March 05, 2017

Top 10 Best Summer Essentials in the Philippines 2017

Get summer-ready by checking our readers’ favorite summer must-haves!
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Did you know that there is technically no “summer season” in tropical countries like the Philippines? It turns out that the term is only apt for countries where there are four seasons. Yet for Filipinos, no other word better captures that period from March to May when the weather is hot, classes are out, and people spend their vacation lazing at the beach or exploring new places.

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) has yet to declare the start of the dry season, as the agency prefers to call the change in weather. But it’s never too early to pack your summer essentials for your beach escapade or next travel destination. Check out our list of top 10 summer essentials culled from the results of our Shoppers’ Top Votes survey.


10. Summer dress



summer must-haves Philippines

The maxi dress, a versatile summer staple


Nothing screams summer like a light and airy summer dress. This versatile piece can be used anywhere, whether covering up at the beach, going for a daytime stroll, attending a music festival, or even going to night-time events.

When choosing summer dresses, opt for ones made of breathable natural fibers like cotton or linen. One popular style is the maxi dress, and contrary to popular belief, not only tall women can pull this off. Women with all body types can sport a maxi dress, as long as the piece plays up their assets and draws attention away from problem areas.




9. Summer sandals



summer must-haves Philippines

Sandals, the seasonally appropriate footwear for summer


Like clothing, footwear must also be adapted to the change in season. With closed shoes too uncomfortable for the hot weather, sandals are the footwear of choice for the summer, securing the ninth spot in our list.

Sandals have evolved since they were first made and used in Egypt 5,100 years ago. Flat styles like pool slides and gladiator sandals offer maximum comfort. Those looking to add some length to their frame can go for block heels, wedges or clogs. Some things to consider when choosing a sandal include the activities where the sandals would be used, fit, materials, straps, arch support, flexibility, and cushioning.


8. Summer hats, summer slippers



summer must-haves Philippines

Hats for the summer come in a wide range of shapes and styles.


Longer days during summer also means more time to be exposed to the sun. One way of protecting oneself from increased exposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun is to wear a hat. For women, a wide-brimmed straw hat is not only stylish but also fit for the weather. For men, panama hats, boater hats, and baseball caps are more suitable for tropical climates compared to stuffy, more formal classic styles. There are a wide range of hats for every face shape, but the Panama hat is not only timeless, but also generally flattering for everyone.

Aside from sandals, slippers or flip-flops are another type of footwear we will be seeing more of this summer. When buying flip-flops, pay attention to the material of the sole. Veer away from pairs made with plastic foam as these tend to wear off quickly. Instead, go for ones made with ethylene vinyl acetate (EVA) or rubber. It also crucial to find slippers in the correct size and with proper arch support.




7. Visor



summer must-haves Philippines

A young softball player wears a visor.


Taking the seventh spot in our poll are visors, which look like baseball caps without a crown. This allows the wearer to protect his face from the sun while avoiding the crown of the head to be damp with sweat. Athletes, especially golfers and tennis players, favor visors. However, those going for the 90s look can accessorize with a visor as well.

When choosing a visor, consider whether you will be using it for sports or fashion. Some visors are made of mesh to have sweat absorption capabilities, while some have special materials which allow the hat to have Ultraviolet Protection Factor (UPF) or Sun Protection Factor (SPF).


6. Board shorts



summer must-haves Philippines

Board shorts: not for surfers only


Board shorts were inspired by and made for surfers, and its name is derived from the surfboard. However, board shorts aren’t strictly for surfers only, as men (and even women) have made this part of their outfit for a day at the beach.

Some factors to weigh when buying board shorts include color, material, length and purpose. Tall guys, for example, can get away with lengthier designs that cut above the knee, but this might dwarf those with a smaller frame. Classic hues like black, navy, army green, or khaki make your shorts easy to pair with other pieces in your wardrobe.




5. Shades



summer must-haves Philippines

Shades: more than a summer fashion accessory


Earning the fifth spot in our survey are shades, another must-have accessory for the summer when there is increased glare from the sun. Not only are shades fashionable, they help keep your eyes healthy, too. In fact, shades block out the radiation from the sun’s rays which cause cataracts and skin cancer.

The top consideration to keep in mind when choosing shades is the sun protection it offers. Experts recommend to buy sunglasses which “block out 99 to 100% of UVA and UVB radiation, and screen out 75 to 90% of visible light.” Secondary to that is how the pair looks on your face. Whether you have a heart-shaped, round, oval or square face, there is a pair of frames that would best suit you.




