Three (3) Tips In Finding And Shopping For A Perfect Valentine Gift For Your Partner

Valentine’s Day is like an international day for those in love. Celebrated worldwide, it creates an opportunity for couples to show affection to each other in the most festive and expressive way possible. From beautiful flowers to chocolates, heart-shaped balloons, tear-jerking cards and heart-warming gifts, each represents a romantic feeling just as the event is meant to inspire everyone, young and old alike.

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How To Find And Shop For A Perfect Valentine Gift For Your Partner

Make your Valentine’s Day a memorable celebration between you and your sweetheart. Here are some tips in finding and shopping for a perfect memento for your partner.

1.  Base the item on:

  • the amount of time you are together. For lovers, the type of gift differs on how long you are tagged as a couple. Suppose you are on your 3rd monthsary this February, you wouldn’t want to give her a diamond ring knowing you just met her three months ago, would you? Unless both of you have discussed about tying the knot early on, chances are, you’ll only scare her away with your extravagant gift as it represents bigger commitment on her side.
  • the level of your relationship. Another consideration is how deep you are into each other. For instance, if you are newlyweds, getting something naughty and nice will surely add a spice to your marriage.
  • his or her preferences.  Determine his or her likes and work towards looking for a present that is both sweet yet complimentary with his or her personality.

2.  Start shopping. Begin by browsing over the web for ideas and inspiration. Look for deals from his or her favorite stores. Order as early as two weeks in advance to avail a cheaper price. If you want to buy online, make sure that shipping is free. If you prefer to go on foot, call the shop’s branch first for available stock so you’ll be saved from unnecessary trips to the malls.

3.  Include a romantic twist on it. Do not let yourself be limited with the present alone. Be creative in adding a few tricks to make this moment unforgettable. Greet the morning by saying “I Love You”. Use words and actions to express your emotions. Add a personal note identifying 101 reasons why you’re blessed to have him or her in your life. Write a soulful letter when least expected. Surprise him or her with breakfast in bed. Put an effort in demonstrating how special he or she is to you.


Five (5) Philippine Highest-Grossing Films Of All Time

Our fascination to the TV, film and entertainment business has already been part of our Philippine culture. From romantic to drama films, action to comedy flicks, most scenes depict our daily lives which make it very relatable to all ages, gender and status.

It’s not surprising to learn then that watching movies is one of the favorite pastimes of Pinoys. From buying DVDs and searching for streaming videos over the web to going out to movie houses and hopping from one shopping center in the Philippines to another, the options never fail to encourage us to enjoy this activity – to share a few tears and laughter with friends, to relax and bond with our family and loved ones.

What Are Philippines’ Highest-Grossing Films Of All Times

These last three years have been one of the greatest moments in the Philippine cinema industry. In fact, records show that the years 2011, 2012 and 2013 list the most-watched movies of all time. Here are five (5) of them, based on actual box office revenues in Philippine Peso.

1.       Title: It Takes A Man And A Woman

Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance

Release Date: March 30, 2013

Revenue in Philippine Peso: PhP401.00 million

Producers: Star Cinema and Viva Films

Synopsis:  This is the third and last installment of the Miggy (John Lloyd Cruz) – Laida (Sarah Geronimo) tandem. It Takes A Man And A Woman follows the life of the two after their break-up which occurred after the events in the second installment, You Changed My Life. Miggy, is now in a relationship with Belle (Isabelle Daza) while Laida is now a fiercer woman after living in the United States. They try to co-exist in the same company while Laida tries to oppose Miggy’s business decisions through a series of events which made them realize the real definition of true love.


2.       Title: Sisterakas

Genre: Comedy

Release Date: December 25, 2012

Revenue in Philippine Peso: PhP342.00 million

Producers: Star Cinema and Viva Films

Synopsis: The childhoods of Bernice (Vice Ganda) & Detty (Ai-Ai Delas Alas) were world apart, but they did have one thing in common: their father. Bernice’s birth was the result of an infidelity on his behalf and so while Detty grew up with a wealthy family, Bernice and his mother were left to fend for themselves. Years later, Bernice has become a wealthy and successful businessman, the so-called “Lord of Apparels”. But his abrasive personality and rudeness has led to the resignation of his 75th assistant. Detty, meanwhile, is in dire need of a job and applies for the newly vacated position as executive assistant to a man that, unbeknownst to her, is actually her half-brother. Bernice knows exactly who she is and hires her. For Detty, this job means she can take care of her daughters; for Bernice, it’s a chance for payback. Meanwhile, the main rival of Bernice’s company is currently posing as very strong competition. Headed by the eccentric yet equally brilliant & talented Roselle (Kris Aquino) the competition gets tougher, and a string of events lead to the two company heads fighting over the once expendable Detty.  


