By Jingo!: Travel blogger says Manila a disgrace to region

Actually a protest against the PH-US Balikatan military exercises (

"That'll teach you to hate the Philippines, foreign dog!"

Filipino pride, recently restored by an apology from US Ambassador Harry Thomas Jr. after he said 40 percent of male tourists come to the country for sex, may soon be bruised again once the  Philippine online hive mind notices this newest (I guess) assault on our national integrity.

Travel blogger QuatermainesWorld says Manila “has got to be the disgrace of South-east Asia” because of the crappy airport, the “AWFUL” traffic, and our general poverty.

Mr. Quatermaine (I assume) was here for something or other at the Asian Development Bank, which has its headquarters in this city. That, he says, is ironic since the Philippines has “the WORST development history of any of the ASEAN countries.”

“Manila, where the intelligentsia sneer at their Asian brothers and sisters for their lack of English, is beaten hands down even by little Phnom Penh and left standing by every other mega-city in the region,” he says.

But–you might say–surely our institutional shortcomings are more than compensated for by our warm and welcoming people?

That is so, Mr. Quatermaine says, at least it is true among those Filipinos still stuck here:

Look: people will say the Filipino people are nice, and indeed they are polite – we Brits might say “smarmy” – obsequious or ingratiating are maybe less pleasant words. But they do try. That does take the edge off the sheer misery of a crumbling, filthy, depressing city and an economy that exists only on the remittances of the smart ones who have left.

But, but, surely…there are nice things about the Philippines? And there are, in fact, everything “Not Manila” about the Philippines is great, he says.

“My suggestion if you want to see the Philippines: get through Manila as quickly as you can, it has nothing to recommend it. Go out to the islands, Cebu, Mindanao, up to the cool of Bagio and see the people in the countryside and some of the spectacular scenery. That’s probably worth the trip. Otherwise pick almost anywhere else in Asia and you’ll get a better deal,” he says.

And all this is true. We have said pretty much the same thing among friends and family, but we might as well hunker down, get out our umbrellas and raincoats. Now that a foreigner has said it, in their typical imperialistic, racist, Anglo-centric manner, can a shitstorm be far behind?

Oh, and as a final kick at the hornet’s nest: “P.S. No pictures because there’s nothing worth photographing in Manila, it’s drab and dirty.”


  1. Then there are gems like this from Giancarlo Saulo…

    “ts just how the way we look on things
    Hi sir, from the the way you made your post, you are Obviously Rich,and Knows what Class is all about…But this things are not equal with everybody, its just the way on how we look and appreciate things.Yes Its true that Manila is Dirty,awful traffic and so on..but in some ways Manila is the place of HOPE for other people who are from the provinces,Like the one you mentioned (CEBU,BAGUIO,MINDANAO,VISAYAS) who could have read your post and in that way may shatter their dreams because of your ultimate harsh,descriptive and in some derogatory comments about Manila,the Truth Really hurts,but its just how the way we look onto things, NAIA might be nasty,but your in for it safely right?atleast no bomb did kill you unlike in MOSCOW or as you said you been into the Discovery Suites ,atleast no airplane has the interest to bomb it(911).We have to remember that the WORLD does not revolve around us,and in all that we do or post try to be sensitive to those might read it…Yes I\’m a Filipino and I\’m hurt when a foreigner criticize my Capital City (even when its true).but that is all about us. but even so,Even foreigners like you who are making such statements will be accepted because We are forgiving people, and that is it all about. The main attraction here is not only the Beaches, but also the People. you could have said it in a much more gentle way,or just don\’t make this post public just send t it to your RICH friends…Being intellectual doesn\’t give you a right to be so insensitive…on a personal note : you make your money out of going to the ADB in the Philippines,well if your not that amused or happy with the place, \”Why not get your cheese elsewhere where you will never see Manila again\”…. I\’m also a Travel Photographer, and I make sure that \”i think before i click\”..i challenge you to post this comment in your Blog…Thanks”

  2. ^ ” I’m also a Travel Photographer, and I make sure that ”i think before i click”..i challenge you to post this comment in your Blog…Thanks”

    Challenge accepted, it seems.

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