While the city of Manila is the second largest in the Philippines and is its capital, Metro Manila comprises an agglomeration of cities that ranks among the world’s top 20 urban areas. And within this sprawl, which includes some of the most densely populated areas on Earth, one can observe the full spectrum of wealth and poverty that characterizes the nation.
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Catching my first glimpse of Palawan from the air, I began to understand why the province bills itself the “Last Ecological Frontier” of the Philippines. The long, narrow, jungle-clad island looks verdant and primeval, jutting from the Sulu Sea with a mountainous backbone cloaked in mist and sliced by intermittent waterfalls. Even from 23,000 feet, the main island and its orbiting islet spheres seem enormous. The archipelago stretches 280 miles from the Mindoro Strait south to the tip of Borneo, a constellation of emerald isles laced by tourmaline coral reefs.