by Abigail Javellana
Need some date ideas for a Valentines Day? We've got 10 Romantic Valentine's Day date ideas for you to enjoy with the one you love!
Whether you're single, taken, or somewhere in-between, we've found the best things to do on Valentine's Day...
The Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Festival set at the Philippine Air Force ADAC Hangar in Clark Freeport Zone in Pampanga. The fiesta is held during Thursday to Sunday on the weekend near Valentines (February 9-12, 2017).
This longest-running sports and aviation festivity isn't just a weekend of everything that flies. There will be four full days of flying activities including hot air ballooning, aerobatic exhibitions, skydiving, powered paragliding, aviation formation, search and rescue flight demonstrations, and balloon bursting, among other aviation spectacles—await attendees and participants to the highly anticipated event.
Did we mention it's also a good romantic spot for your Valentines get away? :)
Here's our guide on how you can make the most of your trip to Clark...
21st PHILIPPINE INTERNATIONAL HOTAIR BALLOON FIESTA
Diosdado Macapagal International Airport, Clark Freeport zone, Pampanga
Festival Date:Feb 9-12, 2017
Contact Number: +6328512450
2. Spiral's at Sofitel Manila
#SpiceUpSpiral: 21 Recipes for Romance
Romance, spice and everything nice; embark on a gastronomic voyage and titillate your senses as Spiral’s culinary artisans presents the hottest recipes for romance. Spiral’s 21 dining ateliers transform into a haven for 21 magical spices that add new and enhanced flavors to your love life featuring: saffron, ginger, basil, ginseng, ras el hanout cinnamon, vanilla, pink pepper, galangal, cayenne pepper, nutmeg, thyme, curry, coriander, turmeric, mustard seed, star anise, cardamom, shichimi (Japanese spice mixture), paprika and chili.
Spiral’s culinary artisans show you how the masterful use of spices will be just the right pinch to turn the heat up in your love life. The French atelier will serve as haven to the flavorful saffron bouillabaisse, braised veal cheek with carrot and ginger sauce as well as Moroccan specialties enhanced by ras el hanout couscous and chicken tagine. The Chinese atelier features drunken prawns using ginger, Chinese cumin lamb and double- boiled ginseng soup with sliced abalone. The Filipino atelier showcases the flavorful combination of sweet and sour pork belly and spicy fried squid. The Thai atelier known for its spicy offerings will offer sizzling hot dishes of grilled scallops in coriander sauce, red curry beef with cardamom and cinnamon plus steamed whole lapu-lapu in 5 spices namely: fennel seeds, cloves, cinnamon, peppercorn and star anise wrapped in banana leaves locking in the flavors with the fish. The North Indian atelier presents bhatti murgh, lamb biryani, paneer tikka all laden with spices featuring nutmeg, cardamom and cinnamon. The Korean atelier will headline with ginseng-infused dishes including chicken ginseng soup, ginger and chili spicy grilled eel and grilled sea bass with galangal in orange sauce.
Feast in a decadent selection of cakes and pralines with a twist as Spiral’s Chocolaterie and Creamery presents pink peppercorn lava cake, strawberry ginger cheesecake, mango Jamaican pepper mousse and the sinful chocolate pralines: the French Kiss with black pepper; and Ruby with Star Anise.
Valentine’s Day Lunch – Php3,000nett per person; Php1,500nett per child age 5- 12 years old
Valentine’s Dinner – Php4,500nett per person; Php1,850nett per child age 5-12 years old.
For more information please call +63 2 832 6988 or email H6308-FB12@sofitel.com.
SOFITEL LUXURY HOTELS Philippine Plaza Manila
CCP Complex, Roxas Boulevard Pasay City 1300 Metro Manila, Philippines
Facebook: Sofitel Manila
Telephone: +632 832-6988 or 551-555 Loc. 6988
3. Makati Shangri-la
Find love at first bite with an exclusive dinner by Michelin two-starred chef Michel Portos.
