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How celebrity V-Days went

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The Filipino romantic fool in every one of us still has a Valentine weekend hangover. While love is still in the air, I’ll let you in on how some celebrity couples spent V-Day.

Even those adored by thousands still yearn for that one true love. They know that fame and fortune are fleeting, and that only l’amour remains. Who says love and marriage don’t work in show biz?

Mariel Rodriguez-Padilla

Robin Padilla enjoys breakfast whipped up by Mariel.

I really believe V-day is for women—like, we aren’t supposed to lift a finger, the guy should do all the planning. But Robin (Padilla) is working all the time, so I was pretty sure we were going to stay home. I cooked heart-shaped eggs, which he appreciated. He said, “I’ll make you tea.” Actually, every morning, he makes me honey tea. I cooked steak that night. [There’s] no Valentine’s Day for Muslims so we kept it simple.

Patrick Meneses and Ara Mina

Ara Mina

It was my first Valentine’s Day with my BF (boyfriend) Patrick (Meneses). We had dinner. I gave him a fruit bouquet; he gave me flowers and chocolates. I felt giddy when he said God was great because He sent him an angel—me!

Liezl Martinez

HEARTY meals: Liezl and Albert Martinez relish their dinner date.

Albert (Martinez) was supposed to have a taping so we had no plans. But the taping got canceled so we were looking for a resto at the last minute. Called many hotels, but no luck. Good thing, our daughter Alissa’s best friend’s family owns Wagyu Stone House Grill. They accommodated us. It was so funny because as soon as we sat down, we saw that Jennylyn Mercado and Luis Manzano were at the next table. Alissa joined us.

Jennylyn Mercado

COUPLES in love: Jennylyn Mercado and Luis Manzano

Luis (Manzano) and I didn’t exchange gifts. Having dinner together with ‘Mats,’ my love, was more than enough. It was time well-spent since we both always have such hectic schedules.

Ynah Asistio

MARK Herras surprises Ynah Asistio with a romantic date at home.

It was the first time I experienced such a romantic V-Day surprise. Thanks to my Honey (Mark Herras). He was in connivance with my whole family. He told me earlier that he couldn’t see me, and I felt bad. Turned out, all the while, he was busy preparing our dinner. When I got to the gate of our subdivision, the guard gave me flowers and greeted me. Little did I know those were from my Honey. When I got home, “Grow Old With You” was playing. There was a candle path with petals leading to my Honey who was holding a bouquet. I thought that only happened in the movies. I couldn’t stop looking at him with a big smile because I could not believe how happy he made me.

Maxene Magalona

Maxene Magalona and Renz Fernandez

The whole trip to Disneyland Hong Kong with Renz (Fernandez) was magical. It was my best V-Day ever! It was a day of firsts! Our first trip abroad together, our first roller-coaster ride, our first time to spend V-Day in a foreign country and most importantly, it was the first time I felt like a princess!

Iza Calzado

IZA CALZADO and beau Ben Wintle join a walking tour of Intramuros with Carlos Celdran (center, right photo).

The Intramuros tour was a last-minute adventure idea for Valentine’s Day because my plan for that day couldn’t be executed! Last year was my boyfriend’s year to plan. This year, it was my turn! I’m a big Carlos Celdran fan, and I had gone on the tour a few years back. Ben (Wintle) always wanted to check out the tour and since we both love walking, I figured it would be a memorable way to start off Valentine’s Day! We then proceeded to Hizon’s in the Ermita area, one of my dad’s favorite restaurants! Pinaglihi pa ako ng mom ko sa ensaymada ng Hizon’s! Being there made me feel like my parents were with us and that made my Valentine’s Day even more special!

Angelica Panganiban

ANGELICA Panganiban and John LLoyd Cruz savor their first V-Day date.

(She placed this caption on her V-Day collage with John Lloyd Cruz on Instagram.)

Para sa ’yo na bumubusog sa akin ng pagmamahal…Sa ’yo na ’di kayang tiisin ang boses ko. Alam kong sinubukan mo kaya salamat! …Sa ’yo na laging nasa tabi ko….Sa ’yong sexy vadehh kahit ayaw  mo maniwala… Sa kalaban kong nagpaiyak sa akin sa badminton (yes, pikon ako)….Sa ’yo, Love, thank you for bringing back my Sunshine. Thank you for loving me for who I am. Happy Hearts’ Day, mahal ko. P.S. Umayos ka ha? First V-Day celebration ko ito ever!

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