The Philippines is a very cliquish place separated by class and geography. I would like to try a social experiment to see if 6 intelligent strangers from different walks of life can congregate together over a wonderful brunch with conversation on various topics. Credentials are irrelevant so long as the person is intelligent and insightful. I would be paying for the meal, perhaps even drinks. This will not happen overnight since I am in Seattle. However, I plan on visiting Manila more often in the future. All one has to do is email me through my account here their full name, address, email and then in a brief passage explain why they would be a good fit for this group.
I know, many will be very skeptical of this but then again there will be others that will be extremely curious. I am not asking for anything in return. Besides, the bill for such a small group would be a pittance compared to its counterpart in the United States. None of you here I'm sure have had this kind of opportunity to meet several intelligent and knowedgeable perfect strangers not affiliated whatsover with your social circles.
Obviously, one limitation is that a person be near Metro Manila. If you are a worthy candidate but live beyond the reaches of Metro Manila then I will hire transportation for you. The buffet will be one that is top rated with elegant surroundings. No, it will not be one in which you eat with your hands nor will it be one in which only Filipino food is served. I want the ambiance of the place to stimulate conversation. Should this turn out to be an all day affair I will book one or two rooms at the Jupiter Arms in Makati for anyone that would have to travel far from Metro Manila.
Your comments and questions on this post would be very much appreciated