Thursday, June 6, 2013

Manila's Moment

Manila is now more than just a jump-off point to the island destinations that the Philippines has to offer. The city is buzzing with its countless developments -- business districts, city parks, suburban food streets, massive casinos, and, in true Filipino fashion, small pockets of calm and charm. This often-overlooked city in Southeast Asia is stepping out of the shadows, and everyone can sense it -- Manila's time to shine is now.  

The New Kid On the Block
There was a time when the Philippines was something of a joke -- the sick man of Asia just as recently as 2003. But look at it now -- a irresistible wave of revival has swept  throughout the nation. The country has had two investment grade upgrades from  international credit ratings agencies, Moody's and Fitch. It has clinched a spot on the hot lists of travel magazines like Conde Nast Traveler, Travel + Leisure, and DestinAsian. International stars have recently graced  local and international events here, or have flown in, to simply swim in our beaches (Sarah Jessica Parker appearing for the opening of the newest mall, SM Aura, Vin Diesel  hosting  the Asian premiere of his movie Fast and the Furious 6, and TV star Emily Van Camp from Revenge, enjoying her beach vacation in Amanpulo, Palawan).

DestinAsian magazine with beautiful Bianca Elizalde on the cover

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