K-dramas and movies to binge-watch this Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is drawing near, and love is evident in the air. During the month of love, it is best to keep your loved ones safe and loved through staying indoors–but still making this occasion a special day to remember. Here are some of the movies and series that might capture your hearts– and lead you to love as well! 

 

  • Our Beloved Summer

Released in December 2021, Our Beloved Summer has gained popularity for its sublime interpretation of love in different forms through heartfelt dialogues. Years after shooting their school-themed documentary, ex-lovers Kook Yeon Soo (Kim Dami) and Choi Ung (Choi Woo Shik) are forced to reunite once more for one final project. Will they be able to reconcile their differences, or will they stay sworn enemies forever? This K-drama will make you relive your high school days while giving you a crash course about love and the sacrifices it entails. To top it off, the actors’ chemistry is just off the charts, you can truly feel their connection on and off-screen. If you’re looking for a comfort drama armed with depth and perspective, Our Beloved Summer is just the perfect thing to watch! 

 

  • It’s Okay Not to Be Okay 

This K-drama hit the world by storm and captured the viewers’ hearts across different countries. Ko Mun Yeong (Seo Yea Ji) writes children’s books for a living and achieves fame out of her original and edgy works. She crosses paths with Moon Gang-Tae (Kim Soo Hyun), a psychiatric ward caretaker, which signals the start of their journey towards emotional healing and eventually, love. This drama grapples with various topics such as self-love, family ties, psychological health, and the rawness of first loves. The drama’s underlying messages within each episode are crafted so meticulously that the viewers are also enthralled as the story progresses. Who knows, it might just help you discover things you didn’t know about yourself, and about your partner as well! It’s Okay Not to Be Okay will work its magic this Valentine’s Day. 

Photo credits to Dramas with a Side of Kimchi

 

  • Elise

Are you a fan of the ‘love at first sight’ trope and slow burns? This movie is perfect for you! The film’s namesake, Elise (Janine Gutierrez), is extraordinary– especially to the eyes of love-struck Bert (Enchong Dee). As time passes, they forge a connection that could last a lifetime. His affection for the girl endures from childhood to adulthood, but will it finally be requited?  This romance movie appeals to the young at heart for it also features a 90’s vibe armed with the nostalgia of that era. Elise will surely take you on a trip down memory lane alongside your lover! 

Photo credits to Rappler

 

  • Letters to Juliet 

This movie will satisfy the hopeless romantic in you as it whisks you to the breathtaking streets of Verona, Italy. Sophie (Amanda Seyfried) visits Verona with her fiance, hoping for some downtime before the wedding. However, she is in for an adventure of a lifetime as she discovers an ancient letter–written in 1957– sent to none other than Juliet herself! This movie is just the right thing if you’re looking for a light-hearted storyline with an enemies-to-lovers trope. Join them this Valentine’s Day as they look for the one that got away– and witness how this love story stood the test of time!

Photo credits to TIME

With these K-dramas and films, partnered with a bowl of popcorn, you can create a cinematic atmosphere within the comforts of your home. Of course, don’t forget the tissues– sometimes love can indeed be a tear-jerker. These films will surely make you feel loved and cherished this Valentine’s Day!

By Princess Friel Lontoc

Featured photo courtesy of Tatler Asia

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Show Your Love with these Valentine Offers

Still wary of dining out and joining the throngs of dating couples in restaurants this Valentine season? Well, take heart because you can still have a romantic dinner sans the crowd. With Richmonde Hotel Ortigas’ newest gourmet takeaway options created by Executive Chef Tristan Galang and his kitchen team, you can plan a quiet and cozy date at home or take your significant other outdoors for some fresh air and a little adventure while still making it amazing.

Enjoy not just a complete and filling meal but a delectable dining experience too wherever you may be when you order Valentine’s Day Hotbox Specials from Richmonde. For PhP1,490, you can get our Guinness Braised US Beef Cheeks Hotbox served with root vegetables, mushroom ragout, and polenta for a meal that is as just as tender as your love. You can also get fewer carbs with a healthier choice—our Miso-glazed Black Cod Hotbox served with teriyaki-infused soba noodles and bokchoy for just PhP1,320. Elegantly packed in Richmonde’s signature black takeaway box, these specials also have a built-in steaming kit so you can heat your meal quickly and effortlessly with just a pull of a string.

