Well, it is already March! That means a couple of things that are different here than in other parts of the world!
Firstly, it is now summer! That’s right, it is summer in the Philippines! Summer here starts in March and runs through around the beginning to middle of June. That means that school is out for the year, and a new school year will be starting in June.
When the kids are home from school, other things change in the Philippines too! For one thing, the Internet changes a lot! The Internet? You are probably wondering what changes about the Internet. Well, like I said, starting this month, the kids are out of school. They are home all day, or if not at home a lot of them are in Internet Cafes around the country. Imaging thousands (millions?) of kids playing bandwidth intensive computer games all around the country! Well, imagine further just how much of the (already limited) Philippine Internet bandwidth is consumed by those kids all playing video games! Let me just say that for those in the Philippines who already have a troublesome Internet connection, it can become almost unusable during the summer months.
Summer also means that it is hot! Well, frankly it is hot in the Philippines just about the entire year, but it is hotter during summer! Another thing that makes it feel even warmer is the fact that summer time is also the dry season. In most parts of the country there is little rain during the summer months, and having no rain makes it feel hotter!
Here in Davao City, where I live, our weather is a bit different than almost the entire rest of the Philippines. In Davao, the weather is fairly constant all 12 months of the year. We don’t really have a “wet season” and a “dry season” like the rest of the Philippines does. It will be a little warmer during March through June, but only a few degrees different than the rest of the year. Here in Davao, when we are in our regular weather pattern, we get afternoon/evening thunderstorms almost every day. It not common to have “rainy days” where an entire day is wet, just a short thunderstorm at the end of the day most of the time. We do get full day of rain from time to time, but not frequently.
Another thing that happens during March is that a lot of kids are graduating from school! When we moved to the Philippines in 2000, every school was finished during March, but now some schools, particularly colleges, are running into April and I have even heard of some that run classes into May. But still, the vast majority of all schools (including colleges) finish their school year in March. At every opportunity, Philippine schools have graduation ceremonies! When kids finish elementary school they have a graduation. High School used to be 4 years, but it was increased to 6 years when the Philippines went to a K12 system a few years back. So now, after the first 4 years of High School, the kids graduate from High School and go on to “Senior High School” which is 2 more years of High School. There are plenty of graduation ceremonies in the Philippines.
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So, Summer 2017 is here. You can bet it is going to be a hot one again this year!