Valentine's Day is next week and although a classic dinner date is always romantic, sometimes you just want to do something different - which will also end up being cheaper and more memorable at that! We've got 7 suggestions for alternative dates for the 14th or for any date night/day!
1.) An afternoon at Casa Gorordo Museum
For only 120pesos as entrance fee, get transported back in time to Cebu in the 1800s. Close out the date with a flavored iced tea during hot days or traditional hot chocolate or "sikwate" with their special mamon or any of their ensaymadas (the ube is our favorite!) at their quaint cafe. And maybe grab a little souvenir at the gift shop!
2.) Hike up Osmena Peak
Drive down to Dalaguete and enjoy the hike up Cebu's tallest peak. You don't have to be a hard core climber and start sea to summit - there's an easier route where you take a habal-habal from the Mantalongon market for a scenic motorcycle ride up the mountains to the final ascend point where it will take you a 15-30 min trek to enjoy the view. You can also opt to camp out overnight and trek down the other side to Kawasan Falls.
3.) Drive to Lambug Beach, Badian
The 3-hour drive is worth a relaxing day on this long and quiet beach. Bring beach mats and snacks and sunblock of course and enjoy a fun date under the sun. Stop by Molave Milk Station on your way to or back for some fresh cow's milk ice cream!
4.) Cook your meal together
Avoid the traffic and save thousands by making your own course dinner at home. The date can even start when you go grocery shopping together. Check out some of our recipes for inspiration, like this Simple Roast Chicken we just posted!
5.) Couple work out!
Nothing like working up some endorphins together to keep your relationship and you healthy! Try out Yogahub Cebu's Yoga Date. If yoga isn't your thing, they're lots of classes to join around the metro - spin or HIIT classes at Zink, TRX at TRX Cebu, try a free Crossfit class or a good ol' gym sesh at Fitness Nation, take your pick! Trial classes are usually free so how's that for a budget date ;)
Sharing your time and resources with the less fortunate is a great way for you to bond together. You can organize a group date with your other couple friends and sponsor an outreach event for the Children of the Coast Foundation. Or volunteer at St. John's Sisters (contact 09327697630).
7.) Donate blood to Red Cross
For those of you Beverly Hills 90210 fans, do you remember that episode where Dylan surprises Brenda with this unique Valentine's Day date of donating blood? The two of them holding hands while they were lying down and going through the procedure was so sweet. Replicate their generous and loving moment by visiting our local Red Cross, details here.
Find anything you'll end up doing on Vday (or on other dates!) with your special someone? Post a picture and tag #the7ph ! Or email us firstname.lastname@example.org if you have more suggestions! And if you are a classic girl at heart and loves dinner dates, check out our 7 restaurant suggestions for that special night!