THE PHILIPPINES: Road to the 20th Century

Only 35 miles from Manila, the Philippine barrio (village) of Santo Nino is a town out of the Middle Ages—without plumbing, electricity or medicine. One cause of Santo Nino's squalor is its isolation; for centuries its only access to the outside world has been a winding trail over which common folk move on foot, the more prosperous on donkey back. Last week, sweating under the tropical sun, 200 half-naked men and boys from Santo Nino were hacking out a broad, five-mile highway to take out the village's production of timber, copra and...

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