WESTERN visitors to Manila may be surprised to come across an otherwise familiar scene: young adults filling the streets, bouncing from one club to another, decked out in the latest hip-hop gear as if they had come straight from Brooklyn. Except, of course, everyone is Filipino, and the rap is spiced with Tagalog, a language of the Philippines. (Originally published in the New York Times, June 4, 2006)
Well fab! At least we get a nice mention on the prestigious New York Times instead of the usual political fiascos or shenanigans some unscrupulous Pinoys abroad (very few of them mind you) are up to. But duh, is Malate still alive?