The shortest month of the year is about to end. But before we bid goodbye to the Love Month, let’s take a look at February’s weather highlights.
Five different weather systems prevailed in the country this February. These include the Trough of a Low Pressure Area (LPA), Tropical Depression Bising that recurved without hitting the landmass, the Tail-end of a Cold Front that brought moderate rains in portions of Visayas and Mindanao, the Northeast Monsoon that caused cold days, and the Easterlies which now signals the transition to the Hot and Dry season.
As Amihan peaked this month, temperatures also dropped most especially in the Northern Luzon.
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According to PAGASA Weather Forecaster Chris Perez, the Northeast Monsoon is now gradually weakening, signaling the arrival of the Hot and Dry Season.
“Overall, nakikita nating patuloy na umiinit ang antas ng temperatura sa nakararaming bahagi ng ating bansa maging dito sa Metro Manila. Pumapasok na tayo na rin ang hangin mula sa silangan o Easterlies na naghuhudyat na posibleng magtapos na ang Amihan ngayong unang linggo ng Marso at posibleng mapunta na tayo sa tinatawag nating transition towards the warm months.” (Overall, we are observing higher temperatures in most parts of the country including Metro Manila. Easterlies have also set in, marking the possible termination of the Northeast Monsoon by the first week of March and the transition to the warm months.)

Today, the Northeast Monsoon has slightly weakened and is now dominant in Northern Luzon. Meanwhile, the eastern sections of Southern Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao are being affected by Easterlies.
Cloudy skies with light rains will be experienced in Cagayan Valley. In Metro Manila and the rest of the country, partly cloudy to cloudy skies will prevail with isolated rain showers or thunderstorms.
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Did you savor the cold days of February? We hope you did, because humid days are just around the corner.
The Hot and Dry season is in the country the equivalent of summer. The warm weather is brought by the Easterlies and the Ridge of a High Pressure Area. Easterlies are winds coming from the Pacific Ocean, the largest of the oceanic divisions in the world. On the other hand, a ridge or the extended part of a High Paessure Area (HPA) is associated with good weather. Unlike a Low Pressure Area (LPA), fewer clouds are formed with less chance of precipitation in a HPA.
In an interview with PAGASA Weather Forecaster Meno Mendoza, he said that the termination of Amihan usually marks the beginning of “tag-init.”
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“Simula noong 2012 hanggang 2016, ay naganap ang pagtatapos ng Amihan sa pagitan ng pangalawa at pangatlong linggo ng Marso. Kaya’t inaasahan natin na posibleng kaparehas na panahon maganap ang pagpasok ng tag-init.” (Since 2012 until 2016, Amihan had ended between the second and third week of March. We expect the Hot and Dry season to begin within the same period.)

Today, Northern and Central Luzon remains affected by the Northeast Monsoon, while Easterlies are dominant in the eastern sections of Southern Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.
Cloudy skies with light rains are expected in Cagayan Valley. Partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rain showers or thunderstorms are expected in Bicol Region, Visayas and Mindanao. Partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated light rains prevail in Metro Manila and the rest of Luzon.
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There’s no gale warning today but seafarers and those who have small fishing boats are still advised to take precautionary measures against moderate to rough sea conditions.


Due to the nationwide transport strike, here’s a list of schools and areas where classes have been suspended for tomorrow, February 27, 2017. (as of 4:45 PM today)

MAKATI CITY: All levels in public schools
PATEROS: All levels
NATIONAL CAPITAL REGION: Preschool to High School

DE LA SALLE UNIVERSITY (Taft/BGC/Makati): All levels & office work
UNIVERSITY OF STO. TOMAS: Classes & office work
PHILIPPINE WOMEN’S UNIVERSITY: All levels & office work
UNIVERSITY OF THE EAST (Manila/Caloocan): All levels
COLLEGE OF SAINT BENILDE: All levels & office work
COLLEGE OF SAN AGUSTIN (IloIlo): All levels & office work

For updates, keep refreshing this page.


Romantic movies are not the only ones making waves this February; because it is the Month for the Arts, various Filipino and international artists also created a buzz when they held the Best Philippine Contemporary Art Exhibit at The Link Carpark in Ayala Center, Makati City last February 16-19, 2017.

A wide variety of masterpieces wowed visitors, but in this day and age of wastage, what stood out were those that used scrap materials and found objects—something Mother Nature would approve of.

Max Balatbat

With his background on architectural design, Balatbat’s work depicts both personal and communal narratives that often take place in Manila. Part of his tribute to everyday people is this sculpture crafted from resin, wood and found objects. It is an image of a young Sampaguita vendor who, instead of wallowing in self-pity, finds time to make others laugh.

Francis Commeyne
“Green Wall”

“Go green, keep it clean.” Born in Sri Lanka, artist Commeyne knew exactly what to do when he found plastic bottles scattered on the streets. His creation is a testament to how plastic, when used properly, can live in harmony with nature.

