In September of 2007, my friend Bob Barton and I went to BASECO with our friend André and nuns from the Missionaries of Charity. I think Bob’s photos show the friendliness and resiliency I have often observed among the poor.
The community is on a stretch of reclaimed swampland bordered by Manila Bay and the Pasig River. It’s called BASECO for the shipyard, Bataan Shipping and Engineering Company, which has abandoned it.
After turning off a main road, the van passed through a better-looking housing development and then stopped not far from the water’s edge.
About 12,000 of Manila’s poorest … Read More
An hour’s drive from Metro Manila will take you to a cool place. In fact, in my beginning Tagalog textbook it shows up often in connection with coolness, as in, “Alin ang mas maginaw, ang Tagaytay o ang Baguio?” (Which is colder, Tagaytay or Baguio?) Both are mountainous areas known for providing relief from the summer heat. Both have terrific views. From many parts of Tagaytay, you can see the Taal Lake its volcanic crater, as well as the mountain ridges and forests where revolutionaries hid out during the 1896 the war against Spanish rule. Tagaytay is … Read More
Gyoungju–also spelled Gyeongju, Kyongju–is the seat of the ancienet Shilla 0r Silla dynasty (57 BC to 945 AD), Because there are so many sights worth seeing outdoors, the town is called “the museum without walls.” It’s my favorite vacation spot in South Korea.
At least it isn’t raining. You sit on the bus watching town and countryside pass by. When you let your eyelids droop, you can almost feel your body sink into the quilts on your heated floor back at the Hanjin Yǒgwan. Hot water pipes under the floor, what a cozy way to heat a room.
Gyoungju … Read More