Manila is... lol
It's an acquired taste. I've heard people say that they hate it and try to leave as soon as possible. I've been here now for about 4 months with only a one month break when I went to Vietnam. The trick to this place is really being open to the people and the culture. If you allow yourself to make friends the experience is different. The people here are sincere and will invite you into their homes upon first meet. They will invite you out, they will feed you, they will help you.. let them!
Insider Tip:Be open, be patient and be friendly. It turns into a great place if you do.