Well, I guess you learn something new every day!
I sued to work with Filipinos at the downtown Hyatt Regency Sundry shop in Chicago in the mid-80s.
English was good, but to me it sounded like a Spanish accent.
I figured more would have rubbed off during a 300 year colonization as it did in most of Latin America.
Thanks for the gentle corrections, Freepers.
I forgot to mention...English is the second official language in the Philippines, but out here in the provinces, there are many that do not speak it.
I sell ice, and many fishermen seem to know very little English, but all younger people are OK in English.