Acclaimed US author Dan Brown ("Da Vinci Code") has disrupted the Philippines' growth party by letting one character in his new book "Inferno" describing Manila as "gates of hell," much to the anger of the city's administration.
The Philippine capital of Manila has earned itself an unsavoury reputation as a hotbed of violence and criminality. For foreigners doing business or moving to this sprawl of a city, some ground-up knowledge can be your most invaluable asset.
The youngest district in the vast patchwork of cities that make Metro Manila says the most about the developmental progress of the Philippine capital region today. Justin Calderon shares his first impressions.