Holidays abroad, new car: Philippine boom puts middle-class comforts within tantalizing reach

  • Article by: TERESA CEROJANO , Associated Press
  • Updated: July 3, 2013 - 7:40 PM

MANILA, Philippines — Just three years ago, a new car and an overseas holiday were unthinkable luxuries for J. Ante and her family of six. The insurance company manager's commissions have soared since then as the Philippines, blighted for a generation by venal and incompetent leaders, has unexpectedly boomed, putting middle-class comforts within tantalizing reach of many.

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