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Expat Guide to Living in Philippines

Whether you're already living in Philippines or preparing to move to Philippines, our Expat Guide to Living in Philippines offers articles and reports submitted by expats about expat life in Philippines. For answers to specific questions, visit our Philippines Forum to talk with expats in Philippines.

Pros and Cons of Living in the Philippines

The Philippines attracts the interest of expats from all over the world - truly has a lot to offer for a variety of different people. However, it's also important to understand the pitfalls that can be avoided with appropriate homework and preparation.

Moving to the Philippines: 7 Things to Know Before You Move to the Philippines

Expats moving to the Philippines join others that have moved there for work or a lower cost of living during retirement. It's critical to understand what the realities of living there are, but those that successfully make the adjustment believe it is a good place to live.

5 Tips for Expats Living in the Philippines

Expats may share some gripes about living in the Philippines, but most agree that one thing makes up for all of the challenges. Can you guess what it is?

8 Safest Places to Live in the Philippines

With the rise of terrorism in certain parts of the Philippines, expats in the Philippines helped us compile a list of safe places to live in the Philippines. Here are 8 of the safest expat destinations in the Philippines.

9 Healthcare & Health Insurance Tips for Expats in the Philippines

Expats in the Philippines have a lot to say about the quality of medical care, hospitals, prescription medicine availability and health insurance in the Philippines.

12 Tips for Living in Manila, Philippines

12 Tips for Living in Manila, Philippines

An expat talks about living in Manila, Philippines. He explains that mainly move to Manila for the low cost of living, friendly people and warm climate.

Expat Healthcare & Health Insurance

Expat Healthcare & Health Insurance in Bontoc

An expat in Bontoc, Philippines has found I have found the provincial and municipal hospitals to be of excellent quality for her ordinary health care needs. For specialists, she and her husband go to Baguio City, a six hour drive. In an emergency that required high-tech equipment, a patient would be transported there as well.

Moving to Davao , Philippines

An expat in the Philippines talks about what it's like moving to Davao City. He wishes he had brought his golf clubs and shoes and left his scuba gear at home (no fish, no corals). He offers great advice about the pros and cons of typical types of expat housing.

Moving to Angeles City, Philippines

An expat in Angeles City, Philippines advises others moving to the Philippines to do your research and be wary of locals with hidden agendas. She found a home in a lovely sub-division that cost a mere $180 per month, which is a fraction of what she used to pay in Germany.

Culture Shock in Batangas City, Philippines

A retired US Naval Officer and his Filipina wife moved to Batangas City. He shares how he has adapted to live in the Philippines, what he appreciates most about the Filipino culture and more.

Culture Shock in Metro Manila, Philippines

A Dutch woman who moved to the Philippines 9 years ago. Initially, she worked as a housemother with 19 former street children in her care. She learned Tagalog. For her, the most challenging aspects of living in the Philippines are the heat, traffic and lack of privacy.

Living in Davao, Philippines

An expat who has lived in Davao, Philippines for 10 years says that life in Davao revolves around socializing, eating, drinking and living a nice and happy life -- in and surrounded by nature. Although there is some work to be found in Davao, he explains that it's best to have remote Internet-based work from outside the country.

Living in Surigao City, Philippines

An expat living in Surigao City in the Philippines offers advice on the costs of living there, what the people are like and more.

Retirement in Angeles City, Philippines

An expat in the Philippines talks about choosing to retire in Angeles City for the lower cost of living. He appreciates the Filipino people, lower crime rate and lifestyle.

More Culture Shock Reports for Philippines

Culture shock is part of the settling in process. Knowing the different phases of culture shock and how other expats in Philippines handle it can be very comforting. Below are some of the responses from expats in Philippines:
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More Living in Philippines Reports

What are people's priorities in Philippines - work? family? What are the best ways to meet other expats? Are people accepting of racial, cultural and religious differences? Below are some of the responses from expats in Philippines:
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More Moving to Philippines Reports

What should you take with you when you move to Philippines? What should you leave behind? What type of housing and neighborhoods are typical for expats in Philippines? Below are some of the responses from expats in Philippines:
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Reviews of Schools in Philippines

Reviews and school profiles from expat parents and even a few school administrators in Philippines. Great place to find insight into school facilities, teachers and curriculum. Below are some of the reviews from expats in Philippines:
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Dream vs. Reality of Living in Philippines Reports

Most expats have have "dreams" (and fears) about the expatriate experience before they moved to Philippines. If you are already living in Philippines, share how those "dreams" have been fulfilled, and how they have not. Below are some of the reports from expats in Philippines:
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Retiring in Philippines Reports

