Summary about cost of living in Manila, Philippines:
|Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant||4.57 $||2.19-9.15|
|Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course||29.26 $||21.95-64.02|
|McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal)||3.66 $||2.93-5.49|
|Domestic Beer (1 pint draught)||1.43 $||0.91-2.19|
|Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle)||2.19 $||1.55-3.66|
|Cappuccino (regular)||3.09 $||1.46-5.49|
|Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle)||1.02 $||0.55-1.83|
|Water (12 oz small bottle)||0.48 $||0.37-0.97|
|Milk (regular), (1 gallon)||6.56 $||5.26-8.52|
|Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb)||1.20 $||0.83-2.16|
|Rice (white), (1 lb)||0.42 $||0.33-0.58|
|Eggs (regular) (12)||1.90 $||1.32-2.74|
|Local Cheese (1 lb)||3.10 $||0.83-10.79|
|Chicken Fillets (1 lb)||2.10 $||1.33-2.49|
|Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat)||3.29 $||2.49-4.56|
|Apples (1 lb)||1.33 $||0.83-1.66|
|Banana (1 lb)||0.68 $||0.50-1.24|
|Oranges (1 lb)||1.39 $||1.00-2.07|
|Tomato (1 lb)||0.67 $||0.41-1.24|
|Potato (1 lb)||0.90 $||0.50-1.37|
|Onion (1 lb)||0.98 $||0.50-2.16|
|Lettuce (1 head)||1.42 $||0.73-2.74|
|Water (1.5 liter bottle)||0.68 $||0.46-1.37|
|Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range)||9.15 $||4.57-12.80|
|Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle)||1.22 $||0.82-1.83|
|Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle)||1.80 $||1.28-2.74|
|Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro)||2.74 $||1.83-2.93|
|One-way Ticket (Local Transport)||0.55 $||0.46-0.91|
|Monthly Pass (Regular Price)||12.30 $||9.15-24.14|
|Taxi Start (Normal Tariff)||0.73 $||0.73-1.28|
|Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff)||0.40 $||0.32-0.53|
|Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff)||2.19 $||2.19-2.65|
|Gasoline (1 gallon)||5.26 $||4.50-6.20|
|Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car)||23,777.51 $||18,290.40-29,264.63|
|Toyota Corolla Sedan 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car)||18,727.33 $||14,632.32-25,606.55|
|Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment||109.18 $||73.16-182.90|
|1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans)||0.15 $||0.11-0.18|
|Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL)||39.01 $||29.26-54.87|
Sports And Leisure
|Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult||51.35 $||27.44-69.50|
|Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend)||6.01 $||3.66-7.32|
|Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat||6.40 $||4.57-9.13|
|Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child||387.58 $||146.32-731.62|
|International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child||12,803.28 $||5,487.12-23,777.51|
Clothing And Shoes
|1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar)||39.83 $||14.61-82.31|
|1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...)||31.63 $||9.15-45.73|
|1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range)||74.41 $||54.87-91.45|
|1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes||70.09 $||27.44-128.03|
Rent Per Month
|Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre||561.94 $||365.81-914.52|
|Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre||292.65 $||182.90-548.71|
|Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre||1,672.26 $||1,097.42-3,292.27|
|Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre||761.34 $||365.81-1,646.14|
Buy Apartment Price
|Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre||427.23 $||339.84-637.21|
|Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre||262.95 $||192.01-305.86|
Salaries And Financing
|Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax)||439.58 $|
|Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate||8.11||6.00-10.00|
|Cost of Living in Pasay||5.21 miles|
|Cost of Living in Mandaluyong||6.99 miles|
|Cost of Living in Makati||7.06 miles|
|Cost of Living in Dasmarinas||7.30 miles|
|Cost of Living in Quezon City||7.32 miles|
|Cost of Living in Valenzuela||10.08 miles|
|Cost of Living in Pasig||11.22 miles|
|Cost of Living in Cainta||11.89 miles|
|Cost of Living in Bacoor||12.87 miles|
|Cost of Living in Imus||14.50 miles|
|DeutschLebenshaltungskosten in Manila|
|PortuguêsCusto de Vida em Manila|
|ItalianoCosto della Vita a Manila|
|FrançaisCoût de la Vie à Manille|
|EspañolCosto de Vida en Manila|
- The city is VERY polluted, even the rich areas are often right next to a polluted, sewage infested river. Every rive in the city is toxic.
- The air quality is VERY poor
- The people are friendly but mostly poor, kind of gullible, uneducated
- Salaries are VERY low, you will not be able to find decent work to even pay for your rent.
- It is as hot as hell
Considering how lucky I am to live in such a rather economically advantageous situation in the USA.... Thought i want to share a piece of my luck... by giving out a 100 American dollars to a random needy family living in the Philippines... PROVIDED that they set up their own PayPal account.
I will send this lucky needy family the 100 US dollars ONLY via PayPal. These funds will be sent to their respective PayPal on September 30, 2021.
This act of unselfish generosity happens once a year, each September 30....
First come, first served!!!
I go by Lisa Belle on Facebook. I was born in Lucena City.
Where I live in Leyte the prices are higher than in Manila.
Those calling for price & rent controls here, read basic economics books, such as Hazlitt "Economics in One Lesson".
It's usually government policies and political cronyism that lead to unaffordability for local population.
Too many examples in Phils - one is the incredible cost of internet access of very low quality.
If you've dealt with customs (government) ripoffs involving their DHL cronies, you know how much they increase costs of goods not even produced in Phils...
It's frustrating and unfair to locals, but government meddling in markets through high taxation and regulation load on businesses literally creates the related problems they are intended to solve.
Price and rent controls only lead to higher prices and shortages. It's basic economics.
I observed that real estate agents travel to any part of the world to sell condominium units to balikbayans and promise a huge return for investing real estates in the Phils without considering average Filipino workers. I would say the condominium unit rentals in Manila is based from what they learn from overseas rental prices and it makes you sick as not everyone in the Philippines make or earn $.
Ordinary people in overseas like US earn and pocketing at least US $3K per month and that will be at least P150K in Filipino peso.
Compare to what ordinary Filipino worker earns at least P15K per month, working in a call centre in the Philippines, see a huge difference.
Hoping for the change and government should have a control of the rental price rise.
many products are more expensiv than in abroad
no price control
water electric meat more expensiv than abroad