...a home for many natural (and not so natural) disasters...
A flight was uneventful, with local budget airline Cebu (you have to pay extra even for a glass of water). Arrived early morning, booked a flight to island Palawan in the evening and spent a day in Manila. First impression: it is different. They are catholics, churches are everywhere, food is basically western (I will have to live without my noodle soup for a while), police presence is overwhelming (they are friendly and happy to help you), people are not trying to sell you their stuff (which is a welcomed change from Vietnam), almost everybody speaks English. People who have been to Latin America say it is similar.
Read the sign on the door:
My plane is approaching Palawan island: