Hey Tynan I have a brother over in the Philippines right now... he has been there for over a year now. He is having a baby in march pretty crazy.
I don't know which city he is in but he knows his way around and even has a car and several mopeds. Apartments are really cheap probably $500 a month for a nice one.... also to buy a real nice house it's only $30k.
I don't know if you will end up going there but I can get details if you need them.