Philippines was one of our favorite destination in Asia during this leg of travel! Being untouched by commercialism, reasonable pricing, friendly people and gorgeous islands had a lot to do with it. Most people in Philippines speak English which was a bonus as well. We did not know what to expect and really went with the flow. We flew into Manila from Bali by Philippine Air and took a connection to Boracay the same day.
Philippines promotion video at the airports is very engaging, I’d highly recommend to watch it!
The only annoying thing we encountered was all the airport taxes. Even while passing through an airport for connection we paid ridiculous amount of travel tax. Flying out of Manila internationally was the worst, service charge was almost five folds for international passengers!