3.       Title: Praybeyt Benjamin

Genre: Comedy

Release Date: October 26, 2011

Revenue in Philippine Peso: PhP331.61 million

Producer: Star Cinema and Viva Films

Synopsis: Praybeyt Benjamin tells a story of a gay son Benjamin “Benjie” Santos VIII (Vice Ganda) of an ex-military soldier Benjamin VII (Jimmy Santos) who was forced to train in the army in order to save the country and his grandfather Benjamin VI (Eddie Garcia) from national crisis.

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4.       Title: No Other Woman

Genre: Drama

Release Date: September 28, 2011

Revenue in Philippine Peso: PhP278.39 million

Producer: Star Cinema and Viva Films

Synopsis: Furniture supplier Ram (Derek Ramsay) is happily married to Charmaine (Cristine Reyes). One day, Ram lands a big client, a new luxury resort. But he needs the help of Kara (Anne Curtis), the daughter of the owner of the resort, to finalize the deal. Kara’s help, however, comes with a price, because she fancies Ram to be her lover. Not before long, Kara successfully seduces Ram, even though she knows about his marriage. When Charmaine learns of the affair, she finds ways to fight for her husband’s waning attention.


5.       Title: The Mistress

Genre: Drama

Release Date: September 12, 2012

Revenue in Philippine Peso: PhP262.82 million

Producer: Star Cinema

Synopsis: Architect JD (John Lloyd Cruz) has a chip on his shoulder about his businessman father Rico (Ronaldo Valdez) never really accepting him as his son. Seamstress Sari (Bea Alonzo) struggles to take care of her family. The two meet by chance, and JD aggressively pursues Sari’s affections. Though the two are clearly a good match, there is a problem standing in the way of their bliss: Sari is the mistress of JD’s father. Against his better judgment, JD continues to court Sari even after finding out this difficult fact. He hides his true identity as Rico’s son, and fights to win Sari’s heart.

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Shopping: Filipino Style

Studies show that a majority of the Filipinos, despite their poverty and poor global economic standing, still enjoy and spend long hours in malls throughout the Philippines. Regardless of the status in life, many Filipinos can be found spending their time and what little they have left in the mall nearest them.

New Ayala Malls Logo Hi-ResShopping in the Philippines can be quite an experience since shopping isn’t constrained or limited to the various popular malls in Manila, but also to bazaars (“tiangges”) and wholesale public market places like Quiapo and Divisoria. Malls have become the go-to place for Filipinos not only to shop but also to dine, stroll around, relax and “unwind”. Coffee shops are the new additions the sprouting malls all over the country as business meetings, meet-ups and even family gatherings take place in malls.

Malls in the Philippines are one-stop establishments for everything the Filipino needs from groceries to movies, health (there are gyms), beauty (there are salons and spas) and even recreation (there are mini-parks in the newly built malls).

Easily crowned as the most popular chain of malls in the country, SM has 49 malls spread throughout the country.

sm north edsaSM North Edsa is considered the pioneer of Philippine malls because it was the first mall to provide the ulimate “mall shopping experience” to Filipinos. Its accessible, strategic and very convenient location made it such a hit and even a tourist spot back in the 1990s. Neighboring provinces like Bulacan and Pampanga even flock to the mall for leisure. Now it has expanded to include the Cyberzone Carpark, Annex, The Block and Sky Garden. Plans to build an IMAX movie theater is already in progress.

mall of asiaSM Mall of Asia is the largest mall in the Philippines and occupies the 7th position as one of the largest malls in the world. Located along the relocation area of Manila Bay, SM MOA as it commonly called, offers over 600 shops inside its mall building. It is also the first establishment to have an IMAX theater offering.  Aside from the vast (and international) dining experience choices they have to offer, SM Mall of Asia is also home to the country’s first Olympic-sized skating rink.

Not to be missed are the own chain of Ayala Malls. Consisting of Trinoma (Triangle North of Manila), Glorietta and Greenbelt, Ayala malls are usually associated with upper class society. Greenbelt for one is known to be the mall where the rich shop and the rest just window shop. Greenbelt has four different malls – Greenbelt 1 is the original building housing the Onstage theater, Greenbelt 2 offers fine dining, Greenbelt 3 boutique shops and cinemas and Greenbelt 4 high end retail and designer stores.