First visit: March 2006
Subsequent visits: October 2010.
Visited: Manila, Cebu, Tagbilaran (Bohol Island). Cagayan de Oro.
After my visit to the Philippines, the country held the number one rank for a while, but it has gone down over time and a second visit confirmed that my original thinking was flawed. I liked the Filippinos, they appeared relaxed, positive and smiley and the fact they are Christian makes they somehow closer to Europeans I felt. The combination of sea, churches and the tropics initially felt fantastic. However the country is subject to moody weather and deeply poor, with a violent undercurrent. It can still be fun, but certainly not the best.
Highlight: The Chinese fast food chain whose great meals cost $1.