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20 Cold places in the Philippines to Go and Chill more this 2020

The month of February to March was recently declared as one of the coldest weather we’ll experience at the moment, being in the tropical paradise of the Philippines, we Filipinos are used to the warm sun and most if not all long for the cold. I understand that most of us would rather use this list during summer to escape the heat, yet I personally like hitting up higher places to make me chill more as I personally love sweater weather. So instead of toning down the cold, I’ve gathered destinations in the Philippines where you can go and chill even more!

 

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1.Don Salvador Benedicto , Bacolod

Dubbed as “Little Baguio”, situated over 2,000 feet above sea level. A hilly municipality which is also famous and known as Negros Island’s summer capital. Bone-chilling temperatures drop to 16 C. Unlike Baguio which welcomes numerous tourists almost everyday, Don Salvador Benedicto is unheard of, here there are less tourists plus towns are barely crowded, so if you are looking for a non touristy yet Baguio like adventure, this place is your perfect match! 

Image Credit : Klook

Image Credit : Klook

 

  • Present Temperature: 10 PM, (02/11/2020) 21 C  *Cold
  • Getting there: From Manila book a flight to Bacolod. From Bacolod to Don Salvador, head to Bacolod South Bus Terminal. At the terminal find Ceres buses bound for San Carlos city. 

 

  1. Sagada, Mountain Province

Looking for picturesque spots, Sagada is a must-see destination for everyone. This place is also known to be the home to the famous Kiltepan vantage point. According to Tripzilla.com one can never fully explain the weather in Sagada, “The sun is up and shining bright all day, but the air is cool and not humid, unlike most places in the Philippines.” 

Photoby: Gino Mempin

Photoby: Gino Mempin (c) Wayph.com

  • Present Temperature: 10 PM ((02/10/2020) : 12 C **Chilly
  • Getting there: From Manila, take the bus to Baguio. From Baguio take a different bus to take you to Sagada. Numerous Sagada-bound trips from Baguio are available, Travel time : 5 to 6 hours




  1. Baguio

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Popularly known as “The City of Pines”. People flock here during the summer season and even during holidays. The place is surrounded by all kinds of accommodations from budget inns to luxurious staycations. Baguio is 5,200 feet above sea level, one of the top destinations in the country during summer.  Baguio enjoys low temperatures — in 1961 it dropped to a recorded low of 43 F (6.3 C). © CNN Travel

 

  • Present Temperature: 10 PM (02/10/2020) 16 C **Chilly
  • Getting there: From Victory Liner Bus Terminal in Pasay, then take the 6 hour bus ride to Baguio.

 

  1. Tagaytay

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Tagaytay has made noise around the country this January 2020 when Taal Volcano erupted, yet one can’t deny the fact that this place is considered to be the best destination next to Baguio as an alternative to escape the heat from the metro world. Visited for it’s cold chilly climate in the Philippines. Read more about my recent trip in Tagaytay HERE.

 

  • Present Temperature: 10 PM (02/10/2020)  21 C *Cold
  • Getting there: From Manila take a bus from the Pasay terminal to Tagaytay. Buses depart frequently from the Costal Mall area. Travel time: 1.5 hours – 2 hours

 

  1. Bucari, Leon Iloilo

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Bucari is situated in the highlands of Leon and Alimodian, both municipalities of Iloilo province in Panay island. Waterfalls and pine forests are only few of the many scenic tours that you can do when you are visiting this semi popular destination. There are several activities that you may do here, check :

 

  • Present Temperature: 10 PM (02/10/2020) 19 C **Chilly
  • Getting there: Ride a jeepney from Jaro Market, Iloilo City to Leon Town plaza (Travel time: 30- 45 minutes). From Leon Town Plaza ride a tricycle to take you to the stop where you can ride a jeepney specifically bound for Bucari.

 

  1. Bukidnon, Malaybalay City

Highly recommended for adventure seekers and hikers. Experience off the beaten path adventures most other visitors don’t get to see. A destination where you can feast your eyes in greenery and make vast scenic memories, cold chilly climate complimenting a perfect cuddle weather. This place is also one of the Philippine’s hidden gems. The highly elevated city is said to be a nirvana for hikers and trekkers.