4. Camera



summer must-haves Philippines

Cameras let you capture your summer memories.


In this age of social media, sharing your vacation photos is almost obligatory. So if you want to take more than just selfies, then bringing a camera along with you is a must.

When it comes to price, it’s hard to beat point-and-shoot cameras which get the job done without the frills. Nowadays, there are also travel compact cameras which are larger and have more powerful zoom lenses than point-and-shoot models. Another option is a mirrorless camera, which allows you to shoot DSLR-quality photos without the bulk.




3. Comfy summer outfits, swimsuit



summer must-haves Philippines

Wade through the waters in style with a figure-flattering swimsuit.


During summer, it is important to dress appropriately, lest you want your outfit to be a sweaty disaster. And so earning third place in our poll are comfy summer outfits and swimsuits.

Summer is also the best time to go swimming. This makes swimwear all the more important, especially in places which observe strict swimwear rules for guests like resorts and water parks. While there are a wide range of styles and silhouettes available in the market, what’s important is that your swimsuit fits well. Make sure your it provides enough coverage by bouncing around or running in small circles while in the dressing room. Style-wise, the classic one-piece style is flattering for all body types.




2. Action cameras



summer must-haves Philippines

Action cameras pack a lot of features in a tiny body.


Where there’s water involved, point-and-shoot or digital single-lens reflex (DSLR) cameras just won’t do. That’s why there are action cameras. Small and rugged, these cameras will literally go where no ordinary cameras will go: most models have water-proof bodies, with some models even shockproof and freeze-proof. This makes action cameras the gear of choice for surfers and snowboarders, or just ordinary people on vacation who want to capture their memories without worrying about their camera getting wet.

GoPro is one of the most recognized brands in action cameras. However, other manufacturers like Kodak, Sony, Xiaomi, Olympus, LG, Cherry Mobile and Nikon have developed their own offerings for this segment. Action cam brands available in the Philippines include HTC, Qube, Playground, CDR-King, Garmin, Sony, Veho and Xiaomi.




1. Sunblock


Voter’s comments:
“We need skin protection, summer or not.” – Kaye
“Must-have to protect our skin from sun damage and ultra violet rays. With this product, we can enjoy summer to the fullest!” – Skyfall


summer must-haves Philippines

Experts recommend wearing sunblock with at least SPF 15.


With the high amount of sunlight we are exposed to during summer time, it only makes sense for sunblock to top our survey of summer essentials. Sunblock lotions protect the skin from sun damage by blocking out Ultra Violet A (UVA) and Ultra Violet B (UVB) rays from the sun.

When choosing sunblock, consider the length of time you will be exposed to the sun. Check the Sun Protection Factor or SPF of the sunblock, which indicates the amount of time it takes for skin to redden with sunblock compared to without sunblock. To know how long you can stay under the sun with your sunblock, multiply the SPF with the amount of time it takes for you to get a sunburn after sun exposure. For example, if it takes you 15 minutes to get a sunburn, then a sunblock with SPF 15 would give you 225 minutes of protection from the sun’s rays. Experts recommend to apply sunblock with at least SPF 15 daily, and reapply every after two hours.


This summer, it’s important to pack items that not only make us fashionable or comfortable, but also keep our bodies healthy, too. What’s your favorite summer essential? Let us know in the comments section below!


Results are based on the Top 10 Summer Essentials Poll posted at the home page of ShoppersGuide.com.ph from February 20 to 26, 2017.


Also Read...

Arrah Camillia Quistadio-Manticajon

Arrah Camillia Quistadio-Manticajon is the current content supervisor for the Visayas region of ShoppersGuide Marketing, Inc. She obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication degree from UP Cebu. She has previously worked for a business process outsourcing company, a community newspaper, and a global technology company. When not writing, she putters about in the kitchen, baking or testing new recipes.

Arrah Camillia Quistadio-Manticajon

Arrah Camillia Quistadio-Manticajon is the current content supervisor for the Visayas region of ShoppersGuide Marketing, Inc. She obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication degree from UP Cebu. She has previously worked for a business process outsourcing company, a community newspaper, and a global technology company. When not writing, she putters about in the kitchen, baking or testing new recipes.

