I am on my first trip to Asia and after being in the "offline" parts (Panay) I will spend the last days in Manila. Since the City is really huge and we were warned that it is also quite dangerous (especially if you look european, same as rich here) I thought TL is the place to ask for advice or someone willing to guide/join/show us the Manila Nightlife - and avoid the horrifing stuff we got told about.
But I would also be happy about your advice and opinions. How dangerous is the City at night? What places especially and what areas are safe? When calling a cab right to your door (we live in a small sidestreet in Malate), does it really happen that you get robbed on a red light or by the cabdriver himself?
This might all sound very naive but our host told us so and he is living here for quite some time and since he is our only source of information I would be glad to hear what you think (especially if you are from Manila).
We (my GF and me) will be staying until Sunday evening and have not much plans for the time being, so if you want to join us for a drink, show us your city or just polish up your english or german a little bit, send me PM. We live in Malate but we are cab-mobile
Looking forward to hear from you or meet you!