Thanks very much for reading, Kahlil Corazo. To your point, this essay was originally written for The Quezon City We Know (part of the same series, I think). When the anthology didn’t happen I decided to find another home for it. Very curious about who turns up to read this – isn’t it interesting to see how a place so familiar to us (Manila, Cebu) holds exotic fascination for others? I’ll shortly be inviting friends to read and share; if you think this is worth sharing with your social network, that would be much appreciated!