Even if the skin were lathered with thick, titanium sunscreen, 36 degrees sizzles it to a crispy, caramel hue fit for a fiesta centerpiece: our beloved lechon.
So we find enough excuses and leaves to kick off the dry season (aka summer) and dash to the nearest waterhole.
El Nido, check. Boracay, check. Palaui, Pagudpud and Panglao, check, check, check. But Siargao and Bantayan. Here we come.
"Picking a favorite beach in the Philippines is like trying to pick a favorite child.
Challenging, but not impossible.
With more than 7,000 islands edged by white sand buffering turquoise waters filled with some of the world's most diverse marine life, not everyone will agree on which one is best.
Disagree with our picks? Share your favorite Filipino island or beach in the comments box below.
1. El Nido, Palawan