February 14 is that day of the year when dating gets a bit more flowery, sweet and cheesy than usual. The Megacity is all romantic with red signs everywhere, special offers and couples walking hand-in-hand through the streets. Valentine's Day is celebrated big time in Manila.
Martin Nievera, Regine Velasquez, Gary Valenciano, and Lani Misalucha are legends of OPM. OPM stands for "Original Pilipino Music", pop songs - often ballads - sung in Tagalog or English by Philippine artists. To make Valentine's Day 2015 special, the pop stars gave two concerts on February 13 and 14.
Valentine's Day is peak season for the dozens of flower sellers at the Dangwa Flower Market in Manila. Husbands, boyfriends and suitors arrive from all over the Megacity to find something nice for their loved ones, from individual roses to lush bouquets. The often long journey is worth it. Although prices rise steeply ahead of Valentine's, fresh flowers are still much cheaper here than in other parts of Manila.