Inside the the secret world of accent training (BBC Capital)

Manila, Philippines -- If you’re having trouble understanding your colleagues in other countries, try taking a leaf out of the Filipinos’ book. Call centres in the Southeast Asian nation are training twenty-somethings to master a diverse — and often difficult — range of English accents, so that customers may never know they are talking to someone up to 12 time zones away.

Heritage and hilarity: Funnyman’s mission to save Old Manila (CNN)

Manila (CNN) The old world ambiance of Manila's Cafe Adriatico is unmistakable. Wooden furnishings, brushstroke paintings and soft music are all a reminder of an era gone by. Located in the older neighborhood of Malate, Cafe Adriatico is a memento of what Manila once was. It's now obscured by the urban decay that epitomizes the bayside origins …

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Arriving at Fort Bonifacio, Manila

I've landed. Manila, the capital of the world's second largest archipelago, the Philippines, is to be my base for the foreseeable future. After being here for only a pinch over two weeks, I have found myself shocked by how much the city's reality deviates from its perceived rough image abroad. Yes, the retinue of armed …

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