The Single Dude's Guide to Manila, Philippines - The Cons

Manila, PhilippinesThe day after Boris’ near death experience in Singapore we decided to get the hell out of town and explore some other options in Southeast Asia. A quick perusal a week before of cheap destinations found us a cheap ticket to Manila, the bustling capital of the Philippines. After dealing with the typical severe retardation of Tiger Airlines (the Singaporean discount airline) we found ourselves on a Jetstar (an Australian discount airline) flight to Manila with Boris’ head wrapped up in something that resembled some sort of religious headgear. We ended up spending over two weeks in Manila, which was way too long. We kind of got sucked in.

Manila is pretty much a shithole. Nowhere else in my travels up to this point has the difference between the rich and the poor been more noticeable than there. There are way too many people in town and many, many of them are desperately poor. Meanwhile, a small percentage of people live in huge multi-million dollar mansions in gated communities and control a huge percentage of the country’s resources.

The Philippines was a longtime Spanish colony, and it shows this heritage in many ways. One way is that everyone has Spanish last names, and unlike much of Asia, the girls have regular first names. It makes life easier when you’re out drinking one dollar San Miguel Lights (the delicious national light beer) and the chicks you meet have regular Western sounding names instead of unpronounceable names with tones that you can’t even tell the difference between. The English in the Philippines is excellent – better than any other country in Asia, so that also makes things much easier for the single dude traveler.

The Philippines have been highly colonized by American culture. This is not a good thing. McDonald’s, Dunkin’ Donuts, materialism, unbelievably crappy television, 7-11, KFC, TGI Friday’s you name it are everywhere. We found the Filipinos to be nice but the retardation level to be extremely high. I am very disappointed to say that in the three weeks Boris and I spent in Manila and Boracay, not one of our Filipina girlfriends said one interesting thing to either of us, ever. Never. Even the rich ones were completely dull and shallow conversationalists who seemed absolutely incapable of abstract thought and seemed to have absolutely no interests or passions about anything beyond their day to day existences. The list of things they did seem interested in were karaoke, basketball, money, gambling, Angry Birds, and shitty American or American copy entertainment. I am sorry to report that in our experience the Filipinas, while very sweet, warm, nice, and affectionate, have nothing going on upstairs. It reminded me a little of American girls and how many of them have no interests outside of how they look, and what Snooky did on last week’s episode of the Jersey Shore.

The general retardation level in the Philippines is high, just as in Singapore and Malaysia. The advantage in the Philippines seems to be a better work ethic and much more respect for others, so while a Filipino may have trouble following simple instructions they will for the most part try their best to satisfy your request. I was called “Sir” more times in those three weeks than in the rest of my life put together. Our standard schtick when addressed as “sir” by a cute Filipina girl was to say, “Don’t call me sir. My father is sir. Call me dude.” That got giggles every time. I half expected to be called “sir” by a chick during sex out there – while it never happened to me I’m sure it happens there frequently.

It seemed that we met two kinds of local people in Manila. The first was the rich people that had absolutely no regard for the value of money. They would spend ungodly amounts of money on useless shit, extra houses, gambling, expensive Gucci crap, etc. That was good for us because we were treated to a bunch of stuff by these people, but it was hard for us to stomach that when we saw the other 98% of people in town who were desperately poor. Before we moved into our luxury apartment with live in maid there we stayed in a hotel that wasn’t exactly cheap – ~$25 a night, in Makati, which is the suburb all the rich people live. One night after excessive drinking we got back and decided we’d probably want some water to mitigate our hangovers, so we went out in the neighborhood looking for a 7-11. Within one block of our hotel we found a super depressing scene, with hundreds of people, many many of them little kids sleeping on cardboard boxes on the street. The street kids in Manila are everywhere, poor as shit, and aggressive. If you’re walking down the street and and they catch a shine to you, you will be surrounded by ten of them, begging, and touching you. Be very careful here, because some will try to pick your pockets. I don’t blame them, these kids are hungry. I blame the super rich people who are stealing from everyone else just so they can have extra houses and Armani suits. A perfect example is the monopolistic power company that is owned by one family and price gouges the shit out of everyone for electricity. Filipinos have to pay at least 10 times the normal rate for electricity so that those criminals can have their beach houses and private islands and armies of servants. As a result, hotels are way more expensive than the rest of the region and people can’t afford apartments because often the electric bill exceeds the rent. Fuck you guys, I hope you electrocute yourselves or contract ball cancer.

