"An interesting introduction." Manila by planxty
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Like most people visiting the Philippines, I flew into Manila, the capital. I had read a few things about the place but had deliberately avoided reading too much as I do not like to have pre-conceived ideas about a city.
The Philippines was virgin territory to me, despite my having wanted to come here for many years. I had heard stories about the terrible pollution and appalling traffic, both of whic pre-conceptions proved to be true. Yes, the traffic is that bad and the pollution is appalling.
However, and I was lucky enough to be staying out of the main tourist areas, it is a city with huge hearrt and people here are really friendly if you approach them in the right manner. Undoubtedly there are scams going on but I found myself universally greeted with smiles, helpful advice and generally a good time all round.
Undoubtedly, capital cities have the potential to be dangerous but I felt as comfortable walking arond Santa Cruz (where my Filipina friend was appalled I was walking alone late at night) as I would in my home city of London.
In short, if you visit the Philippines, you are almost bound to be in Manila. Certainly, use the normal precautions but do not be freaked out by some of the completely erroneous scaremongering you may find on the net or in guidebooks. It is not a bad place and a smile, like so many other places, will get you a long way.
- Pros:The capital, and you are bound to end up there.
- Cons:Traffic and the attendant pollution.
- In a nutshell:Forget what you have read, it is a great place.
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