What in the world is a Ber month? Oh, that’s simple. It’s a shortcut term for what passes for winter here in the Philippine northland. It’s slang for any month with a "b e r" in it.
I’ve mentioned in the past that "night is the Philippine winter", based on the fact that the average swing from peak day to minimum night temperatures is typically wider than the swing from, say, peak June to peak December temps, but there is a winter of sorts.
It is cooler in the evenings when I take my daily walks to momma and daddy’s house, and the days are getting shorter … it’s now quite dark by 1\6 PM, instead of 6:20 or so when it starts getting pretty dark in the summer. That’s right, the length of the days here vary only slightly compared with North America or Europe .. or the populated parts of Australia for that matter.
photo credit: César Rincón The other way you can tell that the "ber" months are here is, it’s the Christmas season. Yep, I was at the mall yesterday and all the music had changed to Christmas carols. The Christmas season here is a serious thing, you need to keep it in mind for planning. traffic, especially around malls will build slowly but surely … by December it’s near impossible. Likewise, lines in the bank … get there early, for sure.
This is also a great time to visit and now that school is ‘in’ in the US, air fares are good … just don’t plan on flying anywhere from 15 December until 15 January or so … that is the highest of any high season demand.
But it’s much drier now .. tree leavers often start to fade and change color, even though the temperature never gets anywhere near freezing … it’s the plant’s reaction to the change of day length. The air is much drier, there are more breezes and soon the mall ladies will start wearing their silly little Santa hats … mandatory, lang.
They say there are really no "seasons" here in the Philippines, but "they" are wrong. Welcome to winter