Right on Oz. There are many interesting tidbits about the Philippines. For example: The national language is Tagalog but, about 70% of the population speak Visayan. And the national language for business and government is English.
The book that was mentioned cannot paint an accurate picture of the Philippines. The best way to know the country and its people is to go there and experience it first hand. I'll post a some pictures that will amaze most people. But, again like Oz and I said; to know the people is to love them.
Tuna in the market. Where is the ice?
Need a new phone line, no problem.
Took the in-laws to the beach. The whole neighborhood went. Jeepny capacity 25, 38 went.