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Valentines is traditionally a day to celebrate romantic love, but shouldn’t we take this opportunity to celebrate all kinds of love? A love for family, a love for our friends, a love for country, a love for story, a love for craft – these are all legitimate forms of love that should be celebrated every day, much more on Valentine’s Day.

February 14 is fast approaching and Parkmall has just the right mix so you can show your love for all things.

Here are five ways to celebrate love:

  1. First you need to plan ahead

Many a Valentine’s day has been ruined due to lack of planning. Fully booked restaurants, stretched budgets, and sold out flowers are just some of the pitfalls. Do your research days ahead to ensure a successful day.

For example, you might consider ambiance and affordability when booking a restaurant. Maybe something al fresco? Parkmall is known to offer the best al fresco dining experience in Cebu. With a garden right next to the various restaurants, you can’t go wrong with their mix. Book a table in advance at Chika-an, Choobi-choobi, Da Vinci’s Pizza, Dong Juan, Hainanese Delights, Hukad sa Golden Cowrie, Japengo Yakiniku, Joven’s Grill, Kublai Khan, Manila Foodshoppe, Mooon Cafe, Orange Karenderia, Pizza Hut, Shawarma Gourmet, Tandoori Persian Kebab, or The Dessert Factory.

  1. Personalize

Everyone receives a bouquet of flowers or a box of chocolates on Valentine’s day. Do you want to stand out from the crowd? Be someone different? The key is to personalize your gift. Don’t be afraid to be crafty. A gift you created can go a long way. It doesn’t have to be perfect. This is one of those cases when the thought matters more than the final product. For your crafty needs, visit National Bookstore and BOSS at Parkmall.

  1. Be on the lookout for free Valentine events

We’ve already alluded to budget as a prime consideration for Valentines. Fortunately, there are many free options that don’t skimp on the romance despite being light on the wallet.

Watch a romantic movie? Or attend a Valentine concert? As part of Parkmall’s #Gugma campaign, romantic movies are up for free public viewing on February 12 and 13 from 5PM onwards for Parkmall’s Movies at the Park. On February 14 starting 5:30PM, mall guests will be serenaded by the Chamber Notes band and Raphiel Shannon who will perform love songs live during the Rhythm of Love event.

  1. Be artsy

February is also the Philippine National Arts Month. Your loved ones may have shown an interest in different forms of art.

For poets and musicians, Parkmall’s #NoFilter: Love X Literature open mic event in partnership with Cebu Literary Festival is the perfect avenue for them to perform their original compositions. This free event will be on February 11 at 5PM. For visual artists, ArtCebu will hold their Timeless Art Exhibit and art workshops on February 18-28.

  1. Try something new

A memorable experience makes for better gifts than material possessions. With that in mind, try something new and different.

Mini golf at Harvig’s Mini Golf Fun Park, Cebu’s first outdoor mini golf park, at the Enclave Garden of Parkmall is bound to be something talked about in the years to come.

If you are more the athletic type, try trampoline-jumping at Extreme Aeropark, VisMin’s first ever indoor trampoline park.

Or even boxing at ALA Boxing Gym.

This Valentine’s Day, focus on celebrating what truly matters and make your loved ones feel extra special by spending more time with them. For more details on Parkmall’s #Gugma, check out the official Parkmall Facebook page or log on to

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