Things to do for love

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Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. For everything sweet—be it food, activities, places or gifts—check out the Life&Times’ ‘2014 Official Valentine’s guide. ‘

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What to enjoy

A serenade by The Company
Feel the romance this Valentine’s Day with classic love songs from The Company. Have a romantic candlelit dinner and be serenaded with a touching musical ensemble on February 14 at Crowne Plaza Manila Galleria. For inquiries, call 633-7222 or e-mail cpgm.reservations@ihg.com.

A soulful concert drom ‘Daddy’s’
The Bellevue Manila’s Vue Bar is holding its very own valentine concert entitled Daddy’s Home at the Vue Bar—A Valentine Show. Happening on February 14 at 8 p.m., this one-night concert will feature Daddy’s Home, a group composed of four fathers with soulful singing voices. For inquiries, call 771-8181, or visit www.thebellevue.com.

A sky lounge party
At Diamond Hotel, hearts will beat to the tune of romance as Sky Lounge Music Bar offers a pre-Valentine show on February 13 with the Foessil Band, and a Valentine show on February 14 with the music of Silk Band. Come 11:30 p.m., resident DJs Matthew Carbonell and Soulful Jigs will take over to spin heart thumping beats and mixes. For inquiries call, 529-3000 local 1121.

Bonding with  friends and family
Valentine’s Day is not just for couples. So Holiday Inn Galleria Manila invites you to gather friends and family to celebrate love at Bar One. Create new memories over a special menu consisting of Sisig Balls, Quesadilla Bomb, Faoro’s Italian Masterpiece and Napoleon’s Shrimp Farce. For inquiries, call 633-7111, or e-mail higm.reservations@ihg.com.

An intoxicating wine buffet
Spend Valentine’s by having an intoxicatingly good time at Richmonde Hotel Ortigas’ The Exchange bar where the “Love Drunk Valentine’s Wine Buffet” happens from February 10 to 14, every 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Party the night away with endless glasses of fine red or white wine. For inquiries, call 638-7777, e-mail rho@richmondehotel.com.ph, or visit www.richmondehotels.com.ph.

Where to eat

Enjoy an Italian love feast
Know true love for food this Valentine’s Day at Lucia Ristorante, where Chef Davide Lombardi has concocted a special, Italian dinner called “A Festa D’Amore’’. The menu is good for two people and consists a vegetable soup, homemade black taglierini, beef brisket and luscious Panna cotta. For inquiries, call 887-8080.

Choose elegant or cozy?
The Peninsula Manila has prepared different kinds of dinner for different types of lovers. Enjoy the elegant surroundings of Old Manila with a romantic five-course menu. Then at Escolta, a sumptuous buffet specially prepared for couples celebrating their love in the relaxing and casual atmosphere. For inquiries, call 581 2288, e-mail pmn@peninsula.com or visit peninsula.com.

Have a decadent rendezvous
A decadent rendezvous awaits food lovers this Valentine’s Day at Cravings. The fine-dining restaurant sets up “Season of Love” three-course set specials—featuring a grilled Chilean Sea Bass and Berry Blossom cake among others, plus a free bottle of fine wine—available from February 14 to 16. For inquiries, visit and like Cravings Philippines at Facebook and Twitter.

A candlelit dinner
Celebrate the most romantic day of the year at the most romantic venue in Metro Manila—Prince Albert Rotisserie of InterContinental Manila. Share a candlelit dinner with your date featuring a special five-course menu available for dinner on February 13 and 14. For inquiries, call 793-7000 extension 774 or 776.

Truffle, caviar or lobster?
To say that Resorts World Manila’s Impressions will serve good food on heart’s day is an understatement as Chef Cyrille Soenen has certainly outdone himself with three special set menus—based on are the truffle, caviar, and French Brittany lobsters. Choose one from February 14 to 16, and enjoy a fine, seven-courses meal with a glass of Moet &Chandon Brut Imperial. For inquiries, call 908-8883 or email impressions@rwmanila.com

A Japanese food trip
On February 14, express love at Traders Hotel Manila over a dinner buffet highlighting a luscious spread of authentic Japanese food specially prepared by Executive Japanese Chef Masahiro Mizumoto at Kitsho. Get one complimentary bottle of sake and a lovely rose and praline for your beautiful valentine. For inquiries, call 708-4888.