On Valentine’s Day, Makati Shangri-La, Manila welcomes Michelin two-starred Chef Michel Portos to its kitchen for an exclusive two-night dinner experience at Sage Bespoke Grill.
An esteemed chef from France, Chef Portos started his career in Bordeaux, where he trained side-by-side exceptional chefs and built his philosophy of simple, yet creative cuisine. His decades of experience have earned him two Michelin stars and he has been named “2012 Chef of the Year” by Gault & Millau.
“The hotel is known for being a stage for local and international culinary artists. We are thrilled to have Chef Portos at the hotel to give our guests unique dining with the Makati Shangri-La experience,” said Alain Borgers, general manager of Makati Shangri-La, Manila and area manager of Shangri-La Philippine properties.
On February 13, the Valentine’s Day dinner will showcase a distinct “his” and “hers” menu. On February 14, a gastronomic journey awaits with a degustation of French-Mediterranean flavors.
Guests can fill their tummies and their hearts with the scrumptious dining offers at the hotel’s restaurants.
For inquiries and booking, guests may call (63 2) 814 2560 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
4. Philippine International Pyromusical Competition
This annual event will put on a never-before-seen spectacle of lights and colors where the night sky and sea meet as staged by the world’s leading pyrotechnic experts.This competition will not only paint the Manila sky with brilliant bursts of vivid color, but will also be the venue to showcase the emerging artistry and evolving sophistication of Filipino fireworks technology. The Philippine International Pyromusical Competition will be imbued with the awesome fanfare and delightful displays of the world’s leading pyrotechnic events, but done with that distinct Filipino flourish that will surely bring together eager audiences from all over the region.
5. City of Dreams Manila
At City of Dreams Manila, romantic Valentine’s Day celebrations filled with gastronomic delights await diners at the luxury integrated resort’s award-winning restaurants: Crystal Dragon, Nobu Manila, Red Ginger and other 20 dining options.
Couples and families alike can impress their loved ones with an epicurean experience through the Valentine’s set menu at Crystal Dragon, Valentine’s Omakase dinner at Nobu, a decadent chocolate fondue dessert at Red Ginger, and sweet delights at Café Society.
Crystal Dragon, the premium Cantonese and regional Chinese restaurant of City of Dreams Manila and voted recently as one of the top 20 restaurants in the Philippine Tatler’s Best Restaurant Guide for the second year in a row, offers a spectacular Valentine’s five-course lunch and dinner set menus for couples. The indulgent gastronomic affair starts off with Shredded Roasted Duck with Fresh Fruit Salad in Dressing; followed by Steamed Sea Treasures, Scallop and Truffle Dumpling with Pumpkin Broth and the Oven Baked Marinated Cod Fish Fillet Topped with Cheese and Fragrant Garlic. A Cupid Dessert Plate and a Soy Milk Pudding with Mango Caviar, Heart-Shaped Espresso Chocolate Cremeux, Red Bean Parfait and Wolfberry cap off the exquisite meal. The menu is served with fragrant Jasmine Tea.
Crystal Dragon’s Valentine’s Day menus are offered from February 13 to 15 for P3,980++ per person for a minimum of two guests.
Couples can indulge in Nobu’s Japanese-Peruvian Omakase menu on February 13 and 14 at P3,999++ per person, with a Nobu Manila Sweet Masu Box with Petit Fours and Origami Flower as a signature token. Setting the romantic mood is a heavenly seven-course dinner that starts with the Sashimi Duo of Yellowtail Jalapeño and Oyster New Style Caviar, followed by the Sushi Trio: Tuna Tataki with Maui Onion Salsa, Snapper Dry Miso and Octopus Tiradito and a Salmon Sashimi Salad with Goma Dressing. The Crispy Scallop Phyllo introduces the entrée of Beef Tenderloin Uni Butter and Clear Soup with Asari Clam. A sweet ending to the dinner is the Chocolate Royale with Fresh Berries.
For reservations, guests can call 800 8080 or e-mail email@example.com.
