Photos by Patricia Laudencia
Where I come from, Valentine’s Day lasts around a week, and its yearly trimmings remain pretty much the same. There are student orgs hustling to deliver flowers, people walking around with teddy bears, and study sessions swapped for dinners out. At the center of it all is Under the Stars, Loyola Film Circle’s (LFC) free outdoor screening night, which is by now an institution in itself. I mean, what’s more romantic than stargazing on a blanket with bae?
That idea of romance is why I’ve avoided Under the Stars in the past. If I wanted to third wheel, I could have taken my pick among my happily taken friends, instead of feeling desperately alone in Ateneo’s sprawling Bellarmine Field. But I had no excuse to skip this year’s coverage, and figured that since my friends were going as concessionaires, I wouldn’t be too lonely.
Lo and behold, last February 15, I found myself enjoying Under the Stars — and so were a bunch of people who weren’t coupled up. I saw freshman blocks and upperclassman barkadas, hanging out on the grass, boisterous laughter coming from every corner. Hosts threw fond shoutouts to single members of the audience, who responded in collective yells and whoops. Turned out the crowd represented a whole host of relationships, from friends to lovers and the in-betweens.