Disclaimer: All articles in the Consumers Magazine of ShoppersGuide.com.ph (SG) are for general information and entertainment purposes only. Although careful research has been made in writing them, SG does not make any warranty about the completeness and accuracy of all information presented in our articles. Our content is not intended to be used in place of legal, medical, or any professional advice.

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March 05, 2017

Top 10 Best Summer Essentials in the Philippines 2017

Get summer-ready by checking our readers’ favorite summer must-haves!

Did you know that there is technically no “summer season” in tropical countries like the Philippines? It turns out that the term is only apt for countries where there are four seasons. Yet for Filipinos, no other word better captures that period from March to May when the weather is hot, classes are out, and people spend their vacation lazing at the beach or exploring new places.

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) has yet to declare the start of the dry season, as the agency prefers to call the change in weather. But it’s never too early to pack your summer essentials for your beach escapade or next travel destination. Check out our list of top 10 summer essentials culled from the results of our Shoppers’ Top Votes survey.


10. Summer dress



summer must-haves Philippines

The maxi dress, a versatile summer staple


Nothing screams summer like a light and airy summer dress. This versatile piece can be used anywhere, whether covering up at the beach, going for a daytime stroll, attending a music festival, or even going to night-time events.

When choosing summer dresses, opt for ones made of breathable natural fibers like cotton or linen. One popular style is the maxi dress, and contrary to popular belief, not only tall women can pull this off. Women with all body types can sport a maxi dress, as long as the piece plays up their assets and draws attention away from problem areas.




9. Summer sandals



summer must-haves Philippines

Sandals, the seasonally appropriate footwear for summer


Like clothing, footwear must also be adapted to the change in season. With closed shoes too uncomfortable for the hot weather, sandals are the footwear of choice for the summer, securing the ninth spot in our list.

Sandals have evolved since they were first made and used in Egypt 5,100 years ago. Flat styles like pool slides and gladiator sandals offer maximum comfort. Those looking to add some length to their frame can go for block heels, wedges or clogs. Some things to consider when choosing a sandal include the activities where the sandals would be used, fit, materials, straps, arch support, flexibility, and cushioning.


8. Summer hats, summer slippers



summer must-haves Philippines

Hats for the summer come in a wide range of shapes and styles.


Longer days during summer also means more time to be exposed to the sun. One way of protecting oneself from increased exposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun is to wear a hat. For women, a wide-brimmed straw hat is not only stylish but also fit for the weather. For men, panama hats, boater hats, and baseball caps are more suitable for tropical climates compared to stuffy, more formal classic styles. There are a wide range of hats for every face shape, but the Panama hat is not only timeless, but also generally flattering for everyone.

Aside from sandals, slippers or flip-flops are another type of footwear we will be seeing more of this summer. When buying flip-flops, pay attention to the material of the sole. Veer away from pairs made with plastic foam as these tend to wear off quickly. Instead, go for ones made with ethylene vinyl acetate (EVA) or rubber. It also crucial to find slippers in the correct size and with proper arch support.




7. Visor



summer must-haves Philippines

A young softball player wears a visor.


Taking the seventh spot in our poll are visors, which look like baseball caps without a crown. This allows the wearer to protect his face from the sun while avoiding the crown of the head to be damp with sweat. Athletes, especially golfers and tennis players, favor visors. However, those going for the 90s look can accessorize with a visor as well.

When choosing a visor, consider whether you will be using it for sports or fashion. Some visors are made of mesh to have sweat absorption capabilities, while some have special materials which allow the hat to have Ultraviolet Protection Factor (UPF) or Sun Protection Factor (SPF).


6. Board shorts



summer must-haves Philippines

Board shorts: not for surfers only


Board shorts were inspired by and made for surfers, and its name is derived from the surfboard. However, board shorts aren’t strictly for surfers only, as men (and even women) have made this part of their outfit for a day at the beach.

Some factors to weigh when buying board shorts include color, material, length and purpose. Tall guys, for example, can get away with lengthier designs that cut above the knee, but this might dwarf those with a smaller frame. Classic hues like black, navy, army green, or khaki make your shorts easy to pair with other pieces in your wardrobe.




5. Shades



summer must-haves Philippines

Shades: more than a summer fashion accessory


Earning the fifth spot in our survey are shades, another must-have accessory for the summer when there is increased glare from the sun. Not only are shades fashionable, they help keep your eyes healthy, too. In fact, shades block out the radiation from the sun’s rays which cause cataracts and skin cancer.

