This morning at 5:30AM I started my next adventure (work trip) to Makati City in the Philippines – I should arrive at my hotel in less than 30 hours.  Other than the ice and snow in Boston and the fact that I am flying though a radiation zone in Tokyo (free Pet Scan and X-Ray) I expect a nonevent full 30 hours of travel. 

Keep an eye out for a Blog post or two…

Quick History Lesson:  Mr. Ferdinan Megellan gets credit for finding this place in 1521, but I doubt he checked out all of the 7,107 islands that make up the archipelago now called the Republic of the Philippines.  With the beginning of the 20th century and skipping a short lived succession/revolution the Spanish American War and then the Philippine-America War  made the USA the dominant power and sent the Spanish home, but they left a lot of missionary’s that converted most everyone to Christianity.  Then WWII and Japanese occupation followed by MacArthur and then finally with the end of WW II the Philippines gained independence! Currently raked 12, just a head of Vietnam with an estimated population of about 92 million people.

I will be spending a week in the City of Makati – one of 16 cities that make up metro Manila. Makati is the financial center of the Philippines and one of the economic hubs in in Asia in addition to being one of the most populous metropolitan area in the world which makes getting around a pain in the ass.  At the heart of the city is the Central Business District where most companies in the Philippines have their headquarters, including us.  We are located on the 23rd floor of the country’s tallest skyscrapers’,  PBCom Tower on Ayala Avenue, that dominates the Makati skyline.

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There are more than 195 countries in the world by my count and I want to see them all before they all start to look the same – The United Nations has 192 members, but they do not recognized two independent countries, the Vatican City and Kosovo. U.S. Department of State recognizes 194 independent countries around the world, but their list has a political agenda and is missing Taiwan. All of this is without getting into the dozens of territories and colonies that are sometimes called “countries” such as Puerto Rico, Bermuda, Greenland, Palestine, Western Sahara, and even the components of the United Kingdom (such as Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales, and England) and without counting states and provinces like Texas and Montréal that think they are independent countries. No madder how you count or tag them they are changing, starting to look the same and losing a little bit of themself every day. I do not want to see the world through the eyes of Las Vegas or Disney, like reading the Cliff Notes of a Hemingway novel; you get the idea but miss the point! Life is short, but how long live is up to you…
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1 Response to Philippines:

  1. Mom says:

    Keep me posted. Sounds like another interesting trip. We are getting ready to leave for Florida tomorrow-Saturday-flight out of Plattsburgh non stop to St. Petersburg/Clearwater Airport. We used to fly into there on Peoples Airline. LONG AGO!

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