6 Reasons Why It Pays To Be Single This Valentine’s Day—Literally

*Plays Flowers by Miley Cyrus*

Even on Valentine’s Day, single blessedness is still worth celebrating.

Related: 11 Valentine’s Day Ideas Fit For Any Relationship Status

There are many occasions that bring much joy to couples, but nothing is hyped up as Valentine’s Day, a day of hearts, gift-giving, and even a little bit of lovemaking. But for those who are single, Valentine’s Day can leave a bitter taste in one’s mouth, especially with the constant barrage of reminders of being alone as of the moment. Almost everywhere one looks, there are things related to love, which often leads to some questioning their firm resolve to be single.

But Valentine’s isn’t just about romantic love. It can also be a day of celebrating one of the most important things you can give yourself, self-love. And true enough, a few events and goings-on are happening around the country this Valentine’s Day, making sure that those single and independent in life, whether it is by choice or not, won’t be left out. Check them out below.


Bugs Bunny counting money

Some people say that being single since birth is a curse. But for government workers in a municipality in Quezon Province, it’s a blessing in disguise to have no love life at all. Recently, Mayor Matt Florido announced that government workers of the municipality of General Luna in Quezon Province who have been single since birth will be eligible for triple pay. And if that’s not enough, those who are recently single or are nursing a breakup in the past three years can receive extra pay. Eligible applicants will have to file for the pay with Mayor Florido saying that he hopes employees are honest about their relationship status. Now, where can we find a job at General Luna?


Phoebe breaking up with Monica

Going through a breakup is not easy. You need time to nurse that broken heart. This is something the management at the Cebu Century Plaza Hotel realizes, which is why they recently announced that all broken-hearted employees are entitled to five days of paid leave. To top it all off, it also comes with a beauty package, facial treatment, and body scrub, because you deserve to treat yourself after a breakup. May all workplaces offer a breakup leave.


Adele singing

Haranas and rose bouquets will be far from sight in this special concert all about being single. Habit Store & Café is bringing together Janiñe Tenoso, Shanne Dandan, Deny, Dani Idea, and Hannah Dela for a Valentine’s Day gig for and by single people. Entitled SAMA-SAMA TAYO: A VALENTINE’S GIG PARA SA KAPWA SINGLE, the event is all about coming together to commiserate singlehood. No need to be bitter this Valentine’s Day as you’ll be treated to a night of good food, music, and (single) company.


Cher Horowitz going shopping

Oh, you thought that Valentine’s Day date nights only applied to couples? Think again. Winedrop is currently offering a special deal on V-Day where those without a date can avail of two white wines, two red wines, and pica-pica for a discounted price. Enjoy some good wine as you realize you won’t need to be splitting all that with someone else.


Valentine's Day idea for singles: art appreciation

So what if you don’t have someone in your love life to appreciate? You can spend that time instead appreciating art and other historical locations in this singles walking tour in Manila. Entitled Night at the Museum: An After-Work Tour, the Valentine’s Day tour will take you to historic locations around Binondo and Escolta all while enjoying a complimentary drink from Fred’s Revolution and merch courtesy of Manila Girls.


The Simpsons speed dating

For those who are looking to use the day of love to jumpstart their love life, there are a few options out there for you to try. First, The Dessert Museum is holding a “Sweet Meet” on February 15 where attendees can participate in speed dating in the actual museum. Finding sweet love in a place called The Dessert Museum? How appropriate. And secondly, for those looking for a livelier setting, HQ in Poblacion is holding a speed dating event on Valentine’s Day.