Basically, I feel there is not enough information out there about how awesome the Philippines is. We have been left off the backpacker trail, for good or for naught. But I feel that we have so much to offer. I feel that we shouldn’t be part of the backpacker superhighway, but both the traveler and traveled alike would benefit from more tourism.
I don’t want to be the next Thailand, but we could use more cultural input 🙂
The train to Bicol will be the next big thing for the Philippines and is probably the primary reason why I put these websites up in the first place.
I have another blog, SEA Philippines, which is about going around Southeast Asia and the world from a Philippine point of view.
One other fact you should know: Manila is actually just a fraction of the greater metropolis that is called Metro Manila. Manila is actually the old part of the city (and when I say old, I mean all the good and bad connotations that comes with that). Makati is the modern, posh part of the city. Quezon City is the biggest sprawl. Taguig is mostly difficult except for the part that composes The Fort: Global City. Pasay has the airport and Resorts World Casinos. There are other parts, but I think this just about covers it.