There are scores of expats in the Philippines, but the vast majority work for multinational organisations and are sent by their jobs. It's not really the place to show up without a job and expect that you'll find something. There's a fair amount of labour-protection legislation in place and obtaining a work visa can be difficult.

On the other hand, the Philippines is fertile ground for retirees, with an accommodating climate and several methods for obtaining a retiree's visa.