Originally Posted by emptym
An extra night in Palawan is something wonderful. But I wouldn't rule out Cornell's yet. I don't have quite Acidboy's experience w/ the different tailor's, but I do have a lot of family and friends in Manila and I've looked at their products. I chose Cornell's not because he's as good as Hong Kong or Saville Row tailors, but because he can put out a good product at a great price. A suit and 4 shirts at Cornell's would be about $200 total.
I have never heard of Cornell's. I've never patronized them and this is not a comment regarding Cornell's itself, but after having taken note of various establishments, I personally think that price level is the going rate for midlevel Manila tailors, with mediocre fit, fused construction, difficulties procuring decent fabric, and little knowledge regarding classic and fashion styling. I'd be okay only with the most expensive tailor in the city, King Philip (not that New World Hotel branch), which is twice the price, and even then only for pants.
I don't doubt that a tailor at the lower price levels in Manila can create something of value quite disproportionate to the amount paid. However, maybe I just don't think tailors in Manila will satisfy the minimum threshold in quality people on this forum are willing to accept. As Acidboy emphasizes, it's not a suit wearing country (and the people who actually need to wear good suits have them made in Hong Kong, as opposed to the junior employee who just needs a good suit or someone who has never seen or consciously does not want to pay for a good suit) and there's very little good fabric. Moreover, having an article of clothing copied has never worked for me, either. Maybe if it was a bespoke article cut by someone who really knows what he's doing.
If you're taking a trip to Southeast Asia and want to pick up a cheap but serviceable suit, you may as well stop in Hong Kong and get it from Jantzen, based on what I've heard. Definitely, their shirts are better value than anything you'll get from Manila. (But I'd just save up for one of the more reputed tailors with a quick turnaround time, as you'd spend that much in RTW abroad anyway.)
Palawan is beautiful. Your money will go a longer way there if nature fascinates you. I would certainly prefer to go there instead of Boracay given the choice.