Great goals, Kat! So much is happening in Manila. I live in Iloilo City, which is a lot less stressful, but I do business with people up there.
How long are you planning on staying? There are a lot of Air Bnb’s there or even longer-term places.
You’ll love it here. Try to get to some of the smaller islands and try all the food! You’ll have a great time along with your work!