The regular rich people only get part of the blame for this, though. The other main culprit is the goddamned Catholic Church. The Spanish left the Church behind when they split and the Philippines is now one of the largest Catholic nations in the world. Those motherfuckers at the Vatican have been telling these desperately poor people for years that using birth control is a sin, so Filipino people often have way more kids than they can afford to feed. While we were there there was some measure up for a vote that would provide some public funding for birth control and contraceptive education and the Church had mobilized and was actively campaigning against it with billboards, tv ads, posters etc, saying “Obey God’s will, vote no.” Thanks, you assholes, for setting human civilization back decades by preying on poor people and making them have more kids than they can feed just so you can have lots of cheap labor. I hope there is a special place hell reserved these worthless scumbags.

Poverty and cultural repression caused by the Church and the American style every-man-for-himselfism has also led to another big problem for the single dude traveler in Manila – prostitution. It is rampant, especially in the the places where the expats hang out in. Makati is the place where all the rich people live these days and the fancy malls are just crawling with hookers and ladyboys. The Filipina hookers are extra bad because many of them are stealth hookers. Unlike Eastern Europe, for example, the hookers do not stay in their designated hooker places, but instead hang out everywhere rich (often white) guys are, and in droves. Many “nice” bars in “nice” neighborhoods are just crawling with them, and they don’t tell you unless you ask that they are working. Before Boris and I took the red pill about the hooker scene in Manila, we wasted large chunks of time hanging out with what we thought were nice regular girls, only to find out that they were working girls and only wanted money from us. What a fucking waste of time.

The hookers attract large numbers of old white foreign sex tourists. We have a nice collection of photos from Manila of these guys we like to call “Grandpa Boners”.

Grandpa Boner – A old, bald, often fat, wrinkly white dude who you see walking around holding hands with an 18 year old (or younger) Filipina girl, or hanging out at the hooker bars at night shopping for a new “girlfriend”. Younger versions are called Uncle Boners. These guys disgust us and they are infesting Southeast Asia. For them the line between prostitution and romance is blurry, but these guys definitely pay for it, either up front for sex, or by way of rent payments and allowances for their little underage hooker girlfriends. Disgusting.

There’s another major drawback to the Philippines, and that is the food. It’s awful. All levels of cuisine are very substandard, from the absolutely putrid and inedible street food to the extremely mediocre “fine dining”. It just seems like they don’t care about cuisine in that country. Plenty of people would say, “Oh, this food is so good, and we would try and it would be barely edible. It’s amazing that in a country so full of fast food places you can’t even get a decent pizza. They have a super popular chain restaurant called Shakey’s that everyone is always eating at whose food is one step up from school lunch quality and it’s not even cheap. If you like food, do not go to the Philippines.

Also, if you like drugs, take a pass. They are hard to find and low quality. I Googled the drug laws and one of the first things I found was a story about a dude (albeit a stupid dude) who got 13 years for a very small amount of weed. We were on the beach in Boracay and out friends the dreadlocked reggae musicians couldn’t even get us weed. What the fuck? On the fucking beach, Rastaman can’t scrounge up a spliff? What a fucked up country.

So as you can infer from this article, Manila is not Single Dude recommended. There are some things that one can accomplish there, as I will detail in the next article, but overall you’re better off somewhere else.

  • plusEVG!

    Hey Guys! Thanks for the site and great trip reports. I lived in Cebu for over a year and prefer it to Manila hands down. I spent about 1 week total in Manila and didn’t like it. Cebu still doesn’t hit my top 10 or 20 on places to live/visit but hands down it’s better than Manila if you know what you’re doing. And get out of the cities and go to the beach areas in the Phiippines!

    I could live in Cebu again but only from the networking I did to make some friends and figure out where to go, hang out etc. On my own i’m 100% sure I would have hated Cebu as well. It really takes a while to figure things out. The main perk of living in Cebu is quick access to great resort areas that aren’t overcrowded with tourists such as Bantayan, Palawan and Bohol and some nice resorts on Mactan as well (across the bridge from Cebu) and I would say overall it’s very safe as long as you don’t act like an idiot.

