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Three Rainy Season Friendly Adventures for Outdoorsy Guys

by Culture Team
31 Jul 2017 | 2:10 PM

 

The rainy season may appear to be the worst imaginable time for planning an outing. Recall the number of times the skies alternated between a downpour and burning hot in the space of a few hours during the last week. We can count to at least five distinct times that drastic switch happened in our area.

That unpredictability seems like the least conducive condition for planning an outdoor excursion, which is why most people tend to lounge on the couch heading into the "ber" months. Fortunately, there are still things for us do in order to stay active even under the most turbulent weather, and we'll run through some of them here.

1. Proud to be Pinoy
Staying indoors doesn't have to be a waste of time. Take the time to learn about the history and culture of our homeland by going on a series of museum and cultural trips. Our country is best known for its collection of beaches and tropical resorts. But, we also boast a significant number of ancestral housescentury-old churches, and museums.
 

To illustrate the sheer number of these places that we have, there are three ancestral houses, seventeen old churches, and forty-seven museums within the National Capital Region alone. It's safe to say that many more than that exist in the rest of the country, as this region lost most of its old structures due to heavy bombing in WWII.

There's much more to the lives of Filipinos in the past than what we've seen through documentaries and "historical" movies portray. Rack up your indoors time, by spending it within the walls that house the things that make us Filipinos.
And hey, the National Museum of the Philippines just announced that entrance is now free for all guests, so that should definitely be on the agenda the next time a rainy weekend ruins plans.

2. Explore the Best and New Restaurants Around
The Philippines is the mall capital of the world. It's the only country in the world that has an observable big business consumerist culture, which leads most people to think that there's no room for small businesses. But, anyone whose familiar with BF Homes in Paranaque or Maginhawa in QC know that just isn't true.

Every major city has that one place that's made its name as the go-to place for providing unique culinary experiences. Cafés, pizza parlors, burger joints, diners, ice cream salons, and everything in between, allows food streets to provide people the options that malls just don't have.

Everything in these places - from the atmosphere to the crowd - is down to earth and organic. There are no big corporations behind them, which gives them a special spirit that you can only enjoy when you stay for hour on end. The rainy season provides the best opportunity to do that.

3. Follow Even More Falling Water
The worst thing about the rainy season is that it brings out the worst in the cities. Everyone crowds under the limited cover available, the flood brings dirt and grime to the surface, and the already merciless traffic situation gets even worse. But, that's not the case for everywhere else.

Mountains and fields become greener because of the rains, and the waterfalls that used to showcase thin curtains of water in the summer become majestically thick torrents in this season. These are without a doubt, the best time to travel to see waterfalls. For sights worth seeing that aren't too far from the city, head out east to Tinipak River or Daranak Falls over in Tanay, Rizal. You can also head down south and visit the majestic Hulugan Falls in Laguna.

People who are planning to do this, however, need to check with local guides to ensure that the places they want to visit is safe enough. This should go without saying, but it's better to play safe and remind everyone.

The rainy season doesn't have to spell the end of stimulation and adventure. You can still stay active and keep making your life richer, regardless of the whims of the weather.