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10 ‘cool’ Philippine destinations aside from Baguio and Tagaytay

by Jillian CariolaPublished: January 26, 2017Updated: January 27, 2017

These 10 destinations could give Baguio and Tagaytay a run for their money

When summer brings on the heat, people head for the hills, and quite literally; most avid vacationers would take refuge in the low-temp, mountainous atmosphere of either Baguio or Tagaytay. So much so, in fact, that some might complain about crowd buildup, taking away the cool, relaxing appeal that these places offer in the first place.

But those seeking a chilly refuge starting March might be glad to know that joining the stifling crowds in Benguet and Cavite is not their only option. The Philippines is actually home to many more provinces that offer the refresher they need. Just for kicks, skip Baguio and Tagaytay this summer and book your next getaway at any of these 10 low-temperature destinations.

 

Batanes
Batanes is situated in the Cagayan Valley Region, and is the northernmost province of the country, as well as the smallest in both land area and population. Located far from the equator and with half of its terrain composed of hills and mountains, Batanes enjoys a breezy and relatively cool atmosphere. Its temperature may top off at about 31 degrees Celsius during summer months, but it usually fall to as low as 19 degrees Celsius during January and February. Aside from its captivating beaches and islands, popular sites include the Tayid Lighthouse in Mahatao, The Ruins of Songsong in Uyugan, and the hilltop fortresses called Savidug Idjang.

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A distant view of the Sabtang Lighthouse in Batanes, Cagayan Valley Region. Photo via Shutterstock

 

Sagada
Sagada is a fifth class municipality in Mountain Province, located in a valley between the Cordillera Ranges and the Ilocos Range. Popular among expert and novice hikers, the province is known for tourist attractions like the Hanging Coffins, a 2,000-year-old burial tradition of the native Igorot; as well as Kiltepan Viewpoint, where lucky visitors can witness a massive sea of clouds during certain months of the year. Temperature in Sagada hits an average low of 14 degrees Celsius in November, and has an average high temperature of 25 degrees Celsius between March and June.

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Sunrise in Sagada, Mountain Province. Photo by Jojo Nicdao via Flickr Creative Commons

 

Banaue
The fourth-class municipality of Banaue in Ifugao is home to two clusters of centuries-old rice terraces inscribed by UNESCO as World Heritage Sites: Bangaan and Batad Rice Terraces. During the months of May and June, the average high temperature is 25 degrees Celsius, but prepare for its lowest at 13 degrees if you visit during January or February. After marveling at the thousand-feet-high rice terraces, travelers can pay a visit to other natural attractions like the Tappiyah Falls and the Bogya hot springs.

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The rice terraces in Banaue, Ifugao. Photo via Shutterstock

 

Don Salvador Benedicto
Formed through the consolidation of various barangays in the municipalities of Murcia and Calatrava and the city of San Carlos is Salvador Benedicto, Negros Occidental’s very own summer capital. A few must-visit sites are the Malatan-Og Falls, as well as a recently opened wellness facility called Jomax Peak.

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Rice terraces in Don Salvador Benedicto. Photo by Ceslou via Wikimedia Commons

 

Malaybalay
Bukidnon’s first income class component city Malaybalay officially holds the title South Summer Capital of the Philippines, with temperatures dropping to 17 degrees Celsius at the beginning of the year. Visitors looking to complete their itinerary should include sites like the Nasuli Spring; the Lapanday Food Corporation’s pineapple farm; and the Monastery of the Transfiguration, home of the Benedictine monks.

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Dahilayan Forest Camp Resort in Malaybalay, Bukidnon. Photo by Perry A. Dominguez via Wikimedia Commons

 

Lantapan
Also located in Bukidnon is Lantapan, found between two mountain ranges Kalatungan and Kitanglad. Close to “South Summer Capital” Malaybalay, its relatively cool climate can be attributed to its location, as well as winds that tend to blow northward. If you dare, you can test your ability to withstand low temperature by heading to the Cinchona Forest Reserve, where it is known to drop to as low as 13 degrees Celsius.

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Kitanglad Mountain Range in Lantapan, Bukidnon. Photo by Kleomarlo via Wikimedia Commons

 

Marawi
Another location considered a summer capital in the south, Marawi is the capital city of Lanao del Sur. At its coldest, Marawi drops to 17.8 degrees Celsius in the first few months of the year, while its hottest temperature averages at 29.4 and is felt in April. Water lovers flock the city due to Agus River and the connecting Maria Cristina Falls, while hikers proceed to the Sacred Mountain National Park, where the 900-foot extinct volcano Mount Mupo can be found.

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Marawi City, Lanao del Sur. Photo by Mahid via Wikimedia Creative Commons

 

Davao City
From “King City of the South” to “Fruit Basket of the Philippines,” Davao City has it all, and can even boast of a cool environment thanks to the mountains and green landscapes all over the city. Its biggest claim to fame is Mount Apo, the highest peak in the country and a hiking mecca to climbing enthusiasts. If you’re not up for a hike up Mount Apo but would still like a chilly trek through nature, head to Toril’s Eden Nature Park and Reserve, a lush man-made park located 2,650 feet above sea level that offers wide green spaces, extreme activities, a zoo, and breathtaking views of Davao City and the Davao Gulf.

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People's Park in Davao City. Photo by Reuel Mark Delez via Flickr Creative Commons

 

Kidapawan
Located in Cotabato, the city of Kidapawan is found at the base of Mount Apo, the highest peak in the Philippines. Its name, a combination of “tida” (spring) and “pawan” (highland) means “a spring in the highland,” indicating its numerous high-altitude places contributing to its fame as a cool place to visit. Aside from being the starting point of trekkers headed to Mount Apo, Kidapawan’s other attractions include Lake Venado, hidden among the mountain ranges; Marbel and Mawig Falls, and the Mandarangan Geological Site.

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A view of Mount Apo in Kidapawan, Cotabato. Photo by Bro. Jeffrey Pioquinto, SJ via Flickr Creative Commons

 

Lake Sebu
Found at the southwestern part of South Cotabato is the first class municipality of Lake Sebu, which is best known for the body of water of the same name. The said lake is 345 hectares in size and is surrounded by hills, mountains, and rainforests. The climate in Lake Sebu is said to be similar to that of Tagaytay, which enjoys temperatures between 20 and 25 degrees Celsius. Some of the attractions Lake Sebu is known for are Lang Dulay and her weaving center, the Seven Waterfalls, and the T’boli Museum.

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The 45-hectare Lake Seloton in Lake Sebu, South Cotabato. Photo by I Travel Philippines via Flickr Creative Commons

 

Sources: Wikipedia.org, rappler.com, ourawesomeplanet.com, wheninmanila.com, cnnphilippines.com, southcotabato.org, gmanetwork.com, thepinaysolobackpacker.com, lamudi.com.ph, pinoyadventurista.com

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