Sam Penaso
“Scrapture 88”

Considered as one of the country’s visionary artists today, Penaso makes use of various materials such as scrap metal to show his deep understanding of texture, depth and color.

Mimi Tecson
“A Knight Who Almost Lost His Steed”

What can you do with old bric-a-brac? If you allow your creative juices to flow, you might create art! For Tecson, using such objects means recollecting memories. Through reconstruction and revisualization, her work exudes a sense of history and empowerment.

Maria Jeona Zoleta
“Freak Show”

This whimsical installation made from different objects reflects Zoleta’s fantasies in an explosion of color and material, delivered with a light-hearted, cheerful touch.

So the next time you’re about to dispose of what you think is trash, think again. Try your hand in recycling, and who knows—you might create the next big masterpiece!

As the country enjoys the cold morning, PAGASA warns of a possible weather disturbance in the coming days.
According to PAGASA Weather Forecaster Loriedin dela Cruz, while there is no weather disturbance inside the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR), there is a probable weaScreen Shot 2017-02-16 at 1.34.12 AMther disturbance within the next 24 to 48 hours. The public is advised to monitor weather updates.
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Today, the Northeast Monsoon remains dominant in the country. Aside from low temperatures, cloudy skies with light to moderate rains and isolated thunderstorms will be experienced in the regions of Caraga, Davao and Northern Mindanao. Cloudy skies with light rains are also expected in the regions ofCagayan Valley, Cordillera, Bicol Region, Eastern and Central Visayas and the
provinces of Aurora and Quezon. Partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated light rains will prevail in Metro Manila and the rest of the country.  
Still an effect of Amihan, the PAGASA Synoptic Station in the City of Pines recorded extremely cold weather this Wednesday morning– the lowest temperature this 2017.  
Due to rough to very rough seas in these provinces, venturing out is risky forfishing boats and other small seacraft. Larger sea vessels are alerted against big waves.
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From four-month celebrations, to serving black noodles and women buying men gifts and chocolates, Valentine’s is indeed a much-celebrated day in different parts of the world.
Whether you’re single or happily taken, one thing you can enjoy is this list of how people celebrate Hearts’ Day in unique ways around the world.
Men give women gaekkebrev, a “joking letter” consisting of a funny poem written on intricately cut paper and signed only with anonymous dots. If a woman can correctly guess the sender of the card, she earns herself an Easter egg later that year.
Valentine’s is celebrated each month starting February through April. On February 14, women give their men chocolates, flowers, and candies. During White Day (March 14), men will not only give their partner chocolates and flowers, but also a special gift. April 14 is a celebration for those who are not in a relationship. This is called Black Day, wherein singles mourn their status by eating “jajangmyeon” or black bean noodles.
Women pin the names of their crushes on their sleeves, allowing men to discover their secret admirers.
Girls give the traditional Giri Choco to male colleagues, friends, or even bosses. It has no romantic association unless a handmade gift is given with another chocolate variant, called Honmon Choco. A month later, males have to return the favor with gifts, chocolates and more.

Lovers will not only exchange chocolates, flowers, and other heart shaped gifts, but also pigs. It is believed that pigs represent luck and lust, and can be given in different forms—pictures, miniature statues, chocolates, etc.
Valentine’s is celebrated twice a year. On February 14 and July 7, flowers play an important role. Red roses represent “only love”, 99 roses represent “love forever”, and 108 roses signifies popping the question “Will you marry me?”
The Welsh celebrate their patron saint of love Saint Dwynwen on January 25, which is equivalent to Valentine’s Day. Wooden love spoons are given as gifts.
During the Sister’s Meal Festival, women cook an assortment of colorful rice dishes, which are wrapped in silk and offered to serenading suitors. The fate of the relationship rides upon the item found within the rice. Two chopsticks mean love, but a clove of garlic means the romance is over before it even started.
— Researcher: Panahon TV intern Gem Lat

“I Love You” – three words that are spoken to let our dear ones know how special they are.
In the Philippines, more than 7,000 islands serve as home to roughly 100 languages. Each has its own unique way of expressing the love language.
Regardless of the language, it is always a delight to hear these words even on a normal day. Who knows? There may come a time when you’ll need any of these words as you travel across the Philippines. Happy Valentine’s Day!
— Researcher: Panahon TV intern Jeroh Hiyastro
Researcher: Panahon TV intern Jeroh Hiyastro

Flowers, chocolates, “cheesy” notes and love songs–there’s no doubt, Valentine’s is officially here! Whatever your relationship status is, here are some hugot lines that will not only help you express your feelings, but will also give you knowledge about the weather.

