Finding love in 2016

January 7, 2016

Posted by Ma. Stella F. Arnaldo



The Year of the Fire Monkey, which officially begins on February 8, will turn out to be a great year for women and their love prospects.

Feng shui expert Marites Allen tells me in a recent intervew, “Women will reign supreme over men in 2016, due to the presence of the Wealth Star 8. While women will be aggressive in career and business, they can also be a bit aggressive in the love and romance department.”


Of course, this being the 21st century, she adds with a laugh, “This is already happening now, right?”The Chinese zodiac sign luckiest in love in 2016 is the Rooster (1921, 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005): “It has the love and romance star for the year.” Allen stresses: “When the energy moves every year, it visits a certain location which is occupied by a certain animal sign for the year. In 2016 it will be a good chance for the Rooster to start a relationship. If he or she is already in a relationship, then start a family, start having a new baby, get married or settle down—this is the year for you.”

She points out that actor and TV host Luis Manzano is a Rooster, and should, perhaps, consider proposing to, or marrying his girlfriend, actress Angel Locsin. “This will be a good idea,” Allen says, noting that Angel was born in the Year of the Ox (1913, 1925, 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009), and is, thus, a great ally to the Rooster.”

But she quickly adds that “other animal signs, of course, will have chances of getting married depending on their monthly luck cycle.”

For Roosters like Manzano, the son of showbiz royal un-couple Vilma Santos and Edu Manzano, the best months to get married are February and November.

For those born under the years of the Dog

(1922, 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, 2018) and Boar (1923, 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007), “January 2016 is a good month for love and marriage luck.”

Still, Allen believes “there will never be a single year that is a bad year to start something great in our lives. Each of the 12 animal signs will have their new moments on the best time to do all these fantastic events in their lives. Depending on the life chart of each person, there will be a time for these things to happen,” she emphasizes.

“Marriage, having a baby, or an engagement are all happy occasions in the family and are monumental events in our lives; thus, this can happen at any given year and is best done during the favorable periods in our lives.”

Allen, the only Filipina to be accredited a feng shui master by the International Feng Shui Association, lists down the relationship forecast for those born in the Year of the Monkey (1920, 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, 2016):

  • Monkey + Rat = Loving and supportive of each other
  • Monkey + Ox = Balance. A compromising pair.
  • Monkey + Tiger = A trying pair. Needs lots of patience.
  • Monkey +Rabbit= Balance. A compromising pair.
  • Monkey + Dragon = Fantastic pairing; brings more love and joy to each other.
  • Monkey + Snake = Balance. A compromising pair.
  • Monkey + Horse = Respectful and understanding of each other.

For specific relationship compatibilities per Chinese zodiac sign, you may get a copy of her horoscope books for 2016 at Frigga Charmed Life boutiques at major SM Malls, Glorietta 4, Serendra, and F1 Hotel.

The books also indicate the “favorable periods” of each animal sign.

Allen also refutes claims that those born under the same Chinese zodiac sign will likely not be compatible. She underscores that “the compatibility of the couple is best assessed using their complete date and time of birth, to check what set of elements the couple has in their charts.”

Overall, in the Year of the Fire Monkey, Allen says that “people will be more open-minded, caring and candid.”

She adds that despite the fiery atmosphere brought on by Fire Monkey, “optimism and happiness will prevail. While the year will bring about intense, heated arguments and misunderstandings, people will still be willing to compromise to resolve conflicts.”

Her other general relationship forecasts for 2016:

  • Challenges for those in leadership positions;
  • It will be difficult for leaders to govern due to the defiant, unruly behavior of their constituents;
  • Husbands will become very confrontational, hard to please, and defiant;
  • Patriarchs in 2016 will be very argumentative, short-fused, temperamental and hard to control;
  • Wives/matriarchs will reign supreme and be more powerful than their husbands/life partners; and
  • Despite disagreements among countries or even at a personal level, compromises will resolve difficult situations.

Allen also recently showcased her new clothing collection under her Frigga brand, with chic ensembles to help increase women’s luck in the new year.

Designed by the award-winning Frederick Peralta, the clothes were created using Allen’s own fabric designs depicting lucky symbols such as Auspicious Coins, Mystic Knot, Wu Lou and Double Happiness.

Using jersey stretch and chiffon stretch fabrics, the cuts are flowy and elegant in pantsuit style, simple slip dresses and halter tops. The pantsuits, for instance, are functional and practical, aside from being attractive; the wearer can use it “from the office to the airport,” Peralta says.

In a recent news conference to unveil the collection, Allen says: “It is such an honor to be working with a very talented and passionate fashion designer like Frederick Peralta, who has made outstanding contributions to the fashion industry. He has effectively captured the feel and the energy of the Frigga brand.”

Allen will also be going on a tour of several SM malls starting January 17 until February 8, to talk more about her feng shui forecasts for the Year of the Fire Monkey. For more details, check her web site at

Happy New Year, dear readers. Let’s make 2016 an unforgettable and awesome year.

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