To cheque or not to cheque, that is the question. Cheques are very common in the Philippines. They are used to issue wages or to hand over as security when renting an apartment. Will you be needing an account for cheque payments during your stay in the Philippines?
If you are planning to move to Manila for a longer time, alone or with your partner, condominiums are the first choice to stay. Usually the units are rented out by private owners for a minimum of one year, shorter stays are negotiable.
You are looking for peaceful suburban life in the middle of a bustling Megacity of nearly 20 million people? No problem, welcome to the 'village'! That is how the gated communities in Metro Manila are usually called, and for good reasons.