Pick your location wisely
Stayed in Malete, did not enjoy it. Felt very on edge even walking down the street in broad daylight. Makati was far better safety wise. Ayala Triangle Park has some great cafes in it, and the malls are insane in Makati.
Insider Tip:It's really easy to stay at Newport City (right near the mall) before your flight if you need to check out early. There are plenty of things to do there to keep you occupied, and a free shuttle service to the terminals. We hung out at a cafe and read while we waited to head to the terminal.