I didn't take the Rev's post in a negative way at all. The best way to give examples of life in the Philippines to an American that has never been there would be to point out items that are different than what they are used to. It's not being negative, just an attempt to give someone understanding. Well traveled people will not be surprised by life in the RP. If you've been to India or Mexico you will see many of the same things. People in poorer countries do the things that make sense for their circumstances. I've seen posts on other forums where foreigners do nothing but complain about all the problems in the Philippines. To them I say; if you don't like it stay in the States. I don't see the Rev's post in that light. As for corruption, this is not different in the Philippines than many other countries and if you look at the history of the Philippines it's not difficult to understand why it's so pervasive. Many Filipinos would prefer there be less of it but at the same time, you have to live your life and get by in the society you are presented with. As in all countries, the problems lie less with the common people than they do with the government. The books say the Philippines is a representitive democratic republic but in reality it's an oligarchy and has been for a long, long time.