Everybody seems to think that you need a round trip airplane ticket when you come to the Philippines. Truth is, there is no such law requiring a round trip ticket.
There is a law that, for most passengers arriving n the Philippines, they need an ongoing ticket. An ongoing ticket and a round trip ticket are two different things.
A round trip ticket (in some countries they call it a return ticket) is an airplane ticket that will take you to your destination, along with another ticket that will bring you back to the place where you started. So, for example, if you purchase tickets that will take you from Los Angeles to Manila, then at a later date will bring you back to Los Angeles, that is a round trip ticket.
A one way ticket is an airline ticket that takes you from your origin to your destination, with no other flights beyond your destination. So, for example, if you purchase a ticket that will take you from Los Angeles to Manila, and will not take you to any destinations beyond Manila, that is a one-way ticket.
An ongoing ticket is an airline ticket that takes to from your origin to a destination, then takes you to another destination, but not back to your origin. So, for example, if you purchase an airline ticket that takes you from Los Angeles to Manila, then another ticket that takes you from Manila to Hong Kong, that ticket from Manila to Hong Kong is an ongoing ticket. No matter when the flight to Hong Kong is, it is an ongoing ticket, it need not be immediately after landing in Manila.
Generally speaking, if you are going to take a vacation to the Philippines, unless you are on a Balikbayan Visa or a Resident Visa when you arrive in the Philippines, you are required to have an ongoing ticket within 59 days of your arrival in the Philippines. Since it is a requirement for an ongoing ticket, there is no requirement on where it goes to, as long as the ticket takes you to some country outside the Philippines. This ongoing ticket must be for travel no longer than 59 days after you arrive in the Philippines.
So, if you are going home to where you came from, within 59 days, you should purchase a round trip ticket, that would be best for you.
If you are going back home, but it is beyond 59 days after your arrival, the best thing you could do is to purchase a one way ticket to the Philippines and a “throw away” cheap ticket to a country near to the Philippines. The throw away ticket should be dated for travel withing 59 days of your arrival in the Philippines. The term “throw away ticket” will be discussed later in this book.
If you are intending to come to the Philippines to stay forever, but you don’t have some type of resident visa, and are not eligible for a Balikbayan visa, then your best route would be to purchase a one way ticket to the Philippines and a throw away ticket that is dated for travel sometime within 59 days of your Philippine arrival.
Whatever your plan, you should always enter the Philippines with an ongoing ticket to somewhere, either a place where you are actually going within 59 days of your arrival, or a throw away ticket to anywhere. If you have these things in hand, you will have no hassles entering the Philippines.