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oh, my god. this is from albert. >> another request from the audience. ♪ ♪ i took a walk through this beautiful world ♪ ♪ felt the cool rain on my shoulder ♪ ♪ found something good in this beautiful world ♪ ♪ i felt the rain getting colder ♪ ♪ sha la la la la sha la la la la la ♪ ♪ sha la la la la sha la la la la la la ♪
>> anthony: was it the week before christmas when all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse. actually, that's not true at all. metro manila, bustling, sprawling, southeastern asian capital. the world's most densely populated city. ♪ i light a candle put the presents round the tree ♪ >> anthony: but it is christmas. where the mostly catholic population take their holiday season very seriously. because filipinos are, for reasons i have yet to figure out, probably the most giving of all people on the planet.
most important exports, people. go abroad, make money, improve the quality of life for the whole family. all over the world, the philippines sends arctects, doctors, construction workers, house keepers, nannies. the entire filipino economy relies heavily on the money sent back by nearly 10 million or 10% of the nation's gdp. until recent ely, the largest category were musicians like filipino cover bands. they're everywhere. on cruise ships, hotel lobbies, bars and of course in manila, where the competition is fierce and the penalties for not getting a beloved biker favorite like billy idle can -- idol can
♪ it's a nice day to start again come on it's a nice day for a white wedding ♪ ♪ it's a nice day to start again ♪ >> anthony: know this, pampered rock and roll stars, at any given moment in the philippines there's someone who can step in and do your act better than you and after only a couple hours of practice. ♪ >> hey, mom.
>> anthony: it is true that i lie to my daughter and tell her that ronald mcdonald has been implicated in the missing of young children, but i am also a hypocrite, because to me, filipino chain, jollibee is the wackiest place on earth. can i have the spaghetti with the hot dogs on it. >> yes, sir. >> anthony: and chicken joy. thank you. welcome to jolljollibee. there are over 900 of these things and a whole lot more internationally wherever there are filipinos. there's one in jersey city. ♪
♪ jollibee [ speaking foreign language] ♪ >> anthony: i hate mascots. you know they far in those suits? oh, yeah. chicken and spaghetti and i think it's sweet banana, ketchup meat stutoughed with hot dogs. their spaghetti is deranged, yet strangely alluring. oh, it's not a burger. it's rice. pork, sinister brown sauce. i don't know what it's for. oh, that's awesome.
that's what you do with the brown stuff. oh, i hate myself. >> hi, mom, jolly afternoon. >> anthony: did i mention it's christmas? the 7,000 plus islands that makeup the philippines rank number one when it comes to celebrating the jolliest time of the year. holiday cheer begins a full hyundai undred days before chri. and there's a lot to do especially if you like crashing other people's parties. welcome to the seven continents, travel and tours corporate christmas party held in the fabulous banquet room of the downtown royal hotel. ♪ ♪ deck the halls with bows of
holly ♪ ♪ la, la, la, la, la, la, >> so, cheers. ma merry christmas. >> anthony: very catholic country? >> very catholic. 80%. christmas starts in september. >> so, at 12 midnight of september 1, everyone greets merry christmas on facebook. >> i have very fond memories of the last time i had it in the philippines and it is the finest pig i've ever had. amazing. providing these babies to holiday parties is big business. and standards here where pork is king and luchaung the best in the world, very, very high.
♪ dashing through the snow in a one horse open slay ♪ >> anthony: as we know, one must, at a holiday party, drink. i was prepared to do. and the games i was a little surprised by. ladies. ♪ jingle all the way oh what fun it is to ride in a one-horse open slay ♪ [ laughter] >> anthony: then, if i remember correctly, i totally kicked as at a game of drunken musical chairs but i can't be certain. ♪ jingle bells jingle bells jingle all the way ♪ >> anthony: i'm told i was bob from accounting. and they find out things could get ugly.
