Lived in Philippines for a year in 2007, travelled back there quite a few times on holiday and visiting friends.
I’d agree, a lot of the islands are beautiful but some beach areas have been ruined by tourism. Philippine food is all bland imo. I tried it in the villages and cities and found nothing I liked. I do prefer Thai food. Never drove myself but was in enough vehicles to know that the roads and traffic are not much better than Thailand. Heard more honking horns there than Thailand.
People are genuinely friendly, well some are, just like some are in a Thailand. Had a few gf’s from there and it all eventually comes down to money and family.
Crime is non-existent, well you are obviously having a laugh aren’t you.