I can’t forget one pastor from UK who stayed in the Philippines for about 10 years. He used to jokingly say that “in the Philippines, there are only two seasons: hot and hotter”—and we would all laugh about it hahaha! The poor pastor and his wife had to endure our hot climate which to them was really warm for a decade.
Now that it’s March, I guess that the Philippine summer season is now beginning to arrive since people are now back again using their umbrellas haha! Filipinos use umbrellas not only to protect themselves from the rain but also from the hot scorching sun. To me, it is interesting that in some other countries, I only see umbrellas used when it rains. I never saw—unless I missed it—people in the US and in Japan using their umbrellas under the sun haha!
Another interesting thing about summer in the Philippines is that it’s no guarantee that it won’t rain haha! So, rain or shine, get ready with your umbrellas because summer is here!
Having grown up in Mindanao, one thing that caught my attention when I first came to Ilocandia, the northern part of Luzon, was the farm hand tractor commonly called locally as the kuliglig. It is a Tagalog word for the cicada insect. I don’t know why it’s named after the cicada but I think that it’s maybe because this little machine can really make a lot of noise.
I haven’t really noticed this kind of farm hand tractor in Mindanao. Not even in the Visayas. I could be wrong. Maybe I missed it but it’s not so common as it is here in these rice-planting provinces of Luzon. There’s just so many all over the place and it can even slow down traffic on highways and in every town you pass by.
It’s interesting that this kuliglig is not only a farm hand tractor but as I noticed all over central and northern Luzon, farmers are using it as an all-purpose vehicle. They use it as their family vehicle transporting all kinds of things including people haha! Another amusing thing about this is when this vehicle needs to turn left or right. I often see the driver get off on the left side or on the right side (depending on where he’s going) and in perfect timing, hop in back again as soon as the vehicle is already in the right direction. Really amusing to me haha!
One thing that I’ve noticed in my travels all over the Philippines is this: Filipinos surely love basketball. In most barangays, one can surely see a basketball court and usually it is near or next to a barangay hall. It’s typical all over the country. Some are covered courts, open courts, some are paved and maybe some are still dirt basketball courts.
Some are built using government funds and some are built using funds from private donors or some rich politician running for re-election. In this photo of a barangay basketball court, I was actually driving by—drive-by shooting haha!—and I happened to see smoke all over the place which gave the place some kind of scenic effect. I took some shots and I was glad it turned out quite dramatic. I love the effect brought about by the smoke. I was also able to freeze the boy’s motion as he shot the ball. The tree with its shadow and the tricycle gave the view a sense of a typical Filipino life in the barangay.