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The underrated country set to become Southeast Asia’s next big thing
24/02/2023 10:30 PM | Click to read full article
It’s the nuns, for one thing. They’re the first sign you’ve stepped off Southeast Asia’s generic elephant-and-temple tour into someplace different: willowy nuns in buffalo-grey habits, showing surprising strength as they heft their luggage off the carousel at Manila airport, signalling your arrival in a Catholic country. The heat in the Philippines is different from Thailand’s urban furnace or the dusty fug of Cambodia: it’s a heat that has the sea in it. It folds you into a belly hug, thawing away a tough British winter.