February, universally known as Love Month, is the time when sweethearts from all over the world celebrate their love for each other. The most common activities include enjoying a romantic dinner in an expensive restaurant, spending a sensual night in a luxury hotel, or going on a shopping spree in the local mall. But what if you want something more than the traditional?
Why not celebrate Love Month in other places? By visiting these destinations, you and your special someone will not only experience romance but adventure too!
It’ll be like having a date back in the 1700s! Cuddle in front of a fireplace inside a log cabin. Have a relaxing walk along narrow trails under the shade of a pine forest. Reminisce about sweet moments over steaming cups of citrus lemon tea or traditional cape barako paired with sweet lemon pie or freshly baked bread.
Caving and trekking activities are also available if you feel you need a dose of adventure.
Head to Vigan, a heritage town up north in Ilocos Sur, and experience what dating was like during the Spanish era. Your lady can sit on the balcony of well-preserved mansions while you sing a harana (love song) from below to woo your special someone. Ride a calesa (horse-drawn carriage) down the brick-paved Calle Crisologo.
Visit traditional pottery shops, weavers, and other historical structures in this one-of-a-kind Filipino heritage town.
Have a really cool date–literally! Located high up in the mountains of Benguet, Baguio is blessed with cool, fresh air all around. Walk hand-in-hand under pine trees, around beautiful parks, and through the streets of this breezy city while seeing snippets of the Ifugaonon culture.
If you want some quiet time together, head out to Camp John Hay, a US rest-and-recreation park.
4. Iloilo Business Park
Like many other modern couples, you might want a modern date with a dose of glitz, glamour, and sophistication. You can have all these and more if you celebrate Love Month in ultramodern Iloilo Business Park. It’s a shopaholic’s paradise with all the shops, stores, and malls found around the park.
It’s a gastronomic haven too with all the restaurants at the Festive Walk Parade strip. If you want to check out old Iloilo, head out to the poblacion of Molo, which is just one jeepney ride away.
5. Roxas City
Renew your spiritual connection at Roxas City in Capiz by visiting old, well-preserved coral-stone churches around the city. Lots of couples also head off to the Sacred Heart of Jesus Shrine up in the hills to have an encompassing view of the city and the surrounding mountains.
After those soul-cleansing visits, fill up your tummies with fresh seafood at the boardwalk, Filipino delicacies sold in humble stalls, or a heavy buffet at the Asis Food Garden.
6. The Province of Antique
If Valentine’s Day feels bitin, why not celebrate it with your special someone for an entire week rather than a single day? Simply coast along the entire length of Antique for a myriad of adventures and sceneries in this quiet province. Climb Mt. Igcuron in Valderama, have fun river tubing down Bugang River, explore Maanghit Cave, relax in Mararison Island, and more!
Enjoy a luscious mango-filled Love Month on the beautiful island of Guimaras. Stay at the Nature’s Eye Resort, a secluded resort that is specifically made for couples. They can arrange a romantic candlelit dinner at one of the hidden, sandy coves that dot the quiet Nueva Valencia coastline.
You can then enjoy an inland tour to visit vast mango plantations, Spanish ruins, huge windmills, silent monasteries, and white-sand beaches in lovely Guimaras!
Jagna is Bohol’s latest backpacking destination, an interesting blend of classical and modern attractions! If you’re a couple who loves traveling, then Jagna is for you! Visit farming communities, ancestral homes, plazas, resorts, and more. Go scuba diving or walk along mountain trails.
But whatever you do, you need to bind your love with a huge helping of viscous, sweet, and sticky calamay, the must-try delicacy of Jagna.
9. Anawangin and Nagsasa Cove
If you and your partner are beach lovers, then having a date in Anawangin and Nagsasa Cove in Zambales is for you. These are not ordinary beaches. The sand deposited here is partly made of ash left over from the cataclysmic eruption of Mt. Pinatubo a few decades ago.
You can also climb up a few golden-colored hills to enjoy a beautiful view of the coves.
10. Samar Caving Adventures
Adventurous couples can have the time of their lives in Samar. That’s because this tropical island is filled with the most magnificent caves in the country. Climb up an underground mountain and camp in Langun Gobingob Cave, the largest cave system in the Philippines. Or descend into the crystal kingdom of Central Cave. Or marvel at the unusual rock formations inside Lobo Cave.
Get in touch with Trexplore the Adventures to guide you and your special someone inside these underground kingdoms.
Is romance not enough for you? Add a bit of adrenaline, excitement, and learning to make your Love Month more memorable! Visit these places with your sweetheart now!