    The main challenges in Cebu were like Manila but less so….infrastructure including traffic and internet, pollution, poverty and I found the rents for nicer properties to be higher than thailand and other nicer countries which was ironic. My electric did run $150-$175/month not running it all the time, pretty annoying.

    Regarding the girls. While I agree on overall intelligence of the girls being lower, I would say I admired the girl I dated from there for other reasons and she was quite intelligent in that she spoke 3 languages, had great interpersonal skills, spoke great English and was just fun to be with as a friend or more. Most important, she was incredibly loyal and dedicated. More than any other girl I’ve dated i’d say. She made her own money, worked overnights and rarely asked me for anything although of course I took care of her bills when we were together. While we are broken up now I’ll never forget her and will always seek someone who is like her in so many ways. Keep in mind when you criticize the level of intelligence there it’s not even a fair comparison even versus other asian countries and because of the reasons mentioned (corruption, too many kids etc) survival is one of the key things there, education is important the opportunities down the road aren’t great and I think it causes people to become a bit lazy about enhancing their education. Try to put yourself in their shoes for a bit.

    Just to work at McDonalds or in fast food you have to be a college student and you make $10/day. On the other hand the economy there is growing close to double digits (drivien by tourism, call centers, etc) but the average worker isn’t seeing these gains.

    At first I thought the food was terrible, but in the end there were many great restaurants for Thai, German, Italian food etc. If you go to a random place it will hands down be super terrible but if anyone goes to Cebu ask and I can send you to some great spots. Cheers.

  • jimmy kenting

    Hi white dude. Its phatetic to see complains about a foreign land. You should appreciate the variety of food, its taste & names. Bet you have not even tried sinigang baboy or sisek. If you missed mama cooking go back home. If you want an interesting daily talk with a chick marry a new yorker. Appreciate others culture. I agree though with the catolic nonsense and feels the govt should forward the time so the nights r shorter so less people making babies.

  • Mr. Chicken Feet

    “Not one of our Filipina girlfriends said one interesting thing to either of us. Never. Even the rich ones were completely dull and shallow conversationalists who seemed absolutely incapable of abstract thought and seemed to have absolutely no interests or passions about anything beyond theirday to day existences”

    LOL. Devastingly accurate. I lived in Manila for 2 years. Good luck finding a museum anywhere. Good luck finding some theatre or plays. Good luck finding a library anywhere. It is all malling, cinema, eating (terrible food at expensive prices) and basketball (great national sport when you average 5ft 8ins). You go into the home of an apparently well educated Filipino. Not a book in sight. It is like the old Chris Rock joke. If you’re worried about Pinoy burglars, stick your money in the books. They have the ‘America is the world’ mindset without the excuse of being the vast country that the US is. After telling numerous people I was from England, they’d later ask what language we spoke there! Hey, the clue is in the name! And I know it has been a long time since the empire went but… come on? The Musical tastes are the final straw. Power ballads?

    On the plus side, you can find the occasional person who is interested. It is like having your own blank slate person to work with. The girls as espcially can be exceptional hard working and loyal. Shit, the 10 million or so abroad (vast majority being girls working as maids or in the service sector) put a huge percentage on the GDP by sending a large percentage of their earnings home. They can be great fun. The girls are among the best looking in SE Asia. They sure know how to belt a tune out. So yeah, pros and cons :-)

  • Big E.

    Beauty is truly in the eye of the beholder.!! Im from the eastcoast and moved to the Phils for a work experience for 2 years. Although i quickly felt much of your negative review about waste, the rich, politics, food, and prostitution. I soon realize its so much more to explore beneath those scars. Some of the friendliest people in the world and possibly the best beaches in the world.!

    If you want a great time with friendly people with wonderful weather and fantastic beaches and fun night life its here. If you wanna flow through the RedLight district and have loose sex, its also here.!! No different than New Orleans, Amsterdam, Las Vegas or Brazil.. Embrace every culture and experience.

  • c. Moreclearly

    Reason for the Philippines being what it is, is because of the cancerous virus of damn CORRUPTION at all levels from the very top to the very bottom.

  • Angela

    you guys are a mix of primitive monkeys and filthy pigs. not capable to handle an equal relationship? need to find a girl that acts ‘submissive’, calling you ‘sir; in the bed… how pathetic. grow some balls people… the only thing that happens is that you give them hope, that they can have a better life with you somewhere elsewhere in the world… but that is too much for you, no? you just want a blow job, pathetic pricks.

