Dialects vary in different regions of the Philippines, as well as within the regions themselves. Most Filipinos are proficient in English so communicating in English is not a problem. Tagalog (also known as Filipino) is the major dialect in the Philippines.
Speaking the dominant local language is an important step to integrating into a new culture. Language schools are a great option for learning the language. Check with the staff for courses and options.
You should consider:
The following schools offer courses in Filipino as well as in other languages:
Private lessons are another option. They may be more expensive than language courses but they can also be more effective.
You can search for opportunities online. You can also approach teachers in language schools or language professors in universities who may be conducting one-on-one language tutoring on the side. The Asian Center for Foreign Languages is one of the schools offering tutorial services.
An exchange partner is an excellent resource for practicing a new language with a native speaker. As an added bonus, language exchange partners can help you understand the culture of the area and inform you of local happenings. Questions about gift giving, festivals, nightlife, and greetings can be addressed without worry. In the best case scenario, an exchange partner is not only your ambassador, but a friend. Find a tandem partner through EasyExpat's forums.