Money & costs
Most banks in Manila have ATMs and these are usually your safest and most hassle- free way to get local currency. You can also change foreign cash and travellers cheques at most banks.
American Express (524 8681; 1810 A Mabini St, Malate; 8.30am-4pm Mon-Fri, 9am-noon Sat) has affiliate offices in Manila and can offer exchange and replacement services to cardholders and travellers-cheques holders.
Malate and Ermita are peppered with moneychangers, and there are places all over the city where you can change foreign currency into Philippine pesos, but you should always be very careful with these services.