Part of our orientation week included a few days away from school. One of these days was oriented around a tour of Intramuros, the old central part of Manila from which the church ruled their colony and the modern city of Manila emanates. Carlos Celdran, a somewhat controversial but, also, by the reactions of the Filipinos in the group, beloved fellow, led the tour with a rather revisionist history of Manila supported with some quite solid evidence. It is the rainy season here so that was a physical element that came into play. That section of Manila, which happens to be where the US embassy is situated, is a swamp - the confluence of the Pasig River and Manila Bay. So every so often, most recently, last year, the embassy has massive flooding - which I find interesting on so many levels. I played golf the other day with some fellows from the embassy and they had some interesting things to say about this rather challenging situation.
Here follow a number of pictures from the above described venture. Alicia was otherwise occupied so was not in attendance.