In western countries, they have four seasons: winter, spring, summer, and fall or invierno, primavera, verano, and otoño in Spanish. In the Philippines, we only have two seasons: the wet and dry season or soles and tiempo de aguasero in Chabacano.
From June to December, the country is visited by more or less twenty typhoons or what they call in TV Patrol Chavacano tifun. To my knowledge though, people don’t use this word in everyday conversations. Maybe fuerte aguasero would be used more often. Most of the people however use the Tagalog word baguio (without the stress at the end).
Even the word aguasero is not that used anymore when referring to rain. Most people now use the Tagalog word ulan. A very interesting idiom using this word is: quiere cae ulan which literally means ([it] wants to fall rain). Figuratively, it means it looks like it’s about to rain. Here are some sentences using this idiom:
Chabacano: Anda pa ba kita na iglesia? Dao quiere man cae ulan.
English: Are we still going to the church? It looks like it’s about to rain.
Chabacano: Quiere cae ulan. Esta ya lang kita na casa.
English: It looks like it’s about to rain. Let’s just stay at home.
One of the reasons why I love the climate in Zamboanga city is that the temperature never goes down too low and neither does it go up too high. This is in contrast to the weather in Manila wherein during December and January, one can feel the temperature go down and during March, April, and May, one can feel the temperature go way up.
I know some people though (all of them Zamboangueños who have immigrated to Manila) who would say that it is bien caliente (very hot) in Zamboanga city. I however believe that this is an artificial feeling brought about by the fact that there aren’t many tall buildings in Zamboanga city that would provide shade from the sun in contrast to Manila.
What’s good about the weather in Zamboanga city is that it is outside of the typhoon belt. Not one typhoon has visited Zamboanga city in the past. This (I was told) was because of the mountain range that surrounds it. We experience strong rains every now and then but not like in Manila where it is accompanied by fuerte viento or strong winds.