I am planning to post about a few of the good things I ate in Manila, since I had tried to find such info on Chowhound earlier and there really wasn't a lot. I hope this info can help someone out in the future.
I didn't go any place really pricey, with a sprawling group of 11, it was just easier to stick to smaller places. Plus who wants to spend $35+ for a meal when you can get something tasty for $3-4? I'm sure Aristocrats, Lolo Dads, all those places are good, but I want to provide info for the less-wealthy readers like me. We stayed at the Renaissance Hotel in Makati (got an unbelievable deal), so we ate mainly in that area.
Salcedo Market - First of all, people recommended the Saturday morning Salcedo Market and wow, was that a great find! We had to ask around a lot before finding someone who knew where it was. But the search was worth it. It's like a small farmers market but with all-Filipino food. I wish I hadn't been stuffed from breakfast because there was a big hot-food section selling all kinds of freshly-grilled meats and seafood. My nephew bought lychee sorbet for like 50 cents from this woman making it fresh in a metal canister set in ice in a big wooden bucket, and he said it was awesome. There are all kinds of fun fruits and grilled whole cow/pig to look at. I bought tasty butter cake from Vargas Bakery to bring home and my family loved browsing.
I'll add more later... !