It's not Bali, Phuket or Penang - but here's why you should visit Asia's most overlooked paradise.
Anthony Bourdain inspired a generation of travellers to look beyond sanitised attractions and experience a country's culture, food and people. The Philippines wants to make sure those tourists keep coming even as it shut down one of Asia's top beaches.
If you want to get to know Manila, just put one foot in front of the other.
A new generation is transforming the Philippines' oldest city.
The real lost world: Striking, mostly uninhabited James Bond-looking islands boasting secluded coves and hidden beaches.
A royal order for a green mango salad? It rings true after tasting it.
There's plenty of great sites and attractions to see in Manila and Boracay.
Made up of 7000 islands, this Southeast Asian jewel is the one to watch. Why? Its beaches rival its neighbours, without the tourist hordes; the backdrop for any scene is a volcano, smouldering ominously; dazzling green rice terraces are carved out of incandescent valleys; its plucky and embracing people; its tiny, bug-eyed tarsiers that cling to trees like limpets; and the beautiful bumpy landscapes of Bohol.