I looked around the internet and found several websites about providing shade structures. Most of them come from Australia and New Zealand, where providing shade is a serious concern because of the prevalence of skin cancer in those areas. In the Philippines, this does not seem to be that pressing probably because of our skin which seem to have adapted to the sun, unlike the Caucasian skin which has few melanoma to fight against the sun rays.
In any case, we still need shade just because of the hot summer sun! Here are some of the handbooks I found on shade:
These are handbooks that describe the importance of shade, the options for creating shade structures. Although it’s written for Australia and New Zealand context, it’s applicable to any tropical climate. Let’s point these handbooks to our friends to generate more awareness, and have more shade here in the Philippines.