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A few cool places

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By Kim Atienza

Ang init!

This line is on everyone’s lips nowadays. Anong magagawa natin? Ang Pilipinas ay framed by the equator and Tropic of Cancer, making it one place that’s brimming with sunshine.

Pero alam nyo ba? Marami ding lugar sa bansa na may malamig na klima.

Heto ang tatlo muna sa kanila. Sa susunod na kolum naman ang iba pa.

Una sa lahat ay ang pinakasikat sa kanila, Baguio.

At 5,200 feet above sea level, Baguio enjoys low temperatures.

Noong 1961, temperature in the mountain city dropped to a recorded low of 43 F (6.3 C).

Tagaytay.

The coolest city closest to Metro Manila is to Manila what the Hamptons are to New York City.

Tagaytay’s edge is its proximity to Manila. You can get there in just more than an hour from Manila, give or take some time spent in traffic.

The other mountain city’s attractions are the lower temps and grand views of Taal Volcano, the smallest active volcano in the world.

Sagada.

Episcopal missionaries lived in Sagada in the 1900s, where they were pleased to discover the climate was cool enough to grow lemons.

Situated 5,300 feet above sea level, the so-called Philippine Shangri-La offers an ideal climate to grow a variety of fruits.

At night, the town can turn wintry, reaching the low 50s F (10s C) in January and February. Kape alamid (civet coffee), one of many local delicacies, is a great way to warm up.

More cool attractions include Sumaguing Cave and the top of Kiltepan. Here one can get a great view over an ocean of clouds.

TRIVIA PA MORE (Various Sources): If you have the feeling you’ve experienced an event before in real life, call it déjà vu. If you feel like you’ve previously experienced an event in a dream instead, there’s a different term for it: déjà rêvé.

Space has a distinct smell: a bouquet of diesel fumes, gunpowder, and barbecue. The aroma is mostly produced by dying stars.

Send your questions on anything and everything to Kuya Kim through my Twitter account @kuyakim_atienza using #AlaminKayKuyaKim.

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