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Expat Guide to Living in Manila

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

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.

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.

More Culture Shock Reports for Manila

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

What are people's priorities in Manila - work? family? socializing? 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 Manila:
Submit a Living Overseas Report

More Moving to Manila Reports

What should you take with you when you move to Manila? What should you leave behind? What type of housing and neighborhoods are typical for expats in Manila? Below are some of the responses from expats in Manila:
Submit a Moving Overseas Report

Reviews of Schools in Manila

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

Most expats have have "dreams" (and fears) about the expatriate experience before they moved to Manila. If you are already living in Manila, share how those "dreams" have been fulfilled, and how they have not. Below are some of the reports from expats in Manila:
Submit a Dream vs. Reality Report

Overseas Retirement Report

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 Manila by filling out our Overseas Retirement report.

Submit a Retire Abroad Report

Having a Baby Abroad Report

How did expats choose their doctors, midwives, hospitals? What is childbirth like in Manila? Help other expats who are preparing to have a baby in Manila by filling out our Having a Baby Abroad Report.

Submit a Having a Baby Abroad Report

Working in Manila Reports

What's it like to find a job in Manila? How difficult was it to obtain a work permit? What types are jobs are typical for expats in Manila? Below are some of the reports from expats in Manila:
Submit a Working Abroad Report
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Culture-Shock-in-Batangas-CityAn Expat Talks about Culture Shock & Living 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.

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. ...

Living-in-TaguigAn Expat Discusses Living in Taguig, Philippines

An British expat talks about spending winters in Taguig, Philippines with his Filipina wife of 25 years. He does miss chatting with other English speakers and hopes to find some expat clubs in Bonifacio Global City.

An British expat talks about spending winters in Taguig, Philippines with his Filipina wife of 25 years. He does miss chatting with other English speakers and hopes to find some expat clubs in Bonifa...

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 ...

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?...

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