Thursday, August 8, 2019


My first full weekend in the Philippines we went to Manila. When I arrived in the Philippines, it was in the middle of the night, so, it was the first time I got to see the Philippines outside of Alabang. Alabang and Manila feel like completely different countries, which made the ride to Manila quite an experience.

Something that struck me about the Philippines is that they approach poverty with much more empathy than the United States and many other countries. In the United States, we tend to be ashamed of poverty and try to hide it away so it doesn't make more affluent people uncomfortable; whereas, in the Philippines, you will see shanties next to some of the most gorgeous malls you've ever seen. I cannot help but wonder if we approached poverty the same way in the United States, if Americans as a whole would be more charitable. Perhaps part of the reason Filipinos are so generous is they do not pretend poverty doesn't exist if it doesn't personally affect them.

We started our visit to Manila at Rizal Park.

Next, we made our way to Intramuros, the Walled City.

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