    • josephkim1000

      Charlie – You absolutely nailed it with that summary, Good Job.
      I have been to the Philippines many times in different locations occasionally for six months at a time and now also have family living there but It took me years to arrive at the same honest assessment as yours.
      The country is in deep peril and the prospects are very dire especially if Asian economic growth slows down in the next few years -and it is widely forecast to do so.

      Judging by the comments here , there are plenty knuckleheads who defend the appalling record of the Philippines but maybe coz they are clueless ,cannot see the criticism is a relative judgement based on comparison with other countries that the Philippines should at least have kept pace with in our generation.
      South East Asia ‘s Thailand, Indonesia Vietnam etc , through to North Asia Korea and Japan, and every other emerging market countryhas captalised on the China’s rise to lift a huge percentage of the poor out of poverty , upgrade their infrastructure and probably boom to upgrade.
      The fucking Philippines have followed the American playbook by arguing over some shitty islands they could never exploit and refusing to suck it up and apologise to Hong Kong for
      being unable to intervene before a meth head policeman slaughtered nine HK tourists while
      the whole saga was being played out live on TV to the entire HK population…way to go with little oversight in making sure everyone with a TV will see what incompetent bone heads the people in power are .

      As for Angela, I would bet a dime to a diamond that you are a Pinay?.Who else comes back with a predictably hot head answer coz she did not read your article completely or did not understand it.
      Angela, please ,take a little longer to think before you answer, then read your post before u post it..practically everyone ends up changing it.
      I’m sure you have good reason to despise foreign sex pests invading the Philippines but you might be missing the target with this loose slap.

      Of many Philippines sins, the one that should should be the starting point of a long national reflection of how they fucked it up is the food .Its the recipes are bland the produce is tasteless ad overpriced poorly produced and that is totally indefensible. Worse still, its not just a matter of taste its a scientific fact that the habits of Phi ilippines kids eat candy and lolly water compared to poor kids in say Malaysia, or Indonesia who snack on rice balls , or fried vegetable and drink way less coke etc, have dental diabetes and heart issues much closer to western standards.
      Fuck, my father in law is 2 years older than me and he ain’t gonna see the decade out.. cause of death…Pinoyism.
      Filipino ‘cuisine’ is so lame that the unfortunate custom of adding dog meat is actually quite fitting !
      Fresh produce is literally impossible to find outside of the market. Why the fuck are those crappy little road side stores every 100 m that sell phone cards , coke and candy to the kids are not able to offer some freaking fresh or vegetables? Because ultimately all money must be directed to the big corporations and no amount wealth or of suffering of the masses is enough for those particularly evil people . No thanks to the USA for that legacy, It seems they will either destroy a country for their convenience with the exciting military option- where death is violent but fast or ,in your case they introduce the economic slavery and let them writhe and twist on the rope. ( the Lego movie was a good analogy)

      .Like for example Pampanga SM Mall Hypermarket -the irony is always knee deep in the Philippines – there is no fresh or even pretend fresh juice to be found,. nothing at all in a mall that probably account for a half the economic activity of the whole province
      There is no juice ( if anyone tries to cig corporationsontradict me with an example of ‘Fruit Juice Drink’ then piss- off , because you are not qualified to even be here ).

      Meanwhile , Thailand, Indonesia , and every other emerging market neighbour has captalised on the China’s rise to lift a huge percentage of the poor out of poverty , upgrade their infrastructure and probably make enough momentum to sustain the next generation in a better quality of life.No bloody chance of that in the Philippines when the nations greatest treasure is the sweet and hard working women, who are suckered into feeling its their duty and honor is to sign up for a life of sexual slaver and join in the industry that will spit them out at 30 years old after they have squandered any chance of an independent future and they in turn better lean on their own kids coz they have no where else to go.

      Im depressed from writing this down, anyone who wants to argue the points , -forget it, i wont read you coz u are just plain damn wrong\- J

  • Kimmy

    One more thing, for you to discover all the beautiful places in PI and find the best stuff, you have to spend years. Philippines have a lot to offer but you have to find them or ask or get out of Manila and go to Islands instead! Can’t find great places in few days LOL!

    Check CouchSurfing Manila Group on Facebook! You will get helpful tips for sure and might find people to hang out with!

