by Nephele Kirong
With just a few days left until Valentine’s Day, it’s not surprising that a lot are panicking–or scrambling–to make sure they are not alone during that day filled with love and lust. Whether you’re spending the day with your lover, partner, boyfriend or husband (hopefully, they’re all the same person) or you’re making sure that your “Single Awareness Day” means it’s better to be single and always ready to mingle, there are a lot of activities you can do to enjoy the whole love month!
1) One Billion Rising
Take your love a notch higher by joining the local counterpart of the worldwide movement One Billion Rising on February 14. Founded by Vagina Monologues author Eve Ensler, the One Billion Rising campaigns to “strike, dance and rise” to end violence against women.
The movement says, “One in three women on the plant will be raped or beaten in her lifetime. One billion women violated is an atrocity. One billion women dancing is a REVOLUTION.”
Help stop the violence and join the cause by heading to Scout Castor cor. Tomas Morato Ave in Quezon City at 8 a.m. for the Parade. There will also be a morning program at Scout Madrinan, Tomas Morato Extension at 10 a.m.
The main program starts at 6 p.m. which will be divided into three segments: Strike! – directed by Christopher Millado, Dance! – hosted by Eugene Domingo and Rise! – directed by Monique Wilson. While waiting for it to start, you can scour the area and check out the booths for the event.
2) Yakapalooza at the Park
After dancing to help end violence against women, you can proceed to Rizal Park and join the National Parks Development Committee’s Yakapalooza on the Park for a free concert. And maybe, just maybe, you can get a free hug.
Yakapalooza starts at 6 p.m. Guest performers include artists Bea Binene, Barbie Forteza, Derick Monasterio, Joshua Dionisio and Julie San Jose. Members of the Allan Pineda-led Jeepney Music will also grace the event.
Tip: If you like a friend, who’s also single, invite him/her to the Yakapalooza with the excuse of wanting to see one of the performers. See how he or she will react to jokes (hints, maybe?) about hugging each other, because all of the other people are hugging. If it doesn’t happen, tough luck. But then again, you still get to spend Valentine’s with him or her.
3) Filipino Freethinkers – Darwin Date 2013
Valentine’s is also about the survival of the strongest and the fittest. If you believe so, join the Filipino Freethinkers on February 16 at 121 Grille, Pasong Tamo Extension to celebrate the Darwinian aspects of love, relationships and sexy times.
Talks will include Natural Adaptation and Selection by Sedricke Lapuz, Why Sex Matters in Evolution by Elena Ragragio, Proud of your “Pinoy DNA” by Jae Rodriguez and Darwin the Freethinker by Red Tani.
4) BASTA WRITER, SWEET LOVER
Still feeling the love? Invite your boyfriend/girlfriend to Bali Hai Garden Restaurant, Visayas Avenue, Quezon City on February 17, 6 p.m. for a night of poetry, music, wine and chocolates. Also, bring your well-kept love poems for the open mic.
Guest readers include Ceres Abanil, Rustum Gil Casia, Lourd de Veyra,Vince Dioquino, Ramil Gulle, Karen Kunawicz, Gabriela Lee and Vincenz Serrano. You can also catch Diwa de Leon, Jeff Pagaduan and Escape the C. performing for this post-Valentine’s party.
Gate: P100 with free “love potion” and chocolates
5) A Science Love a’Fair
For a more scientific approach on love, relationships and everything between, the Mind Museum will be holding “A Science Love a’Fair” on February 24 from 12 to 6 p.m. It will showcase a bazaar on the tools of wooing, science and love experiments, and even a science-inspired Speed Dating!
Stock up your dating arsenal by getting to know more about aphrodisiacs, how kissing works, and of course, the male and female brain.
6) Home Party
For the Valentine Scrooges out there, you can celebrate in your own way. Call up your similar-minded friends for a house party. Pop in those tragic and overly cheesy movies to your DVD or Blu-ray player and make a list out of all the cheesy lines you come across. Who knows? Those lines might come in handy someday. You can also check if any cable station is having an “anti-Valentine’s” marathon. Or better yet, watch horror movies.
If you’re not a Valentine hater, but rather a hopeless romantic without a date, exchange the above-mentioned films for an Aubrey Hepburn movie collection. From Roman Holiday to Breakfast at Tiffany’s, you and your friends can gush, swoon and sigh to your hearts’ content.
Whichever way you play it, it’ll be a win-win situation.
Whatever you end up doing. Just remember every SAS girl’s golden rule: Don’t let a hot date turn into a due date. Be sexy, SASsy and safe today and every day!
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