According to the country’s official weather bureau or the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration, warmer days are upon us and will last until May. Filipinos consider the season as summer even though the Philippines only has two weather conditions: dry and rainy. Nonetheless, people are feeling the heat wave and are trying to make the most of the situation.
When people think of summer, one of the first things that come to mind is vacation. During this time, schools and other institutions take a break from their usual activities to beat the heat and make new memories with their loved ones.
One way that people try to escape (or embrace) the summer sun is by traveling. While some people go alone to backpack to areas in the Philippines, other destinations are better with good company, like family, friends, or significant others.
Baguio City, the Summer Capital of the Philippines, is a favorite among vacationers who want to escape the hustle and bustle of the metro for a mountaintop destination. The cool, crisp breeze adds to the province’s overall appeal. However, due to Baguio’s popularity over the years, people oversaturate the area during peak seasons.
Fortunately, the Philippines has other prime tourist destinations to visit during the summer.
Located a few miles from Metro Manila are picturesque beaches that offer a relaxing experience as travelers can lounge under the sun, dip in the refreshing waters, and immerse in the outdoors with their loved ones. Some examples include Batangas, Laguna, Zambales, and Baler, which tourists often visit when they need a break from the city.
In the meantime, those willing to go further can explore the Visayas and Mindanao islands for a more exciting summer getaway.
Another famous destination is Boracay, known for its pristine beaches and lively community. Other well-loved local destinations include Cebu, Siargao, and Davao because of their vibrant cultures, breathtaking views, and sumptuous food. There’s always something to explore in these areas to cater to the various preferences of families, friends, and couples.
There’s also the option of island hopping in secluded areas with a beach resort or villas to explore new horizons or avoid crowded locations as others try to unwind during the summer.
Whether it’s water activities, hiking, or just a relaxing day, there are many destinations to choose from in the Philippines. One technique is to book these experiences beforehand to secure reservations and anticipate long queues since it’s inevitable for crowds to appear and try these activities themselves.
Yet before travelers can enjoy the warm season, they must find the proper attire to boost their confidence and stay fresh under the sun. After all, the summer is one of the perfect times to bring out OOTDs (outfits of the day) and strut in style.
Initially, people flock to the malls to buy summer wear, and one of the first things they think about is buying swimwear. While there’s no mistake in buying bikinis, rash guards, swim trunks, and similar items, there’s more to summer than just going to the beach.
A staple clothing item in any summer wardrobe is shorts and cotton tops. Studies show that cotton absorbs water well, making it ideal when people sweat a lot during warmer temperatures. On the other hand, light-colored fabrics help reflect the sun’s rays to keep the wearer cool. Loose clothing is also advisable because they’re breathable and avoid sweat pooling, which can be irritating.
Men can opt for short sleeves shirts or polos with vibrant designs, while women can choose sundresses, sleeveless tops, or skirts. The list doesn’t end there since people must consider their accessories and footwear.
Sandals are the top choice for the season because they’re comfortable and have open areas to allow breathability. Other options include light sneakers or loafers because these have similar characteristics without exposing too much of the foot. In the Philippines, most people are satisfied with wearing flip-flops outside because they’re versatile and sturdy. Luckily, there are different designs available to complete an ensemble.
Lastly, a well-curated look isn’t perfect without the right accessories. A summer staple is a trusty pair of sunglasses to block out intense sunlight and make someone look chic or cool. As for other items, like bags, scarves, or jewelry, people often opt for those that exude a beachy vibe or return to the classics with minimalist pieces for a timeless look.
Unfortunately, not everyone has the luxury and opportunity to travel this summer. They’re part of what Filipinos colloquially call #TeamBahay, which refers to homebodies. Still, they don’t have to necessarily stay at home and let the summer pass them by.
If there’s one place where Filipinos love going to, whether to cool off, entertain themselves, or run errands, it’s the mall. Around this time, shopping malls across the country offer various activities and services to satisfy mallgoers. They can watch movies, play in arcades, or eat hearty meals at nearby restaurants.
Meanwhile, some Filipinos prefer staying home because they don’t want to deal with the warm temperatures outdoors. Still, they remain cool by treating themselves to refreshing treats like smoothies, ice cream, or the traditional halo-halo. To do this, people invest in sturdy appliances like refrigerators, blenders, and ice makers to get the job done.
Another home appliance that people are intent on buying during summer is an air conditioning unit. With the correct model, they can enjoy a cool, comfortable right breeze within the comforts of their own homes without breaking the bank for electrical bills or purchases.
The warm temperatures during the summer offer numerous opportunities for those willing to grab them. During this time, Filipinos can maximize their vacation time or holidays by traveling to key getaway destinations with their friends, family, and loved ones. However, they should also remember to wear the appropriate attire to enjoy the season confidently.
When things get too hot, there are several ways to cool down. Whether going to malls, swimming, concocting refreshing drinks, or investing in appliances, there’s always something for everyone.