Last time we visited Phl was 2015 (3 years ago). I never wanted to come back again so I managed to get rid of all the Pisos before getting through security at the airport. Wanted to proceed to customs and further to gate... BOOM!!! Pay here this 'how-dare-you-leave' head tax (Departure Fee or whatever they called this). For 2 adults and 2 kids quite a big sum, and I had no Pisos any more!!! With grinding teeth I had to go back to those ripping-off money changers at the airport and pay this damn huge fees, almost missing our flight.
I know some other countries have Terminal fees too payable at the departure but most civilized countries have smaller terminal fee included in the price of the ticket. But my wife is a Filipina from Visayas so despite the bad experiences we will travel there again.
So please tell me if I should still expect this head tax again and how much is it now, how much should I keep cash until the last moment?