Part III:  Weather Wheel 

As mentioned above, there are primarily two seasons in the Philippines. The “cool” season is felt in the months between December and February. However, “cool” is relative. In Manila, “cool” can mean a super comfortable mid 70s fahrenheit. “Summer” stretches from March to May and can be brutal for westerners. The “rainy” season starts in June, ending around November. During the rainy season, locals bring an umbrella to work every single day because regardless of how the weather looks in the morning, chances are the evening commute will be wet.

Cash Caution

Cash, the Philippine Peso, is by far the most widely used currency in the Philippines. ATMs are all over the larger cities and can provide a convenient way to pull local currency. Although larger and international stores will accept credit or debit cards, most smaller and local establishments don’t have the capability to process a foreign card. Bills are colorful, and local merchants are always grateful for small bills.

If you make it out into the provincial areas, cash is your best bet.