The season of love in numbers

Aya Lowe
Hotel occupancy rates and the number of conceived babies increase during the 'Love Month' of February


STATISTICS SHOW. Hotel occupancy rates and babies conceived increase in February. AFP file photo
MANILA, Philippines – With Valentines Day just around the corner, the Philippines’ many Romeos and Juliets are gearing up to show their love (or lust) toward a special someone. There are statistics to prove this.

According to the National Statistical Coordination Board (NSCB), February, the “love month,” has one of the highest occupancy rates in recent years.

In the years 2010 to 2012, hotel occupancy rates reached a minimum of 57% across the board, with deluxe hotels boasting the highest average at 76%.

“It is probably safe to assume that February figures are partly due to the celebration for Valentine’s Day, and perhaps even on account of the Chinese New Year. Occupancy rates are said to be strongly correlated with visitor arrivals,” said NSCB Secretary General Jose Ramon Albert.

With couples romancing it up, certain repercussions can be seen 9 months down the line. According to the National Statistics Office (NSO), November is one of the top 3 months that recorded the highest number of live births in 2010. 

Those born in November were likely conceived in February.


The other two top months are September and October, meaning more babies are conceived in December or January.

And for those still in search of that special someone, 2010 NSCB numbers state that of the 92.1 million household population in 2010, about 50.4% were male and 49.6% were female. The odds are relatively even. –

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