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Author: Joy Celine Asto

My home: Manila, Philippines – Joy Celine Asto

One of Manila’s famous writers and stalwart sons* once said, “The Philippines spent 300 years trapped in a convent and 50 years in Hollywood.” This cheeky reference about the country’s history under Spanish and American rule has since then been a favorite of many tour guides and historians when introducing the Philippines. At the heart of it all, then and now, is the capital city of Manila, the dizzying urban jungle which I call home. For an outsider, perhaps Manila seems like a city of contradictions. For starters, it’s far from everyone’s idea of a glittering capital city, but...

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