Philippines I Expected Something A Bit Better To Be Honest.
I have many friends who are Philippino and my best friend is married to a Philippino lady. I had done a lot of research and spoke to a lot of people prior to my first trip to the Philippines and was greatly disappointed on my first trip there.
The airport was not up to back street standard let alone having the hide to call itself international, Manila is one of the biggest holes on earth that I have ever seen and the bay is just very unattractive.
Jeepneys have NO charisma and are crowed, too low and uncomfortable. Manila is full of squalor and pollution and people who are so poor. There is not much to recommend it at all and that includes the nightly fireworks on the board walk - it is just a nasty place!