February 14, 2018


“My funny valentine;
Sweet, comic valentine;
You make me smile with my heart
Your looks are laughable;
Unphotographable;
Yet, you’re my favourite work of art
Is your figure – less than Greek?
Is your mouth – a little weak?
When you open it to speak, are you smart?
Don’t change a hair for me;
Not if you care for me;
Stay, little valentine, stay!
Each day is Valentine’s Day”…

-Michelle Pfeiffer, vocals; Dave Grusin, keyboards; from “The Fabulous Baker Boys”

OH WELL, it’s probably inevitable that my column falls on this day, call it serendipity. Anyway, here goes…

This is the day when “fools rush in”, when there is a sharp and dramatic increase in the sales of roses, chocolates, greeting cards, and occupancy of hotels, particularly drive-in motels.

This is also the day when the defences of that much preserved and cherished “virginity” are breached (pun intended).

A day when that philandering husband bites his tongue and takes his wrinkled, sagging and aging wife out on a date, comforted with the thought that this atonement happens only once a year.

And it is on this day that the so-called “running priest” Robert Reyes runs around with his posse of “idiots” knocking on the windows and doors of motels all over Metro Manila disturbing the occupants and telling them to come out “in the name of God.”

Whatever kinky reasons this so-called “running priest” has we will never know, perhaps to satisfy his suppressed libido. He probably enjoys giving people coitus interruptus.

Yes folks, it’s Valentine’s Day!

According to that free online encyclopedia we refer to as the internet:

Valentine’s Day, also called Saint Valentine’s Day or the Feast of Saint Valentine, is celebrated annually on Feb. 14. Originating as a Western Christian feast day honoring one or more early saints named Valentinus, Valentine’s Day is recognized as a significant cultural, religious, and commercial celebration of romance in many regions around the world, although it is not a public holiday in any country.

Valentine’s Day customs developed in early modern England and spread throughout the English-speaking in the 19th century. In the later 20th and early 21st centuries, these customs spread to other countries, but their effect has been more limited than those of Halloween, or than aspects of Christmas, (such as Santa Claus).

Due to a concentrated marketing effort, Valentine’s Day is celebrated in some East Asian countries with Chinese and South Koreans spending the most money on Valentine’s gifts.

In the Philippines, Valentine’s Day is called Araw ng mga Puso in much the same manner as in the West. It is usually marked by a steep increase in the price of flowers, particularly red roses.

Yes, moi is not only a sentimental old fool but a silly romantic as well and have always associated Valentine’s Day with an obscure romantic comedy film which was shown in the late 80s.

“The Fabulous Baker Boys is a 1989 American romantic comedy-drama musical film written and directed by Steve Kloves, and starring real-life brothers Jeff Bridges and Beau Bridges as two brothers struggling to make a living as lounge jazz pianists in Seattle. In desperation, they take on a female singer, Michelle Pfeiffer, who revitalizes their careers, causing the brothers to re-examine their relationship with each other and with their music.

It was nominated for Academy Awards for Best Actress in a Leading Role (Pfeiffer), Best Cinematography, Best Film Editing and Best Music, Original Score.

Film critic Roger Ebert described this film as “one of the movies they will use as a document, years from now, when they begin to trace the steps by which Pfeiffer became a great star.”

And you guessed it right, the main soundtrack of the movie is the jazz ballad “My Funny Valentine” sung by Pfeiffer, in my book probably the best version of that classic love song.

You can’t get any more romantic and in the mood for Valentine’s Day than by listening to the fabulous and sexy Michelle Pfeiffer singing.

There is a scene where, wearing a slinky red dress, uncurls on top of a piano while singing “Makin’ Whoopee.” The rest of the movie is also worth the price of admission.

So Happy Valentine’s Day! (brotherlouie16@gmail.com/PN)

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