1. San Fernando, Pampanga
What’s the best thing to do when it rains in the Philippines? Go on a hearty and mouthwatering food trip of course! And, there’s no better place to go on an eating spree than San Fernando, Pampanga.
Nicknamed as the “culinary center of the Philippines”, San Fernando is the birthplace or spiritual home to some of the tastiest Kampangan dishes, including sisig, suman bulagta, tamales and pansit palabok. To make things even better, Pampanga also has a plethora of interesting sites, including Myamit Falls, Fontana Water Pak, Mount Pinatubo, and Pradera Wake Park.
When it rains, staying indoors, while snuggling up with a good book and eating your favorite comfort food, is definitely a hundred times more pleasurable. But, you don’t have to settle for your typical routine if you’re open to explore new destinations!
Take your staycation a few notches up by visiting a new place that’s also lovely, homey and cozy for lounging around. Make your way to Tagaytay for an even cooler climate, and for its charming cafes, restaurants and inns.
3. Siargao, Surigao de Norte
If you’re planning on canceling your beach escape this month, think again. With the rainy season in full effect, huge swells are coming to our shoreline, making the Philippines a dream destination for surfing aficionados. And when it comes to surfing destinations in the archipelago, nothing beats the surfing capital of the Philippines – Siargao.
Here, you’ll get to satisfy your surfing cravings at the internationally renowned Cloud 9 Beach, which ranks as the 8th best surfing sports destination in the world. For non-surfers, Siargao has a ton of offerings that can make your trip epic, like island hopping and exploring Bucas Grande.
4. Baler, Aurora
Looking for a much closer alternative to Siargao? Why not take a road trip to the birthplace of surfing in the Philippines – Baler? Whether you’re a seasoned surfer or a novice, there’s a great surfing spot in Baler that is totally suitable to every level. For the best surfing experience in Baler, hit Sabang Beach as well as the Cemento Beach, which has stronger waves and has often been host to a myriad of local competitions.
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5. Cagayan De Oro
CDO is another local destination that houses a water sport that’s made more exciting with a bit of rain. The mighty Cagayan River is well-known around the country to host white-water rafting – a mind-blowing adventure that will get your mouth beaming and heart racing. Add some downpours to your river rafting trip, and you’ll feel like you’re a superhero speedster on a mission. In addition, look forward to some breath-snatching natural sights, while anticipating the waves.
There’s something about the rain that makes food taste better and even more irresistible. While there are plenty of good restaurants in Manila to appease your rainy season culinary cravings, the dining scene in Bacolod is absolutely something else. So, pack your bags, book a flight to Bacolod, and feast on an array of delicious treats, as the rain pours.
Hit as many eateries as you can that boast they serve the best chicken inasal in the city. Then, decide which one offers the ultimate chicken inasal. For those with a sweet tooth, don’t forget to drop by the city’s top cake shops, and savor their luscious treats. Afterwards, cap off your Bacolod adventure with a side trip to either Mambukal or The Ruins.
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Speaking of food, don’t forget to savor the supremely delectable culinary goodies of The Queen City of the South – Cebu. From the world-famous lechon to its sinfully delightful street food, Cebu has a smorgasbord of tasty dishes and delicacies to offer to foodies. What’s more, the province of Cebu is loaded with natural wonders and diversions that will take your breath away, such as Moalboal’s Sardines Run, O’Peak, Kawasan Falls, Lataban Hills, and Casino Peak.
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The truth is, you don’t have to travel far to have a smashing experience during the rainy days. In Manila, there are dozens of incredible museums that can give you a fun and mentally stimulating experience, such as The Mind Museum, Ayala Museum, Ateneo Art Gallery, Philippine Science Centrum and National Museum of the Philippines. Of course, Manila is also dotted with Instagrammable spots, like Escolta Street, Instramuros, Paco Park, Manila Bay and Rizal Monument.
Sounds like an odd suggestion? Well, not exactly! Besides having cheaper accommodations and airfare, traveling to Batanes on the lean months will give you the opportunity to enjoy this destination all for yourself. And though getting stranded and canceled flights (due to storms and low-pressure) can be stressful, your trip to Batanes can go smooth as long as you have a travel insurance policy. If your flights get delayed, you have at least your insurance company to pay for all the expenses of your extended stay.
10. South Cotabato
South Cotabato has a lot to offer to culture vultures, adrenaline junkies and nature lovers. Lake Sebu – a small town in South Cotabato – has something to offer to all three types of travelers. Not only does it have a cool weather and stunning landscapes, but it also home to the famous T’Boli master dream-weaver – Lang Dulay, who also happens to be a living national treasure.
For thrill-seekers and nature lovers, the majestic Seven Falls of Lake Sebu is a must-see, when visiting South Cotabato. Tucked away in lush forests, these cascades are quite a sight to behold, and require a long or short scenic trek, depending on which route you wish to explore. As an added bonus, Lake Sebu has an extremely long zip line, where you can get an awe-inspiring bird’s eye view of the falls.
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