Question was originally posted in the forums by jimmyinch.
Responses so far:
Robi: you need a paypal atm/debit card. international withdrawal rates are high with paypal. more then the normal bank would charge. but it is still a way to get money in the philippines. ive used it several times. just make sure you have money in the actual paypal account and not a backup source to fund your paypal acount. they will most likely freeze your account if you do it that way. i had a friend that did that it and everything got frozen.
Dubleoohseven: Maybe this is a day late and a dollar short, but I usually use xoom.com to wire myself some extra cash ahead of time, or you can do it from your hotel room, whatever. I always get freaky about loosing my cash and the idea of drawing it out a few thousand at a time from the ATM is lame. Xoom is pretty cheap, albeit a pain in the arse to go to the bank to get it. But it will get you back in the game quickly if you have a cash shortage.
Dru: I don’t know about Paypal-ing money to yourself. You would need two accounts, and they are pretty strict about IP‘s logging into separate accounts, so I just don’t know how it would work. You might get your accounts locked. For me, I use Xoom to transfer my money from my American bank into a Filipino bank account and I use a local Filipino ATM card.