During the all-too brief period (was it two weeks?) when the Philippines could still claim to be free of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), the government made it a point to invite the tourists who were abandoning Hong Kong, China and Singapore by the tens of thousands to come to this country.

Tourism Secretary Richard Gordon did not conceal his delight that now the tourists

Prof. Luis V. Teodoro is a former dean of the University of the Philippines College of Mass Communication, where he used to teach journalism. He writes political commentary for BusinessWorld.

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