If anything, single people have it easier in some ways than attached people do. While it's true that having an S.O. means you have someone to share your happiness with, not having an S.O. means you're in complete control of your own happiness. Before you log on to Facebook and bemoan your relationship status (or lack thereof), why not drop by Makati City and:
Settle into "The Settlement" at Ayala Museum.
From February 13 to 19, the Ayala Museum will run Mark Justiniani's "OpenSpace: The Settlement" exhibit, which features a 12 x 12 x 15 house designed to make you feel like you're in a never-ending space. If you're unfazed by the illusion, take a closer look at the materials Justiniani used — like wood, galvanized sheets, mirrors, and lights — and marvel at how he can make something so beautiful out of things so simple. You can learn more about the exhibit through this write-up courtesy of GMA News.
Down a drink at a bar.
Makati is studded with cool bars where you can drink your worries away. You have the ABV Bar and The Curator, which ranked as two of Asia's top bars in 2016. You have the Mandalay Whiskey Bar and The Bar at The Peninsula Manila, if you have cash to burn but no one to burn it on. And then you have the 12 Monkeys Music Hall & Pub, where you can listen to music and drown your sorrows along with other singles. Makati City is chockfull of places to drink it all in and vent it all out — if you know where to find them.
Dine in a Japanese izakaya.
Since Japanese izakayas (or pubs-slash-restaurants) tend to be small and crowded, they're not exactly ideal places for romantic dates. But they are ideal for simple yet delicious meals that you can savor without having to endure the sight of a couple getting all lovey-dovey.
For Japanese joints that are sure to be couple-free this Valentine's, check out Mendokoro Ramenba. The place can only seat about 20 people at a time, so it's usually jampacked every lunch and dinner. Once you manage to grab a seat, though, their noodles are one of the best in the Metro, and the U-shaped setup makes it an ideal place for meeting new people. Who knows, you may even meet your Valentine-to-be there!
Other Japanese izakayas for a singles night out include the ones in Little Tokyo along Pasong Tamo, as well as the ones we've reviewed before. Be sure to check out what each restaurant has to offer, read as many reviews as you can, and judge for yourself whether it's worth spending on.
Burrow in a book.
Even in a fast-paced area like Makati, laidback bookworms have their place too. Aside from the obvious, commercialized establishments like National Book Store, Powerbooks, and Fully Booked, Makati has some of the best places for book lovers.
You can read while sipping a cup of coffee at Local Edition, Plaza Café, and Coffee 8065. You can also drop by the Filipinas Heritage Library at the 6th floor of the Ayala Museum. Or you can borrow a book from The Reading Club 2000 along Balagtas Street. If you prefer books to people, Makati has no shortage of hangouts.
Catch a (non)romantic movie.
Obviously, "Fifty Shades Darker" is off the table. But you can laugh your head off at "The Lego Batman Movie," watch Keanu Reeves cut through swathes of bad guys at "John Wick: Chapter 2," or root for Milla Jovovich to survive another zombie horde at "Resident Evil: The Final Chapter." Reserve your seats at the Ayala Malls here, at Century City Mall here, or at Power Plant Mall here.
Go bargain-hunting at Makati Cinema Square.
Also known simply as "Makati Square," this tiny shopping place along Pasong Tamo is just a jeepney ride away from Buendia. Ask any driver to drop you off at "Makati Cinema Square," and they'll know exactly where it is. In the highly unlikely event that they don't know, it's to the right of Little Tokyo, with a Shakey's branch beside it.
At Makati Square, you can find all sorts of goods — secondhand books, anime merchandise, airsoft gun equipment, and others priced significantly lower than their counterparts from other stores. Just be careful when you shop there, because the adage "You get what you pay for" holds especially true.
Valentine's doesn't have to be a lonely affair. With a little bit of ingenuity, and a little bit of knowing what makes you happy regardless of your relationship status, the Day of Hearts can be a Day of Happiness for anyone.