Published February 14, 2013
| Associated Press
MANILA, Philippines – Angelica Nino, a 22-year-old restaurant manager, was preparing to assign shifts to her crew when she got a big surprise from her Filipino boyfriend who has been in Italy for a year on business.
As an early Valentine's Day gift, he sent over a singer and a guitar player to serenade her and read out his love letter.
This scene will be played out Thursday across the Philippines on Valentine's Day.
With nearly 10 percent of the country's 94 million people working abroad, clearly there was room for someone to play Cupid between long-distance lovers. And then was born a unique surprise serenade service, which includes love songs, a cuddly teddy and a video recording of the romance-by-proxy event. To immortalize their love, the video is posted on YouTube.