The heat is on

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Ac­cord­ing to PAG-ASA, last March 23, Ca­banat­uan, Nueva Ecija heat in­dex hit a whop­ping 44ºC—al­ready in the dan­ger cat­e­gory where heat cramps and heat ex­haus­tion are more likely to oc­cur. In Metro Manila, the heat in­dex is play­ing in the late 20s to late 30s within the first week of the sum­mer equinox.

It may seem as if it’s hot­ter than most days in the metropo­lis, but this is just a case of the ur­ban heat is­land ef­fect. Pop­u­la­tion and modification of land sur­faces are the com­mon causes of this ex­po­nen­tial in­crease in tem­per­a­ture, so it’s def­i­nitely the right time to book an out-of-town trip with fam­ily or friends, if only to es­cape the heat and maybe even daily city re­al­ity.

“When you reach a cer­tain age, those dreams of a no­madic life don’t re­ally go away, but then again you have re­al­ity at arm’s reach ev­ery time you come home,” says singer­song­writer Armi Mil­lare who, to­gether with pho­tog­ra­pher Jake Ver­zosa, is this month’s cover sub­ject. Ver­zosa, mean­while, shares that their busy sched­ules get in the way of their de­sire to travel as well. “We both find it hard to go to a place just for the sake of trav­el­ing.” Find out how they plan their trips as well as other sto­ries about wan­der­ing in­side the pages of this month’s is­sue.

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