An Expat Talks about Living in
Surigao City, Philippines
Jan 05, 2015
Young Surfer in Surigao
An expat living in Surigao City in the Philippines offers advice on the costs of living there, what the people are like and more.
What is the name of the city or town that you are reporting on?
How long have you lived there?
What activities, clubs and organizations would you recommend to newcomers to help them meet others?
Suriago city is actually not a tourist destination area though there are some activities that are available to you here. I would certainly not consider spending a lot of time here. Siargao Island is the place to visit. Great pictures, fantastic surfing - if you need a heads up message me.
In terms of religious, racial, economic and cultural diversity, are the people of this city or town diverse? Are they accepting of differences? Describe.
They all live in harmony. The majority are Catholics - there are a small amount of Muslims but they coexist.
What are the main industries in this city? What types of career opportunities commonly exist? How do most people find new jobs?
Mine is the main source of business here though there are a lot of small retailers as well
In general, what are peoples' priorities in this city? For example, do lives revolve around work, family, socializing, sports, etc.?
People are more focused on working. As we all know it is a third world country - the wages on average is 4000 pesos a month If they are not financially stable they do enjoy life - this is one thing I do admire about Filipinos.
If a friend of yours was thinking of moving to this city or town from far away, what other advice would you give them.
I would suggest a minimum income from Australia or the US dollar 400 per week and that's living very comfortable. Rent is about $45 per week, food can add up to about $100 plus per week - electricity is about $75 a month, water about $10 a month. In general if you want to live the same lifestyle you will need no more than $400 per week. Make the move - I regret not doing it earlier in my life. I'm 52 getting married next month the one piece of advice don't believe what a lot of Filipinas tell you take your time choosing a partner you don't want to make one big mistake as divorce is very difficult to have undone in the Philippines.
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