It’s been five years since Doug and Chesca Garcia-Kramer’s wedding, and 10 years have passed since they became a couple. But if you spend time with them, even for just a few minutes, you’d think that they’ve been together for only months rather than years. It was impossible to miss their adoration for each other during their cover shoot for Good Housekeeping’s June 2013 issue—take a look at our behind the scenes exclusive, and you’d see that they keep their hands entwined in between poses, and that they’d hug each other tighter after the camera’s done clicking.

So how exactly does this couple manage to keep their romance in fine form? Keep on reading to know their secrets!

1. MAKE EACH OTHER A PRIORITY.
“You have to really make a conscious effort to make time because your time is really divided with your children,” says Chesca. “What we do is we go out, or like we talk to our kids that you know, tonight, it should be just Mama and Papa. So we also get our children involved and explain to them that their mom and dad need some time together alone as well.”

2. EXPRESS YOUR FEELINGS.
“It’s really about being open,” Chesca shares. “About your feelings, and explaining things thoroughly so nobody gets offended.”

3. SPEND SOME TIME WITHOUT THE KIDS.
“We go out to dinner, we spend time with each other. We still spend time, just the two of us,” says Doug. “Going out, just the two of us, with our friends.”

4. HAVE A REGULAR RITUAL.
“[We have] dinner pretty much every week, one a week, twice a week,” Doug says. “Dinner, kaming dalawa lang (just the two of us), without the kids.”


Find out more about Doug and Chesca Garcia-Kramer by grabbing a copy of Good Housekeeping’s June 2013 issue, out on stands now! You can also subscribe to the magazine’s digital edition.

Also in this issue:
How the Kasambahay Law Affects You
New Money Rules for Couples
Turn Stress into Energy!

(Photo by Mike Dee)

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