"Happiness makes you smile, sorrow can crush you..."
Where Asia wears a smile...
I was in Manila for nearly 2 months attending a Leadership Development Program at Asian Institute of management. Hubby came after the program and we spent a few days in Manila and later flew to Seoul for a week of relaxing holiday.
Manila, the capital of the Philippines is as different to the delicate white flower after which it was named as you can get. A sprawling metropolis, covering nearly 250,000sq miles and home to approximately 10 million people, it is almost the antithesis of the rest of this laid back often breathtakingly beautiful archipelago country.
Philippines The 7000 islands that comprise the Philippines are the forgotten islands of South-East Asia. Off the main overland route and with a recent history of martial law and endemic corruption, the country has struggled to attract tourists in the numbers many of its southeast Asian neighbours have. Since the demise of the authoritarian Marcos regime 15 years ago the Philippines has fared better; however, the last few years have sent the country's fortunes tumbling once again. In 2000 a Brussels-based research centre declared the Philippines the most disaster-prone country on earth. It named typhoons, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, floods, garbage landslides and military action against Muslim insurgents as just some of the problems both locals and tourists have had to deal with.
|(One of the beautiful beaches)|