| From L-R: The
breathtaking view of Taal as seen from Tagaytay, Cavite; Boracay,
Panay: one of the best coasts in the world; the untouched paradise
in Palawan; waters of the Pagsanjan Falls and all its tropical magnificence
serve as a perfect hideaway for couples; get lost in the walls of
Intramuros with the love of your life.
(pictures courtesy of dcg.on.ca/philippines/tagaytay,
Palawan.com, Discover Philippines.com, Jerry Barizo and Tirol &
Tirol Beach Resort.com)
by: Melissa Jane Laurel
What exactly is a "romantic
place"? Some love-struck (and loveless) folks, gave us some ideas
of what these sites should possess to be called "romantic." Sure enough,
we located numerous perfectly dreamy spots in the Philippines. Discover
these places and reminisce about the memories that they may have created
Great heights and cool weather.
A spectacular view of the metropolis with its sparkling
lights like bright stars below one's feet, complete with a cool breeze,
can induce an overwhelming emotion, most especially if held in between
one's lovers arms…
||· Tagaytay, Cavite. Its cool
atmosphere can stimulate the most heartfelt emotions with a
breathtaking view of Taal Volcano's craters and its surrounding
lake. "Little nipa huts along the road provided us a great ambiance,"
narrates Vanessa, 21 as she recalls having dinner with her love,
overlooking the lights of the city below, the stars above, and
the moon glistening on the calm waters of Taal Lake.
· Sumulong Highway, towards Antipolo. Several bars and
restaurants along this thoroughfare feature a spectacular show
of lights dancing in the metropolis below, without the busy
sounds and the polluted air. Just like Tagaytay, the scenery
may transport you to a world only both of you will know.
· Via Mare, Tektite Ortigas. At the heart of Metro Manila
is a place with a fantastic view of the hustle and bustle of
urban brightness. Raquel, 24, recalls celebrating their first
year anniversary in Via Mare. "He wanted to bring me to a classy
place," she says. Although pretty expensive, couples can certainly
enjoy a luscious meal towering over most of the country's capital.
· Baguio. The crisp, cool air, the scent of fresh pines
and blooming flowers and the breathtaking sight beneath you
can stir up wonderful vibes. A picnic basket of goodies, some
sweet music and freshly picked flowers can make a girl feel
like a princess alone with her prince in a paradise of their
Water and Sand.
The country's most wonderful beaches in the world are
great havens for couples who would want some time out from the rest
of the world. Bask in the splendor of sand, sea and sun as it sets
on the horizon.
Cheche, 25, claims that the beach has done wonders
for her and her present love. "We were on the shore from sunset to
moonset," she recounts, adding that, "I guess it was the ambiance
of it all that hit me, coz it made me realize how much he already
meant to me."
Here are a few of the countless shorelines and islands
that can indeed spark up feelings never before imagined.
||· Luzon: Puerto Galera, Puerto
Azul, Cavite shores (such Caylabne Bay Resort and Island Cove)
· Visayas: Boracay, Guimaras, Calangaman Island and Badian
Bay in Cebu
· Mindanao: Dakak, Sulu Sea in Zamboanga, Samal Island, Davao
Aside from the oceans, the rest of Mother Nature's
magnificence is an ideal location for a budding romance as well. Imagine
yourself leisurely sailing in the calm waters, feeling the fresh,
gentle wind brush through your face and her soft skin against your
||· Palawan. Miles of sandy
white beaches, crystal clear water plus various tropical flora
and fauna provide a romantic getaway for twosomes. Enjoy the
grandeur of nature untouched with honey-bunny by your side and
feel like monarchs of your own realm.
· Pagsanjan Falls. A scenic spot where cliffs and tropical
forests overhang the V-shaped ravine exaggerating the dramatic
25 meter drop of Pagsanjan Falls which hides itself in the innermost
part of the gorge. Find your own hideaway and snuggle in the
cool air that envelopes the lush greenery and towering cliffs
Who says history is text-book boring? Stepping
on the exact site where the heroes of our country are remembered can
set off sparks of emotion. These historical places can be more romantic
than you can ever imagine.
||· Intramuros. Jaymie, 22,
recommends this place at dusk walking amid the ruins and all
its historical richness. "Watch the sunset from the wall," she
suggests. "It was really nice for us noon kasi it was totally
unplanned, we didn't spend all that much, but it was really
sweet and romantic," she recalls and adds, "wear comfortable
· Corregidor. A guided tour with your darling to the
different sights of this historically significant spot can bring
about romance as you hold hands checking out the memorials,
shrines and ruins of the place.
Any place can have a romantic touch. As Jaymie puts it,
"you dont have to shell out a lot of money to have a great date. All
you need is imagination." True enough, even the university football
field with a candle-lit dinner set-up can bring any girl the romantic
tingles. With the right ambience and the right person by your side,
anywhere is just perfect.