CITY OF DREAMS MANILA
Asean Avenue corner Roxas Boulevard,
Entertainment City, Parañaque 1701, Manila, Philippines
6. Impressions at Resort's World Manila
Resorts World Manila (RWM) has everything you need to sweep her off her feet with elegantly indulgent and romantic Valentine offerings at RWM signature restaurants Impressions and the Terrace at Maxims Hotel.
Paris may be the City of Love, but if a flight to France for dinner seems a bit over-the-top, you can still give her a taste of French fine dining with a Romantic Rendezvous at Impressions. Executive Chef Cyrille Soenen – who holds the distinction of being the only resident Maitres de Cuisiniers de France (that’s Master Chef of France) in the Philippines – has designed a four-course dinner menu featuring the best of French cuisine, artfully plated and perfectly prepared to light up the senses.
The Romantic Rendezvous prix fixe menu starts off light and frothy with an amuse bouche of mousse of scallops and celery crumble served with orange-scented tuile and chive oil. The appetizer of poached and seared duck liver with arugula, smoked beet puree, parmesan tuile, and red onion marmalade will excite the palate, followed by a comforting bowl of creamy broth of mussels and leeks, with a healthy side of edamame and Akegai clam meuniere and micro salad.
For the entrée, you and your date will have a choice of slow-roasted Angus prime rib, roasted Chilean sea bass, or minute-marinated French duck breast – each served with sidings that best complement the central dish.
The decadent dinner gets a sweet finish with a dessert that delivers an exhilarating symphony of sweet, bitter, and tart flavors through the mixed berry chiboust, a quenelle of citrus-scented dark chocolate ganache, a sponge and coulis duo of strawberry, 70% Guanaja Valrhona gelato, chocolate soil, and meringue.
There are few things more romantic than a candlelit dinner under the stars, and The Terrace at the ultra-luxury hotel Maxims takes it up a notch with a gourmet set dinner, a sommelier’s selection of wine pairings, a live acoustic band, floral arrangements, and languorous lighting by the poolside for an unforgettable date.
Diners at the Terrace can choose between a table for two by the poolside where the waters reflect the twinkling stars, or for the privacy of the cabanas for a truly decadent and romantic evening.
Impressions and the Terrace are located at Maxims Hotel, Resorts World Manila. Reservations are highly recommended. For bookings and inquiries, visit rwmanila.com or call the tourist/visitor hotline at (02)908-8833.
Sundays: 11:00am–3:00pm (Brunch buffet)
Telephone: +632 908-8883
Mobile: +63 915 951-9390 (restaurant manager)
7. Marco Polo Ortigas
Celebrate love and create a meaningful Valentine as Marco Polo Ortigas Manila fill the love month with nothing more than the most delightful and lovely gifts for all couples.
Have a great escape and appreciate moments together with an overnight stay in a Superior or Premier Room with breakfast and dinner for two (2) at Cucina. Make it even more special with an exclusive romantic overnight stay in a Continental Deluxe Room or Superior Suite with breakfast for two (2) at the Continental Club Lounge and a Valentine’s dinner at Cucina. A special set up with flowers awaits couples who wish to dine in the comfort of their suites for a more romantic suite Valentine to remember.
Dine and unwind for a delightful lunch and receive a special red rose with a heart-shaped chocolate at Php 3,000 for two persons. Opt for a romantic evening dinner with the same special gifts, paired with two glasses of Rosé at Php 5,888. Bring in three couple friends and enjoy a Valentine’s group dinner package that comes with a bottle of Rosé.
Let your hearts soar in the sky and celebrate the lovely day with the lovely partner at Vu’s Sky Bar and Lounge. Enjoy a tapas buffet with a Valentine’s drink for Php 2,600 on February 14. A romantic evening with the Manila skyline is perfect to keep the butterflies.
Experience a night full of love and music as Philippine’s Music Festival Queen, Ivy Violan, comes home and delights us with performances in the sky.