Image credit: Wikipedia

Image credit: Wikipedia

  • Present Temperature: 10 PM (02/11/2020) 22 C *Cold
  • Getting there: The province of Bukidnon has no commercial airport. The nearest airport is in Cagayan de Oro about 100 km away. Cagayan de Oro has various airlines providing flights to Manila, Cebu, Davao, Iloilo, Bacolod, Zamboanga. From Cagayan De Oro you may take the Rural Transit, some small companies are plying the route frequently (every 20 minutes) even at night frequent buses can be found. To Davao, it is a 5-hour bus trip.

 

  1. Mt. Apo Kidapawan, Cotabato

Conquer the highest peak in the Philippines! With an elevation of 2,954 meters above sea level, it is the highest mountain in the Philippine Archipelago. Located between Davao City and Davao del Sur province in Region XI and Cotabato in Region XII. 

Image Credit: Britannica.com

Image Credit: Britannica.com

  • Present Temperature:  11AM, 14 C and 10PM, 6 C (02/11/2020) ***Freezing
  • Getting there : From Davao, take a bus from the Ecoland bus terminal to Kidapawan. To jump-off points for the trek, take a jeepney from Kidapawan to Ilomavis.


  1. Aningalan , Antique Highlands

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Aningalan, San Remigio Antique is a municipality known for its bold landscapes that is ideal for outdoor adventures such as camping, hiking, spelunking and a lot more. Here, visitors may experience strawberry picking and vegetable farming too. Strawberry picking is best experienced during strawberry season: November to February. The strawberry garden and vegetable garden is about 880 meters above sea level, providing the coolest breeze like the one in Baguio Philippines even during summer time. Know more about this place here.

 

  • Present Temperature: 10 PM (02/11/2020) , 19 C **Chilly
  • Getting there: From San Jose ride the jeep en route to San Remigio. Fare might be around PHP 30. Travel time is 15- 20 minutes.

 

  1. Canlaon City, Bacolod

    A steep city with a chilly climate, which is wonderfully balanced by the hot springs that surround the area. Not to mention the number of waterfalls that will give you a refreshing feel of the city.

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Image Credit: Wikipedia

  • Present Temperature: 10 PM , 22 C (02/11/2020) *Cold
  • Getting there: Domestic flights to Canlaon’s major gateways from Manila and Cebu are available daily.



  1. Davao City

The durian capital of the Philippines, it’s one of 3 cities that share Mount Apo, the highest peak in the country. Unlike the skyscrapers dominating large cities of the country,  Davao City takes in towering mountains and dramatic green landscapes.

Image credit: Business World

Image credit: Business World

  • Present temperature: 10 PM , 24 C (02/2020) *Cold
  • Getting there: Direct flights to Davao City from Manila are available.

 

  1. Lantapan, Bukidnon

The first class municipality of Bukidnon, and known to be the “Vegetable basket of Mindanao”. According to CNN Travel Lantapan is so cold that dew sometimes lingers as late as noon.

Image Credit: Gracie Trips

Image Credit: Gracie Trips

  • Present Temperature: 10PM,  16 C (02/2020) **Chilly
  • Getting there: Manila-Cagayan de Oro flights are available. Buses are available by the scenic highway between Cagayan de Oro and Malaybalay every day. Ride a Jeepney bound for Lantapan, stationed at the Malaybalay public market.



  1. Lake Sebu

Definitely a postcard-worthy destination. They say the climate here is really good for the skin as temperatures here are seldom warmer than 25 C.

Image credit: Wikipedia

Image credit: Wikipedia

  • Present Temperature: 10 PM , 19 C (02/11/2020) **Chilly
  • Getting there: Koronadal Bus station, take the bus en route to Surrallah. From Surallah’s Terminal, you may take a van or a jeep bound for Lake Sebu. Travel time 40- 45 minutes to reach Lake Sebu.

 

  1. Banaue

Widely known as the site of the UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Batad Rice Terraces and Bangaan Rice Terraces. 

Image Credit: Wikipedia

Image Credit: Wikipedia

  • Present temperature: 10 PM , 14 C (02/11/2020) **Chilly
  • Getting there: From Manila. Take the night bus from Cubao in Manila to Banaue. Departure is from 8pm to 10 pm from Manila and it will get to Banaue around 5-6 am.

