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Valentine’s Day Pinoy style: 8 simple ways to pamper your partner

Valentine’s Day Pinoy style: 8 simple ways to pamper your partner


How to make your Pinay wife/girlfriend/partner feel special this Valentine’s Day? We listed down 8 simple and easy ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day Pinoy style.

My first Valentine’s Day with my Dutch husband was a bit of a shock to my Filipino sensibilities. At that time, we were still living in the Philippines and I was expecting a surprise, a bunch of red roses, a dinner date invitation, or a movie date. The day passed by as if it was just another normal day. My husband didn’t care about V-Day. Back then, I never considered it as something cultural but rather as a disappointment. Needless to say, we ended up fighting. I got my dinner date the next day.

Five years later, I moved to the Netherlands and the novelty of celebrating Valentine’s Day has since faded. I realized that the Dutch think of Valentine’s Day as a commercial ploy by Hallmark, some chocolate companies and flower shops. I lowered my expectations about V-Day. My husband though has already learned to compromise, never forgetting to give me something to celebrate the “special” day.

Those who are still looking for a gift for their Filipino wives/partners need not worry about spending too much on this occasion. Most Filipina are not hard to please.

Coming from a country where romantic movies are always a hit no matter how cheesy they are, we swoon at the smallest of things especially when we see the effort and love that were put into them. The important thing to remember is to make her feel special. We share you some tips:

Send her a love letter via snail mail

There was a time when writing letters using scented paper and sealing them with a kiss were considered very romantic. The joy and excitement when you see the mailman approach your house and hand you a letter from that special someone were simply incomparable. That was before.

Because of the Internet and social media, how we communicate today has taken away the anticipation and most importantly, romance. So we say, surprise your partner the traditional way by writing her a love letter.

Valentine's Day Pinoy style breakfast in bed
Valentine’s Day Pinoy style: Breakfast in bed with Pinoy food.

Prepare her a breakfast in bed

Filipino women are very caring. So much so, they don’t see it a burden waking up early before their husband and kids so they can prepare breakfast for them. We suggest turn her alarm off on that special day, wake up before she does and prepare her some breakfast in bed. Waking her up with kisses would be a great bonus. A long-stem rose plus a lovely card would complete the whole surprise and might even win you most romantic partner of the year. But a Pinoy breakfast complete with hotdog (or tocino), eggs, (fried) rice and a cup of 3-in-1 coffee will earn you lots of pogi points.

Sing her a love song (harana-style)

Harana is one of the traditional ways of courting a girl particularly in Philippine provinces. Back in the day, the young man goes to his lady love’s house, bringing a guitar with him or a friend who knows how to play the guitar, to serenade her with songs by her window. Grandmas would good-humoredly remember their parents having the dog chase after their suitor or pouring a bucket of urine outside their window targeting the poor lovelorn fellow. Not anymore. Play her favourite melody from your phone, karaoke-style, or do it together with the children.

Tip: You can now sing-along with the lyrics features on Spotify. Here’s a compilation of Filipino love songs on Spotify that you can sing along.

Create a scrapbook of your love story

Filipinos, like other Asians, are crazy about pictures. But most of us don’t have time to print and organize them in an album. So putting some of your unforgettable photos together in a scrapbook will be one of the sweetest gifts you can give her. The internet gives you thousands of creative ways to pull this one off. Download an album-making software to help you create a collage of your photos together – from the moment you met until three children later.

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Book her some me-time

Those with kids will definitely appreciate some “girl’s day out.” Let her sleep in, arrange a coffee date for her and her girlfriends, accompany her to her hairdresser, or treat her to a spa or some shopping. With all the responsibilities they carry on their shoulders, moms need a day of rest and pampering. It will be a great way to show your love for her.

A romance book perhaps?

As much as we are suckers for chick flicks, we also enjoy reading about feel-good love stories. Give her a book of poems by Pablo Neruda or the latest Harlequin novel with a sweet note written on one of the book sleeves.

Valentine's Day Pinoy style flowers
Valentine’s Day Pinoy style: A bouquest of red roses always do the trick.

Bouquet of red roses

Who doesn’t like flowers? A bunch of red roses or a bouquet of her favourite flowers delivered to her workplace or to your house with a sweet note will earn you points in the romance department.

Take her to a candlelight dinner

A candlelight dinner will always make any girl feel special on Valentine’s Day. But keep in mind that you don’t need to go to an expensive restaurant. Simply set up the dinner table as nicely as you can and cook her favorite dish.

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