Retiring abroad can be a great option for retirees seeking their dream lifestyle at an affordable price. Help other retirees, who are thinking about retiring in Philippines, by filling out our Overseas Retirement report. Below are some of the reports from expats in Philippines:
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Having a Baby in Philippines Reports

How did expats choose their doctors, midwives, hospitals? What is childbirth like in Philippines? Below are some of the reports from expats in Philippines:
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Working in Philippines Reports

What's it like to find a job in Philippines? How difficult was it to obtain a work permit? What types are jobs are typical for expats in Philippines? Below are some of the reports from expats in Philippines:
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Additional Articles
5 Tips for Living in Angeles City, Philippines

Expats living in Angeles in the City live in a highly urbanized city that is fairly close to Manila. The former Clark U.S. Air Force Base is in Angeles and part of the Clark Freeport Zone.

5 Tips For Living In Manila

Expats in Manila have reported many of the same themes since the inception of Expat Exchange. Read some basic facts and tips about this Philippine city (and metro area) on the island of Luzon.

Expat Philippines: 6 Best Places to Live in The Philippines

With its low cost of living, beautiful beaches, bustling cities and hot climate, expats have been flocking to the Philippines for years. Here are six of the best places for expats to live in the Philippines.

5 Great Places to Retire in Asia

We asked expats and searched our forums for recommendations about where to retire in Asia. We pinpointed countries with affordable costs of living and have five great retirement locations. Please add your recommendations in the comments section!

10 Tips for Living in The Philippines

Expats seem to unanimously agree that the best thing about living in the Philippines is the Filipino people. The cost of living is another thing to love. Expats share their tips and experiences living in The Philippines.

Retiring and Living in the Philippines for expats, non-expats and returning Filipinos

Some simple practical preparations if you intend to move in the Philippines, an overview of government retirement package for potential foreign retirees and more.

Philippines Living: The Radical Move

Dave DeWall retired abroad to his wife's homeland of the Philippines. They live in a remote jungle area on an amazingly low monthly budget. Yes, such an adventure comes with cold baths, unwanted lizards on his bedroom ceiling and a few other "perqs", but he definitely doesn't miss the rat race and his old life in the U.S.

Tips on Employing Domestic Helpers in Asia

Your feelings about hiring domestic help while living in Asia will range from guilt about having someone ironing your underwear to being deprived of the love and attention of your children. Many Southeast Asian countries show high figures of unemployment and you may not just feel privileged to have maids, but may even feel morally obligated to give work to these people.

Expatriate Health Insurance

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5 Tips for Expats Living in the Philippines

Expats may share some gripes about living in the Philippines, but most agree that one thing makes up for all of the challenges. Can you guess what it is?
Expats may share some gripes about living in the Philippines, but most agree that one thing makes up for all of the challenges. Can you guess what it is?...

Pros and Cons of Living in the Philippines

The Philippines attracts the interest of expats from all over the world - truly has a lot to offer for a variety of different people. However, it's also important to understand the pitfalls that can be avoided with appropriate homework and preparation.

The Philippines attracts the interest of expats from all over the world - truly has a lot to offer for a variety of different people. However, it's also important to understand the pitfalls that can ...

Moving to the Philippines: 7 Things to Know Before You Move to the Philippines

Expats moving to the Philippines join others that have moved there for work or a lower cost of living during retirement. It's critical to understand what the realities of living there are, but those that successfully make the adjustment believe it is a good place to live.

Expats moving to the Philippines join others that have moved there for work or a lower cost of living during retirement. It's critical to understand what the realities of living there are, but those ...

Retirement-In-Prudential-Village,-Daliao,-Davao-CityAn Expat Shares What it's Like Retiring in Prudential Village, Daliao, Davao City, Philippines

A Canadian married to a Filipina appreciates the low cost of living in the Philippines, the beautiful weather, the friendly people and that he can afford to live in a house that is a 5 minute walk to the beach. The poverty and bar scene bother him.

A Canadian married to a Filipina appreciates the low cost of living in the Philippines, the beautiful weather, the friendly people and that he can afford to live in a house that is a 5 minute walk to ...

Moving-To-IsabelAn Expat Talks about Moving to Isabel, Philippines

Here's a report that provides some insight into moving to the Philippines and important considerations regarding visas, housing, the health care system and more. The importance of homework is one of the points stressed by the report's author.

Here's a report that provides some insight into moving to the Philippines and important considerations regarding visas, housing, the health care system and more. The importance of homework is one of ...

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