MY VISIT TO THE PHILIPPINES
This was our itinerary
Thurs 16- Airplane trip from Philadelphia to Chicago
These are my impressions while there
Some of my initial feelings were that the Philippines was huge, tropical (it rained almost every day we were there, and it was also very humid), and financially poor. We saw little children out on the streets and doing jobs like selling food. I'm not trying to downgrade this as an issue, but it is how the families are doing financially because it wasn't just children out on the streets; whole families were doing it too. I don't want to say the government is corrupt because I have no idea if that is true, but I guess there are some issues with it because the country is so poor. They had different vehicles, like jeepneys and tricycles (motorized vehicles, probably not the thing you are thinking of) and drivers would often overtake others on the road. Living standards were kind of poor in houses. Health is OK, but I think you have to travel a great distance to get treatment, depending on where you live. Education, as far as I know is pretty good, but we didn't go to a school there so I can't say more about it. I don't know if there is an abnormally high crime rate, but in the neighborhood we were staying at there was graffiti all over the walls of some houses. =O Media is localized to the country (obviously), so you would hear songs you know only in Tagalog, which is the national language. The TV stations are mostly in tagalog, but you do see some shows in english. I think most of the population uses computers/the internet, but it is so slowwwww. We had to go to internet cafes so often because we couldn't send emails without interrupting our relatives who were using the computer and because when we did, it didn't connect. Overall though, I definitely think that going to the Philippines was a great experience.