Out to pray? SWS says 2 out of 5 adult Filipinos plan to celebrate Valentine’s Day, mostly by going to church

Published February 12, 2021, 6:14 PM

by Merlina Hernando-Malipot

Instead of going on a date, most Filipino adults who intend to celebrate the Valentine’s Day this year would rather spend their time praying.

(Photo via Baclaran Church)

Based on the national Social Weather Survey conducted by the Social Weather Stations (SWS) released on Friday, Feb. 12, 39% of adult Filipinos intend to celebrate Valentine’s Day. Meanwhile, 31% said they were undecided and 27% saying they would not celebrate it.

“Among those who would celebrate Valentine’s Day, 45% would go to church or attend religious services,” SWS said. Of this number, 27% would “give gifts to their spouse or loved ones”; 25% would “prepare special food at home with their spouse or loved ones; and 11% would “send Valentine greetings through online or SMS.”

Meanwhile, SWS noted that the other activities planned by Filipino adults for Valentine’s Day include sending Valentine greetings through letters or greeting cards, visiting their girlfriend or boyfriend; visiting tourist spots with their spouse or loved ones; serenading their spouse or loved ones in their house; greeting their loved ones in person; serenading their spouse or loved ones online and go out with their spouse or loved ones.

The said survey, which was conducted from Nov. 21 to 25, 2020, also found 50% of the respondents said that “love life is very happy” while 31% said it “could be happier.” Eighteen (18%) percent of the respondents, on the other hand, said “they do not have a love life.”

SWS said that the latest percentage of those with a very happy love life is the “lowest since the 49% in 2014.” Moreover, the latest percentage of those with no love life is a new “all-time high” which surpassed the previous record of 14% in 2016, 2017, and 2019.

Meanwhile, SWS noted that happiness with love life is “highest” among married men and married women. “Happiness with love life peaks at 35-44 among men, at 25-34 among women,” the survey revealed.

SWS noted that the November 2020 survey “found no significant connection” with people’s celebration of Valentine’s Day and their happiness with love life with their fear and outlook related to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).