I visited the Philippines in February 2003. With 7,000 islands and a tropical climate, it is among the most beautiful nations I’ve seen and home to some of the friendliest people I’ve ever met. The ethnically diverse country, however, is plagued by corruption and uneven development that is leaving the vast majority of ordinary Filipinos economically behind their southeast Asian neighbors.¬†Please click on each image for a larger view with the lightbox tool.

Banaue's World Famous Rice TerracesTaxi DriverFilipino Soldiers RelaxingTeen Residents At Cebu's Leprosy MissionDock Workers, Hilongos, Philippines