Valentine’s Day Hotbox Specials_Braised Beef

What’s a meal without dessert? We have you covered with our classic, luscious and yummy Berry Sweet Strawberry Cheesecake. Color your day pink and put a blush on your beloved’s cheeks with this simply delish 4” inch cake priced at PhP 645.

 All these flavorful delights are available for pickup and delivery orders from February 11 to 19, 2022. As a special promo, a flat rate fee of PhP150 applies for deliveries within Pasig, Mandaluyong, Makati, and Quezon City, while delivery is still free within San Miguel Avenue, Pearl Drive, and Escriva Drive. Pre-order with minimum of 24-hour lead time is required.

For orders and inquiries, contact us at (632) 8638 – 7777, mobile/Viber number 0917 534 4352, or email fbsup@richmondeortigas.com.

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Love is in the Air at Savoy Hotel Manila

A delightful and romantic stay awaits you at Savoy Hotel Manila.  As we meet again, allow us to set your hearts aflutter and leave you love-struck with our month-long room package and seasonal dining promotions.

Sweet Escape Room Package

Celebrate the love month with that hotel stay you have been longing for.

For a rate of Php5,200 nett, you and your loved one can book an overnight stay in our standard room with complimentary breakfast for 2, a Valentine welcome amenity, a bottle of wine, and a 15% discount on SPA and Dining.

Sweet Surrender

Make Valentine’s Day dinner special with our Sweet Surrender dinner offering at Savoy Cafe.  For only Php1,300 nett per person, enjoy a three-course meal with a complimentary glass of red wine.  Available from 6 pm to 10 pm on February 14, 2022.

Indulge in our healthy starters, Beetroot and Feta Cheese Salad or Carrot and Red Bell Pepper Cappuccino.  Followed by our main course, a choice of either Fettucine ala Vongole or Roasted Baby Back Ribs, and finally cap it with a sweet ending featuring our Blushing Strawberry Cake dessert.

Love in the Moonlight

 For those who love al fresco dining, experience our 3-course pre-Valentine dinner from February 12 to 13, 2022 by our poolside for only Php1,300 nett.

  • Savoy Hotel Manila is an accredited Multiple Use Hotel with a Certificate of Authority to Operate for Staycation (CAOS) by the Department of Tourism (DOT) and Bureau of Quarantine (BOQ).
  • Vaccination card is required for fully vaccinated guests.
  • For non-vaccinated guests, a negative RT-PCR test valid 48 hours before check-in is required.
  • Children below 11 years old are allowed to check-in if their companion will have either one of the abovementioned requirements.

For more details, please call (02) 5317-2869 or email dine@savoymanila.com (for our dining offers) and stay@savoymanila.com (for our room offerings).  Visit our website, www.savoyhotelmanila.com.ph for details on other packages and promotions.

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Top Valentine’s Day Gifts for Every Zodiac Sign

Most of us have, at some point, turned to the stars to find out more about our special someone. Zodiac signs are like personality cheat-sheets, giving us a fun and entertaining way to understand what makes our loved ones tick. With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, those birth charts will come in handy in picking out a present that our significant other will surely appreciate.

Whether you’re present-hunting for a meticulous Virgo or a rebellious Aquarius, Shopee has you covered with big discounts on the best tech gifts when you shop on Gadget Zone this February 3.

 For the confident and adventurous Fire signs who live big lives

Known to be spontaneous and adventurous, it can be tricky to find gifts for Fire signs that can keep up with their ever-changing and on-the-go lifestyle. The DJI Ronin-SC Camera Stabilizer is perfect for the adventure-seeking Sagittarius, with its lightweight and compact build that makes it easy to pack and carry wherever you go. Leos love being the center of attention, so the OPPO A54 is the perfect phone for selfies and video calls that show them at their most glamorous. Let Aries channel their competitive spirit with this Razer Viper Mini Gaming Mouse to enhance their gaming experience with absolute control, precise accuracy and seamless movement.

