"Lastly, I want to thank Augusto Elefano for getting my sorry ass to finally make the trip to the Philippines. I would not have done it without his final push. He and his family were lovely to me and my crew -- and the fact that they were a bit shy with cameras jammed in their faces -- if anything -- speaks well of them. I'd rather a shy, thoughtful guy, telling me something real about himself than an "expert" professional anytime. Thanks as well, to Claude, Ivan and special shout out to MarketMan -- whose preparations for the Cebu lechon extravaganza made the filming of Apocalypse Now look quick and easy."
I suspect Bourdain has heard about or read the nasty comments about Augusto and his family, and felt bad for putting them on the spot. Other celebrities wouldn't even probably given a rat's ass about those comments. I think that says a lot about the kind of person Bourdain really is and how he genuinely cares about other people. This makes me even a bigger fan.
So can Augusto's detractors shut up already and let's just enjoy this once in every 20 years positive mention about the Philippines in the international media? The last time the Philippines got this much favorable attention was during the People Power in Edsa.