“Is your figure less than greek
Is your mouth a little weak
When you open it to speak
Are you smart?”
“But don’t change a hair for me
Not if you care for me
Stay little valentine stay
Each day is valentine’s day”
(Part of a song titled “My Funny Valentine” by Frank Sinatra)
February 14 has come to be known as “Day of Hearts” since the so-called Valentine’s Day came into being. Thank God that a special day for lover’s had its mark on the Gregorian calendar and there is reason for this romantic celebration every year other than the usual lover’s anniversaries as in the day we gave each other ‘engagement rings’ and wedding anniversaries.
How did this lover’s day come about is not quite clear as stories related to it are mixed with some sort of fiction and mythology. Google, though, has this for us: “Saint Valentine’s Day, commonly known as Valentine’s Day or the Feast of Saint Valentine, is observed on February 14 each year. It is celebrated in many countries around the world, although it remains a working day in most of them.”
“St. Valentine’s Day began as a liturgical celebration of one or more early Christian saints named Valentinus. The most popular martyrology associated with Saint Valentine was that he was imprisoned for performing weddings for soldiers who were forbidden to marry and for ministering to Christians, who were persecuted under the Roman Empire; during his imprisonment, he was said to have healed the daughter of his jailer Asterius. Legend states that before his execution he wrote “from your Valentine” as a farewell note to her.”
Today, Saint Valentine’s Day is an official feast day in the Anglican Communion,as well as in the Lutheran Church.The Eastern Orthodox Church also celebrates Saint Valentine’s Day, albeit on July 6th and July 30th, the former date in honor of the Roman presbyter Saint Valentine, and the latter date in honor of Hieromartyr Valentine, the Bishop of Interamna (now known as Terni).
Before discussing the grounding of an American warship on Tubbataha Reef (A UNESCO World Heritage Site in the Philippines) at a University of the Philippines forum on Wednesday (Feb. 13, 2013), Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago offered some thoughts on Valentine’s Day. The Senator has been known as a no non-sense fighter who doesn’t care who you are or which side of the road you are coming from. This has earned her the title “feisty senator” (not peste, please).
Here are some of her insights and antics on Valentine’s Day:
Insight # 1
Do you know the other name for Valentine’s day? For those who are single and sad, this is called Single’s Awareness Day. For those who are single and happy, this is called Single’s Independence Day. For those who don’t care, this is simply Thursday.
Insight # 2
Did you know that an earthworm has five hearts, whereas an octopus has two hearts? So if you know someone who loves more than one, ask him what type of animal he is.
Insight # 3
If you love only to hurt the one you love afterwards, better ask her to a duel.
Insight # 4
A true lover is like an intelligent student taking up an examination. He doesn’t look at someone else even if he is hard up.
Insight # 5
For the singles, try to go home from school or work much earlier than usual so that others would think that you are catching up for a valentine’s date.