    But if you are here just for sex? Forget it, do it yourself! I feel sorry for these guys (especially wazwallaby) posting about how easy to bang some girls. This girls need money to survive / for a living, they wouldn’t do you or an old guy if they didn’t need it! It is not easy for them to be engage with prostitution but they have too! You have to learn to understand and put yourself in their shoes! Banging working girls is not a thing to be proud of, it is such a shame that you can’t even get a decent woman yourself or that you have to pay to have sex! I feel sorry for you and it is ridiculous that you are so proud of it. Dude, anyone can do that, prostitution is all around the world!

    I understand that you came to PI to have fun and it is very common but posting comments on how proud you are about prostitution? Give a little bit of respect at least for yourself!


      Strongly agree
      Province is nice (most of them)

  • Kimmy

    Regarding this statement “not one of our Filipina girlfriends said one interesting thing to either of us, ever. Never. Even the rich ones were completely dull and shallow conversationalists who seemed absolutely incapable of abstract thought”.

    Too bad for you guys. But, there are lots of interesting, intelligent, smart and really cool Filipinas but of course you can’t find them by just walking around or by just hanging out at some bars, going to Boracay etc., Smart and intelligent women in Philippines have more important things to do than hanging out somewhere wasting time. That’s why you can’t easily find them, they are too busy being productive, running their own businesses, attending workshops or have conferences / meetings with other business people. It’s either you meet them at a very interesting events or on business/ networking forum etc., or you have to at least have connections to get to introduce to them. Trust me, once you found them or get the chance to meet them, you’ll be surprise because they can engage in whatever topic you bring on the table LOL! Also some rich kids are not rich, it is their parents that are rich and they have no idea and don’t get care about getting rich or being smart either as long as they have mommy and daddy supporting them! (sad but true and stupid!) LOL

    Regarding the food, dude, you are kidding right. You have to do more research because there are lots of great restaurants that have great food in Manila, of course most of them are located in expensive places / restaurants but some are in pretty decent restaurants also.

    Love Japanese food? Check out Little Tokyo in Pio Del Piar, 10 minute walk from Greenbelt- Seryna is the best among them. There’s People’s Palace in Greenbelt 3, Itallianis, Mr. Rockefeller if you love Banana Beer, Red Restaurant in Shangri -la, Tivoli of Mandarin Hotel, Inagaku in Makati. There are lots of restaurants in Ayala Triangle also. Wildflour The Fort, Chihuahua in Greenbelt and Burgos – if you like Burrito and dancing! There’s a lot of great food places here. You have to find them LOL!

    The rest I agree with the church, corruptions, politics, Meralco, prostitution and poverty etc., it will take days, weeks and months to discuss about this! We can talk about the Bible also haha!


      Excuse me! Can you point me even 1 clever pinay? Iv been there 12 times within 6 years and I did not meet someone.

  • luzd

    Hi guys, im going to manila on august ..will be there for a week ..
    If you don’t mind me asking :

    1. should i go for a short trip to Angeles City n stay for 1 nite or just stay in manila and spend a week there ?

    2.recommendation on where to stay, MANILA(makati or ermita). Cozy place, cheap and in great location . to go, name : i’ve heard of P.burgos, Manila Bay Cafe,Havana Cafe etc2 ..

    for info .. im looking for nightly entertainment, and girlllsss ofcoz .. more to FLs/girlfriend like type,love to ‘hunt’ (If you have been in Phuket;” Tigerbar n Hollywood ” u noe what i mean)