Dine under the stars
Have a private dinner for two in one of the most romantic settings—under the stars—at Sofitel Philippine Plaza. Indulge in a six-course set menu prepared by French Chef Bettina Arguellas while being served by a personal butler. The experience is made more special with live entertainment by a romantic duo. For inquiries, call 551-5555 local 6993 or e-mail at h6308@sofitel.com.

Where to stay

A weekend staycation in Makati
Celebrate the season of hearts on all weekends of February at Makati Shangri-La, Manila with a special staycation called “The Romantic Rendezvous.” The room package includes an overnight stay at a Deluxe Suite, buffet breakfast at Circles Event Café, and afternoon tea and evening cocktails for two. For inquiries, call 813-8888, or e-mail slm.reservations@shangri-la.com

A romantic weekend at Ortigas
Spend a weekend of romance at Edsa Shangri-La, Manila with an indulgent stay. The special Valentine package includes a scrumptious buffet breakfast for two at HEAT restaurant and comes with a flowers, pralines and teddy bear. Special rates are offered for weekend stays from February 14 to March 2. For inquiries, call 633-8888, or e-mail reservations.esl@shangri-la.com.

A place for ‘just the two of you’
From February 14 to 16, Acacia Hotel Manila has created the “Just the Two of Us” room package, an overnight stay in a Deluxe Room that already includes buffet breakfast for two, a relaxing one hour in room couple massage, use of fitness center and swimming pool, and free shuttle service within the Alabang area. For inquiries, call 720-2000, or visit www.acaciahotelsmanila.com.

A city escapade in Filinvest
Weave magical memories with your loved ones at Crimson Hotel Filinvest City, Manila with a dreamy city escapade. From February 3 to 15, experience the Love in the City room package including an overnight stay, buffet breakfast for two, a box of pralines, a bottle of wine, and barbecue dinner buffet for two. For inquiries, call 863-2222 or email info.alabang@crimsonhotel.com.

Getaway at Manila Bay
Manila Hotel guests looking for a romantic getaway can avail the Valentine Romance promotional package from February 13 to 15 inclusive of an overnight accommodation in a superior deluxe room. During their stay, they will also get to dine at the famed Champagne Room, have a signature massage at the spa and, enjoy a buffet breakfast at the Café Ilang Ilang the next day.

What to give

A relaxing ‘Love Ritual’
If you seek for a truly special Valentine’s gift, Dusit Thani Manila’s Devarana Spa has the answer with “Be at One Love Ritual.” A sensual spa program, it allows couples to reconnect with each other in a beautiful and intimate environment.  This intimate ritual focuses on balancing the Swadhisthana Chakra. This program is available throughout February. For inquiries, call 818-7081, e-mail info@devaranaspa.com, or visit www.devaranaspa.com.

‘Fruits in Bloom’
Offering a fresh and innovative way of gift-giving this Valentines Day, Fruits in Bloom lets you express your love with a delectable alternative—an exquisite arrangement of gourmet fruits. Exclusively for this month of love, Fruits in Bloom has launched its Valentine’s Collection—an array of creative, healthy and naturally sweet arrangements to make your celebration more meaningful. For inquiries, call 812-0380.

Artisanal chocolates
Villa del Conte, the famous Italian artisanal chocolate, helps you give an amazing surprise for your special someone this February 14 with boxes of chocolates especially designed for Valentine’s Day. The treats in every box are products of Villa del Conte’s 81-year-old heritage. For inquiries, call 893-2575 or 621-6101.

Precious time
Time is precious as gold, especially when it is spent with your special someone. And what better way to express your love than giving Bench Premium Gold Collection. This Valentine’s month, enjoy the classic yet modern design of gold watches, crafted especially for couples. The collection boasts of beauty and elegance.

Big and beautiful hearts
Famous for its signature large, heart-shaped silicon pendants, OPS!Objects offers the perfect jewelry gift for the ladies. Show your love through the OPS!Love collection, featuring a bracelet, a steel “OPS!” charm, a necklace, and a pair of earrings that come in different fun colors. For inquiries, visit www.opsobjects.com.

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