Last month I wrote a small article for Hardcore Gaming 101. The article is based on my trip to the Philippines and the gaming culture there. I mention bootlegs, the arcade scene, and a wacky electric ape; here is a link :
In a personal note, if anyone knows a cheap booking agency for tickets there, let me know. I want to go back to visit, but it can be quite expensive to fly around the world. Someone really needs to invent teleportation machines.