• 5 Out-of-the-City Escapades for Couples

    Rekindle your love for one another with these undiscovered romantic getaways for Valentine month.
    by Matet Garcia-Reyes .
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    After spending the holidays with families and friends, Valentine is the perfect excuse to spend some couple time with your better half. Whether you are married, soon-to-be-married, or just dating, the sights and sounds of these out-of-the-city escapades will definitely make you fall in love again and again.

    Escapade 1: Sampaloc Cove, Subic Bay
    My husband and I had a great time sailing the waters of Subic Bay en route to the untouched Sampaloc Cove. The simplicity of the cove is a nice backdrop for a laidback day together.

    What to do there:
    Have a picnic-style lunch at Sampaloc Cove, snorkel, then have early dinner aboard the luxurious sailboat with a private chef and butler.

    How to get there:
    Subic Bay Freeport Zone is a 3-hour drive from Manila and is accessible via private and public transportation. Buses bound to Olongapo City leave Manila every 30 minutes. The Lighthouse Marina Resort is the only resort offering sailboat tours to Sampaloc Cove to date. 

    How much to shed:
    Sailboat tours are priced at P3,500 per hour.


    Escapade 2: Alaminos and Bolinao, Pangasinan
    IT Analyst Niño Siongco and his girlfriend Rachelle Enriquez shared an uncontrived DIY tour of Alaminos and Bolinao in Pangasinan for a romantic escapade. “We had so much fun that I forgot how many islands we went to. The cliffs and islands reminded us so much of Coron. I was amazed at how pristine the place is, considering it is only a few hours’ drive from Manila”, Niño says. “We held hands, ran, laughed, hugged, and danced in the rain. Every moment was private.” he added.

    What to do:
    Beach bumming at Patar Beach, island hopping, spelunking, and engaging in the sights like the waterfalls, caves, and the lighthouse.

    How to get there:
    Alaminos-bound buses leave Manila every hour, while four direct trips to Bolinao are scheduled daily. Travel takes around 6 to 7 hours.

    How much to shed:
    Expect to spend about P 4,500 for a 3-day-2-night vacation package that includes island hopping, picnic lunches and dinners, caving adventure, beach bumming and sightseeing.

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