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>> anthony: this looks really good. night in metro manila and i'm ready for my single favorite filipino street food, possibly the best thing you could ever eat with a cold beer. i'm talking of course about sisig. hot, sisig pig face with a runny egg on top and you better ask somebody because nothing is getting between me and this spicy, chewy fatty goodness. >> there's a lot of sisig restaurants here but this is the best. >> anthony: this evening's dining partners, the band, you might remember them from such
epic christmas parties such as last night. this is the christmas season, a lot of christmas parties? >> yes. >> anthony: a lot of work? >> yes. >> anthony: all over southeast asia, any hotel band, lobby, there's a filipino band and i've sat there drunk and challenged band after band, all of dark side of the moon, no problem. all of guns and roses, no problem. music and singing are a huge part of life in the philippines. so, making it as a cover band, being sent abroad to perform is a big deal. but one thing remains the same always. to succeed, you better be able to pick up new material fast. >> we started tony braxton, beatles and elvis presley.
>> anthony: how many in your repertoi repertoire? >> about a thousand. >> anthony: and if you don't know it, you can fake it real quick. >> yeah. >> anthony: five years from now, where would you like to be playing? >> that's a good question. my biggest dream is to play las vegas. the u.s. this is my dream. >> when we get to the dream, you know, playing at las vegas, we want to play first, we are the champions. if we get there. ♪ you know we said we'd take a look
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>> anthony: the filipino national art, kali, is among the most brutal remorseless defense systems going. it was developed to deal with very harsh realities in a very tough, very bloody history. three centuries of brutal spanish colonial rule, invasion by the japanese, near the end of world war ii, american force s bombed manila, pretty much leveling the city. marshal law. ♪ although the philippines has remained a democracy since then, it can seem at times, fragile. [ bell ringing]
>> anthony: now, you both photo journalists? >> yes. >> anthony: based out of manila? >> me. >> anthony: now, does a journalist need to carry a firearm in this country? >> for me, yes. >> anthony: in the philippines a press badge is no defense, particularly in the south of the country where mark lives and works. >> because of the radicalization of recent years, this is fertile ground for that. >> anthony: traditionally the argument against journalists arming themselves is they've been able to portray themselves as noncombatants. there was a prezmption they
wouldn't shoot you, but these days people don't make that distinction. >> dating back to the marcos years. >> anthony: 77 journalists were killed. >> anthony: just before christmas in 2009, the massacre claimed the lives of 58 people. dozens of whom were journalists. it was the sidge deadliest event for journalists in history. mark was the first one on the scene with a camera. >> there is no system of justice, no government attending to your needs. >> anthony: no one's coming to save you? >> no one's coming to save you. >> you know, i have a family, small kids. for me, to defend myself. >> anthony: it's a very much do-it-yourself culture. you see it in their homes the
way they're stack said on top of one each other. it's like, i'll make it myself. >> right. >> anthony: there's a lot of poverty in this city, that's for sure but there's not a sense of hopelessness or rage. they decorate. they may not have much but they decorate, they sweep the street. >> anthony: there's still a sense of humble ownership and this is my home and it's going to be safe, it's going to be fine.
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♪ in any metropolis, you find all of the good and the bad in the world. manila has plenty of both, yet this is a nation of 7,000 islands and i really wanted to see at least one more of them. but i learned about something filipinos are only too familiar with, the typhoon. so, it looks like it's going to be christmas in the city. ♪
♪ ♪ i never meant to be so bad to you one thing i said that i could never do ♪ ♪ one look from you and i would fall from grace and i would wipe the smile right from my face ♪ ♪ because it's the heat of the moment telling me what your pulse is ♪ ♪ the heat of the moment >> anthony: name of the band is? >> keystone. >> anthony: how long you been playing together? >> around five years. >> anthony: five years.
>> doubles in the house. >> anthony: looking pretty. >> thank you, thank you. >> anthony: as one does, i drag the band, keystone in the lunch, assuming correctly that one of these young punks would know how to make a good adobo. >> everyone would stake claim to having the best adobo, but the basic ingredients would remain the same. so, it's garlic, pork, we can now add the chicken, vinegar, pepper corns, bay leaf, soy sau sauce. >> anthony: this adobo is amazing. delicious. where did you learn to cook adobo? >> i learned from my mom. >> anthony: so, who makes the best adobo? mom does. >> that's the best answer.
