I just wanted to post a quick update from the Philippines. I love this place! It is easily the most interesting place that I have visited so far.
I randomly met a grandma in Manila, and then her family and then their friends and spent a week with them on vacation. I have attended cockfights, sang karaoke, eaten Balut (cooked chicken embryo) and other local foods, gone diving at exotic destinations, and am currently staying at one of the world's best beach resorts, Boracay.
I hope to post more details and pics soon!