The Philippines is framed by the equator and the Tropic of Cancer, making it a generally hot and humid country. However, there are certain places that locals and even tourists visit during summer – aside from the breathtaking beaches! – to escape the heat of the sun. These are the “cool towns” that are an ultimate paradox to the country’s tropical climate!
For 99 years, the city has been celebrated as the Summer Capital of the Philippines. It was once the playground of the Americans who built the city in the 1900’s for a sanatorium for heat-oppressed soldiers, which later was transformed into their vacation spot.
At 5,200 feet above sea level, the city enjoys low temperatures – the coldest morning on record was at 6.2 degree Celsius in January of 1961.
This is a municipality in Mountain Province which is not only famous for its hanging coffins and incredible caves and waterfalls, but also for its cool climate that can reach as low as 10 degree Celsius in the months of January and February. It is situated 5,300 feet above sea level, offering an ideal climate for those seeking for refuge from the summer’s heat.
If you want to escape the heat of the city, particularly Manila, then Tagaytay is the perfect place to go. This is among the popular tourist destinations of the country because of its outstanding scenery, most especially the view overlooking Taal Volcano. It has a cool climate being 2,300 feet above sea level and is easy to get to since the travel only takes an hour and half from Manila.
A municipality in the province of Ifugao that is widely known for its Rice Terraces and for being a UNESCO World Heritage Site – Batad and Bangaan Rice Terraces. With its highest mountains towering at 4,900 feet above sea level, the town experiences about 20 degree Celsius during the months of April to September, and about 16 degrees Celsius from November to January.
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This is dubbed as “Little Baguio,” and “Summer Capital of Negros Occidental.” This town was built primarily for the consolidation of the remote Barangays (towns) of a city and two municipalities that seemed neglected. It is 2,500 feet above sea level with the coldest months – December, January and February – having temperatures ranging from 16-27 degrees Celsius.
You might have heard of the country’s famed oldest tree that is believed to be more than 1,300 years old in this municipality in Negros Oriental, but this is not the only reason why people visit the place, especially during summer. Aside from the numerous waterfalls and an incredible trek experience up Mount Kanlaon, the city has a cool micro-climate being 2,600 feet above sea level, appealing to those who want to stay cool during the warmer seasons.
Contrary to the concrete jungles and high-rise structures that dominate most Philippine cities, Davao City will welcome you with towering mountains and breathtaking green landscapes.
This is also one of the three cities that share Mount Apo, the country’s highest peak at 9,692 feet above sea level. You can also opt for the mountains of Toril, Marilog and Calinan for pine-canopied trails, fresh air and invigorating waterfalls.
Bukidnon is a province that houses cool locales, including Dahilayan and Malaybalay (another “little Baguio”). However, the coldest among these plateaus is Lantapan. With its fertile land at 4,000 feet above sea level, it is not only an ideal basin for vegetables but also for people who want to experience a cool climate. Additionally, it is also known as the gateway to the country’s second highest peak – Mount Dulang-Dulang.
Located only 200 meters from the tip of Taiwan, this is the northernmost municipality of the country. Farthest from the equator, Itbayat actually has four seasons instead of two, and can have temperatures as low as 7 degrees Celsius from the months of November to December.