No Reservations finally visits Manila

No ReservationsWe are big fans of the Travel Channel.¬† Our favorites shows include, Samantha Brown’s Passport Series, Andrew Zimmerns’s Bizarre Foods and of course, No Reservations with Anthony Bourdain. Last February 16, they aired the episode where the latter finally visited the Philippines after constant requests by people over the Internet and the antics of a guy named Augusto.

To tell you the truth, I was a bit disappointed in a way because the episode seemed bland. It did not show fully what the country had to offer. It seemed like all they did, was eat something, somewhere in each segment. Although cultural food is one of the focuses of the show, given that the host is a chef, there was always something unique that Tony Bourdain would point out that will somewhat define the people of the places he visits.

Food is really one of the cornerstones of Filipino culture, but it is not everything, I wish they scheduled their visit on a festival like the Panagbenga,  the Ati-atihan in Kalibo or the Sinulog. They could have also featured a unique location, such as the caves in Sagada, the Rice Terraces, Palawan or Boracay. If they did this, maybe they would have noticed the happy-go-lucky, hospitable and humorous  people which is what really makes the Philippines stand out.