The top consideration to keep in mind when choosing shades is the sun protection it offers. Experts recommend to buy sunglasses which “block out 99 to 100% of UVA and UVB radiation, and screen out 75 to 90% of visible light.” Secondary to that is how the pair looks on your face. Whether you have a heart-shaped, round, oval or square face, there is a pair of frames that would best suit you.




4. Camera



summer must-haves Philippines

Cameras let you capture your summer memories.


In this age of social media, sharing your vacation photos is almost obligatory. So if you want to take more than just selfies, then bringing a camera along with you is a must.

When it comes to price, it’s hard to beat point-and-shoot cameras which get the job done without the frills. Nowadays, there are also travel compact cameras which are larger and have more powerful zoom lenses than point-and-shoot models. Another option is a mirrorless camera, which allows you to shoot DSLR-quality photos without the bulk.




3. Comfy summer outfits, swimsuit



summer must-haves Philippines

Wade through the waters in style with a figure-flattering swimsuit.


During summer, it is important to dress appropriately, lest you want your outfit to be a sweaty disaster. And so earning third place in our poll are comfy summer outfits and swimsuits.

Summer is also the best time to go swimming. This makes swimwear all the more important, especially in places which observe strict swimwear rules for guests like resorts and water parks. While there are a wide range of styles and silhouettes available in the market, what’s important is that your swimsuit fits well. Make sure your it provides enough coverage by bouncing around or running in small circles while in the dressing room. Style-wise, the classic one-piece style is flattering for all body types.




2. Action cameras



summer must-haves Philippines

Action cameras pack a lot of features in a tiny body.


Where there’s water involved, point-and-shoot or digital single-lens reflex (DSLR) cameras just won’t do. That’s why there are action cameras. Small and rugged, these cameras will literally go where no ordinary cameras will go: most models have water-proof bodies, with some models even shockproof and freeze-proof. This makes action cameras the gear of choice for surfers and snowboarders, or just ordinary people on vacation who want to capture their memories without worrying about their camera getting wet.

GoPro is one of the most recognized brands in action cameras. However, other manufacturers like Kodak, Sony, Xiaomi, Olympus, LG, Cherry Mobile and Nikon have developed their own offerings for this segment. Action cam brands available in the Philippines include HTC, Qube, Playground, CDR-King, Garmin, Sony, Veho and Xiaomi.




1. Sunblock


Voter’s comments:
“We need skin protection, summer or not.” – Kaye
“Must-have to protect our skin from sun damage and ultra violet rays. With this product, we can enjoy summer to the fullest!” – Skyfall


summer must-haves Philippines

Experts recommend wearing sunblock with at least SPF 15.


With the high amount of sunlight we are exposed to during summer time, it only makes sense for sunblock to top our survey of summer essentials. Sunblock lotions protect the skin from sun damage by blocking out Ultra Violet A (UVA) and Ultra Violet B (UVB) rays from the sun.

When choosing sunblock, consider the length of time you will be exposed to the sun. Check the Sun Protection Factor or SPF of the sunblock, which indicates the amount of time it takes for skin to redden with sunblock compared to without sunblock. To know how long you can stay under the sun with your sunblock, multiply the SPF with the amount of time it takes for you to get a sunburn after sun exposure. For example, if it takes you 15 minutes to get a sunburn, then a sunblock with SPF 15 would give you 225 minutes of protection from the sun’s rays. Experts recommend to apply sunblock with at least SPF 15 daily, and reapply every after two hours.


This summer, it’s important to pack items that not only make us fashionable or comfortable, but also keep our bodies healthy, too. What’s your favorite summer essential? Let us know in the comments section below!


Results are based on the Top 10 Summer Essentials Poll posted at the home page of ShoppersGuide.com.ph from February 20 to 26, 2017.


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Arrah Camillia Quistadio-Manticajon

Arrah Camillia Quistadio-Manticajon is the current content supervisor for the Visayas region of ShoppersGuide Marketing, Inc. She obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication degree from UP Cebu. She has previously worked for a business process outsourcing company, a community newspaper, and a global technology company. When not writing, she putters about in the kitchen, baking or testing new recipes.

