Doc Gia Sison’s 10 Valentine’s Day ideas for the self-partnered

Doc Gia Sison’s 10 Valentine’s Day ideas for the self-partnered

Girls and boys just wanna have fun.

As the Cyndi Lauper song goes, girls just want to have fun. Yes, you do and you deserve to. And this ‘80s pop hit still rings a bell in a fresh, new decade, especially as we celebrate Valentine’s Day.

Just because you’re single (a.k.a. self-partnered) and your social media feed is nudging you to play mellow songs in one corner, it doesn’t mean you should hibernate on the day of hearts.

Valentine’s Day is the perfect prompt to finally embrace who you are — after all, self-love is an action. If you’re waiting for the chance, the hearts day is the right cue to do what you love — whether on your own or with the company of your best buddies or family.

Curious how you can enjoy the day even without a “significant other?” We took self-love notes from mental health advocate, breast cancer survivor, love guru and pop doctor Gia Sison on how to practice self-love at SM on Valentine’s Day.

Go pamper yourself

The heart’s day is all about you and how you can show you love yourself. Perhaps, a “new do, new you” can suit you? Let the relaxing facial or spa music at your favorite mall’s spa take the pressure off your chest.

Photo from Flawless Face And Body Clinic Facebook page

Flawless Face and Body Clinic is located at 5L Mega B, SM Megamall, 8687-9118*

Paint the town

Don’t skip the me-time without painting your nails at one of the many relaxing nail salons at SM.

Nail.A.Holics is located at 5L Atrium, SM Megamall, 8584-8806*

Have some quiet time                                        

“Yes, it is possible in a mall. There are spaces, like chapels, where you can be quiet and meditate. That’s what SM Supermalls have made possible,” assures Dr. Gia. “Don’t avoid the mall on Valentine’s Day.”

In fact, there are plenty of places to visit and things to do, even if you want some quiet time. The Chapel of the Eucharistic Lord exudes the perfect ambiance to let you have some peace and quiet that you need.

Chapel of the Eucharistic Lord is located at 5L, Atrium, SM Megamall.

Buy the book you’ve always wanted to read

There’s so much stuff you can get at SM, and, perhaps, the book you’ve been meaning to read is waiting for you at the shelves of National Bookstore or Fully Booked. You might also find other gems that will inspire you before you check out the book.

Photo from Fully Booked Facebook Page.

National Bookstore is located at UGF, Mega A, SM Megamall, 8636-7028;

Fully Booked is located at 4L Mega Fashion Hall, 8631-8265

​Indulge at your favorite restaurant

Imagine enjoying your favorite food and being truly present at the moment, especially in your favorite restaurant like Sunnies Cafè or PAUL. While your tummy’s happy, your heart is surely the one that will be overly delighted.

Sunnies Cafe is located at 2L Bridgeway, SM Megamall, 7718-1862; Paul is located at GL Mega Fashion Hall

Grab some milk tea with your buddies

It looks like milk tea is taking the place of chocolates and wines this Valentines’ Day. The perfectly chewy, sweet, creamy and tea-licious blend hugs your palate as you share cheers and warm hugs with your best food buddies over a long sweet drink.

Photo from Happy Lemon Facebook Page.

Happy Lemon is located at 3L Mega A, SM Megamall, 8534-3189;

Koomi is located at 3L MOA Food Hall, Main Mall, Mall of Asia

Get your heart racing

Who says kilig is the only way to get your heart racing. Exercise does just that, plus a whole lot more benefits your body will thank you for. Sweat it all out as you join one of the fun gym classes.

Photo from Fitness First Philippines Facebook Page.

Fitness First is located at 4L Mega A, SM Megamall, 7910-8000

Recall your childhood memories

“It’s fun to go back and reminisce about your childhood and other happy memories.” Take it from Dr. Sison. Play the games you used to love and bring out the child in you. The fun and laughter you’ll get at gaming arcades at SM will put the most beautiful smile on your face.

SM Storyland at SM City North Edsa; Timezone  is located at 4L Mega A, SM Megamall, 8687-6663*

Join a cause

Once you’ve learned how to love yourself, you may start taking steps towards loving others. One great way to spread love is to support the causes of UNICEF via its booths located in select SM malls nationwide.

Photo from @unicefphils

UNICEF booths are located in select SM malls nationwide.

Get a shirt that expresses how you feel

You need a genuinely good giggle on Valentine’s Day. Giving you just that, and a cute wardrobe upgrade, is Linya-Linya. Their shirts are all designed and printed with witty and relatable quotes you couldn’t resist. Or you may want to get affordable statement tees at The SM Store nationwide!

Join SM Supermalls x Linya-Linya’s #MeForMe online promo:



  •   Check out the SM Supermalls x Linya-Linya #MeForMe weekly self-love challenge on SM Supermalls     Facebook page.
  •     Simply post a photo of yourself doing the weekly self-love activity in any SM mall at the comments section of SM Supermalls’ #MeForMe FB post.
  •     Don’t forget to tag @smsupermalls and use the hashtag #MeForMe and #DiscoverLoveHereAtSM!
  •     15 winners will be chosen per week who will win Linya-Linya shirts.


Linya-Linya is located at LGF, Mega A, SM Megamall

Branches mentioned above are available in select SM malls: SM Aura Premier, SM Southmall, Mall of Asia, S Maison, SM City North Edsa, SM Megamall, and The Podium.