>> anthony: filipinos like feeding people. >> yes. >> anthony: what else do filipinos like? >> hospitable. they don't necessarily have to be in tune but they want to sing, they like to sing. >> we've been listening to music from a very young age. >> i'm the drummer but i'm not actually formally trained. up to this day, i don't read notes but i could memorize a song. if you gave it to me in a day. >> anthony: but you have to. and you guys have played abroad? >> no. it's one of the goals actually. >> anthony: five years from now, where would you like to be? >> hopefully we get to play for a bigger crowd because i think the fulfillment for me is getting more people to enjoy the music. ♪ the heat of the moment heat of the moment ♪
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and love and if your are an overseas filipino worker, longing, especially during the holidays. ♪ so we can all celebrate christmas ♪ >> anthony: it's always, always about family in the philippines, or anywhere you find filipinos. for christmas, of course, everybody, those who can anyway, gets together. like family matriarch arora and her daughter, ana lin. and her adoptive children. >> bay leaf. wow, smells so good. >> anthony: and cousins, nieces, nephews, grandchildren and even some great grandchildren.
>> la, la, la. i love cooking. i really love cooking. to make a karikari, i use tripes and put the ox tail on the pressure cooker. >> wow, wow, wow. >> now the peanut butter. peanut butter, please. no more, no more. now the banana blossom. the egg plant. the egg plant. holy night, the stars are brightly shining. ♪ i hope everybody will enjoy this ♪ okay. it's time to eat. ♪
>> amen. >> amen. i'm hungry. ladies first. i think we'll serve you. >> anthony: it's okay this time? just this once. so good. so, how long have you been back? in the philippines? >> three years. >> anthony: where have you worked? hong kong for five years? >> hong kong for five years and then i went to america. i stayed there for almost 30 years. >> anthony: aurora is recently back in manila after spending most of her life abroad. >> i did the house keeping. >> anthony: the money she sent home put everybody here and many, many more through school,
lifted them up to a more comfortable life. and you left your family behind. that's never an easy decision. a painful, painful choice. aurora's children, now middle aged, are now getting to know their mother. >> okay. bring the food inside. >> anthony: many, many, many filipino women, like you, who had to leave their families, go abroad. >> absolutely. three children. my eldest is about foour years n qatar and the other one is in hong kong. >> anthony: working conditions can be punishing at best, abusive or worse. >> i'm a single mom with my two
grandchildren. i really worked a lot, especially this holiday season. >> anthony: still, due to lack of opportunity at home, many filipinos have little choice but to go somewhere far, far away. find a job, money. but hopefully in a few years they'll come back? >> yes. i'm not getting younger anymore. i need them at my side. i call them many times, please get home soon. i need you.
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♪ >> anthony: any filipino watching will recognize this immediately. the ballot buy in box. the christmas tradition a way for ofw's to show those separated by oceans that you miss them, that you're still out there. what's in these boxes, whatever you can send. little things you'd casually give to a loved one if you didn't live on the other side of the world. this facility alone sorts thousands of these boxes during the christmas season.
just one of hundreds of facilities like it. some 5 to 7 million boxes a year. that's a lot of love. so, how many relatives do you think you have in america? >> in america, oh, my gosh. california, albert. >> my younger sister is in california. >> in hong kong, we have at least 10. and then dubai around eight. and qatar. >> anthony: i'm at this christmas gathering because of one of our directors. it was aurora who raised him. for over 20 years she cared for and loved erick and his sister, looked after his whole family. erick sent me a letter talking about you. aurora is such an incredible woman. she has an infectious and loving energy that's so powerful. i'm 100% the man i am today
because this woman literally raised me from when i was six months old, singing to me, dancing with me, wiping away my tears, cooking for me and making me laugh at every turn. unfortunately, like all philippifilipin filipinos her story is not all smiles and love, she had to choose a life thousands of miles away from her family. there are thousands of people around the world that have been influenced by her endless kindness and love. filipinos give of themselves, their time, their money, their love to others. they do and continue to do what needs to be done to survive. ♪ aidelveiss every morning i