5 – 7 May 2010, The Philippines
The Nomadsforayear.com team would like to recognize Bluefields Hotel in Angeles for having more cockroaches than any other hotel, guest house, or hostel patronized by Jason and Allison during their month-long stay in the Philippines. During two nights at Bluefields Jason and Allison spotted six cockroaches. Four were found in their room and two near the swimming pool.
Angeles is a city of approximately 315,000 inhabitants and is located 60 kilometers north of Manila. Angeles is the former site of Clark Air Force Base, which was the largest American base overseas with a permanent population of 15,000. Since its closure in 1991 the base has been redeveloped as the Clark Special Economic Zone, which includes a civilian airport served by several low-cost airlines. Angeles is also home to an impressive selection of gentlemen’s clubs and prostitutes, and Bluefield’s would easily earn recognition for the latter although Nomadsforayear.com offers no formal award in that category.
Nomadsforayear.com would also like to recognize George Guest House in Sagada as the runner-up for Most Cockroaches, with four killed during a three night stay. Recognition for Most Cockroaches is awarded with indeterminate frequency. Consideration is given for the size and ferocity of each roach, although the number of roaches is most heavily weighted in the scoring.