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How to enjoy the rainy season in the Philippines

The rainy days have officially landed in the shores of our motherland! With dark gray skies, thunderstorms and heavy downpours, tons of Pinoy wanderers are now feeling a little under the weather and bummed out. But, guess what? From hair-raising outdoor adventures to luxurious staycations, there are dozens of exciting ways to experience the rainy season months in the Philippines. So, don’t let the monsoon season rain on your parade or dim your sunny disposition, by checking out these incredible suggestions from Skyscanner.

Indulge on a fabulous staycation at Makati Shangri-La, Manila

Itching to escape the office drama and today’s fast-paced environment, but don’t want to travel far? Then, reward yourself with a luxurious staycation break at Makati Shangri-La. Snug, atmospheric and gleaming, this premier hotel will sweep you into bliss with its deluxe ambiance, wondrous amenities, cushy rooms and breathtaking nighttime views of Makati City. What’s more, the hotel houses ambiance-filled restaurants offering an extraordinarily tasty blend of Western and Asian cuisines. And, if you need a bit of retail therapy, the hotel is just a short walk away from the trendy shopping malls in Manila, such as SM Department Store, Greenbelt and Glorietta.

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Surfing

Just because it’s the rainy season, it doesn’t mean you can’t have some mind-blowing outdoor fun in the Philippines. As a matter of fact, the rainy season is by far the best time to try a variety of outdoor sports, such as surfing. Even though the Philippines isn’t known as surfing mecca, there are a few places in the archipelago where you experience this exciting water adventure.

And, there’s no better place in the Philippines to test your surf skills than its surfing capital – Siargao. With huge, consistent and remarkable waves, you’ll definitely have a blast surfing in Siargao during the “habagat” season. Furthermore, Siargao has a slew of attractions to make your visit even more pleasant, including twisty rivers, waterfalls and rock pools. And, did we mention that it has offshore islands with unique wildlife and strange rock formations?

Looking for other options and alternatives to Siargao? Don’t worry – the Philippines has a handful of other noteworthy surfing hotspots, including Ilocos Norte, Davao’s Dahican Beach and Baler.

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An intrepid traveler surfing in Siargao

Unwind at Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila, Manila

Need a quick and short escape from your daily frenzy? Why not spend a weekend getaway at Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila? Set right at the heart of Pasay, this posh hotel will wow you with its unobstructed view of the famous and dramatic Manila Bay sunset. Plus, it has an eye-catching swimming pool that will remind you of a lake or lagoon somewhere in Cebu or Palawan. With tons of lounge chairs and a pair of water slides, it’s also a great place to chill and enjoy a staycation with the whole family.

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Experience a heart-pumping white-water rafting ride in CDO

Up for a bucket-list-worthy, one-of-a-kind experience that will totally blow your mind this rainy season? Book a flight to Cagayan de Oro, and experience the adventure of a lifetime by taking a white-water rafting ride on its mighty, raging river. With the frequent rains bolstering the river’s rush of water, you’ll have a more exciting and adrenaline-pumping river rafting escapade in CDO during the monsoon season.

After your epic ride, hop on a bus that will take you to the next town – Iligan City, and be enthralled by its irresistible and majestic waterfalls. Alternatively, you may also head to Camiguin, and cherish its beloved attractions, like White Island, Ardent Hot Spring, Mount Hibok-Hibok and Katibawasan Falls.

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Take a relaxing urban break at Bai Hotel Cebu, Cebu

Whether you’re a tourist or local in Cebu, staying at Bai Hotel Cebu should be on your list of things to do, this rainy season. With most hotels in Cebu offering discounts to off-season travelers, the rainy season might be your best chance of scoring a bargained stay at one of the metro’s most beloved hubs. Billing itself as a contemporary urban escape with a beautiful skyline view of Cebu, this hotel beckons travelers with its amazing pool, incredible vistas and ultra-modern facilities and amenities. To make things even better, it has a top-notch service, excellent location and terrific dining options that will surely appease your palate. 

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Go on a food trip

What’s the best and most delicious thing to do when it’s raining? Go on a food trip! From the crispy lechons down south to the tasty Ilocos Empanada, there are hundreds of yummy delicacies and treats in the Philippines that can instantly turn your rainy blues into a happy tummy and a big smile. Additionally, there are countless of restaurants all over the world offering international dishes that can help beat the chilly weather.

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Engage in indoor sports

Feeling somewhat bloated, following your eating spree? Thankfully, there are numerous options for indoor sporting activities in the Philippines, including wall-climbing, volleyball, badminton, tennis, futsal and basketball. Not are these exercises potent calorie burners, but they are also extremely fun, especially when you play it with your barkada.

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Museum hopping

Want to know more about our country this rainy season? One of the best and most entertaining ways to know a city or destination is through browsing its museums and galleries. And, in Manila, you’ll find an array of treasure troves to help you weave a fascinating narrative of our people, city and country. For an epic museum hopping experience in Manila, we suggest that you check out the National Museum, Ayala Museum, The Mind Museum, Lopez Museum and Library, San Agustin Museum and the Metropolitan Museum of Manila.

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Holy Week starts today, Palm Sunday. Coming from a family of devoted Catholics, many of Elmer Borlongan’s works embody religious depictions of local devotion. A typical element on a Filipino dining area is the image of ‘Last Supper’ of which we commemorate every Maundy Thursday. _______________________________ Huling Hapunan Oil on canvas 2011 Paulino and Hetty Que Collection This artwork is on view at ‘ELMER BORLONGAN: An Extraordinary for the Ordinary’ until March 28, WEDNESDAY. Museum doors open at 10:00 AM to 5:30 PM, from Mondays thru Saturdays. FREE ADMISSION on TUESDAYS! See you. #ArtForAll #METmanila #howiMETemong #HolyWeek2018 #Lent2018 #elmerborlongan #art #ahrt #artph #museum #manila #philippines

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Hiking

Sounds like a recipe for disaster, right? Although it sounds fairly weird, hiking up the mountains during rainy days light may be feasible and fun. As long there’s no danger of a tropical storm or flash floods, it’s going to be a blast. When the trails are slightly wet for climbing, the hike becomes more adventure-filled and challenging. Not to mention, there’s a chance to catch the magnificent natural marvel – sea of clouds – in some Philippine mountains, when it’s raining.

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Embrace the quirks and charms of the rainy season in the Philippines without spending a ton of money by scoring cheap flights and hotels with Skyscanner!

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