Monday, August 24, 2009

The Philippines


The Philippines is a mixture of Spanish, Asian, and American cultures with traditions being Catholic and Spanish. It has the feel of Mexico and Latin America with American commercialism layered over many spoken dialects of the archipelago. Whatever was Filipino has been buried by 450 years of Spanish rule, followed by 100 years of American occupation. This is a place where everyone is scrambling for Pesos. It is a madcap dirty crowded frenzy of a place with ads promising lighter skin, brighter clothes, sweeter breath, but no toilet paper.

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