At hotels you’ll find the customary friendly Filipino greeting. A Labrador with a wet nose sniffed my bags and parts of my anatomy unmolested since my mother demanded to check my underwear before I left for school. Sniffer dogs are hard at work in The Philippines ensuring that hotel guests change their underwear daily and lobbies are free of B.O. It’s a pretty thorough going-over. Everything gets opened. Bags. Cameras. Parasols. And then comes the handheld metal detector. You may even discover your g-spot and throw up your hands in delight. But it’s friendly and oddly reassuring, especially if you happen to like dogs. I photographed mutts at work, asleep, drooling, at attention, sprawled out. It’s a tough business having a nose for trouble. And then come those heart-melting Filipina smiles. It’s all worth it. Hotel staff here is second to none. But before we delve into our Manila business hotels review and go head-to-head with the Big Two in Makati – The Makati Shangri-La and The Peninsula Manila – let’s finish with the airport.