    ur help & info is much appreciated. TQ

  • wazwallaby

    dropped into manila for the first time coming home from Europe…can concur with many of the observations here; the poverty, the wealth gap, the smells, traffic..just like any large Asian city of my experience..Jakarta, Mumbai etc…however found it smashing for free or cheap pussy…I was only in for 3 days and 3 nights, and using the agency of website date in asia DIA, basically banged my balls off the whole time haha..I would say not any of the girls was a hard core pro, although I did have one tattooed street miss, 24, who had a rough personality but tits to die for!!! I also enjoyed some another 20 n 2 x 30 something ladies of various backgrounds and a stunning 50 yr old gal, who looked after herself tremendously well, and only wished to show me the full array of her bed talents..which I could not fault…I, by the way, am a 60 yr old gent, in reasonable shape – lots of cycling- 6 foot 2 n eyes of blue :) thing was, age was not an issue it seemed, each girl was just lovely to be with…
    in short, I hit DIA in the morning, trawling for gals to “join me for breakfast”..I got a taker within 5 mins each morning, and never waited for more than an hour for them to show up…guys, early mornings 6-ish are good..many unemployed gals on line then :) I would get these gals out by, or after, lunch, kip for a couple of hours and hit the late afternoon DIA…lots of hot gals on then…and I would organise a date for afternoon or evening…it worked really well..yes, I had to pay for taxis and give tips to some..but honestly felt not a one of ‘em was a prossie.
    I chose a good hotel – Sofitel – coz I knew my stay was brief and I wanted as many facilities as I could get, nonetheless on 2 nights I took the girl out for drinks n dinner, “wherever you wanna go” which resulted in two very pleasant evenings…the Sofitel is right on the water, and great for that 8th floor, outdoor balcony deep doggie as night falls hehe…Sofitel ain’t cheap, but is very good, away from the madding crowd and 110% secure, with great facilities in every way..
    I had supremely enjoyable n good sex in safe n comfy surrounds with a range of horny pinays!!!! Can one ask for more? Well, yes! And to that end, I will devote 10 days to Phils next holidays….It’s good to be a single dude! All the best to you all.

    • Solo traveler to Phils

      Wazwallaby…..1st time solo traveler to the Phils soon. 50ish, retired, similar looks as you it seems, similar interests (ladies!). Would LOVE to pick your brain if you don’t mind. Can you (or someone who “knows”) send me an email so we can chat about the Phils? Thank you! OneFineMan40 AT

  • Jaime Gan

    Seems almost everyone comments about the sex angle. I like what he said about the Catholic Church which is totally true


      What else to comment for philippines? Is therd any other worthy?

  • Mr. Bagman

    I believe the report was focused to a specific areas of metro manila such as Burgos street in Makati (Yes, a street in makati), a small spot in greenbelt mall (a garden perhaps) and a place in manila called Malate. Hence, what you wrote in this article can be almost the same experience of people who enjoyed pattaya thailand.

    To be fair, majority of what he said is true like the grandpa boner in burgos. Ladyboys in makati.

    However i disagree with the food and mental retardation. Maybe you commingled with the wrong crowd and wrong area of the philippines.

  • Skins

    Good read. You really paint a good picture here. I will be in the Phils later this year and I’m debating on whether I should skip Manila or hang out for a few days. Everyone says skip it… But I feel like I need to see it for myself! I feel you on the boring chicks… Not sure how you feel about Thai girls but they are boring me to death right about now. They are mindless fuck toys with zero interests outside of eating, sleeping and shopping… Ask them what they want to do this weekend? They say ummmm eat and sleep… SMH.

  • george the penis

    Fuck yourself, asshole.

  • Richard

    Hey Charlie, it is indeed a shame Boris didn’t completely die because then you would have been delayed in Singapore. You sound like a completely backward group who would make neanderthal mankind appear intelligent. Anyone who knows anything about Singapore knows you have to look very thoroughly to find trouble there; suffice to say if a person gets their head caved in whilst in Singapore, they themselves have instigated the cause. You deserved all you got.

  • Brian

    Dude, WTF are you talking about? First of all, Filipino food is very good and rivals Thai and Chinese food. The influences of Asian and Spanish cuisine is what makes it stand out. I have been to the Philippines, though it has been over 15 years. However, some of the people I met over there were some of the nicest I have ever met and I have been everywhere; Mumbai, Seoul, Buenos Aires, San Paulo, Amsterdam, Montreal etc. Yes, the place is in bad need economically, but tell me what colonial state that was plundered for 200 years is not 100 years behind those that did the plundering? And who the hell are we to talk? Isn’t Detroit a shit hole? How about parts of St. Louis or even parts of L.A. i.e. Compton, Ontario? Man, there is good and bad in everywhere. Oh, and by the way when I was in the PI, I was single and had a hell of a time.

    • Mr. Chicken Feet

      Filipino food is vile. They seriously call things like Sisig a ‘delicacy’ then you find out it is all the cheap bits of a pig that no one wants to eat all mashed up and minced. Balot? Tasty with a bit of vinegar, I was told. There is nothing wrong with having bad food. I’m British. We have terrible food. The difference is that we know our food isn’t great. Hence, the huge number of Indian, Thai, Chinese and Italian restaurants. Filipinos, meanwhile, think they have the among the finest food in the world and turn their noses up at actually good stuff from abroad. Where are all the Indian restos? Not even Thai.

