There is a joke that the earth will shake on Valentine's Day, and we living near the Sta.Mesa motel zone will probably experience bigger quake intensity.
The Philippines, being a country with extended families, sometimes lacks private places at home for married couples. At night, they often sleep with their children in one room, so for some romantic time together they check-in at some motels.
These are not the usual motels where you check-in after long travel or a road trip. These were created for “quickies” or short-time stay, 3 hours minimum.
Occupying three major roads, these motels can easily be seen by people riding public transportation. Mention the place Stop and Shop or Sta.Mesa in a group conversation and someone will surely giggle and laugh because motels or Mot-mots will probably be on his mind.
The rates vary from hours of stay, time, and if you are occupying a Taxi Room or Garage Room. They are actually inexpensive and, I heard, clean.
Some are like drive-through motels. The taxi enters the place, you go out, and the driver exits the other street.
There are times when the staff give out discount cards (to adults of course) at the sidewalk near their motels. So you must keep an eye on them if you want a discount. But there are some lodges that accept discount cards regardless if it is for another motel.
Love month or not, lovers will probably be checking-in at one of these motels and lodges in Sta.Mesa And, I hope they will be spending the romantic night together with their legal partner.