Nope, you're not missing anything. There are a few stores with Ernest Sewn and APC, and Levi's has recently begun to carry a few LVC items but otherwise, it's either garish eurotrash or hipster wannabe crap.
God, I hate that. I was trying to convince one of my Manila friends that APCs were better jeans than Diesels. Of course I'm biased because I like raw denim, but he pretty much wanted to get the diesels just because they were more expensive and the people with too much money wear them.
Last I was in Manila the hipster look was big, I can't wait till workwear becomes popular there (maybe around when it dies in the states) and people try to layer flannel and wool in 30 celsius heat.