When to Go in Manila

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If you're planning a trip to Manila, when to go is one of the first things to consider. The weather is always a major factor to consider but you're going to want to think about all of the following when planning your trip to the Philippine's capital city.

Dry Season

From November to May you will have the opportunity to enjoy Manila's dry season. The weather is always a bit cooler with plenty of breezes to take the heat down a few notches. January is the coolest month of the year, with temperatures averaging around 25 degrees C. The hottest month occurs at the end of the dry season, with  May seeing temperatures around 30 degrees C. This of course does not take into factor the humidity, which can make June through September seem like they're a lot hotter.

Wet Season

June begins the wet season which lasts through October and sees the most rainfall in the year (although rain can occur during the dry season as well). July and August are the wettest months of the year, and the humidity that lasts throughout the season is enough to make you feel like you're melting at any time of day. Don't let this deter you from visiting, just be prepared for the fact that the city is often a lot warmer feeling than the countryside.

Typhoon Season

It's definitely worth noting that there is the possibility of typhoons between May and October, so don't be surprised if you find yourself caught in a storm that shuts down transportation. But don't worry, they never last for overly long. You'll just have be be flexible with your travel plans.


To add a bit of flair to your trip you can always plan it around one of the local festivals. New Year's Day is a big celebration in the city, complete with fireworks. The Chinese New Year is also celebrated, but on February 3. June 12 is Independence Day, and June 24 is Manila Day which includes a fantastic film festival. But when it comes to film festivals you can't top the 2-week-long Cinemanila Festival in November. Religious holidays are also a big draw in this primarily Catholic country, so you can experience some amazing to-do's at Easter and Christmas.


Peak season in Manila naturally falls during the time period of the best weather, so you'll have plenty of company on your trip. Of course, there are benefits to traveling during low season: while you'll have to contend with a bit of rain, you won't have the throngs of people or the sky high prices. Yes, in Manila when to go is definitely an important decision, but you'll have a great time regardless of the time of year.

February 15, 2010 new by tiffanymparker

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