One of the genuine pleasures of returning to Manila is waking up to the Philippine Star on my doorstep (or more accurately outside my hotel room) each morning. The Star is one of my favorite newspapers because the writers feel no compuction to hold anything back. It's all over the top scribbling all the time.
Here's an example from today's newspaper of how to open an article:
There is something crushing about city life. Our daily toil, traffic that gives us a spectacular preview of Armageddon, and the plagues of heat, flash floods, occasional coup attempts, pigs in suits in government, and a spate of metro handsome posters in shocking pink. Heck, we all need a drink.
And that's a piece from the Lifestyle section about the best bars in town. Now, that is interesting writing.