Manila - Post Report Question and Answers

Do you recommend any books or movies about this city/country for those who are interested in learning more?

If you're interested in politics and history, especially the relationship with the United States, I'd read Stanley Karnow's "In Our Image." For a fun dive into Filipino culture, I'd check out standup comedy by Filipino-American Jo Koy, who also performs in the Philippines. There are also a number of great books about World War II in the Philippines. - Oct 2020

I'd read the blogs - amommaabroad has a wealth of solid information. - May 2018

In Our Image: America's Empire in the Philippines, book by Stanley Karnow

Jose Rizal, a 1998 Filipino biopic about one of the founding fathers of the modern Philippines - Feb 2017

"In Our Image" by Stanley Karnow. - Jul 2016

Jose Rizal national hero - Sep 2015

Get the Fodor's or Lonely Planet and read up on the history. - Aug 2015

- Nov 2013

Dogeaters - Feb 2013

Culture Shock Philippines - Sep 2012

Culture Shock! Philippines: A Survival Guide to Customs and Etiquette - Jul 2011

If you're going to be working here, read "Anarchy of Families" for a good explanation of the barkada and family structures here. - May 2011

Ilustrado - May 2011

Noli Me Tangere by Jose Rizal is the national novel and provides a great look at the Spanish era and good insight into the Filipino. Lonely Planet is great for travel. In Our Image provides a long but helpful look at U.S.-Philippines relations. The Philippines: A Singular and Plural Place is probably the best mix of culture and history. Muslim Rulers and Rebels is a fascinating look at the southern conflict. - Feb 2010

Arrival Survival put out by I think the Union Church here. If you get a sponsor have them buy this for you. - Jan 2010

Culture Shock: Philippines - Jul 2009

The only fiction title I'm aware of regarding the Philippines is Noli mi Tangere, by Jose Rizal, the national hero of the Philippines. - Jul 2009

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