We’ve all seen the heartbreaking photos in the wake of Haiyan. And while many of us probably won’t be rushing out to book our next holiday to the Philippines, it’s a shame, because not only do they need tourists more than ever, it’s a fascinating country.
The sprawling metropolis of Manila has many mini cities within its labyrinth and several years ago I took a walking food tour through Chinatown, actually it was more like an eating tour as I tried everything from blood curry to noodles to fairy floss pork to jackfruit. I chickened out (excuse the poultry pun) when it came to eating the national delicacy of duck embryo, balut, but encouraged our guide Ivan for the sake of a photo. He was a good sport, and like most Filipinos, full of infectious enthusiasm for his culture. For the full article please go to Philippines Aflame or enjoy this little photo album.