Date Destinations out of the Metro

 

Today is date night. You‘re all dressed up, looking good, smelling good, and you‘ve successfully made last-minute dinner reservations. You pick up your date and he or she looks even better than you! You‘re all set up to enjoy a romantic Valentine‘s Day.

 

Well that was 3 hours ago, and you‘re still stuck in traffic.

 

Everyone wants to give their special someone a wonderful experience on Valentine‘s Day. Everyone. If your dinner reservation is somewhere in Manila from 7PM to 1AM, you‘ll most likely spend a chunk of your precious hours on the road. Your date will leave the house prepped and ready but come home angry and moody.

 

Instead of making the typical dinner reservation, why not take the road less traveled? Get away from Manila‘s abysmal traffic this Valentine‘s Day and put a different spin on your Valentine‘s celebration!

 

Sand Box, Pampanga

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Awaken the adventure-junkie from both of you with the outdoor attractions of Sandbox. Strap yourself on a roller coaster zipline, balance yourself on a tightrope, and ride side-by-side on a giant swing. With several attraction packages to choose from, you can also climb, rappel, shoot arrows, and do so much more. This weekend, wear your outdoor gears instead of your formal attire, and have a joy ride up north! From Manila, drive through NLEX and SCTEX towards Subic, then take Porac Exit. 

 

Nuvali, Sta. Rosa, Lagunas

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Escape the hustle and bustle of the city and enjoy a breath of fresh air here at Nuvali. By day, go wakeboarding, ride the water taxi, or pedal your way through biking trails. On sunset, watch the sun dip over the highlands of Tagaytay while feeding a frenzy school of koi. At night, there‘s even a special outdoor movie show, a perfect time to sit on the grass and reminisce on lovely memories. From Manila, drive south on SLEX and exit at Santa Rosa. 

 

Pinto Art Museum, Antipolo

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Take a glimpse of an artist creative soul here at Pinto Art Museum. Just a few minutes away from the metropolis, experience nature and art in a magnificent mix of architecture and sculpturing. For P200 per entry, let this place take you to different genres ranging from traditional Spanish-Filipino to modern contemporary. If you‘re looking for something that‘ll evoke your thoughts and emotions, then Pinto Art Museum is worthy of your visit this Valentine‘s Day. From EDSA, drive to Antipolo via Ortigas Avenue Extension, and turn right at Grand Heights Subdivision.

 

Eggs for Breakfast, Sumulong Highway, Lower Antipolo

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Did our scrumptious breakfast picture caught your attention? You can have that right here at Eggs for Breakfast. Valentine‘s Day doesn‘t always have to be an evening dinner. This time, pick up your special someone in the morning while he or she is craving for breakfast. Delight in creatively done pancakes, sausages, toast, and eggs. The place itself is a picturesque wonder, worthy to be in your social media page. If you‘re coming Marcos Highway, turn right at Sumulong Highway. Go straight then turn right at Villa Cecilia Subdivision.

 

Nagsasa, Zambales

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Camping is probably the last thing in mind when you were thinking about where to bring your date to this Valentine‘s Day. Its unique landscape of white sand beach and Agoho tree forest makes it a cross between Boracay and Baguio. If you want a total break from the metropolitan lifestyle, Nagsasa Cove is best place to embrace nature! Cut yourself out from electricity and WiFi and be free to enjoy your Valentine‘s Day in the wild. From Manila, take a bus to Iba, Zambales and ask the driver to drop you off at San Antonio. Take a tricycle to Pundaquit beach and hire a boatman to take you to the cove. Make sure to prepare your camping and survival gear, because this trip is not be taken lightly.

 

Corregidor, Bataan

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Learn about the horrors of the Pacific War and the sacrifice of our Filipino and American troops by visiting the historical ruins of Corregidor Island. Because of its strategic location in the mouth of Manila Bay, it has become a bloody battleground between the USAFFE and the Imperial Japanese Forces during WWII, evident in the island's many ruins and rubbles. Just a ferry ride away from Manila, it‘s a perfect getaway for couples who enjoy history and unique traveling. Spend your Valentine‘s Day by deepening your knowledge of the past. To go here, book a ferry ride via Sun Cruises. Proceed directly at Esplanade Seaside Terminal, Seaside Blvd, SM MOA Complex.

 

“Lovers at the grounds of U.P. Sunken Garden enjoy the beauty of Venus and Jupiter in the urban sky.”
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