Yes, it is. Today (Philippine time) is February 14 – Valentine’s Day, or St. Valentine’s Day as some call it. Valentine’s Day is a huge event in the Philippines. I can certainly say that Valentine’s is a much larger event here than it is back in the USA where I come from. Why is that? Are Filipinos hopeless romantics? Well, I don’t know about hopeless, but they are romantics, no doubt.
Back in the USA, Valentines day is more of a kid’s event. Not exclusively, but that is a big part of it. In the stores they sell boxes of Valentine’s cards and little candies for kids. At many schools, the kids exchange cards and candy on Valentine’s Day. Yes, couples might go out for dinner, to a movie, or just generally have time together.
Here in the Philippines, though, Valentine’s day is an EVENT! I know one couple who are in a “distance relationship” – the man lives and works in Davao, the woman lives and works in Manila. She is flying down to Davao for Valentine’s Day to spend it with her man, though.
For the most part, on Valentine’s Day, you can’t just go out to dinner here. You must reserve, and often even pay for the meal in advance. Valentine’s Day is the only day of the year that I know of where you really need a dinner reservation here in the Philippines. And, I am not just talking about the high end restaurants. This extends to even lower end eateries too! The restaurants often have a big buffet dinner on Valentine’s Day. There are parties to attend, big events of all sorts! I remember last year (or was it the year before?) they had a nationwide event where everybody was supposed to kiss at a certain exact time. They estimated how many people participated, and they submitted it to the Guinness Book of World Records for the most people kissing simultaneously. I never heard if Guinness accepted it or not.
Valentine’s Day is good for Feyma and I too. With our online business, WowPhilippines, it is our busiest season of the year, much bigger than Christmas is for us. So, we make good money during Valentine’s Day, which is nice. It is certainly a lot of hard work, though.
Happy Valentine’s Day everybody!