I work with companies in Manila and often are either talking to or remoting into servers there. While most of the people are wonderful (polite to a fault usually), the country itself is very third-world when it comes to technology and business. But the most annoying thing to realize is that just about everything has an underbelly of corruption with bribery being the norm. Just know that weird things can and do happen with the usually solution being money paid to someone. Yes, I've got a few stories, but let's just stick with the positives!