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  • Tight Budget? Affordable Ideas to Enjoy a Romantic Date This Valentine's Day

    Shower your spouse with all the love he or she deserves by trying out these fun Valentine’s Day date ideas.
    by Kate Borbon .
Tight Budget? Affordable Ideas to Enjoy a Romantic Date This Valentine's Day
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  • We're here to tell you that it's okay if you want to stay at home for Valentine's Day. The thought of traffic makes us want to stay at home, too, BUT there is the weekend after. If you’re thinking of a fun, different way to make your partner feel all loved-up this season without having to spend too much, here are some date night ideas you can try out.

    Indulge your inner kids at Enchanted Kingdom

    We're fans of theme park dates and Enchanted Kingdom offers a romantic dinner at the Wheel of Fate and a captivating show at Eldar’s Theater (Php2.1k). And who doesn't want cap off the day watching fireworks display! If you want heart-stopping, then don't forget to ride the Space Shuttle and EKstreme Tower. Do a double date for Php4k (4 pax).

    Enchanted Kingdom is located at San Lorenzo South, Sta. Rosa, Laguna.

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    Say yes to love at Araneta Center

    Head to Araneta Center at the Gateway Cineplex is also hosting a variety show called "1 Night Stand Live" (Php250 at 6 p.m.) for those who want to spend Valentine’s Day laughing over the hilarious side of love.

    Learn more about Araneta Center’s “Yes to Love” Valentine’s celebration here.

    Sing and dance along to your favorite love songs

    No Valentine’s Day is complete without hearing your favorite romantic tunes. OPM artist Noel Cabangon, also known as the soothing voice behind “Kanlungan,” is holding a concert entitled Himig ng Aking Pag-Ibig on February 13, 2019, at the Music Museum. For an affordable price, you can spend a beautiful night of singing along to tender love songs (tickets start at Php1,000).

    Learn more about Himig ng Aking Pag-Ibig here.

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    Watch local Pinoy films

    Recreate those first-date feels by watching a movie with your special someone this Hearts’ Day! Get your fix of international flicks and local film gems at Cinema ’76 Film Society (Php180). There’s nothing quite like spending some down time with a good movie and the person you love most!

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    Cinema ’76 Film Society has two locations: 160 Luna Mencias St., Brgy. Addition Hills, San Juan, Manila, and 3/F Anonas LRT City Center, Aurora Boulevard, Quezon City. Learn more here.

    Meditate together

    Don't laugh but a date night where you literally get to relax doesn't sound so bad. Besides, the Zen meditation classes every week at Ocean Sky Chan Monastery in San Juan, Metro Manila are free! A bonus: it also offers free Mandarin classes! Hey, the couple who meditates AND learns a language together, now that's commitment.

    Ocean Sky Chan Monastery is located at 716 Jose Abad Santos St., Little Baguio, San Juan, Metro Manila. Learn more here.

    Have a romance under the stars

    If you want "stargazing" with convenience, then check out National Planetarium, which has just reopened. The exhibition where you can learn about the stars and planets guided early people in sea navigation, fishing, and agriculture is free. It will cost you to catch a show — but only for Php50! The National Planetarium is also located near the National Museum, so why not make February 14 (or the weekend after) a day of learning history for you and your partner?

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    The National Planetarium is located at Dr. Jose P. Rizal Park, Padre Burgos Avenue, Ermita, Manila. It is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesdays to Sundays. Learn more here.

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