It’s February 14, the day you turn to page 45 of the 365 pages you have set for 2017. On your way to work, men from all walks of life cross the street carrying bouquets due a beauty pageant winner. Your eyes zoom in to beautifully-arranged roses, tulips, calla lilies, carnations, and gerberas. And, as if on cue, the radio DJ decides to play Stephen Bishop’s “It Might Be You” followed by a playlist you’ve been dreading to hear since your break-up with “The One Who Got Away”.
To add to the mood, you find yourself looking at the heart-shaped red stoplight in Bonifacio Global City (BGC). You look away and grab your phone.
“Bes,” you typed on your mobile phone, your thumb pressing the screen with more pressure than the usual, “Panagbenga Festival ba ngayon? ‘Di naman ako na-inform.”
“Bes, inuulam ang ampalaya. Hindi inuugali,” your supportive Bes replied back.
In an instant, you find yourself struggling to avoid a Valentine drama special. Pigilin at kalma lang, Bes.
All the single ladies, all the single ladies, now put your hands up! Represent! Feel and share the love this Valentine’s Day even without a date. Let me count the ways to make that heart beat again. Presenting… TIBOK!
Bes, take those baby steps to be fit for life. If your fitness goals were put on-hold due to your commitment to be the #bestgirlfriendever, puwes, it’s time! Now is the time to be your #bestselfever.
Tahakin mo ang 1.6-kilometer stretch of the BGC Greenway Park in your new running shoes. Gawing peg ang pagtakbo palayo sa iyo ng ex-jowa mo sa pacing mo, Bes. When he sees you again, paniguradong tatakbo siya ulit… pabalik sa puso mo.
The BGC Greenway Park is open daily from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.
I-push ang Involvement
Bes, kung hindi mo kayang makakuha ng pagmamahal, magbigay ka na lang. And it need not be on Valentine’s Day lang. Visit an orphanage and spend time with those who need it. Gather all your friends and volunteer to care for abandoned children.
Sa kawalan mo ng kayakap sa Araw ng mga Puso, yakapin mo ng buong-buo ang katotohanan na #blessed ka and you need to share your blessings. Remember, when you give more to the world, the world gives you more.
B-e Better Not Bitter
Palawakin ang interests, Bes. Dahil sa paglawak nito, lalawak ang social circle pati ang knowledge. Knowledge is power, ‘di ba? Divert your attention to things which remain unexplored to you. How about culture and the arts?
Visit the BGC Arts Center and discover a whole new world that might just be shining, shimmering, and splendid! E-mail them at email@example.com for queries.
Bilang hindi natuloy ang pinapangarap mong pre-nup pictorial, hatakin ang kaibigang may magandang camera at mag-project sa tapat ng mga wall murals na nagkalat sa BGC. Aura lang ng aura, Bes, until you’re satisfied with the photos, one of which will make its way to your social media account as a profile picture. Isama sa caption ng profile picture ang #neverlookingback. Pupusuan natin ‘yan, Bes.
Bes, do not deprive yourself of happiness. Bilang tumatakbo ka naman sa BGC Greenway Park on a daily basis, keribels na ang mga cheat days. Taguig surprises you with the next best thing in gastronomy. Embark on a gastronomic adventure in and out of BGC and find yourself satisfying your palate with nothing but the best. Don’t be too hard on yourself, Bes. You can have your extra rice na.
Bes, find it in your heart to be happy. It’s just your relationship which ended, not your life. Continue writing the pages of 2017. When it lands on page 45, I hope it turns out to be one that’s well-written and filled with love. Pupusuan natin ‘yan, Bes.