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March 05, 2017

Top 10 Best Summer Essentials in the Philippines 2017

Get summer-ready by checking our readers’ favorite summer must-haves!
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Did you know that there is technically no “summer season” in tropical countries like the Philippines? It turns out that the term is only apt for countries where there are four seasons. Yet for Filipinos, no other word better captures that period from March to May when the weather is hot, classes are out, and people spend their vacation lazing at the beach or exploring new places.

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) has yet to declare the start of the dry season, as the agency prefers to call the change in weather. But it’s never too early to pack your summer essentials for your beach escapade or next travel destination. Check out our list of top 10 summer essentials culled from the results of our Shoppers’ Top Votes survey.


10. Summer dress



summer must-haves Philippines

The maxi dress, a versatile summer staple


Nothing screams summer like a light and airy summer dress. This versatile piece can be used anywhere, whether covering up at the beach, going for a daytime stroll, attending a music festival, or even going to night-time events.

When choosing summer dresses, opt for ones made of breathable natural fibers like cotton or linen. One popular style is the maxi dress, and contrary to popular belief, not only tall women can pull this off. Women with all body types can sport a maxi dress, as long as the piece plays up their assets and draws attention away from problem areas.




9. Summer sandals



summer must-haves Philippines

Sandals, the seasonally appropriate footwear for summer


Like clothing, footwear must also be adapted to the change in season. With closed shoes too uncomfortable for the hot weather, sandals are the footwear of choice for the summer, securing the ninth spot in our list.

Sandals have evolved since they were first made and used in Egypt 5,100 years ago. Flat styles like pool slides and gladiator sandals offer maximum comfort. Those looking to add some length to their frame can go for block heels, wedges or clogs. Some things to consider when choosing a sandal include the activities where the sandals would be used, fit, materials, straps, arch support, flexibility, and cushioning.


8. Summer hats, summer slippers



summer must-haves Philippines

Hats for the summer come in a wide range of shapes and styles.


Longer days during summer also means more time to be exposed to the sun. One way of protecting oneself from increased exposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun is to wear a hat. For women, a wide-brimmed straw hat is not only stylish but also fit for the weather. For men, panama hats, boater hats, and baseball caps are more suitable for tropical climates compared to stuffy, more formal classic styles. There are a wide range of hats for every face shape, but the Panama hat is not only timeless, but also generally flattering for everyone.

Aside from sandals, slippers or flip-flops are another type of footwear we will be seeing more of this summer. When buying flip-flops, pay attention to the material of the sole. Veer away from pairs made with plastic foam as these tend to wear off quickly. Instead, go for ones made with ethylene vinyl acetate (EVA) or rubber. It also crucial to find slippers in the correct size and with proper arch support.




7. Visor



summer must-haves Philippines

A young softball player wears a visor.


Taking the seventh spot in our poll are visors, which look like baseball caps without a crown. This allows the wearer to protect his face from the sun while avoiding the crown of the head to be damp with sweat. Athletes, especially golfers and tennis players, favor visors. However, those going for the 90s look can accessorize with a visor as well.

When choosing a visor, consider whether you will be using it for sports or fashion. Some visors are made of mesh to have sweat absorption capabilities, while some have special materials which allow the hat to have Ultraviolet Protection Factor (UPF) or Sun Protection Factor (SPF).


6. Board shorts



summer must-haves Philippines

Board shorts: not for surfers only


Board shorts were inspired by and made for surfers, and its name is derived from the surfboard. However, board shorts aren’t strictly for surfers only, as men (and even women) have made this part of their outfit for a day at the beach.

Some factors to weigh when buying board shorts include color, material, length and purpose. Tall guys, for example, can get away with lengthier designs that cut above the knee, but this might dwarf those with a smaller frame. Classic hues like black, navy, army green, or khaki make your shorts easy to pair with other pieces in your wardrobe.




5. Shades



summer must-haves Philippines

Shades: more than a summer fashion accessory


Earning the fifth spot in our survey are shades, another must-have accessory for the summer when there is increased glare from the sun. Not only are shades fashionable, they help keep your eyes healthy, too. In fact, shades block out the radiation from the sun’s rays which cause cataracts and skin cancer.

The top consideration to keep in mind when choosing shades is the sun protection it offers. Experts recommend to buy sunglasses which “block out 99 to 100% of UVA and UVB radiation, and screen out 75 to 90% of visible light.” Secondary to that is how the pair looks on your face. Whether you have a heart-shaped, round, oval or square face, there is a pair of frames that would best suit you.




