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Thank heavens: Ambitious plan for “multi-airport system” to serve Manila

Plans have been announced for a huge expansion of the nation’s airport capacity to help unclog Manila’s NAIA airport. Transport Undersecretary Roberto Lim has outlined a vision for a “multi-airport system” to include a greatly expanded Clark airport — capable of handling 80 million passengers per year — a 2,500-hectare airport…





The world’s funkiest felons: Top 10 Filipino prison dances

The Philippines has some of the most overcrowded and underfunded prisons in the world, so it’s utterly baffling why it should be the country where prisoners have become famous for their joyous, highly choreographed dance routines. The trend started at the Cebu Provincial Detention and Rehabilitation Center (CPDRC) and was the…




Wonders of the Philippines: The hanging coffins of Sagada

Since time immemorial, the people of Sagada have followed a unique and bizarre burial ritual. Instead of burying their relatives in the ground, they squash their bodies into tiny coffins and hang them off a cliff. Traditionally, the elderly carve their own coffins out of hollow logs. Of course, if…


High five: A solo traveller’s top experiences in the Philippines

Reshma Narasing is an avid traveller from India, who particularly loves to fly solo and get off the beaten track. Here, she shares some of her favourite experiences in the Philippines (and one disaster) that can be found beyond the country’s perfect beaches: The Philippines is a nation of more than 7,000 gorgeous…