For the practical and dependable Earth signs who are the masters of WFH

Earth signs have mastered the ways of home life long before everyone else, so gadgets that spruce up their space will always be appreciated. Taurus natives are known to be foodies, making the Philips HD9200 Air Fryer the perfect gift for convenient meal preps and fun kitchen experiments. For the perfectionist Virgo who needs to keep their home office clean and tidy at all times, this Deerma CM818 Handheld Vacuum Cleaner comes with a built-in 200ml large capacity dust collector and powerful suctions, making sure that all dust and dirt are thoroughly removed. For one of the hardest workers in the Zodiac, reward your Capricorn partner with a HUAWEI Matepad 10s Tablet to help them  achieve their career goals.

For the intuitive and caring water signs who are highly attuned to emotions

 Water signs are great at connecting with others and have the ability to understand in detail their own and others’ emotions. The realme C21-Y is the perfect gift for the loyal and devoted Cancer during times like these, with its 13MP AI Triple Camera designed for crisp video calls and a 5,000mAh massive battery that helps you stay connected throughout the day. Mysterious and passionate Scorpios love having “me time,” so show them love with these Aukey Wireless Earbuds, which come with a 5-hour long battery life and a powerful bass performance that’s perfect for their evening soundtrip sessions. Pisces are the dreamers of the Zodiac, so let them freely express their creativity and capture meaningful moments with the Instax Camera Mini 11.

 For the intelligent and trend-setting Air signs on the lookout for something new

Air signs are visionaries who are always eager to explore something new. For the inventive and entertaining Geminiss who love to curate playlists, the Sony SRS-XB33 Bluetooth Speaker is a must-have, with its Stamina Mode that extends battery life up to 24 hours and a Live Sound button that gives a unique three-dimensional sound experience.  You can’t go wrong with the HUAWEI Watch Fit for the charming and fashionable Libra– this stylish smartwatch fits into their aesthetic lifestyle perfectly with its eye-catching colorway, 97 workout modes, and a 24-Hour Heart Rate monitor. For the free-spirited Aquarian who’s always two steps ahead, the Samsung Galaxy M22 has an eye-catching, modern design with powerful mobile photography features, making it the perfect mobile phone for their creative, innovative personality.

Grab all these gizmos and find discounts up to 90% off on popular gadgets when you visit https://shopee.ph/m/gadgetzone. Get big discounts from the best brands such as Phillips, OPPO, Vivo, PerySmith, Samsung, Huawei, Razer, Zeus, Akari Lighting, HyperX, Deerma, DJI, Mcdodo, Tigernu, Xiaomi and POCO on February 3.

As you shop for the perfect Valentine’s gift for your significant other, make sure to checkout with ShopeePay for exclusive perks and savings; such as daily free shipping and cashback vouchers. With Shopee’s all-in-one e-wallet, you can look forward to cashless payments and deals when you buy load, pay bills, send money, and scan to pay at thousands of merchants nationwide.

Save up and achieve your financial goals together with your partner through ShopeePay’s discounts. Get up to 10% off on load across all networks and up to 25% cashback on your monthly bills from over 60 billers. If you’re thinking of buying groceries to cook your loved one’s favorite meal, get big savings when you avail of ₱1 Deals via “ShopeePay Near Me” and redeem your vouchers in store when you pay via ShopeePay at partner merchants.

With ShopeePay, you can also enjoy free transfers to any bank or to any Shopee user. Plus, you can cash in to ShopeePay from over 40+ partner banks, and get up to P25 cashback on your InstaPay fee when you cash in at least P300. To enjoy these exclusive deals and more, activate your ShopeePay now for a rewarding cashless experience.

Download the Shopee app for free via the App Store or Google Play.

