buffet breakfast, and a special Valentine welcome amenity when you book a room or suite.

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Go for a nightcap


At the newly-opened Hilton Manila, you can cap the night off at the New York-inspired Madison Lounge and Bar. There, you can enjoy drinks and bar bites with the entertainment of a live band.

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 Where To Eat 


Alfred


Experience a French feast at Makati Diamond Residences’ Alfred. The dinner menu includes a fondue, gravlax station, roasted Angus rib-eye, lamb leg with rosemary au jus, prawn with herb de Provence, pinakbet rice. For desserts, strawberry shortcake, rosewater macarons, and earl grey raspberry await.

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La Cabrera

Make a visit to the newly-opened La Cabrera at EDSA Shangri-La. For this month, creator and chef de cuisine, Gaston Riveira, is in town from Buenos Aires until February 18.

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Mirèio

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Let Raffles Makati take you on a romantic gastronomic journey at Mirèio. Enjoy a great view of the surrounding city skyline while the restaurant serves a specially curated five-course dinner menu. A special gift set from L'Occitane is just one of the night's surprises.

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Samba


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Go on a Peruvian gastronomic adventure at Shangri-La at the Fort’s Samba. For P3,200, guests can enjoy a four-course dinner complete with a glass of bubbly. If you really want to go the mile, dine at one of the restaurant’s poolside cabanas which comes inclusive with welcome cocktails, a five-course dinner, a personal butler, and a bottle of champagne for P18,000.

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The Cellar


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If it's an intimate setting you prefer, head to Grand Hyatt Manila’s The Cellar where you’ll be treated to a four-course dinner. The dinner’s highlights include pan-seared scallops, roasted magret duck breast, and a raspberry pavlova.

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TWG Tea


Impress your date with an exquisite tea-infused Valentine’s Day menu at TWG Tea. Start with beef pastrami, followed by duck confit and beef with spinach and purple yam croquette. It finishes with choux pastries with Geisha Blossom Tea infused raspberry cream on a shortcrust pastry.

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Wolfgang’s Steakhouse by Wolfgang Zwiener


Enjoy a romantic and delicious meal over wine and steak. For Valentine’s, Wolfgang’s is serving up a wine pairing set menu with fresh oysters, your choice of a beef barley soup or caesar salad paired with Errazuris Estate Sauvignon Blanc 2017, USDA Prime dry-aged porterhouse steak, mashed potatoes and creamed spinach paired with Errazuris Estate Sauvignon Blanc 2017, and a New York style cheesecake paired with Clos des Verdots Moelleux 2015.

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What To Buy 


Christian Louboutin Nosy Strass


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Behold the perfect shoes for the holiday: A Christian Louboutin pair with just the right amount of sparkle.

Damiani Juliette Pendant


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Set in white gold, this pendant with rose cut diamond will surely impress her.

Hermès Selle de Dignitaire Scarf

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Designed by Wlodek Kaminski, the print is inspired by a saddle from Émile Hermès' collection. Some of the beautiful details include repoussé-work silver, cabochon gems with engraved dragons, serpents, and many other fantastical beasts. This scarf in silk twill is an essential in any wardrobe.

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Jewelmer Petits Coeurs Collection


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For someone very special, nothing compares to a jewelry set. Jewelmer's Petits Coeurs collection is an ode to both love and the golden South Sea pearl.

Ladurée’s À La Folie Gift Box


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Treats are a Valentine’s staple, but instead of chocolates, why not show your love with the help of macarons? Ladurée’s à la folie collection says it with each tasting, as words of love hide underneath each macaron.

Louis Vuitton L'Air du Jardin Perfumed Candle


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The master behind Louis Vuitton's line of candles is Jacques Cavallier Belletrud. For Valentine's, pick up L'Air du Jardin. Complete with a pink wick, it takes its scent from the rose centifolia.

Myriam Schaefer Morante


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Express your love with a handbag in Valentine’s Day colors of red, pink, or white. 

Vaultskin RFID Chelsea Cardholder


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Get something small and sweet that’s sure to be useful. Vaultskin’s cardholder is RFID safe, making sure your credit cards, ID, and more are protected against wireless skimming. 

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Stay In


Dirty John

Dirty John is based on a true crime podcast of the same name by Christopher Goffard. Connie Britton and Eric Bana star in this anthology that features secrets, denial, and manipulation. The television show officially premieres on Netflix Philippines on February 14.

Kingdom

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Netflix’s newest offering, Kingdom, is a great show to binge during the holiday. Set during the Joseon-era, this period drama has everything from history to fantasy, horror, and zombies.

Russian Doll

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Another of Netflix’s newest originals, Russian Doll stars Orange Is The New Black’s Natasha Lyonne. It follows Nadia Vulvokov (Lyonne) as she relives the same night in a time loop. The comedy series was created by Lyonne herself, Amy Phoeler, and Leslye Headland.

The Notebook

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There’s nothing like a romance classic on Valentine’s Day. This adaptation of Nicholas Sparks’ best-selling novel stars Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams. It tells a love story set in the 1940s.

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Velvet Buzzsaw

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Jake Gyllenhaal stars in this horror film where art takes a supernatural turn. Velvet Buzzsaw deals with sex, death, and greet in the art world in a satirical way.

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