7 Real-Life Love Stories That Will Make Your Day
Best for Last
"After our prom, I was about to leave the hotel when my best guy friend whisked me away to the 20th floor in the guise of wanting to show me something. He led me into the music room which overlooked the whole city, and told me he wanted to bring his crush there. He made his way to the elevator, turned around, got closer to me, and said, 'Oh wait, she's here already!' Then, he took out a long-stemmed rose and a pack of M&Ms, the same ones he'd been leaving on my desk for over a month. To my utter disbelief, he admitted his feelings for me and revealed that he wanted to be my last dance for the night, so he took out his phone and played 'I'll Be' as we slow danced. —October
An Enchanting Time
"I celebrated my birthday with a grand debut. During the 18 Wishes, one of my guy friends apologized for not being able to attend the surprise party thrown by my friends a few days before. His last lines were, 'Since I wasn't able to dance with you that day, I'm taking a chance now.' The music played and we danced to Taylor Swift's 'Enchanted' while everyone—my family, friends, and relatives—watched and yelled, 'Yihee!'" —Nicole
The Art of Saying I'm Sorry
"My boyfriend staged a huge fight so that he could apologize to me. He held a rose and asked for my forgiveness for all the mistakes he had committed. When he told me to look out the window, I found a bunch of people holding cardboard letters that spelled out, 'I'm sorry.' A few moments later, they flipped them and I saw that they read, 'I love you.' After realizing how much effort he'd put into apologizing, I gave him a tight hug and forgave him completely!" —Lara
Clock Strikes 12
"As part of the girls' basketball varsity team, I was stuck in school for an overnight sports event one day before Valentine's Day. At midnight, a teacher approached me and asked me to go down. Baffled, I followed his instructions and went downstairs to find a classmate who was courting me. He couldn't wait to see me on Valentine's Day, so he dropped by the school in the middle of the night to surprise me with a gift." —Alex
"On my boyfriend's birthday, I surprised him by asking his teachers to give him a red rose for every class he attended. During the last period, his professor stopped the lecture and allowed me to enter the classroom. I proceeded to sing a song for him. To my surprise, his classmates sang along too! Afterwards, I gave him a fake rose that would never wither, just like my undying love for him." —Loreal
"While dancing with a friend during my senior prom, a batchmate pulled out a beautiful red rose and asked me to slow dance. I agreed, and after swaying to the beat of the music, another guy did the same thing. After receiving seven roses and dancing with seven boys, the guy who was courting me asked if he could step in. He knew eight was my favorite number, so he must have planned the entire thing. While slow dancing, he gave me the final red rose and asked if I could be his girlfriend." —Chang
Under the Night Stars
"One night, my boyfriend took a detour instead of driving me home. We ended up hitting a dead end somewhere in Antipolo. When he turned the car around, we were dazzled by the view of the twinkling city lights. As we looked down below, he spoke about stars and angels, telling me how I was just like them. Then, he held my chin, turned my face towards him, and kissed me. It was perfect!" —Karis
This story was originally published in the January-February 2012 issue of Candy.
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"Today, I Won"
I always caught feelings for someone, and hoped so much that one day there could a thing between the two of us. I'm usually the one that makes the effort to buy and/or make cute gifts, chats them every other day, and stays up all night with him.
When I was 16, my childhood crush suddenly came back into my life. We'd constantly send updates to each other, recommend favorite songs and talk even the most random things. He'd even text me as early as 6 to just greet me good morning almost everyday. I hoped so much that when I confessed, he suddenly stopped talking to me.
For short, he ghosted me. Those 6 months I spent talking to him, allotting my time for him, and staying up until 3 am for him - all gone in a simple confession. Although I had a few crushes before him, he's the only one that got me in real pain. It was the kind of pain that I never thought I'd experience. It was the kind of pain that I couldn't believe.
After 7 years (it happened back in 2017), I thought he came back into my life to stay, but I guess he's just one of the guys who distanced. I felt a complete loser that time. But during this quarantine, everything was different. I caught feelings for someone else, but he treated me with the best kindness yet.
