In the original request that we made for funds to ship books to the Philippines, I mentioned that we would be sending the books by means of a “balikbayan box”. But just how big is one of these things anyway?
Answer: take a look!
The balikbayan system is really simple: you send a standard-size box by ship, and pay by volume rather than by weight (which means it costs the same whether the box is filled with ping-pong balls, or filled with scrap metal). The service is door to door, to anywhere in the Philippines.