Celebrating the Lunar New Year and Valentine’s Day this year may be a bit different than what we’re used to. Nevertheless, it doesn’t mean that we can’t celebrate it in a very safe and healthy way.

Because of the pandemic, fireworks and street gatherings are still restricted, and traveling to spend Valentine’s Day with your special someone is still limited to certain places. If you do find yourself planning to travel for these celebrations, here are 6 places in the country that might interest you.

Tagaytay City – A favorite weekend gateway for most city-dwellers, Tagaytay City is one of the best places you can spend Valentine’s Day with your special someone or even with your family. It has everything you might need to celebrate the day – cool weather, beautiful sceneries and amazing restaurants you can book for this special day.

Note: Check out our blog on Must-visit Restaurants in Tagaytay with a Taal Volcano View

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Pampanga – Pampanga may not be your first choice when planning to celebrate the incoming Year of the Metal Ox, but did you know that the Chinese have a great influence on Kapampangan culture? From delicious cuisines to even some of their languages, you’ll see a strong connection between these two. 

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Cebu – The Queen City of the South is many things. Just like Metro Manila, this thriving city in Visayas is a great place to travel to no matter what the occasion is. Planning to celebrate the Chinese New Year in Cebu? Why not do it by visiting Cebu’s several historical landmarks in Chinatown. If you’re planning to spend Valentine’s Day there, go on a food trip if with your special someone and visit some of the most romantic places like Terrazas de Flores Botanical Garden. 

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Bacolod – Bacolod City in Negros Occidental is perhaps the second largest city that holds a Lunar New Year celebration outside of Manila. The Chinese-Filipino community there has even turned it into a festival called Bacolaodiat Festival where visitors will enjoy booths, parades, and a lantern and street dance competition. Unfortunately, there’s no news regarding this year’s festival, however, it doesn’t mean you can’t visit Bacolod’s Chinatown.

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Davao – Davao City’s Chinatown is the only Chinatown you can find in the island of Mindanao. Another great place to celebrate Chinese New Year and another historical place you can explore if you’re interested in the Filipino-Chinese community. Davao City is also a great place to travel to if you’re looking for something unique this Valentine’s Day.

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Manila – This list wouldn’t be complete if the City of Manila isn’t included. Having one of the oldest Chinatowns in the world, Manila is a great place to celebrate the incoming Lunar New Year. It may not be as grand and as festive as before, nonetheless, visiting this historical place is still worth it.

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Manila is also a great place to spend Valentine’s Day especially if you’re still pretty wary of going out. You can find all sorts of romantic activities and places you can visit without having to worry about traveling far.

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