  • John Mc

    As much as you brain dead people seem to hate the older white guys with money paying the young hookers – at least they pump some money back into the economy.
    Way more than your do with one dollar tips, cheap hotels and scrooging your way round slagging everyone else..

  • hahaha

    what’s sad is that i should be outraged by this post seeing as i’m from manila myself, but there are a lot of good points here so i can’t really complain lol. i live near ermita (red light district) because i go to university around that area and it’s like the ultimate place for cheap sex and old white guys with girls that are even younger than me. plus, just the other day, i almost got attacked by a group of street children because i happened to be eating an ice cream cone while i passed them. it’s really sad, i know.

    i recognize that manila absolutely isn’t the best place that you guys could’ve visited, and for that i apologize. i mean, that you had such a crappy time lol. i also totally believe that you won’t ever come back here again, but if by some miracle (or a life threatening situation), you do end up back here, i hope you find better luck in finding better food and more intelligent company. i’ve thought of complaining about the food here, but maybe that’s because i grew up eating it. acquired taste maybe?

    ALSO for those foreigners that do plan on coming to manila, and are coming for some sex and whatever, PLEASE REMEMBER that not all filipinas are prostitutes or will sleep with you because you’re not from here. like seriously. there’s a mall in the ermita area which is always full of white and middle eastern men who are always hitting on me and other girls, who happen to be university students (some of them with uniforms on, even) or professional working women and not at all interested in paid sex. i’m not saying this is true for all tourists, but a considerable amount definitely. i don’t know if they just can’t tell the difference or just plain stupid. it’s annoying and is borderline sexual harassment. i know it’s the red light district and all, but seriously.

    • ferninand marcos

      fuck you loser! what have you done for your fellow human being lately! You BITCH WHINING LIL WHORE!!! YOU WERE ON BLOW ROAD IN ANGELES CITY SUCKN STREET KIDS COCK AND OLD AUSSIE AN YANKS CUM GUZZLER!

      • Manuel Pfister


      • ferninand marcos

        Yu know i am ladyboy an I have tiny filipino dick like american tic-tac an my eyes so slanty you can blindfold me with shoe lace .
        while you take me from behind ….ps i like to do it turtle style ! luv ferninand xxxxx

  • Janet Baman

    Ouch… and true… :'(

  • mark

    I am from USA and have lived and traveled all over the world. I don’t think people from different countries hate us, I didn’t see any of that. Heck you can buy sex in the USA just about any where, and old guys with money can always buy younger women to be with. Some young girl wants to take a old guy to the cleaners good luck to her. The old guy gets what he asked for. Young guys get taken to the cleaners by girls all the time too, happened to me! You think sex tourist are only for the west? You should see the rich Asia guys coming to the USA looking to buy a blonde, big boobed girl. Anyway who cares its a free country and should be a free world. Hell when I get old I may head to some cheap place to live also, maybe meet a nice young girl to marry, leave her all my money. What would you want me to do? stay here and marry some old American hack of a women and leave her all my money? Heeeee Yaw!
    Life is short, enjoy it.

    • Spyros

      Bravo Mark. I fully agree with you and I wish sometime to meet you at manila. Having company life is more joyfull

    • mark

      I will be going to the pi next week oh I hope all of you are wrong, I am a surfer and a diver and ok single. I pre arranged a girl friend while I am there and as far as food do they have a costco

      • Slater

        You dont need to prearrange as there are plenty available but just remember that in case she aint right for ya.Make sure ya go to Siargao and try to hook up with the boys from Cloud 9 boardriders there….coolest cats around and all the best surfers surf for them.Started by an american surfer too from N.Carolina.Good luck bro and enjoy the best country out there.

  • Matt Jeff

    Having visited manila this review is spot on and so true

  • javaid iqbal

    Me travelling to manila in march2014 and then I will share

  • blabla

    Thats why you’re still single. You see shit but you can’t see the green grass where the shit lies. Pity you

  • Deven Richardson

    Charlie et al – this blog is hilarious! I can’t wait to go to Phils and experience it for MYSELF

    • andy

      Do that bud. I would recommend Angeles City. Amazing town. Just 2 hours by bus north of manila.

