Filipinos often boast that the Philippines can be like Singapore. What a joke. The Philippines will NEVER be like Singapore. Things holding back the Philippines from becoming like Singapore include not only the high murder rate, 36 a day, but also quality of life issues like burning trash, roaming dogs, and most importantly of all the Filipino penchant for loud noise. In Singapore you will never hear an all night party with the bass so loud you cannot sleep. It just won't happen. But in the Philippines it happens all the time.
If you think the Philippines is a lovely and quiet place to live or retire think again. It is not. It is very, very, very noisy.