The Beaches of Zambales

25 years ago the province of Zambales was mostly known by travelers for its Subic Bay Freeport Zone (formerly Subic Naval Base, the largest American naval facility outside the United States at the time) and Mt. Pinatubo, whose eruption in 1991 was the second largest volcanic eruption of the century. There were beaches along its... Continue Reading →

Start of Summer at Hermana Menor

Last April 10, PAGASA (the Philippine government weather bureau) announced the termination of the northeast monsoon. This is usually taken as the start of summer or the warm and dry season in the country. A day later we were off and driving, heading for the beaches. We stopped briefly at the Subic Bay Freeport Zone... Continue Reading →

Magalawa Island: Can’t Wait for Summer

There are only two seasons in the Philippines: wet and dry. The dry season typically runs from November to May, with the wet season – usually the time for rains and typhoons – picking up the rest. Filipinos often refer to the dry and hot months from April to May as summer, an attempt to identify it with... Continue Reading →

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