4. Camera



summer must-haves Philippines

Cameras let you capture your summer memories.


In this age of social media, sharing your vacation photos is almost obligatory. So if you want to take more than just selfies, then bringing a camera along with you is a must.

When it comes to price, it’s hard to beat point-and-shoot cameras which get the job done without the frills. Nowadays, there are also travel compact cameras which are larger and have more powerful zoom lenses than point-and-shoot models. Another option is a mirrorless camera, which allows you to shoot DSLR-quality photos without the bulk.




3. Comfy summer outfits, swimsuit



summer must-haves Philippines

Wade through the waters in style with a figure-flattering swimsuit.


During summer, it is important to dress appropriately, lest you want your outfit to be a sweaty disaster. And so earning third place in our poll are comfy summer outfits and swimsuits.

Summer is also the best time to go swimming. This makes swimwear all the more important, especially in places which observe strict swimwear rules for guests like resorts and water parks. While there are a wide range of styles and silhouettes available in the market, what’s important is that your swimsuit fits well. Make sure your it provides enough coverage by bouncing around or running in small circles while in the dressing room. Style-wise, the classic one-piece style is flattering for all body types.




2. Action cameras



summer must-haves Philippines

Action cameras pack a lot of features in a tiny body.


Where there’s water involved, point-and-shoot or digital single-lens reflex (DSLR) cameras just won’t do. That’s why there are action cameras. Small and rugged, these cameras will literally go where no ordinary cameras will go: most models have water-proof bodies, with some models even shockproof and freeze-proof. This makes action cameras the gear of choice for surfers and snowboarders, or just ordinary people on vacation who want to capture their memories without worrying about their camera getting wet.

GoPro is one of the most recognized brands in action cameras. However, other manufacturers like Kodak, Sony, Xiaomi, Olympus, LG, Cherry Mobile and Nikon have developed their own offerings for this segment. Action cam brands available in the Philippines include HTC, Qube, Playground, CDR-King, Garmin, Sony, Veho and Xiaomi.




1. Sunblock


Voter’s comments:
“We need skin protection, summer or not.” – Kaye
“Must-have to protect our skin from sun damage and ultra violet rays. With this product, we can enjoy summer to the fullest!” – Skyfall


summer must-haves Philippines

Experts recommend wearing sunblock with at least SPF 15.


With the high amount of sunlight we are exposed to during summer time, it only makes sense for sunblock to top our survey of summer essentials. Sunblock lotions protect the skin from sun damage by blocking out Ultra Violet A (UVA) and Ultra Violet B (UVB) rays from the sun.

When choosing sunblock, consider the length of time you will be exposed to the sun. Check the Sun Protection Factor or SPF of the sunblock, which indicates the amount of time it takes for skin to redden with sunblock compared to without sunblock. To know how long you can stay under the sun with your sunblock, multiply the SPF with the amount of time it takes for you to get a sunburn after sun exposure. For example, if it takes you 15 minutes to get a sunburn, then a sunblock with SPF 15 would give you 225 minutes of protection from the sun’s rays. Experts recommend to apply sunblock with at least SPF 15 daily, and reapply every after two hours.


This summer, it’s important to pack items that not only make us fashionable or comfortable, but also keep our bodies healthy, too. What’s your favorite summer essential? Let us know in the comments section below!


Results are based on the Top 10 Summer Essentials Poll posted at the home page of ShoppersGuide.com.ph from February 20 to 26, 2017.


Also Read...

Arrah Camillia Quistadio-Manticajon

Arrah Camillia Quistadio-Manticajon is the current content supervisor for the Visayas region of ShoppersGuide Marketing, Inc. She obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication degree from UP Cebu. She has previously worked for a business process outsourcing company, a community newspaper, and a global technology company. When not writing, she putters about in the kitchen, baking or testing new recipes.

Arrah Camillia Quistadio-Manticajon

Arrah Camillia Quistadio-Manticajon is the current content supervisor for the Visayas region of ShoppersGuide Marketing, Inc. She obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication degree from UP Cebu. She has previously worked for a business process outsourcing company, a community newspaper, and a global technology company. When not writing, she putters about in the kitchen, baking or testing new recipes.

