Georgina Wilson, Bianca Gonzalez, and Saab Magalona defy Valentine's Day tradition; bat for practicality, not pomp

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Georgina Wilson, Bianca Gonzalez, and Saab Magalona don't feel pressured to celebrate Valentine's Day with conventional romantic dates. According to them, sky's the limit in cooking up more fun, practical yet still romantic adventures with their loved ones.


Here’s an interesting tidbit about Georgina Wilson, one of the industry's most beautiful and bankable faces.

In an exclusive interview with PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) she says she isn't much of a romantic. She tells us why.

The firlfriend of Borgy Manotoc admits, “The funny thing is, like every time, when I first started dating Borgy, every year, I remind him that uhm, he knows my birthday is February 12 and Valentine's is February 14, and there are two separate gifts for that.

“'Please make sure those dates don't overlap.'”

She emphasizes, “My birthday is February 12, and February 14 is different.”

OUT OF TOWN KARAOKE PARTY. But despite her constant reminders, “The funny thing is, we never really get to celebrate Valentine's on its own because it's kinda bundled up into my birthday.”

For this year, George reveals her plans, “We're gonna be going out of town, [with] very, very few friends and Borgy's family, and my family.

“We're gonna be hidden, and it's gonna be great.”

So it’s a family affair? A group date?

Georgina replies, “For me, I'm not really the type who would want to spend Valentine's like in a special date, like in a restaurant, it's not my style.

“I like being around people that I love.

“Sharing that with the person that I'm with, and I feel too much pressure.

“Like I used to do it when I was younger and we'd go to restaurants and I'm just like, I don't think anyone here is having fun and I was like eating 10 courses.

“I felt so full, I was like, I don't know if this is the experience that I'd like,” she confesses.

What exactly will they be up to in their secret location?

“We're having like a party and yeah, it's gonna be like a karaoke party, we'll play some games, and whatever.

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“So I think it's not the traditional idea but that's how I'd like to do Valentine's.”

NO V-DAY GIFTS FOR BIANCA GONZALEZ. At the culminating program of Shell FuelSave Fact or Fiction Driving Challenge, PEP learned that the host is not actually a big fan of the holiday. In fact, she adds that she and husband JC Intal won't be together on that day.

She confides, “I'll be out of town for work pero as a couple, hindi rin naman talaga kami ma-Valentine's Day. Yeah, not a problem naman.”

Marketed as the most expensive holiday for couples year in and year out, with flowers costing six times more than their usual pricer, Bianca and JC choose to be practical.

“Siguro after namin ikasal, sabi namin, 'Wala munang regalo-regalo sa isa't isa ha? Ipon-ipon muna tayo, so no gift siguro.

“But siguro, we'll like have dinner or something pagbalik ko from work,” she says.

V-DAY IS EVERYDAY. Lastly, newlyweds Saab Magalona and Jim Bacarro will have a gig.

While taping for her Taste Buddies segment in Balboa restaurant, Shangri-la Plaza Mall East Wing, she relates, “We have gigs on [Feb] 13, 14, 15.

“And also, a good friend from college, he's celebrating his birthday on the 14th in the morning and it's a great way to celebrate.

“He's going to Payatas to help the kids. So he asked his friends to go with him.

“So parang kami ni Jim, kaysa mag-date pa tayo, let's just go there, ‘di ba?”

Joking, we remark, it's a budget-friendly way to spend one of the most expensive dates of the year, and she says, “Wala talaga, walang gastos, 'di ba? Nakatulong ka pa. Anong gusto mo: kakain ka ng mahal na steak or magpapakain ka?”

She adds, “I'm looking forward to this Valentine's Day, parang mature na!

“Pero I don't mean to be preachy ha? Go ahead and eat your expensive steak.

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“Okay lang yun, you deserve it.

“Pero as cliche as it may sound, Valentine's Day is every day. Yuck!”

While saying the last word, she scrunches up her face and giggles, adding, “Isali mo yung yuck, ha?"


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