It happened at 2 am, May 30, 2020, when I impulsively confessed my feelings through messaging him. After saying my feelings, he responded with genuine and kind words. We both even complimented each other. Although the feelings didn't reciprocate, I still found a connection that can't be replaced with any guy.
To my 16 year old self, here I am, 18 and happy. You may have felt that time was the biggest regret and loss, but I'm here to tell you, we won. Today, I won.
Why our high school barkada is the best?
Remembering our high school years entails quite a lot reminiscing of the things we all been through when we were younger. You’ve experience a lot of new things during those 4 wonderful years and did most of them with the few people you consider your barkada. And through a series of all the lunch breaks you had together, the walks you took on the way home, and taking the same classes, you never thought you’d survive, you have made your life’s greatest friends.
Here are some of the reasons why your high school barkada is the best:
1. You figured out early teenage life together. The transition one have undergone from being a kid to a teenager wasn’t easy. For a moment you are not sure whether you should have played with your friends during recess or you should have just sat down and ate your food because you were too old for games. But whatever it is you chose to do, having friends who were as clueless as you make everything feel easier because you know, deep down, you’d figure things out eventually. You just need good company.
2. They were with you during your “jeje“ days. I bet you have pictures taken with Camera360 and Retrica. You also have pictures edited using Pizap with embarrassing captions and you somehow kept some of them so you could have something to post online during their birthdays.
3. They know all your exes. They will never EVER forget the name of an ex-boyfriend, an ex-fling, an ex-crush, and an almost you had. They will remind you of your every questionable love decision but you’ll just laugh anyway while saying “Past is past”.
4. They never judge you. They have welcomed you to their lives when you thought jelly shoes and checkered polos were the bomb! They were quick to have told your teachers that you were not feeling well so you could go home when you really just needed to poop. You tell them every embarrassing story you have and were fine with it.
5. You can always count on them. From the moment you first fell in love and the moment you first had your heart broken, they were with you. They were with you the moment you lost a parent and at moments when you thought you had nothing. Through every break-up and breakthrough, they were there to be your support system.
6. They are your family. Your high school friend’s family is your own family’s extension. Their parents are like your own. Don’t you feel a little kilig whenever your friend’s parents call you “anak”? And then eventually calling them mama and papa became so natural? I felt that, all the time.
7. They will always be your home. They are your place of refuge and security, the place who offers you their hands when you feel lost and the place you run to when you need saving. No matter how much time and distance separate you, they will be the one’s that you always long for and they are the one’s that you will always return to.
You're gonna bend and break and then at some point in your life, you feel like you don't want to fall in love again.
Not because you're no longer capable of loving but because you're so afraid to get hurt again that you don't want to take a risk anymore. And you're gonna wake up one day and realize that you're not the same person as you were yesterday. The heart aches, heartbreaks, frustration, you'll see, those will transform your whole being into something better.
Honey, move forward. Let go off all the things that are not meant for you. Let go of all the people who hurt you and take you for granted. Don't be stuck feeling miserable.
And don't turn that love into hate when you resent someone for hurting you or for breaking your heart. Just wish them well and let them go. Welcome the possibility of a beautiful love that will come your way. You're worthy of love that you keep on giving to other people. Keep that in mind.
I wish you well and all the happiness. You deserve it.
Here we are — with rough hands entwined, damned hearts at peace, broken souls resting with ease —savoring each passing moment before we part ways...hoping things will turn out to be okay. Here we are — standing still, keeping our earnest desire and ardent passion for each other at bay — hoping the Universe will finally grant us of the day that we no longer have to pretend... that things will no longer have to end.
Here we are — with crooked smiles, lingering touch that will last for a while -- gathering all the remaining courage to set each other free. Wishing for the day that our hearts will no longer have to worry. Here we are letting each other go. Even though we both know that the future is uncertain. Even though we're unsure if our paths will cross once again.