Disclaimer: All articles in the Consumers Magazine of ShoppersGuide.com.ph (SG) are for general information and entertainment purposes only. Although careful research has been made in writing them, SG does not make any warranty about the completeness and accuracy of all information presented in our articles. Our content is not intended to be used in place of legal, medical, or any professional advice.

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March 05, 2017

Top 10 Best Summer Essentials in the Philippines 2017

Get summer-ready by checking our readers’ favorite summer must-haves!

Did you know that there is technically no “summer season” in tropical countries like the Philippines? It turns out that the term is only apt for countries where there are four seasons. Yet for Filipinos, no other word better captures that period from March to May when the weather is hot, classes are out, and people spend their vacation lazing at the beach or exploring new places.

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) has yet to declare the start of the dry season, as the agency prefers to call the change in weather. But it’s never too early to pack your summer essentials for your beach escapade or next travel destination. Check out our list of top 10 summer essentials culled from the results of our Shoppers’ Top Votes survey.


10. Summer dress



summer must-haves Philippines

The maxi dress, a versatile summer staple


Nothing screams summer like a light and airy summer dress. This versatile piece can be used anywhere, whether covering up at the beach, going for a daytime stroll, attending a music festival, or even going to night-time events.

When choosing summer dresses, opt for ones made of breathable natural fibers like cotton or linen. One popular style is the maxi dress, and contrary to popular belief, not only tall women can pull this off. Women with all body types can sport a maxi dress, as long as the piece plays up their assets and draws attention away from problem areas.




9. Summer sandals



summer must-haves Philippines

Sandals, the seasonally appropriate footwear for summer


Like clothing, footwear must also be adapted to the change in season. With closed shoes too uncomfortable for the hot weather, sandals are the footwear of choice for the summer, securing the ninth spot in our list.

Sandals have evolved since they were first made and used in Egypt 5,100 years ago. Flat styles like pool slides and gladiator sandals offer maximum comfort. Those looking to add some length to their frame can go for block heels, wedges or clogs. Some things to consider when choosing a sandal include the activities where the sandals would be used, fit, materials, straps, arch support, flexibility, and cushioning.


8. Summer hats, summer slippers



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Hats for the summer come in a wide range of shapes and styles.


Longer days during summer also means more time to be exposed to the sun. One way of protecting oneself from increased exposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun is to wear a hat. For women, a wide-brimmed straw hat is not only stylish but also fit for the weather. For men, panama hats, boater hats, and baseball caps are more suitable for tropical climates compared to stuffy, more formal classic styles. There are a wide range of hats for every face shape, but the Panama hat is not only timeless, but also generally flattering for everyone.

Aside from sandals, slippers or flip-flops are another type of footwear we will be seeing more of this summer. When buying flip-flops, pay attention to the material of the sole. Veer away from pairs made with plastic foam as these tend to wear off quickly. Instead, go for ones made with ethylene vinyl acetate (EVA) or rubber. It also crucial to find slippers in the correct size and with proper arch support.




7. Visor



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A young softball player wears a visor.


Taking the seventh spot in our poll are visors, which look like baseball caps without a crown. This allows the wearer to protect his face from the sun while avoiding the crown of the head to be damp with sweat. Athletes, especially golfers and tennis players, favor visors. However, those going for the 90s look can accessorize with a visor as well.

When choosing a visor, consider whether you will be using it for sports or fashion. Some visors are made of mesh to have sweat absorption capabilities, while some have special materials which allow the hat to have Ultraviolet Protection Factor (UPF) or Sun Protection Factor (SPF).


6. Board shorts



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Board shorts: not for surfers only


Board shorts were inspired by and made for surfers, and its name is derived from the surfboard. However, board shorts aren’t strictly for surfers only, as men (and even women) have made this part of their outfit for a day at the beach.

Some factors to weigh when buying board shorts include color, material, length and purpose. Tall guys, for example, can get away with lengthier designs that cut above the knee, but this might dwarf those with a smaller frame. Classic hues like black, navy, army green, or khaki make your shorts easy to pair with other pieces in your wardrobe.




5. Shades



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Shades: more than a summer fashion accessory


Earning the fifth spot in our survey are shades, another must-have accessory for the summer when there is increased glare from the sun. Not only are shades fashionable, they help keep your eyes healthy, too. In fact, shades block out the radiation from the sun’s rays which cause cataracts and skin cancer.

