The Manila weather in the past two weeks has been unusually chilly. This is especially true from late afternoons until the late mornings. Between these time periods, considerable number of people in the metro as I observed are surprisingly sporting jackets and sweaters.
Temperature in Manila has always been hot and scorching all year round. Very cold countries would actually announce a heat wave in case they would experience the regular and prevalent Manila temperature. That is why, temperature has never been a topic for a Manila-based conventional conversations. But for the past two weeks, people are now talking about how chilly it has been. Also, there has been a slow down on the sales of halo-halo while sales of hot lugaw (congee) has gone hotter!
With this surprising weather changes by freaky and fickle mother Earth, I will not be surprised that in a couple of years, international weather bureaus will announce that hot tropical Philippines will already experience winter. I guess this is not farfetched because just last month snow actually fell in hot and sticky Vietnam.
What will be good in case scorching Manila will experience winter is that it is not the bitingly cold and bone-penetrating type of a winter similar to those countries away from the equator. It would be tempered type where people can simply put on a piece of scarf around the neck and will no longer look silly in case they would sport layered outfits out on the street.
Though it is a bit worrying (of course, because of treacherously distorted climate changes), for me, winter in Manila would be a welcome change. Why? Here are six advantages of having a mild chilly winter in Manila:
- There would be downright decrease in electric bill since there will be lesser usage of airconditioning units;
- There would be a decrease in the stench of body odors in public places – inside trains, malls, buses and jeepneys – because people will sweat less;
- Fashion industry in Manila would finally take some transition. There would already be a winter collection for local fashion designers. Fashion Weeks held here in Manila are inappropriately pegged as summer and spring collections when in fact it should be labelled wet and dry season collections since these are the only seasons of equatorial Philippines.
- There would be no atrocious diaphoretic beer-bellied shirtless people on the street (in Tagalog: wala ng nakahubad na malalaki ang tyan sa kalye);
- Celebrities wearing jackets and layered garments who performs on TV during their Sunday weekly variety shows will no longer look stupid; and finally,
- I can wear my Bershka leather jacket and Doc Martens leather boots!
Brrr… gininaw lang, kung ano ano na naisip!