When travelling through Philippines you have to be very careful with the taxi drivers. Ask before you go in how much is the fee, because you might find out that he is driving the taxi of some hotel, thus the fees are a lot more expensives. It happend to me, I had to pay something like 100 pesos for a 5 mins drive, when the usual fee for cabs is somewhere around 30 pesos.
Beware of People (Eagerly) Befriending Tourists
I have heard of businessmen being victimized by the so-called 'Ativan Gang'. Their modus operandi involves somebody (usually a woman) befriending a visiting businessman and offering him a drink. Next time the visitor knew, he's alone somewhere (usually in a hotel room) with all his belongings/valuables gone!
I'm not saying this to scare people but please be aware of this. If somebody approaches you who looks suspicious or looks too good to be true, maybe he or she is a crook...
Inquirer article: http://www.inq7.net/met/2002/jun/14/met_1-1.htm
I have to point out that we, generally as a people, are very hospitable to visitors. And like other people, there are bad elements in our society who want to take advantage of other people.
Unique Suggestions: Stay away from them... Tell them you're not interested.
Fun Alternatives: If you know a local. Stick with your host...
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