Education is good if you can afford it. Ideally, a good, well-equipped learning facility or a private school costs a lot and isn't within reach of an average Filipino family.
Only a number of select schools thrive in the public district - the SPED and the science schools which has scholarship programs for the poor.
Public schools are definitely lacking support. Poor teacher-student ratio like 1 teacher to 100 kids. Not enough classrooms, no proper sanitation like toilets. Kids are often malnourished, teachers underpaid. Books are scarce. Kids have to walk kilometers to the town's school. That's the basic picture.
I'm sure there are a lot of smart public school students surviving in their school districts. But these kids deserve a good chance to reach college like their private school counterparts.
In the universities, its generally all theory and no hands-on or practice. Its not really as progressive as one might wish it should be.
There are good schools, but like I said, you have to afford it to get in. Some Filipino parents opt to work abroad to be able to afford such good schools for their kids. The catch is, the kids grow up with no parents around them.
On the University level, the Philippines does have competitive learning institutions with good professors. Philippine Med schools and Nursing schools are notable for their turn out of quality professionals. Its a matter of choosing the right University for you.
For Arts degrees, UST-CAFA, UP College of Fine Arts and LaSalle College of St. Benilde have both traditional art degrees and multi-media art programmes.
Top Four Philippine Universities:
University of the Philippines
The Philippines' premier institution of higher learning.
Ateneo de Manila University
Lux in Domino
University of Santo Tomas
The Pontifical and Royal Catholic University of the Philippines.
De La Salle University-Manila