1. “Amihan ka ba? Lamig mo kasi eh.”
The Northeast Monsoon, also known as Hanging Amihan refers to cold and dry air coming from Mainland China or Siberia. It starts to sweep across our country during the “ber” months and peaks in January until February. This is the reason for the chilly weather mostly in the evening or early morning.

Don’t wait for your loved one to tell you this hugot. To prove your special someone that you’re not like the Amihan, better give them a warm hug today!

2. “Buti pa ang panahon, kayang i-forecast ng PAGASA. Pero ‘yung pagiging tayo, malabo kasi isa kang PAASA.”
Through the years, the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) has been providing the weather updates. It is the top source of information whenever weather disturbances enter the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR). Aside from delivering various data, such as 24-hr public weather forecasts, weather bulletins, shipping and farm weather forecasts, the bureau also offers live broadcast reports and interviews for different media outlets.

3. “Bagyo ka ba? Kasi when you left my area of responsibility, you left my heart under a state of calamity.”
An average of 19 to 20 tropical cyclones or bagyo enter PAR each year. Almost half of these may directly hit the country. Cyclones can be very devastating to the lives and property. When the extent of damage has become immense, the local government units (LGU) have the authority to declare a state of calamity for an easier and faster access to disaster relief funds.

4. “Para kang track ng bagyo. Minsan nagla-landfall, minsan lumilihis at lumalayo.”
A cyclone’s track is influenced by different factors like the High Pressure Area (HPA), Southwest Monsoon or Northeast Monsoon. It may make landfall or directly hit the land, but there are also instances that a cyclone re-curves away from the country.

5. “Buti pa ang ulan, may pag-asang tumila. Pero ang feelings ko ayaw paawat, parang babaha.”
Rain is a product of water cycle. Rains become enormous and more frequent during the Habagat Season or whenever weather disturbances like a Low Pressure Area (LPA) or tropical cyclones prevail within our premises. If rains persist for about three hours, flooding is possible in low-lying areas, while landslides may also transpire in mountainous areas.

6. “Ang feelings mo sa ‘kin ay parang SUMMER sa Pilipinas. Akala ko meron, wala pala talaga.”
As a tropical country, the Philippines has only 2 official seasons – the Wet/Rainy Season and Hot/Dry Season. The term “summer” has been part of our culture but it is technically incorrect. Summer and winter are only experienced by countries in the temperate regions.

7. “Ang turing mo sa ‘kin ay parang SNOW sa Pilipinas. Hindi nag-eexist.”
Most of us dream of building our own snowman and wish to experience a White Christmas. But in reality, it’s not possible in the Philippines because we don’t have winter in the tropics.

8. “Ako na lang piliin mo! Supertyphoon ang pag-ibig ko, Signal Number 5 ang effort ko.”
A tropical cyclone is classified into five categories–tropical depression, tropical storm, severe tropical storm, typhoon and super typhoon. A Super typhoon is the most powerful with maximum winds of more than 220 kilometers per hour.

PAGASA issues Tropical Cyclone Warning Signals (TCWS) whenever a cyclone is expected to approach PAR or directly hit the land. Signal Number 5 means the eye of the super typhoon is drawing near, wherein residents may experience the strongest impacts within 12 hours.

9. “Kung ako ang bagyo, ikaw ang heat and moisture ko. Kailangan kita para lumakas at mabuhay ako.”
High temperatures and ample amount of water vapor are two important ingredients for a cyclone to grow stronger. It needs moisture and heat to sustain its intensity and elongate its life span. Without these, it may weaken or gradually dissipate.

10. “Para tayong mainit at malamig na hangin, pinagtagpo pero hindi magkasundo.”
Are you familiar with the Tail-End of a Cold Front? It is one of the weather systems expected to affect the country this month. Cold front is the boundary of two air masses, where the cold air mass dominates the warm air mass. When these two converge, bad weather will follow. Unfavorable weather conditions include heavy rains and thunderstorms.

We welcome colder nights and mornings as the Northeast Monsoon or Amihan affects the entire country.
Amihan refers to cold and dry air from Mainland China where winter is in progress. In an interview with Panahon TV, PAGASA Weather Forecaster Meno Mendoza said that this weather system usually peaks between January and February; hence the 9.2 degrees Celsius recorded in Baguio City yesterday, the city’s lowest temperature this 2017.
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Aside from the cold weather, the Amihan also brings rains. Today, cloudy skies with chances of lights rains will prevail in the regions of Cagayan Valley, Cordillera, Bicol, Eastern Visayas, Caraga, Davao and the provinces of Aurora, Quezon and Rizal.
Meanwhile, partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated light rains will prevail in Metro Manila and the rest of the country.
Due to strong winds caused by the Northeast Monsoon, gale warning remains in the northern seaboards of Northern Luzon and Visayas, as well as in the western seaboards of Luzon.
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Mendoza added that there is no weather disturbance expected to affect the country in the next two to three days. Catch the replay of the interview in this video: