Cloud 9 Pier in Siargo, Philippines
Cloud 9 Pier in Siargo, Philippines
Cloud 9 Pier in Siargo, Philippines

Living in Philippines

By Betsy Burlingame

Last updated on Feb 10, 2022

Summary: Expats, digital nomads and retirees talk about what it is really like living in Philippines. They offer advice about meeting people, cost of living, finding a home and more.

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What do I need to know about living in Philippines?

When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Philippines, they said:

"Please come! Several of my friends have done, but all are in other locations and mainly retirees like myself. Several have taken permanent residence in Philippines; I should add - particularly now that UK has become degraded (say-no-more!)," said another expat in Taguig.

"The best is to have some work over internet from outside the country. It is more an investment country over here than a job finding country," added another expat who made the move to Davao.

"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," explained one expat living in Surigao City, Philippines.

"Be patient. Learn the language, or some anyway. Don't rush to judgement, better often to reserve your opinion. Muck in with the real locals to learn the real Manila," mentioned another in Manila.

"Be patient. Learn to accept "indirectness" as a form of communication. Just because someone doesn't tell you something, it doesn't mean they aren't telling you something. Listen with all your senses," explained one expat who made the move to Manila.

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Betsy Burlingame Betsy Burlingame is the Founder of Expat Exchange. She launched Expat Exchange in 1997 as her Master's thesis project at NYU. Some of Betsy's more popular articles include 12 Best Places to Live in Italy, 12 Things to Know Before Moving to The Dominican Republic and the Living in Panama Guide. Betsy loves to travel and spend time with her family. Connect with Betsy on LinkedIn.

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