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Valentine’s deals just for you

HMD Global, the home of Nokia phones, has great gift ideas perfect for loved ones and family members this month.

Starting today until Feb 28, fans can grab the ultra-high-value Nokia C10 with quarterly security updates for two years for only Php 3,990 and get a whopping 50 percent off when they purchase Nokia 105, from Php 990 original price to Php 495.

Fall in love with Nokia C10

Fans can enjoy their favorite Valentine movie from sunrise to sunset with Nokia C10’s all-day battery life and stunningly clear 6.5-inch HD+ screen for an immersive experience. Sporting a high dynamic range (HDR) front and rear cameras with LED flash, the device can capture moments even in low light.

Equipped with Android11 (Go Edition) straight out of the box, the Nokia C10 comes with the latest software innovations, offering more memory and consuming fewer data.  Designed to last, the Nokia C10 combines decades of design ingenuity and expertise as it showcases its Nordic heritage in tandem with Nokia smartphones’ trademark durability.

Stay connected for longer with the Nokia 105

Talk late into the night with loved ones or simply make great plans with friends and families – the Nokia 105  is equipped with a long-lasting up to 28.5 days battery life, allowing fans to connect with their family all day long. It can store up to 2,000 contacts and 500 SMS for those important conversations. The device features a modern, ergonomic design that ensures users remain comfortable however long calls last. The Nokia 105 is also made of durable polycarbonate that evokes style and substance.

The Nokia 105’s island-style keyboard, built-in radio, and the ’90s user favorite Snake Game for entertainment make it a timeless classic that fans can rely on.

Nokia Comfort earbuds: A mobile device’s perfect pair

Treat your loved one with the Nokia Comfort Earbuds. They provide up to 9.5 hours of comfortable listening on one charge, allowing users to enjoy their timeless love songs or videos to their hearts’ content.

HMD Global Nokia Comfort earbuds.

The Earbuds’ natural, ergonomic design and unique comfort rings can sit securely in the user’s ears with a soft and lightweight feel. Experience superbly balanced audio with the highest available quality with the Nokia Comfort Earbuds for only Php 1,590.

This special Nokia phones Valentine promotion and Nokia comfort earbuds are available in all Nokia physical stores, kiosks, official Lazada, Shopee stores, and all authorized Nokia phone resellers nationwide.

Each product is sold separately.

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Julius and Christine Babao: Perfect for Each Other

After 17 years of wedded bliss, the couple’s love for each other grows more beautiful and precious as time goes by.

 

Televiewers may still remember how veteran broadcast journalist Julius Babao and TV host Christine “Tintin” Bersola’s romance blossomed on the set of Alas Singko Y Medya, the former morning show of ABS-CBN.

The good-looking couple had proceeded cautiously before they made a serious long-term commitment.

“Tinutukso-tukso kami hanggang sa ma-develop,” admitted Tintin during the past exclusive interview for a cover photoshoot.

Needless to say, they shared to have the same wavelength, and complement each other.

Said Julius:  “I’ve had a crush on Tintin since 1993 . . . I like her because she’s the first person I see in the morning. She’s a very natural person, very bubbly and she balances my personality.”

Said Tintin:  “Julius is the right man for me. He’s responsible, has a sense of humor, knows how to handle money, is very generous, and intelligent.”

For Julius, love knows no boundaries. His idea of a good relationship is something that allows a certain amount of “freedom” for both individuals.

For Tintin, it’s being there for each other through thick and thin, with or without money, in a good or bad mood.”

To this day, the couple has been blessed with a happy and fulfilling family life.

The couple has celebrated their 17th wedding anniversary last year. “To 17 years of love & marriage and beyond! Happy anniversary babe @christinebbabao! Love you!” was Julius’s message to her beautiful wife in his IG account @juliusbabao.

Courtesy: @juliusbabao IG account

Julius and Tintin have proven the old saying that “Marriage is like a fine wine, if tended properly, it just gets better with age.”

(Based on the cover story published in the now-defunct Mirror Weekly magazine with the same author)

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Photo by Mandy Navasero/file photo