When I think of Manila, I think about the large shopping malls that seem to be on every corner, the cobblestone streets of Intramuros that harken back to the Spanish colonial period, and the heavy traffic that goes on like the oppressive heat of July.
But mostly, I think about the rows of asymmetrical shacks built all over the capital city. They’re hard to miss. Drive through Manila and you’ll see them built near or on highways, bridges, and canals. Some are made from rusted sheets of corrugated metal, recycled cardboard and plywood, while others are partly cemented. When I was growing up in the Philippines, I’d naively wonder about what life was like there.Read More