On February 10 and 17, Ivy Violan will be serenading the guests as she performs for her homecoming concert at Marco Polo Ortigas Manila’s Vu’s Sky Bar and Lounge. Featuring jazz singer Richard Merk, the show will be directed by Joey Nombres with Rick Ramos as sound engineer and Mon Faustino as musical director. Cover charge is Php 2,000 per person, which includes one welcome drink.
Celebrate love and create a meaningful Valentine with the partner at Marco Polo Ortigas Manila. Contact (632) 720 7777 or book online via www.marcopolohotels.com or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sundays: 11:00am–3:00pm (Brunch buffet)
Telephone: +632 908-8883
Mobile: +63 915 951-9390 (restaurant manager)
8. VASK Tapas Room
For VASK Tapas Room, they will be having a special set menu comprised of 9 dishes, many of which are new and special for the occasion.
The fine de claire oyster and San Valentino chocolate tart belonging to the amuse bouche and dessert sections, respectively, are made with classic Valentine’s Day elements. Also to be given special attention is the main course of braised prime ribs with parmesan mashed potato, basil, and asparagus. At the end of the meal, guests will even get to take home a surprise treat to remember the night by.
The Valentine’s Day Set Menu will be priced at Php4900+ per head. For reservations, call +63 9178065292 or email email@example.com
VASK MODERN TAPAS & GASTRONOMIC CUISINE
5th Floor, Clipp Center, 11th Avenue Corner, 39th Street, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig
(Beside CVC Law Building. Near The Goose Station and St. Michael the Archangel Church in BGC)
Telephone: +632 217-6563
Mobile: +63 920 974-4742 or +63 917 806-5292
Facebook: VASK Modern Tapas & Gastronomic Cuisine
9. The Manila Hotel
Have you planned something for the love of your life? This passionate month of February, The Manila Hotel is up to the challenge to make this love month even more exciting and more memorable. Celebrate the wonderful feeling of falling in love and finding love anew as the true heart of the Philippines launches a series of special offerings and help you create beautiful memories---from bespoke proposals to the one you love, engagement parties, tying the knot, honeymoons, babymoons, and anything that celebrates love in all forms. Our expert team will be there to make everything happen right before your very eyes.
Experience “THE GRAND DAME’S HEART” package inclusive of an overnight stay in one of our Superior Deluxe rooms, two tickets to crooner David Pomeranz’ concert with dinner for two at the Tent City, a buffet breakfast buffet for two at the Café Ilang-Ilang; and the following morning, a one-hour signature massage for one person at The Manila Hotel Spa. Additional amenities include: welcome fruits, unlimited internet access, and a complimentary use of the outdoor pool and Health Club Facilities for only PHP 20,000 nett.
For a more intimate and indulgent atmosphere, dine under crystal palm trees of the famed Champagne Room of The Manila Hotel and delight in a French gastronomic voyage with your special someone. Indulge in foie gras, scallops, and lamb loin for only PHP 7,000 nett for two. When you avail a bottle of Roberto Mondavi Merlot or Chardonnay, you get to take other bottle home with our compliments. Do not forget to ask our team for other wine recommendations as well.
For restaurant reservations, please call our Food and Beverage team at 527-0011 extension 1261-1262. For room reservations, please contact 5270011 extension 1175 to 1179 or visit www.manila-hotel.com.ph.
10. The Palace Manila
All roads lead to the Palace Manila tonight for their Valentines Weekend Special. They'll have Valentine's activities for all three outlets for Saturday (Feb 11). A Marriage booth in Pool Club, a kissing booth in Valkyrie and will be giving away roses to the first few ladies in Revel.
THE PALACE POOL CLUB
9th Ave cor 36th Street, Uptown Bonifacio, Taguig, Metro Manila
Mobile: +63 917 689-8888
Opening Hours: Monday to Saturday: 5 pm onwards, Sunday: 3 pm onwards
Live an Awesome Life,
Abi of Team Our Awesome Planet
Disclosure: We wrote this article with our biases, opinions, and insights.
P.S. Where are you Celebrating Valentine's day not covered in this list?