Valentines this year will fall on a Friday and will likely be a payday for a lot of people but that doesn’t mean that you can splurge for your Valentines date. There’s still 364 days of the year to express your love to that special someone, so going for more affordable options will let you stretch your money for the rest of the year. Restaurants in Manila are known to jack up prices during Valentines so it just becomes much more expensive for couples to celebrate this special day. The same is true for flowers and prices for flowers in Dangwa start climbing a few days before Valentines. Read on for five suggestions on places around Metro Manila where you can go on a date for Valentines that will not break the bank yet still provide you and your date a memorable experience.
Want to go for some music and food for Valentines? Then the UP Fair is one of the events you can go to for hearts day. Held annually at the Sunken Garden, UP Diliman in Quezon City, this year’s UP Fair will run from February 12 to 15 and the artists performing on Feb. 14 include Yeng Constantino, Quest, Freestyle, and the Sabado Boys. There are other bands that are scheduled to perform on the other days around Valentines and these include Wilabaliw, Arcadia, and Curbside on February 11, Callalilly, Abra, Moonstar 88. Bands on February 13 include Up Dharma Down, UrbanDub, Itchyworms, and Spongecola while Franco, Mayonnaise, Parokya ni Edgar and Gloc 9 will perform on the last day of the fair. What’s great about going to the U.P. Fair is that not only is it affordable, but you and your date will be in an area where there are a lot of affordable places to eat. Go to Rodic’s Diner for their awesome tapa or take in the romantic ambience at Chocolate Kiss at the Bahay ng Alumni.
Also in Quezon City, here’s another place to take your date on Valentines. Cubao X has that Bohemian vibe and is home to a lot of uber cool shops that you and your date will enjoy going to. PenPen’s Filipino Kitchen serves affordable rice plates and food platters that include beef caldereta. Their shakes are a must-try and they also serve cocktails. Fred’s Revolucion is another quirky restaurant that you should try when in Cubao X. Cubao X is also very near a number of malls in the Araneta Center and you can find restaurants that fit your taste and budget just by walking around Araneta Center.
Shawarma Snack Center in Malate
If you’re hankering for something Middle Eastern for Valentines, check out the Shawarma Snack Center in Malate, Manila. You and your date can taste authentic Middle Eastern fare at affordable prices here. You and your date can order hoummus, motabal, and kebab at this place and you still have enough money to catch another snack at one of the many restaurants at the nearby Robinson’s Mall in Ermita.
Going to Binondo is like going on a quick trip to Hong Kong without leaving the country. It’s also where you can find authentic Chinese cuisine at very affordable prices. Light incense at an altar on Yuchengco Street and say your prayers for a long and fruitful life together and head on over to the many good Chinese restaurants in the area especially the ones on Benavidez and Ongpin streets.
Mall of Asia
The sunset at Manila Bay is a great backdrop for a great Valentines date, so where better to enjoy it than in one of the many restaurants with a view in the Mall of Asia. With so many restaurants in this mall, you’re sure to find one that fits your budget. Make this a memorable date by getting a ride on the MOA Eye or catch a movie at one of the many cinemas at MOA.
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