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By Betsy Burlingame

Last updated on Sep 06, 2023

Summary: Moving to Makati City, Philippines? Expats talk about what you need to know before moving to Makati City.

What do I need to know before moving to Makati City?

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

"Makati City is the financial hub of the Philippines, home to many multinational corporations, banks, and other major businesses. The city is known for its high standard of living, modern infrastructure, and vibrant nightlife. English is widely spoken in Makati, making it easier for expats to communicate and navigate the city. The cost of living in Makati is higher compared to other cities in the Philippines, but it is still relatively affordable compared to Western countries. Accommodation can range from luxury condos to more affordable apartments, with many located within walking distance to offices and commercial centers. Public transportation in Makati includes jeepneys, buses, and the Metro Rail Transit (MRT), but traffic can be heavy especially during rush hours. Many expats also choose to use ride-hailing apps for convenience. Makati has a tropical climate, with a dry season from November to April and a wet season from May to October. It's advisable to always carry an umbrella due to sudden rain showers. The city is known for its diverse food scene, with a wide array of local and international cuisines available. Makati also has several shopping malls, art galleries, parks, and cultural centers for recreation. Healthcare in Makati is of a high standard, with several top-rated hospitals and clinics in the city. It's recommended to have health insurance to cover medical expenses. Safety in Makati is generally good, but like any major city, it's important to be aware of your surroundings and take precautions against petty crime. Finally, Filipinos are known for their hospitality and friendliness, so expats often find it easy to settle in and make friends. However, it's important to respect local customs and traditions to integrate smoothly into the community," commented one expat who made the move to Makati City.

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Betsy Burlingame Betsy Burlingame is the Founder and President of Expat Exchange and is one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. She launched Expat Exchange in 1997 as her Master's thesis project at NYU. Prior to Expat Exchange, Betsy worked at AT&T in International and Mass Market Marketing. She graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a BA in International Business and German.

Some of Betsy's articles include 12 Best Places to Live in Portugal, 7 Best Places to Live in Panama and 12 Things to Know Before Moving to the Dominican Republic. Betsy loves to travel and spend time with her family. Connect with Betsy on LinkedIn.

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