The summers here can get incredibly hot, the other day alone it was an opressive 37 degrees in the afternoon! (This is the reason why so many Filipinos in Manila like to hang out in shopping malls- it has airconditioning ^^)
That's why Filipinos have developed many many kinds of refreshing drinks, such as coconut juice (a favorite) minatamis na saba (mixture of sliced bananas, crushed ice, sugar and milk) and my favorite halo halo~
"Halo-halo (from "halo" = mix) is a favorite Filipino dessert or snack. It is basically a mixture of sweet preserved beans(red beans, chick peas), coconut meat (macapuno), jackfruit (langka), pounded dried rice (pinipig), sweet yam (ube), cream flan (leche flan), shreds of sweetened plantain (saba), filled with crushed ice, milk (or coconut milk) and topped with ice cream. The halo-halo basically is sweet, creamy, and a filling dessert." (from www.seasite.niu.edu)
I like to have the richer, more expensive ones in the restaurants, the ones that have many many different ingredients, but the one sold in the street corner is also quite good. Sometimes we even make halo-halo at home!