We arrived into the Philippines via Manila. Like most large cities in Asia the rich-poor divide is easy to see and in close proximity. People sleep on the side of the road streets away from huge designer malls. We enjoyed riding colourful Jeepneys, old Jeeps extended and converted to carry passengers around the city for 10 pesos (15p).
We were lucky to catch the start of the International Pyromusical Competition, some of the most fantastic firework displays we have ever seen.