Want to try something other than your usual dating plans? Then head over to these locations for a day (or night) of something new, fun, and different with your date.
Valentine’s is coming and there are plenty of Valentine promos by restaurants, as well as couple activities, sprouting around. Surely, couples in love will hasten to make reservations for the best tables and slots, which means most of Metro Manila’s restaurants will get full fast. If you want to get away from these crowded places or do something that’s quite memorable and extraordinary, these places will surely welcome your visit.
If you want a place to just relax, gain knowledge, or simply exchange literary opinions with your partner, visit a library. There are a lot of public and community libraries that you can visit for free. Major public libraries, like Marikina City Library, often carry all types of book such as fiction, non-fiction, periodicals, general knowledge, and reference. Some local and foreign institutions also have private libraries that you can visit for a minimal entrance fee.
The Marikina City Library is one of the major libraries in the Philippines carrying all types of books and reference for the public's use. (Photo from Wiki Commons)
Marikina City Library
V. Gomez St. corner Shoe Ave., San Roque, Marikina City
Telephone no.: +632 682-9574; Telefax: +632 369-6881
Monday to Friday, 8 AM–5 PM
2. Charity Institution
For a more meaningful date, you and your other half can be volunteers for a day; there are a lot of charity institutions under the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) that can use your help. Haven for the Elderly, for one, is a home for the aged who are abandoned, dependent, and underprivileged. You can visit the lolos and lolas who are under the center’s care to cheer them up even just for a short time. Homes for orphaned or abused children will also welcome your presence for a day.
In case a disaster strikes, you may help pack relief goods at DSWD’s National Relief Operations Center (NROC) at Chapel Road, Pasay City. Gawad Kalinga, a foundation known for building communities, also needs volunteers for their activities, such as cleanup drives, school and house building, and soup kitchens. Just head over to their website to find out how to lend a hand.
Some of these institutions have souvenir shops with items and projects hand-made by the residents. By supporting their products, not only are you helping their funds, but you and your loved one are also taking something home that will remind you of time well spent helping others.
The National Resource Operations Center is where all the donations and food packs for the disaster victims are packed. Interested volunteers may head over here, along Chapel Road in Pasay City. (Photo from DSWD FB page)
Haven for the Elderly
NTSB Compound, Gate 2, Camp Mateo Capinpin, Tanay, Rizal
Telephone no.: +632 579-3992
DSWD National Relief Operations Center
Chapel Road, Pasay City
Telephone nos.: +632 511-1259, +632 851-2651
2nd Floor, Cheng Building, 212 Haig Street, Brgy. Daang-Bakal, Mandaluyong
Telephone no.: +632 533-2217
It may not seem romantic, but spending a day at the cemetery can be quite memorable. If you have family members who had already departed, perhaps you can “introduce” your other half to them, offer a prayer, and spend some quality time. It’s peaceful and quiet, perfect for chatting about anything under the sun. You can also go around the cemetery to try to spot as many celebrities, or couples buried together, as you can. You and your date may also stay until nighttime if you’re feeling adventurous.
Fernando Poe Jr.'s resting place at the Manila North Cemetery. (Photo from CNN Philippine's Twitter page)
Loyola Memorial Park, Marikina City
A. Bonifacio Ave., Brgy. Tañong, Marikina City
Telephone no.: +632 941-3196
Manila North Cemetery
A. Bonifacio Ave., Sta. Cruz, Manila
Telephone no.: +632 711-0073
4. Supermarket or wet market
If your plan is to cook together at home, why don’t you start by heading over to your local market? You can bond over checking out the cheapest product choices available, or you can have a contest and see who can come up with ingredients for a healthy meal that’s under an agreed budget. To get the freshest ingredients, it’s better to go early in the day. Oh, and if you want to make the trip fun by riding in the shopping cart, do it with care and caution.
The Farmers' Market in Cubao, Quezon City has been providing fresh food recently launched a Market Tour represented by none other than the reigning Ms. Universe, Pia Wurtzbach. (Photo from certifiedfoodies.com)
518 Shaw Boulevard, Mandaluyong City
Telephone no.: +632 927-8987
Araneta Center, Cubao, Quezon City
5. Home depot
A trip to the home décor store with your date can be fun. You can window shop and pretend you’re decorating a new home together. Get to know your date by noting his or her choices of tiles, wall paint, furniture, appliance, and more. Or, you can simply imagine what both of your dream houses are going to look like. In the metro, there are home furniture centers that house several home décor stores, giving you a wider range of home stuff to look at.
The CW Home Depot in Ortigas carries many brands for home decor. (Photo from laarnisulitizen.blogspot.com)
MC Home Depot
168 Ortigas corner Meralco Avenues, Pasig City
Telephone no.: +632 636-6944
Monday to Sunday, 9 AM–8 PM
CW Home Depot
1 Doña Julia Vargas Ave. (near corner of Meralco Ave.), Brgy. Ugong, Pasig City
Telephone no.: +632 696-9277, +632 696-9279
Monday to Sunday, 9 AM–8 PM