The top consideration to keep in mind when choosing shades is the sun protection it offers. Experts recommend to buy sunglasses which “block out 99 to 100% of UVA and UVB radiation, and screen out 75 to 90% of visible light.” Secondary to that is how the pair looks on your face. Whether you have a heart-shaped, round, oval or square face, there is a pair of frames that would best suit you.




4. Camera



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Cameras let you capture your summer memories.


In this age of social media, sharing your vacation photos is almost obligatory. So if you want to take more than just selfies, then bringing a camera along with you is a must.

When it comes to price, it’s hard to beat point-and-shoot cameras which get the job done without the frills. Nowadays, there are also travel compact cameras which are larger and have more powerful zoom lenses than point-and-shoot models. Another option is a mirrorless camera, which allows you to shoot DSLR-quality photos without the bulk.




3. Comfy summer outfits, swimsuit



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Wade through the waters in style with a figure-flattering swimsuit.


During summer, it is important to dress appropriately, lest you want your outfit to be a sweaty disaster. And so earning third place in our poll are comfy summer outfits and swimsuits.

Summer is also the best time to go swimming. This makes swimwear all the more important, especially in places which observe strict swimwear rules for guests like resorts and water parks. While there are a wide range of styles and silhouettes available in the market, what’s important is that your swimsuit fits well. Make sure your it provides enough coverage by bouncing around or running in small circles while in the dressing room. Style-wise, the classic one-piece style is flattering for all body types.




2. Action cameras



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Action cameras pack a lot of features in a tiny body.


Where there’s water involved, point-and-shoot or digital single-lens reflex (DSLR) cameras just won’t do. That’s why there are action cameras. Small and rugged, these cameras will literally go where no ordinary cameras will go: most models have water-proof bodies, with some models even shockproof and freeze-proof. This makes action cameras the gear of choice for surfers and snowboarders, or just ordinary people on vacation who want to capture their memories without worrying about their camera getting wet.

GoPro is one of the most recognized brands in action cameras. However, other manufacturers like Kodak, Sony, Xiaomi, Olympus, LG, Cherry Mobile and Nikon have developed their own offerings for this segment. Action cam brands available in the Philippines include HTC, Qube, Playground, CDR-King, Garmin, Sony, Veho and Xiaomi.




1. Sunblock


Voter’s comments:
“We need skin protection, summer or not.” – Kaye
“Must-have to protect our skin from sun damage and ultra violet rays. With this product, we can enjoy summer to the fullest!” – Skyfall


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Experts recommend wearing sunblock with at least SPF 15.


With the high amount of sunlight we are exposed to during summer time, it only makes sense for sunblock to top our survey of summer essentials. Sunblock lotions protect the skin from sun damage by blocking out Ultra Violet A (UVA) and Ultra Violet B (UVB) rays from the sun.

When choosing sunblock, consider the length of time you will be exposed to the sun. Check the Sun Protection Factor or SPF of the sunblock, which indicates the amount of time it takes for skin to redden with sunblock compared to without sunblock. To know how long you can stay under the sun with your sunblock, multiply the SPF with the amount of time it takes for you to get a sunburn after sun exposure. For example, if it takes you 15 minutes to get a sunburn, then a sunblock with SPF 15 would give you 225 minutes of protection from the sun’s rays. Experts recommend to apply sunblock with at least SPF 15 daily, and reapply every after two hours.


This summer, it’s important to pack items that not only make us fashionable or comfortable, but also keep our bodies healthy, too. What’s your favorite summer essential? Let us know in the comments section below!


Results are based on the Top 10 Summer Essentials Poll posted at the home page of ShoppersGuide.com.ph from February 20 to 26, 2017.


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Arrah Camillia Quistadio-Manticajon

Arrah Camillia Quistadio-Manticajon is the current content supervisor for the Visayas region of ShoppersGuide Marketing, Inc. She obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication degree from UP Cebu. She has previously worked for a business process outsourcing company, a community newspaper, and a global technology company. When not writing, she putters about in the kitchen, baking or testing new recipes.

Arrah Camillia Quistadio-Manticajon

Arrah Camillia Quistadio-Manticajon is the current content supervisor for the Visayas region of ShoppersGuide Marketing, Inc. She obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication degree from UP Cebu. She has previously worked for a business process outsourcing company, a community newspaper, and a global technology company. When not writing, she putters about in the kitchen, baking or testing new recipes.

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