I just joined this forum and hit upon your inquiry. I'm currently studying Mandarin in a small and modest school called Manila Language School located very near PGH along Taft. Before I went for MLS, I inquired from several language schools located in Makati and Ortigas (they have websites)-- and for the standard 30 hours, they charge more or less around P7-8k. (I don't know though when it comes to the embassies and universities like UP, which offer foreign language courses too). Admittedly, the fees are costly--and in MLS, they only charge around P3k+ for the same no. of hours with a very low student ratio of 1:4 or 5. If you go for a one-on-one tutorial, the school offers it at the lowest rate than the rest of the language schools, a price range of around P10k for 30hrs or, if there's just the 2 of you, you pay half price as your share. In my experience, I have no complaints with my Chinese teacher. Oh, and as she does her job in our class of 4, we can hear the French teacher in the other room do a 1-on-1 tutorial, and I think the French teacher is competent too-- since I think she knows what she's saying :P.
MLS has no website and relies mostly on word of mouth recommendations. Maybe the readers here can check it out should they intend to study an Asian or a European language: 5245937/09154393402. How 'alive' the malls are and that when you smile at the Filipinos--usually, they smile back :). I also like the general concept of the Filipino's faith in a Higher Power--and I love the Pinoy's sense of humor.
Generally speaking, There are quite a few that you can get. Typhoid, dengue fever, rabies, hepatitus, just to name a few. I always suggest a minimum of getting the hepatitus series, but that takes about 6-8 months for the whole series, and some of the others may take some time for effect. Depending on where you are going to be going you shouldn't have any problem. I suggest the hepatitus shots only because you can get that anywhere, US, Europe, anywhere. Doesn't look like you'll have enough time for it. If you are staying in Manila or other big city you should not have a problem, and it's not the rainy season. You are not going to be checked so there are no legal ramifications and you are not required to carry a shot card. If you venture into the provinces or country, again you should be OK, mosquito netting is always good to be sleeping under if in the provinces during the mosquito/rainy season. If you are healthy, you should be OK.
Filipino musicians are among the best in Asia. Metro Manila bustles with nightlife and is often heralded as Asia's entertainment capital. There is a wide variety of music to choose from: pop, rock, jazz or Broadway, as well as a wide range of bistros, nightclubs, pubs, bars and cafes at which you can hear it. Traditional Filipino music and dance are offered at theaters or hotel restaurants where cultural dance troups perform regularly.
The Importance of Catholicism
The Filipinos of Manila take their Catholicism seriously -- more seriously than I ever did growing up in Connecticut! On the feast day honoring Jesus' presentation at the temple (something we never even noted in Catholic School), there was a 2-mile long street-clogging procession filled with floats and bands and banner-carriers. All of Roxas Boulevard -- the main north-south artery along Manila Bay -- was closed from the Convention Center to the Luneta, lined with gawkers and revelers of all types. We had to stop and watch.
The strength of the Catholic Church manifests itself in other ways, too. The Philippines is one of the few countries in which divorce is illegal. The Chuirch has a strong influence over the government, as shown by Jaime Cardinal Sin's role in toppling the Marcos regime. One of the main gripes thatthe Muslims in the south have is the power of the CAtholic Church over central government decisions that get promulgated (though often ignored) nationwide.
Fruit Salad Filipino Style, Very Sweet!
Fruit salad is a dish consisting of various kinds of fruit, served either in their own juices or a syrup. In different forms fruit salad can be served as an appetizer, a side-salad, or a dessert. When served as an appetizer or as a dessert, a fruit salad is also known as a fruit cocktail.
However, there are a number of home recipes for fruit salad that contain different kinds of fruit, or that use a different kind of sauce other than the fruit's own juice or syrup. One variation is a Waldorf-style fruit salad, which uses a mayonnaise-based sauce. Other recipes use sour cream (such as in ambrosia), yogurt or even mustard as the primary sauce ingredient. An ever-popular variation also uses whipped cream mixed in with many varieties of fruits (usually a mixture of berries), and also often include miniature marshmallows. Rojak, a Malaysian fruit salad, uses a spicy sauce with peanuts and shrimp paste.
Here in the Philippines, The Variation is that Mostly Topical Fruits are made the main ingtredients (such as nata de coco, sugar palm, macapuno, yam, tapioca, pineapples, jackfruit, durian, papaya, pears, apples, etc.) and instead of syrup, cream is mixed with condensed milk hence the ultra sweetness of the dessert! (why many filipinos are diabetic!).