Embracing Love: Filipino Valentine's Traditions in the Digital Age
Valentine's Day in the Philippines merges modern digital expressions with cherished traditional customs, enriching the celebration of love.

Valentine's Day is a special time when modern digital ways and old Filipino traditions come together. Today, people Valentine's Day is a special time when modern digital ways and old Filipino traditions come together. Today, people show their love online, sharing messages and pictures on social media, sending electronic cards, and planning online surprises. This new way of celebrating has changed how Filipinos mark this day of love. But, traditional Filipino ways of showing love are still alive. The custom of "harana," where people sing love songs outside someone's window, is still practiced. Writing love letters by hand and drawing cute doodles are still popular among couples. Giving "balikbayan" gifts shows the love for family and the connection to the homeland. Valentine's Day isn't just about choosing digital or traditional ways; it's about mixing both to make the day even more special. Couples can use technology to add a modern twist to classic traditions, like having a virtual serenade or creating digital love letters with Filipino designs. This blend of new and old makes Valentine's Day more inclusive, allowing couples from different backgrounds to enjoy Filipino traditions. This mix of digital and traditional ways helps us appreciate Filipino culture more on Valentine's Day. Let's use technology to stay connected and keep the true Filipino spirit of love alive.

 

show their love online, sharing messages and pictures on social media, sending electronic cards, and planning online surprises. This new way of celebrating has changed how Filipinos mark this day of love. But, traditional Filipino ways of showing love are still alive. The custom of "harana," where people sing love songs outside someone's window, is still practiced. Writing love letters by hand and drawing cute doodles are still popular among couples. Giving "balikbayan" gifts shows the love for family and the connection to the homeland. Valentine's Day isn't just about choosing digital or traditional ways; it's about mixing both to make the day even more special. Couples can use technology to add a modern twist to classic traditions, like having a virtual serenade or creating digital love letters with Filipino designs. This blend of new and old makes Valentine's Day more inclusive, allowing couples from different backgrounds to enjoy Filipino traditions. This mix of digital and traditional ways helps us appreciate Filipino culture more on Valentine's Day. Let's use technology to stay connected and keep the true Filipino spirit of love alive.

Ms. Angel Faith Danganan serves as the President of Central Luzon Balita and has worked as a broadcast journalist with the news group for over five years. Originally from Capas, Tarlac, she actively participates in numerous civic groups and public service initiatives. She took up her Broadcast communication course at the Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP) Manila.

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