|The 19th century Basilica|
I'm here today to talk about "why it's worth visiting the Philippines." And also why the editor might live to regret giving me the assignment.
See, I'm a news journalist. This means that when I write about the Philippines, it's usually in relation to corruption, crisis, crime and violence. Not exactly the kind of words you'd put in glossy travel brochures, unless you're preparing a tour package for mercenaries.
|Don't forget your digital camera - you'll need it.|
First-time visitor to Manila? Forget "mabuhay!" Remember this instead: "Ang init!"