Valentines day in the Philippines is not the big event that it is in the USA. That may be slowly changing though. I’ve seen more mention of it in the press this year.
In the past, about the only thing I noticed about Valentines day here was a few couples holding hands in public. Only married
couples are suppose to hold hands in public. Public displays of affection are just not part of the culture.
Our TV has been out for months, I could get it fixed but we just don’t watch it that much. I suppose I should so I’ll have a better idea of what is going on. In past years though, I saw no commercials about Valentines.
Today I saw an article in one of the local papers about the DOH not giving away condoms on valentines day this year. Instead they are dispensing advice and that advice is abstain unless you are married. To avoid temptation and that condoms are not the way to curb HIV. It seems last year, the DOH did dispense free condoms in a market in Manila.
This move seems to a result of the heated debates about the Reproductive Health Bill, which has not been renamed. It also seems that Aquino has back down a bit with his support. The latest reports indicate that it is no longer a priority bill within in administration. I am not sure the final story is in on that position. That is why I have not written about it specifically. I will keep an eye on it.
Valentine’s day is a huge day for those shops catering to men that live overseas and know Filipina living in the Philippines. Those online stores have very good sales during this time of the year and I don’t see a thing wrong with that. Good for them. I know I sent Jessie things for Valentines day when I still lived in the USA. I’m pretty sure I sent roses once and chocolates. She preferred the chocolates. As I remember, her youngest son found his way to them and ate most of them. She was not pleased.
There does seem to be a bit more love in the air around during Valentines in the Philippines, but it, like most other holidays in the Philippines are very laid back compared to the USA. The exception is Holy Week. Holy Week in the Philippines is a major event. Not just on Easter Sunday but the entire week. The Friday before Easter is called Black Friday and most refuse to play music on that day. There are parades all over the Philippines, sometimes somber marches.
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