Thankfully, the country is dotted with places where you can stay cool during the summer season. If you (literally) can't take the urban heat anymore, try adding these spots to your "Summer Getaway" list.
Baguio City, Benguet
You can't list the "coldest places in the Philippines" without mentioning Baguio. Dubbed the "Summer Capital of the Philippines," the city's temperatures can plunge as low as 7˚C. We've talked about some of Baguio's must-see tourist spots before, so be sure to check that post out for more details!
How to Get There: Since Baguio is a mountainous area, buses are the standard way to travel there. From Manila, you can take an 8-hour bus ride from any of the stations in Pasay, Cubao, and Caloocan.
Shipyards aren't the only points of interest in Balamban (though it isn't called the "Shipbuilding Capital of the Philippines for nothing). Flanked by mountain ranges to the east, Balamban experiences cold weather for most of the year. You can enjoy the cold by checking into one of Balamban's mountainside resorts, or checking out other tourist spots like Mt. Manunggal, Adventure Café, and other wonders hidden inside this 1st class municipality.
How to Get There: From Ayala Center in Cebu, take a passenger van going to Balamban. The journey takes about 45 minutes, and fares hover between Php110 and Php120.
If you want to see the famous Rice Terraces for yourself, Batad is a good place to start. A village nestled within Banaue, Batad isn't directly accessible by road. Instead, you have to ride a jeepney from Banaue to "Saddle," and take a 15-minute walk from there. Once you reach the village, you can marvel at the incredible beauty of the Terraces — not to mention buy Ifugao souvenirs such as woven products, handmade knives, and sweet potatoes.
How to Get There: See above.
Canlaon City, Negros Oriental
Go 168 kilometers (104 miles) north of Dumaguete, and you'll stumble across Canlaon City, home to the volcano Mt. Canlaon. It's the highest peak on Negros Island, and is a popular destination for casual and professional mountaineers.
Aside from Mt. Canlaon, you can also immerse yourself in Canlaon City's many waterfalls. You can even pay a visit to OISCA Farm's famous Century Tree, which is said to have been around long before Magellan set foot on Philippine shores. The tree attracts hundreds of fireflies every night, so prepare to stay out late to enjoy the tree in all its beauty.
How to Get There: Take a flight bound for Bacolod or Dumaguete. From there, take a bus that directly passes by Canlaon.
Don Salvador Benedicto, Negros Occidental
If Luzon has Baguio, the Visayas has Don Salvador Benedicto. Located 46.8 kilometers (29.1 miles) east of Bacolod, Don Salvador Benedicto's temperatures can dip as low as 16˚C, earning it the nickname "Little Baguio of Negros Occidental." Pine trees also line its thoroughfares, further reinforcing the Baguio connection.
Other than the cool weather, the municipality also offers caves, waterfalls, and other spots off the beaten track. If you're looking for a simple, quiet place to spend the summer in Visayas, you can't go wrong with Don Salvador Benedicto.
How to Get There: From Bacolod City, take a bus headed straight for Don Salvador Benedicto.
As the northernmost island of the Philippines, Itbayat has the unique distinction of having four seasons instead of two. It's also filled with untouched natural wonders such as Torongan Cave, Rapang Cliffs, Kaxobcan Beach, Nahili Votox, among others.
Although the locals say the best time to visit Itbayat is from April to June, the island is coldest between November and March. So if you're dropping by within the next month, make sure to bring thick, comfortable clothes.
How to Get There: From Manila, take a flight to Basco. Then, either ride a plane from Basco Airport, or a boat from Basco port.
Marawi City, Lanao del Sur
Marawi is Lanao del Sur's capital, but that's not its only claim to fame. Like Baguio and Don Salvador Benedicto, Marawi is the "Summer Capital" of its home island of Mindanao. The city is also home to attractions for tourists of every stripe, such as the Aga Khan Museum, the Kanapnapan Falls, Lake Lanao, and the Maria Auxiliadora Cathedral.
How to Get There: Ride a plane bound for Cagayan de Oro. From there, take a bus to Iligan City, then ride a jeepney towards Marawi.
Tagaytay City, Cavite
With temperatures that dip as low as 18.5˚C, and the fact that it's close to Metro Manila, Tagaytay is the perfect getaway for busy urban dwellers. Although the city is best known for Taal Lake and Taal Volcano, Tagaytay hosts other awesome destinations like the Museo Orlina, the People's Park in the Sky, and the Masjid Al Huda mosque.
How to Get There: Take one of the routes mentioned here.
When the Philippines has spots like these, is it any wonder Filipinos can cope with their country's summer heat? If you know of other great places for a summer getaway in the Philippines (the more obscure, the better!), hit us off in the comments!