Actually, Philippines is one of the most open countries in Asia, especially since we're like the melting pot of cultures. The whole accent thing will get you places, but people get over that pretty soon over here. The whole services thing I have to agree with, especially with the whole government issue being tight here, but you guys will fit right in.
Haha, God and Dogar, I'm not sure if you'll find Manila as cumbersome as I do with all the traffic and that whole get-up-and-go lifestyle, but yeah. Where I'm at, it's like one of the chillest places in the country. city's developing pretty smoothly and the traffic hassle is like zilch. haha. probably just me.