Drying Clothes in Samar

Even in America, it is common to see people hanging their clothes out to dry…when the weather is nice. But when the weather is bad, most people have access to an electric/gas dryer. Either they own one, or there is a self searve laundry mat with one. In the Philippines, things are very different. I have yet to see a real clothes dryer, except at the commercial laundry facilities, which most Filipinos can not afford. When the weather is bad, you either wear your clothes dirty, or wash them and hang them up indoors. It’s very humid here, though, so clothes really need to be put into the heat of the sun, or they don’t really get dry, and they start to smell musty. On my last trip to Catbalogan the weather had just cleared up, and there were lots of people hanging out their clothes to dry. Here are some pictures people drying their clothes along the National Highway. Notice on the fanciest house, some of the clothes are just put on the metal roof to dry.

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