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MANILA, Philippines - There’s a joke running around that Valentine’s Day is the so-called S.A.D. or Single Awareness Day for singles out there. Some also call it "Singles’ Independence Day."
Whatever the heart’s day is for you, why not pack your bags, go somewhere new, and celebrate the day by making new friends?
Just a few hours away from the Manila, Antipolo’s Vieux Chalet is a Swiss restaurant with a great view of the city, especially at night. It's where you can party with friends or just have your “me time.”
Writer Jeans Cequina of the Lighthouse Chronicles has this to say about the place:
“Vieux Chalet is touted as the ‘go-to’ place in Antipolo. Apart from being a class-A fine dining restaurant, it’s a couples’ haven, a place you go to when you want to soul-search or celebrate family affairs. We go there for the food, of course; it’s mostly Swiss-French cuisine with a touch of home. We usually do poetry readings, paint or just chill, with the beautiful Manila sunset just outside the restaurant’s window.”
What not to miss: St Moritz, a special cottage within Vieux Chalet that serves bed-and-breakfast for a party of two or the whole gang (up to 12 people). Oh, did I mention that the food is really good?
2) Mt. Pulag, Benguet
For the adventurous single who wants to meet other singles who share the same passion for the outdoors, why not climb Luzon’s highest peak? Mountaineer and travel blogger Christine Fernandez of Jovial Wanderer believes that the hike to Mt. Pulag via the Ambangeg trail is a great way to meet fellow enthusiasts.
“February is a great time to visit because temperatures can drop below 10c which gives you more reason to mingle with new-found friends over cups of steaming beverage. Despite the tedious preparation for logistics and physical training, its beautiful trails featuring various species of plants and views of nearby mountains attracts visitors all year round,” shares Christine.
What not to miss: Wake up to a glorious sunrise that comes with a spectacular view of the sea of clouds from the summit. It’s also a chance to bond with your guide or the friendly locals you will meet along the way.
From the mountains of Luzon, we head to the seas of Visayas: there’s never a dull moment in the party island of Boracay.
Philippine Travelogue blogger Brenna Bustamante still picks Boracay as one of the best places to mingle. Here’s her tip:
“Go to a buffet at Station 2, challenge a stranger to beer pong, and dance the night out at Club Paraw or Guilly's.”
What not to miss: The FULL MOON. Sit on the beach near Willy's Rock, just drinking, talking, laughing, and watching the moon set.
4) Camotes Island, Cebu
There are those who are just happy to be single and independent. To celebrate your independence, why not visit Camotes Island in Cebu?
Businessman, lawyer, and blogger Zigfred Diaz describes Camotes as idyllic and enchanting with its caves, underground springs, and rock formation.
“It’s really for those who want to commune with nature to celebrate their single blessedness,” says Zigfred.
What not to miss: Lake Danao, Bukilat Cave, and Buho Beach
Whether you’re single and looking to mingle or single and happy, it’s always a joy to travel and break away from the normal routine that you do. Take time to celebrate love whatever your status may be. - Rappler.com
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