A Day for Love and Ashes

As you lavish your loves with love today, take note (if you're Catholic) that it's also Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent. Just sayin'.

Sophisticated, elegant, intricate and edgy -- words that best describe the creations of Dubai-based Filipino couturier Ezra Santos, whose EzraCouture is a favorite among Arab and European royalty and international celebrities such as Lady Gaga. PF Correspondent Serina Aidasani celebrates the artistry of this fashion icon, who has started combining traditional Filipino materials into his sumptuous gowns.

If you're a Baby Boomer, remember the courtship rituals of your youth? Veteran journalist/commentator Philip Lustre Jr. recalls the "tedious and laborious" process of wooing ladies before texting and social media took away the fun, in "Our Old-Fashioned Courtship: ‘Dalaw,’ 'Sundo,’ ‘Hatid’."

And what about if your husband is a philanderer? PF publisher Mona Lisa Yuchengco's tongue-in-cheek piece will surely strike some chords.

Just to get you more in the mood for love, here are some stories of historical romances you might want to Read Again:



For this auspicious combination of Valentine's Day and Ash Wednesday, our resident foodie Elizabeth Ann Quirino shares a delicious but un-sinful recipe for the Happy Home Cook: Pasta with Shrimps and Vegetables.

There's never a dull moment with our lineup of In The Know stories for this week:

EXCLUSIVE: New photos show China is nearly done with its militarization of South China Sea

SF looks to change law that lets mentally ill choose to stay on streets (in the article, Alice is Pinay)

'Dreamer' twins, hoping to enter the military, will either get deployed or deported

Ogie Zulueta stars in not your grandma’s ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’

Meet Lara Fernandez Barrios, the Woman Behind Some of Manila's Best-Looking Restaurants

We're not letting up on romance with our Video of the Week, featuring Sharon Cuneta and Gabby Concepcion. Ignore the product and focus on the chemistry of the star-crossed love team. 

Gemma Nemenzo

Editor, Positively Filipino