Valentine’s Day in the Philippines

Published 2nd February 2016
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Our first country for the Asian week is the Philippines.

Valentine’s Day is celebrated on the 14th of February. Filipinos show devotion and love not only to their partners but also to their family, friends, relatives, etc. The way they do this is by giving them small gifts, writing love letters, going out for dinner, sending flowers and chocolates, exchanging ‘I love you’ messages, etc.

Most of the people usually spend their time in malls, beaches, restaurants, cinemas or pubs. Some couples go to church during the day to thank God for all his love and blessing, and then they spend the rest of the day together.

I asked a Filipino friend of mine about this special day and he said: “What makes Valentine special in the Philippines is the culture difference. In my opinion, I say this because people are happy and still together even through good and hard times, money or without money. They spend their time together as happy couples even if they just stay home. What people value most is the time together; they cherish the moment together and still unite strong as a couple showing strong passion and dedication for their true love”.

In addition to all these ways to spend the time together, the Philippines has a special tradition: Thousands of couples share a wedding day on this date. February 14th leads couples to gather at malls or other public areas to either get married or renew their vows in mass wedding ceremonies.

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Now let’s learn how to say some Valentine’s words, phrases and terms of endearment in Tagalog ♥

  • Maligayang Kaaraw ng mga Puso                            (Happy Valentine’s Day)
  • Mahal Kita                                                                                 (I love you)
  • Irog Ko                                                                                        (My love)
  • Gusto Kita                                                                                  (I like you)
  • Maari mo ba akong makasama sa Araw ng mga Puso?    (Can you be my Valentine?)
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