When it comes to finding somewhere to stay the night, no matter where you are other than out in the boonies, there will always be somewhere. Here is a list of ‘last resort’ resorts!
The local police station. You can always stay there until dawn, sitting on a bench watching the action, or lack of it. Smile, be respectful and ask the desk sergeant if you can sit there until the bus/boat or jeepney leaves for wherever you were going when you got stranded in his one-Dong town. He may know somewhere you can actually get a bed for the night but be assured, once the kano lobs up to his blotter and says you need somewhere safe to wait out the night, he will take care of you. Make sure you take care of him, even if it is just an offer of P100 ($2.50) for his breakfast.
The barangay captain. Small villages are called barangays and they all have a captain. A kind of mayor with a lot of clout in his barangay. He may let you stay at his house. Or find someone who will put you up. Again, be polite, humble, respectful and offer to pay for your accommodation. I would have a couple of P100 notes out ready, or even a P500 ($12.50) ready so he knows you aren’t a freeloader but you don’t have wads of cash, either.
Hospitals and funeral parlours are usually open 24/7, so you can always hang out there. I spent a night at a funeral parlour in Cebu City one time. It had a chapel you could sit in and nobody bothered you as they were all too taken up with their own grief. Hospital emergency waiting rooms also work and many Filipino hospitals will have some arrangements for ‘watchers’. If you are admitted to a hospital there, unless it is a major upscale one, and you don’t have a watcher, you will be going hungry and possibly without your medication. Someone has to go and buy it from the pharmacy across the street, right?
My favourite last resort is the ‘Love Motel’. These places are set up for clients to drive in, park underneath the room and discreetly get there without anyone seeing who was in the car. Most are very clean, have ensuite bathroom and room service 24/7 and, they do ‘short time’. I have stayed in these many times when having to catch a plane at some ungodly hour and a whole night in a regular hotel is just not good value. Plus they will ring you when the time is up and ask “Are you extending, Sir?” That does have several interpretations depending on whether you took the room with a companion, on your own, or allowed the bellhop to make arrangements for you. You can, of course, stay in these hotels without partaking in the sins of the flesh. For a family with five kids, two rooms for twelve hours worked out at around $30. Ideal when you arrive at 4am; most hotels won’t let you in then and if they do they will charge full rate and expect you out by noon.
There is always a solution to any problem in ‘da pilipeens’. Just use a little lateral thinking and keep smiling.