As log as you continue to play tourist; shedding 1,000+ pesos ($20 U. S.) per night, everything is peachy. If/when you decide to adopt a more practical modus operandi, things begin to be more difficult. You think you will simply call up Craigslist and have a place to live, the same day. Ah, but it's more fun, in the Philippines...
The first question is, where. Thus this section of The Philippine Resource. Here you will find no bullshit articles describing different places on the Philippine Islands and what they are like, in terms of staying there long-term.
You may have noticed, even on the "free" sites, that no person is telling you where they live and encouraging you to go there. By the time Joe finds his shangri-la he has learned a few things; like the fact that other Joes are often..."problematic," as just one example, and that he left his home because he wanted to get away from the people there, as another.
The last thing any Joe wants to see is a great big bus filled with fresh, green Joes, pulling up outside. That is the beginning of the end, and we all know it!
When any Joe is an asshole, all of them are, in the minds of our Filipino hosts. Cities that are full of Joes are where Joe is treated the worst. Little, out of the way places where there are no, or very few Joes, are where Joe is still treated like a King.
Members of our community are encouraged to submit articles about places. I will edit them with correct spelling and grammar in mind. Please find the places we have, so far, below.