More often than not I usually stay in that hotel not too far from Glorietta's and Greenbelt in Makati every time I go home to the Philippines. Yet, when the surrounding malls are closed at around ten, this supposedly relatively upscale area of Makati is by no means safe. You're better off taking a cab than risk being robbed even if the distance is short. Just negotiate with the cab driver by offering him with a decent tip.<quoted text>
Not exactly the greatest endorsement of tourism in the Phils, but I do understand what you were commenting upon.
The US government puts out warnings for tourists and business travelers concerning safety for US citizens when conditions warrant. Check the internet for pertinent safety concerns for the area you are planning to visit and/or take the advice of trustworthy locals.
Times may have changed since I was attending college in UST. I was robbed at knifepoint of my watch while I was walking along Espana Street. And it's supposed to be a fairly populated area.
My statement was not a wholesale indictment of the peace and order situation in the Philippines. It pays though to be vigilant. If ever one becomes a victim of crime, more than likely it's a petty one. Much as we don't want it happening on us, we'll take that consolation nevertheless.
But travelling to Southern Philippines might be a different story. The story of that missionary Durham (or was it Burham?) is still too fresh to be forgotten.