I'm an expat, living in Manila for 5 years.
While Burgos street is known for high roller playboys, there are a few decent places around there to visit, that won't over stress the budget.
Actually, I had a friend ask me to post about the best place to stay there, so I figured I'd share what I know about the area.
This place has clean rooms for 1600 pesos. It's been open for about 3 years already, but still in decent condition.
L & B Suites - Home
I used to stop by Rouge's now and then for a beer, but that place has fallen into a sad state of disrepair, and the girls there have become pushy, like most other places along the strip.
These days, the only place I'll sit and drink, is a little place called the cat house. It just happens to be right around the corner from L & B suites-
Cathouse - Makati Bar
I like Korean food, and there are several Korean joints along Burgos. I found a place that is a couple of blocks behind the L&B suites, that has authentic, lower priced Korean food. It's called Min Sok. 5655 Don Pedro street, corner of Jacobo.
I'm not in any way connected to any of these businesses, just trying to share info with anyone who's interested.