Ro­man­tic Get­away

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Jas­mine Cur­tis-Smith and her boyfriend Jeff Or­tega celebrated Valen­tine’s Day a few days early, in time for their sec­ond an­niver­sary as a cou­ple, with a week­end get­away last Fe­bru­ary at the Sof­i­tel Philip­pine Plaza Manila ho­tel in Pasay City.

The cou­ple be­gan their twin cel­e­bra­tion with a crash course in cock­tail mak­ing. “You know how in the movies you see peo­ple at the bar chat­ting with the bar­tender?” Jas­mine wrote in her In­sta­gram post on Fe­bru­ary 9, re­pro­duced here with minor ed­its. “Yes­ter­day, @jef­fortega and I got to learn about our taste in cock­tails, and I got to mix my own, too. And to­wards the end of the drink, Mark (our lovely bar­tender with ex­ten­sive knowl­edge of his craft), was my fa­vorite kachika­han. Sorry, Jeff. Haha!”

Af­ter tak­ing their aper­i­tif, the ac­tress, who turns 24 on April 6, and the en­tre­pre­neur, who turned 28 last March 19, were treated to a five-course meal that was es­pe­cially pre­pared by the ho­tel’s chef. They then had a “beau­ti­ful sun­set din­ner,” as de­scribed by Jeff in his In­sta­gram post, also on Fe­bru­ary 9.

Jas­mine and Jeff capped their date with a “sweet es­cape”—which means, ac­cord­ing to him, get­ting “lathered with choco­late at the spa.” It was more of hav­ing a body scrub us­ing ca­cao beans and end­ing the ses­sion with a mas­sage, she said. Jas­mine Cur­tis-Smith and Jeff Or­tega first met late in 2015, when the ac­tress had a short va­ca­tion in the famed surf­ing area of La Union prov­ince. Jeff, a La Union na­tive who surfs, teaches surf­ing, and runs an an­nual mu­sic fes­ti­val, knew Jas­mine’s older sis­ter Anne Cur­tis through Anne’s friends, who hap­pened to be his dis­tant cousins. Jas­mine and Jeff be­came fast friends. On Jas­mine’s next visit to La Union a few months later, Jeff told her he wanted her to be his girl­friend—and that’s ex­actly what she wanted, too.


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