  • Ryan

    I live in Manila now when I am not working in the Middle east, and I do agree with several of your points. Manila is a completely overcrowded city that has a horrible public transit system and terrible infrastructure. Your first mistake is staying in Makati, it is well known to be the SexPat rallying point in Manila. I live in Mandaluyong in the greenfield district and I rarely see other gringos and hardly ever see a sexpat. They have a bunch of bars that a lot of the Filipinos who work in the surrounding buildings and call centers frequent. I am in my late 20s and not ugly so I am hit on and stared at by loads of beautiful Filipinas with legitimate jobs and great attitudes.
    I also disagree with your distaste for Filipino food. There are many great meals to be had in the Philippines, like tinola, Kaldereta, Adobo, etc. Their deserts are also great.

    Anyways, I agree with most of your views. While I love the PI and its people, I don’t think it is a great place for single dudes… It really is better for couples who want to enjoy amazing beaches at a fraction of the cost of even places like Thailand.

  • Tom

    This is a hilarious article written by someone apparently too stupid to see the irony in most of it. Here’s a pair of idiots who travel to a place they hated that they could have avoided with 30 minutes of research on the internet yet the author has the balls to call other people stupid. He’s disgusted by hookers and the old Australian dudes that make up the majority of their clients, but he goes to a commonly known sex tourist’s destination. Well, thanks for the laughs anyway nothing funnier than someone proving they are an idiot with every point they make.

    • Charlie Bushmeister

      Manila is a major world capital city. I didn’t know it had a reputation for sex tourism. At least not like Pattaya, Clark, or Miraflores.


      Ha ha ha…… How I missed such irony. They say put a genius in a room of idiots and he can become and idiot. But the reverse is not true. Don’t stay too long Tom. I think I have been slimed.

      • Max

        fuck off u clowns. making puerile comments and juvenile rhetoric, spamming my mailbox. im fckn unsubscribing this crap.

  • JMAN

    Bro I dig your writing style. I agree with most of what you say I think you should also mention that as soon as you tell the women you are from America they drop their panties and no I am not talking about the prostitute. They all think all men from America are millionaires. I am on my way back to the PI in 3 days.

  • Jhonny

    Another judgmental load of crap from a typical american amateur. The author is just another horny chap who can’t get a decent lay in his own country and needs to travel hereabouts in asia looking for some cheap action. These are typical ravings of the american liberal scumbags which is largely why american has grown to be so hated the world over. The filipinas I’ve met have been quite shallow but so have the americans, indians, europeans, africans and most other women out there. There’s no need to stereotype any in particular. And talking of poor, there are poor in the usa, as there are in the rest of the world. A destitute wearing makeup isn’t any better than the destitute without one, they’r the same.

    • Charlie Bushmeister

      So I shouldn’t stereotype countries, but’s ok for you to do it for most women?

      • ferninand marcos

        stay off blow road you cocksucking bushmeister!!!


      Yeah you’ll hate us right u and until you pussy’s cant even defend your border…….

      P.S. which Americans do you hate, the ones who are buried in your shit hole of a country defending what you couldnt or the ones who keep the tyrants in check?


      • ralph

        All I wish to say to your comment …. is SEMPER FI .. to that nation PI …. I am an older American male .. a combat vet .. Vietnam .. USMC. Had men from the Phil’s fighting next to me. They were as brave as any American G.I. (including Marines). Spent 2 months in the US Naval Hospital Subic Bay, another 16 months in a US Naval Hos.. Massachusetts. while in Subic Bay I was with men injured from the Phil’s. A Phil’ Nurse’s Aide saved my life when that Beautiful Lt. (US Navy) nurse decided she would take an hour longer on her lunch break and I started to go under … I owe my Life to this 18 year old girl making $ 1 US a day. So spout off, disrespect that nation, say all u can negative about the PI’s and look in the mirror … Semper Fi

        • KIKINWING

          Maybe a remedial reading class should of been offered in the hospital? Was it a head wound? You totally misinterpreted what I said and further made some erroneous conclusions as to who I am and my feelings towards Phil and Filipinos in general. So while I am looking in the mirror enjoying the sight maybe you can crack a book and speed up to a grade school comprehension level?