When you’ve been together with your partner for what feels like forever, deciding what to do and where to go on special occasions can be challenging. You’ve celebrated your monthsaries, anniversaries, and Valentine’s days countless of times—how can you make them special this year?While you can always resort to your usual date night plans (tempted to just snuggle up and watch Netflix?), February 14 is the perfect chance to try something different. So if you're ready to spice things up by planning a date that you and your beau will talk about in the years to come, here are a few unconventional ideas you can consider: 

Glamping (a.k.a. glamorous camping) at 8 Suites and San Rafael River Adventure

Forget hotel rooms. For a refreshing way to spend time together, why not get cozy inside a tent? Fortunately, there are more comfortable camping options these days; glamping sites offer tents with mattresses, electric fans, and yes, even free breakfasts. For a quick (and IG-worthy) getaway, book at 8 Suites in Tagaytay where their suite-like tents are priced at P4,500.

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If you’re feeling adventurous, take a road trip up North going to San Rafael River Adventure in Bulacan where tents are set up on a floating raft! Additional ammenities include river swings, kayaks, and inflatable slides so you definitely won't run out of things to do. Rates start at P4,000 for an overnight stay by the river (this includes a free breakfast, one-hour use of Kayak, and access to pools). 

Hiking at Masungi Georeserve

Strolling around the mall is fun but walking through a long, hanging bridge enclosed in ropes is unforgettable. If the latter sounds appealing to you, pack your backpacks and make your way to Masungi Georeserve, a conservation area and a rock garden in Rizal. This hiking spot is best known for its thrilling four-hour trails involving hanging bridges and steep rope courses which will help you and your beau work up a sweat. Don’t worry, the breathtaking views of Laguna de Bay and the Sierra Madre mountains make the trek worth it!

Up for the challenge? You can make a reservation here as guests are only accommodated on a reservation basis. Be ready to shell out P1,500 per person (or P1,800 if you’re heading there over the weekend).

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Craft beer tasting in Poblacion

Exploring new things doesn't always have to be exhausting. If you prefer to chill out on Valentine’s day (especially if both of you are coming from work), head straight to a local brewery where you can loosen up and explore many different flavors of craft beers.

Poblacion is a great place to be introduced to the local craft beer scene as it is crawling with watering holes. For a cozy spot that’s laid-back and fun, Polilya is the way to go. House of Joe is also a popular venue to wind down; it has a tasting room where customers can watch the staff concoct their finely-crafted booze. 

 

Pinoy indie film-viewing at Cinema ’76

If you’re still planning to go on a movie date, skip the crowded malls and catch an indie film in this micro-theater for a change. Cinema ’76 is dedicated to screening local independent films. Accommodating up to 50 to 60 people, the theater boasts of a more relaxed and intimate setting compared to regular cinemas; the cozy couches and throw pillows will make you want to curl up beside your S.O. For February 14, they'll be showing the following films in their newest Anonas branch: Pamilya Ordinaryo, Die Beautiful, The Eternity Between Seconds, Sakaling Hindi Makarating, and Hintaying ng Langit. Take your pick! Tickets are sold at P180.

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Themed accommodations at AirBnb

Make your Valentine’s day staycation a lot more interesting by booking a themed apartment on AirBnb. It could be as simple as a modern bahay kubo or even as creative as a Hobbit House-inspired room (Lord of the Rings fans, this one's for you); either way, the change of scene will instantly make you and your beau feel like you're in your own little world. 

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