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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:
Submit a Culture Shock Report

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
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?...

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.

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 livi...

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!

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 ad...

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.

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 Phil...

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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