Valentine's day is a time to value your loved ones and to appreciate that special someone who cares for you. Many people often forget about the little things when it comes to their relationships but the details, are everything. There is a multitude of ways to approach love and partnership; by listening to others we can learn a whole lot about what may work for ourselves. Every couple thrives in its own unique ways -- and to each their own. We asked 5 couples, at different stages of their relationships, the same set of questions to learn more about them and to see how their responses differed. 

Dating: Alexandra Eduque and Mikkel Puyat

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Answered by Alex Eduque 

1. How often do you go on dates?

As often as our schedules permit us to. It's not something we have a regular schedule for, but more often than not, spontaneous, unless there's a special occasion. I'm the type who loves chilling and eating a home cooked meal with a good movie, and I'd even consider that a date. That and our twice a week Spanish class (which I'm pretty sure is how we'll spend Valentine's this year.)

2. Who picks what restaurant to eat in?

Me! And he'll usually oblige, unless he has strong feelings.

3. Do you celebrate your anniversary? Yearly? Monthly? Not really?

If you call a nice heartfelt letter a celebration, then yes. But other than that, if our schedule permits and we're both in the same country (since we both travel quite a bit and at the start were in a long distance relationship) we'll go for dinner. We're more the type who celebrate the small things about each other everyday - milestones & small personal achievements - rather than need to pin down a date.

4. Do you pick each other up or drop each other off at the airport when one of you arrives or departs?

Six years ago when I'd come home for Christmas/summer vacation, occasionally. But not anymore! (If we both did it for each other, with the amount of times we travel, we'd both spend an insane amount of time in traffic)!

5. Secret to a successful relationship?

Love, patience, trust, respect, compromise and making sure that while you both have a relationship to work on and nurture everyday, that you both still have your own interests and live your individual lives. It is also important to be each other's cheerleader and never undermine the efforts & achievements of the other.

Engaged: Jacques Christophe Branellec and Mia Arcenas

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Answred by Jacques Christophe Branellec 

1.  How often do you go on dates?

Anytime we feel like it or want to try a new restaurant really.

2. Who picks what restaurant to eat in?

We take turns, usually Mia because she's the foodie

3. Do you celebrate your anniversary? Yearly? Monthly? Not really?

We celebrate our anniversary yearly!

4. Do you pick each other up or drop each other off at the airport when one of you arrives or departs?

Yes we do pick each other up and drop each other off!

5. Secret to a successful relationship?

Everyday is a work in progress but time, patience, love and humor are what we consider to be very important.

Newly married: Cris Villonco and Paolo Valderrama
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Answered by Cris Villonco Valderrama 

1. How often do you go on dates?

We try to go on a date at least once a week. Paolo works during the weekdays and most of my work days are closer to or during the weekend, so at times a movie or a "cheat" day is considered a great date which may happen every week if we're lucky or sometimes, once a month.

2. Who picks what restaurant to eat in?

I do. Haha. I'm on a strict diet, but Paolo is a healthy eater as well. 

If we want to eat what we consider a "healthy binge", we eat in Japanese restaurants. But, if we want to go all out and with no shame, we got to the eat all you can and buffet restaurants.

3. Do you celebrate your anniversary? Yearly? Monthly? Not really?

I'm usually the stressed out, temperamental one in the relationship, while Paolo is cool and laid back. Paolo remembers our important days more than I do. He's very sweet and he prepares for those days. It's one of those things I greatly appreciate and I can never keep up with how kind he is to me.

4. Do you pick each other up or drop each other off at the airport when one of you arrives or departs?

We haven't travelled apart since we got married, but I think it's a must for him than it is for me. He has a very tight-knit family and I remember his Mom seeing us off on our honeymoon. So I figure, the pick up and drop off when one is traveling alone will definitely happen for us! 

5. Secret to a successful relationship?

Never give up. No matter how difficult things get, with love and respect, you'll get by, as long as you keep working on the relationship. 

Married for a few years: Maureen Disini and Daniel Teichert  

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Answered by Maureen Disini Teichert

1. How often do you go on dates?

We go out on dates 3 times a week:  on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, no fail.

2. Who picks what restaurant to eat in?

I normally get to pick which restaurant to try but we normally stick to our favorites. 

3. Do you celebrate your anniversary? Yearly? Monthly? Not really? 

We used to celebrate our anniversary every month, but when we got married we only celebrate our wedding anniversary. I look forward to that each year because we go to one of our dream destinations.  

4. Do you pick each other up or drop each other off at the airport when one of you arrives or departs? 

My husband always insists picking me up at the airport but I hesitate because I always arrive very late in the night. 

5.  Secret to a successful relationship?

There is no perfect relationship but I believe it can be a succesful one. In our case we´ve never been happier ever since we put Jesus in the center of our relationship. Also, our 6-year relationship remains strong because there´s a whole lot of love, honour, respect, understanding and forgiveness between us.

Married for 52 years: Nena Vargas and Rico Tantoco

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Answered by Nena Vargas Tantoco

1. How often do you go on dates?

Rico and I have not gone on dates for valentine these last 40 years! Maybe before, we did! Like the valentine shows in hotels! Presently if ever, we invite our children and if it is here in our Sta. Eelena home, also our grandchildren! 

2. Who picks what restaurant to eat in?

I guess me! It is not really a restaurant, but our our home in Sta. Elena! I create a different theme with the table settings and food... just like a restaurant! As usual the Vargas-Tantoco barangay comes to celebrate!

3. Do you celebrate your anniversary? Yearly? Monthly? Not really? 

Our anniversary... we are on our 52nd year and there is a wealth of memories of our life together. We used to celebrate our anniversary yearly for the first 12 years but now our couple-ness is a daily nourishment, nurturing and caring for each other.

4. Do you pick each other up or drop each other off at the airport when one of you arrives or departs?

Hmmm airport pick ups... I do not recall any!! Unless I have forgotten! Most of the time we travel together though, and with our barangay of a family!

5. Secret to a successful relationship?

It is no secret at all... It is allowing God to journey with both of us and guide us -- our character, habits bad and good, our weaknesses and strengths, our failures, in sickness and health. We allow God to guide our lives together forever untill we meet again in heaven! It’s a choice and a commitment with God in everything. 

 

Tags: Relationship, Anniversary, Valentines, Date, Couple, Date Night