 

  1. Itbayat 

The northernmost town in the Philippines, located 156 kilometers from the southernmost tip of Taiwan. Famous for the rolling hills, dramatic cliffs and gatorade blue waters, a dream destination, a must-experience for every Filipino. 

Image Credit: Travel Trilogy

Image Credit: Travel Trilogy

  • Present Temperature: 10 PM, 23 C (02/11/2020) *Cold
  • Getting There:  Book a flight from Manila or Tuguegarao to Basco (Itbayat’s neighboring island) Then take a four-hour boat ride linking Itbayat and Basco.



  1. Mantalongon, Dalaguete

Famous for its cold weather, hailed as the Summer capital of Cebu. Chilly temperatures ranging from 18- 25 C giving the locals farming as their main livelihood.

Image Credit: Sugbo.ph

Image Credit: Sugbo.ph

  • Present Temperature: 10 PM, 21 C (02/11/2020) *Cold
  • Getting There: Manila to Cebu flights are available daily. From Cebu City take a cab/ taxi to South Bus Station. Take the bus going to Oslob, ask to be dropped off at Dalaguete. Take a motorcycle ride ‘habal-habal’ to Mantalongon.



  1. Batanes

A popular dream destination to many, plane tickets to Batanes are quite expensive compared to other Philippine destinations as this place has a lot to share as it claims to its fame. Chilly temperature could drop to 7 degrees C during the cold season.

Image credit: Yahoo news

Image credit: Yahoo news

  • Present Temperature: 10 PM , 24 C (02/11/2020) *Cold
  • Getting there: Flights from Manila to Batanes is available



  1. Mount Pulag

This is Luzon’s highest peak at 2,926 metres above sea level. It is the third highest mountain in the Philippines, next to Mount Apo and Mount Dulang-dulang.

Image Credit : The fat kid inside

Image Credit : The fat kid inside

  • Present temperature: 10 PM, 4 C (02/11/2020) ***Freezing
  • Getting there: From Manila, ride a bus going to Baguio. From Baguio, take a taxi to the van terminal of Kabayan. Ask the driver to drop you off at the DENR station (for registration). Ride a motorcycle or a “habal-habal” outside the DENR Station to bring you to the ranger station where you can hire a guide for your hike.



  1. Marawi City, Lanao Del Sur

The ‘Summer Capital of the South’. During the sweater weather, the city’s temperature crashes to 14°C. A destination rich with natural wonders — one I can name is the jaw dropping Lake Lanao.

Image Credits: Trip the Islands

Image Credits: Trip the Islands

 

  1. Balamban, Cebu

Cool down and enjoy the cooling breeze. Endless green landscape awaits you during your hike. Biking and camping is also a top recommendation in this cool paradise.

Image Credit: Sugbo.ph

Image Credit: Sugbo.ph

  • Present Temperature: 10 PM, 24 C (02/11/2020) *Cold
  • Getting there: 3 Ways to travel to Balamban Cebu 

 

  1. Pampanga

Perfect for road trips. Visit Pampanga during the cold pleasurable season. Travel by land and go around the province to witness its beautiful countryside, while enjoying the cold breeze.

Image credit: Pinterest photo - Pampanga Lantern Festival

Image credit: Pinterest photo – Pampanga Lantern Festival

  • Present Temperature: 10 PM, 24 C (11/11/2020) *Cold
  • Getting there: Commute – You can take Victory liner from Cubao Terminal to San Fernando Pampanga , for road trips make sure to download Google Maps.



I haven been to some but not to all of the destinations listed above, most of the details found on this blog post are gathered information and details from sources like Yahoo News, CNN Travel, lonely planet and wikipedia (links needed for other sources are also found on the list). Not all photos are mine, proper image credits have been provided on caption.

I’m aware that the Philippines is one “sunshiney” place yet for the cold season I have a unique way of savoring it, so for people like me who are into hitting the highlands more during this chilly season and fond of wandering around when the elevation offsets the Philippines’ equatorial warmth, then this list is perfect for you. Time to wear that sweater,  dear. Don’t forget to share this article with your friends and families. Have fun chilling, don’t forget to keep hugging horizons!

 

Love,

Levy Amosin

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