At a price

If you could put a price tag on love…

By Cassandra C. Poculan

 

ALMOST two decades ago, we found ourselves singing along and dancing to J. Lo’s “Love Don’t Cost a Thing” when it first pervaded airwaves. Some of us were still preteens then, belting out every word with much conviction. Over time, we’ve come to realize that love may not cost a thing but dates can be expensive. You spend on gifts and experiences, from dinner dates to romantic getaways. While money can’t buy love, it does cost something to keep it — time, care, attention, or some other intangible currency. After all, you can give without loving but you can never love without giving, or so the Victor Hugo quote goes. What about these readers? How much would theirs cost? We find out.

Arden Fernan, 27
Conventions and Events Coordinator
Waterfront Cebu City Hotel & Casino

“There are no price tags on love for me. Love can mean so many things to so many people. But for me, love is free. I want everyone to have it.”

Christian Layese, 21
YouTube Travel Vlogger

“TBH (to be honest), P50,000. If someone would give me 50k so I could upgrade my old iPhone to a new one, I would love him/her forever. No joke.”

Leanne Queniahan, 28
Senior Clerk
UC School of Medicine

“P145. That’s how much an iced latte costs at my favorite coffee place.
What can I say? I’m a cheap date!”

Gazini Ganados, 23
Model
Origin Model Management

“Love is priceless for me. Personally, the only time in my life perhaps when I find it more joyous to give than to receive from another being. It is to love unconditionally.”

Samantha Manigsaca, 21
Diamond Suites Cebu

“Love cannot be quantified. It is priceless. It is giving and serving without counting the cost. Just like how God sent His child, Jesus to save us, his people from our sins. The essence of love is through God.”

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