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  •  That's exciting! (6+ / 0-)

    I have only visited the Philippines once when I was 4.  I would like to revisit, but the family wants to escort me.  I have been impressed lately with Aquino's insistence on the rule of law.  It is definitely a start.

    The other part that fascinates me about the Philippines is that, at least in my father's time, the Upsilonians at University of the Philippines were kind of the fraternity that determined political power.  Marcos was an Upsilonian as was Benigno Aquino Sr and so is my dad.  My father said their struggle split the fraternity into camps during that time.

    •  You absolutely should go!! (6+ / 0-)

      With family accompaniment, or without.

      I was completely blown away by the people there.  And the beaches, of course.  By the end of my stay there I actually felt more at home there than anywhere else in the world.  I had never been to a country before where such a plethora of people paid attention to whether you are a good person or not.  And I've also never been to a country where I virtually always felt safe, despite many people not having very much money.  I can go on for days talking about all the amazing, often quixotic, encounters that I had there and all the funny, hospitable, and endearing things that Filipinos did.  

      I don't know much about the Upsilonians, but it sounds like something that I need to read up on.

      In regards to Aquino, I got the impression that, for the first time since Marcos fell, the Philippines has an executive govt. that is trying to get things right and do a good job.

      "A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle" - Mohammed Nabbous, R.I.P.

      by Lawrence on Fri Oct 18, 2013 at 11:04:09 AM PDT

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