Words by Kathlene Masilongan
We know, we know. It’s supposed to be the month of romance and hearts and all that ooey-gooey stuff. But what if you don’t have a significant other? Don’t worry because it doesn’t mean that you have to spend the season of love alone. After all, you have something possibly better—your best friends! Introducing: Galentine’s Day.
Galentine’s Day |gɑlɛnˈtiniz deɪ| – (n.) a celebration of friendship between ladies for ladies, single or not, coined by fictional character Leslie Knope played by Amy Poehler from the sitcom Parks and Recreation, which is celebrated every 13th of February, the day before Valentine’s Day. E.g. I’m celebrating Galentine’s day with my sister this year, how about you?
Unlike your typical romantic dates, your Galentine’s Day date would involve so much more than just a candlelit dinner and holding hands in the movie theater (not unless you want it to, that is). Here are just a couple of things you can do during your Galentine’s Day celebration!
1. Go Shopping
Duh! After taking a rest from all the Christmas shopping you had to do during the holidays, it’s about time to get yourself a little treat. It won’t be as extravagant as your holiday hauls, but it’d definitely cheer you and your girls up. A little retail therapy goes a long way.
2. Get Pampered
When was the last time you had a decent haircut? Or had your nails done? Gather your girls at your favorite nail salon not only to get pampered but to also catch up. We’re sure that you’ve been busy and there’s always tea begging to be spilled. We’re sure of it.
What’s better than getting a massage? Getting a massage with your best friends with you. It’s probably been ages since you’ve properly relaxed since you’ve been slaving away at school or work, right? Get your best girls and hit up your favorite massage place and come back to work the next day a better woman (with better posture).
4. Absorb Your Culture
The beautiful thing about our country, especially about the Metro, is that there’s no shortage of museums and heritage sites to visit. Whether you and your girls spend a day wandering around the historic Intramuros or visiting the various galleries the city has to offer, you’ll surely enjoy getting a good dose of art and culture.
5. Stuff Your Faces
Contrary to popular belief, girls are a lot simpler than most people assume. As ladies, we all know this. Just point to the direction of the nearest grub spot and all of your girls will be happy. Bonus points if it has good lighting and an instagrammable ambiance!
6. Get A Tan
If you have the time and the means, why not head to your nearest beach to soak up the sun? Not only will you look bomb after you get that tan, but you’ll basically be celebrating summer earlier! And possibly with no crowds too!
7. Catch a show
If you’re up for a good laugh or a good cry, or anything good in between, why not schedule for you and your best girls to catch a stage production? A good play will definitely fill up your hearts during the season of love.
8. Party Away
Want to get your heart pumping on Galentine’s Day? Hit up your favorite watering hole and dance the night away. There’s nothing like some good bass, neon lights, and your best friends dancing in your little bubble of fun. Enjoy with a drink or two for maximum effect!
How about you? What will you be doing on Galentine’s Day?