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.