However, I’m pretty sure most of my international cyberfriends can't help but harbor some form of (morbid?) curiosity about the Philippines, that mysterious exotic location out of which the loony wife and mommy of Pregnant Pauses was borne.
I am aware – as most Filipinos are – that majority of the news that reach abroad from our shores have been grossly exaggerated by conspiratorial media forces, depicting my country as a frighteningly war-torn, poverty-ridden, cockroach-infested (thanks, Claire Danes!) inferno selfishly run by blatantly corrupt government officials propelled into power by illiterate island savages.
Well, I'm telling you now that this is not true.
We definitely have more mosquitoes than cockroaches.
Kidding aside, the Philippines isn’t all that bad. Really. Most of the foreigners who come here for the first time are almost always pleasantly surprised at what they experience and find themselves wanting to stay longer, if not, forever.
I thought I’d do my own part, as infinitesimal as it may be, for my native land by sharing with you a series of images taken by my photographer husband. Hopefully, they will allow you a glimpse of some of the beauty that lies in the Philippines.
Don't hesitate. Grab that phone and call your travel agent now!