Cost of Living in the Philippines

If you want to think about living in the Philippines, you have to consider your budget.  Assuming you have a regular income, just make a budget and see if it works.  If you don't have a regular dependable income stream you'll have problems!!  Anyhow here are some figures for Manila.  Cebu, Davao, Dumaguete, etc, some things more expensive and some cheaper. 

Cost of Living in Manila, Philippines

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Examples of Items (Exchange Rates per 1/12/2008) Average Price in Peso in USD in EUR

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Cigarettes (20 Hope) PhP50.00 $1.03 € 0.81

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Cigarettes (20 Marlboro) PhP40.00 $0.82 € 0.65

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Cigarettes (20 Dunhill) PhP70.00 $1.44 € 1.14

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Clothes - FlipFlops ('Spartan' or non-branded) PhP40.00 $0.82 € 0.65

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Clothes - T-Shirt (non-branded) PhP180.00 $3.69 € 2.92

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Clothes - Sports Shoes (non-branded) PhP1,500.00 $30.77 € 24.34

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Clothes - Pair of Jeans (non-branded) PhP1,500.00 $30.77 € 24.34

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Drinks - Alcohol, Bottle San Miguel Beer (0.3 litre) PhP25.00 $0.51 € 0.41

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Drinks - Alcohol, Bottle Red Horse Beer (0.6 litre) PhP40.00 $0.82 € 0.65

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Drinks - Alcohol, Local Tanduay Rum (1 litre) PhP70.00 $1.44 € 1.14

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Drinks - Alcohol, Local Wine (0.7 litre) PhP150.00 $3.08 € 2.43

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Drinks - Alcohol, Imported Wine (0.7 litre), starting at PhP800.00 $16.41 € 12.98

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Drinks - Alcohol, Imported, Whiskey/Vodka (0.7 litre), from PhP800.00 $16.41 € 12.98

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Drinks - Clubbing, Bottle San Miguel Beer (0.3 litre) PhP120.00 $2.46 € 1.95

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Drinks - Clubbing, Local Cocktail PhP180.00 $3.69 € 2.92

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Drinks - Clubbing, International Cocktail PhP250.00 $5.13 € 4.06

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Drinks - Cup of Coffee PhP70.00 $1.44 € 1.14

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Drinks - Drinking Water Aqua/Danone (1.5 litre bottle) PhP130.00 $2.67 € 2.11

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Drinks - non-carbonated (i.e Green Tea, 0.5 litre) PhP25.00 $0.51 € 0.41

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Drinks - Isotonic Sports Drink (0.5 bottle, non-branded) PhP25.00 $0.51 € 0.41

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Drinks - Isotonic Sports Drink (0.3 can) PhP20.00 $0.41 € 0.32

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Drinks - Soft Drink (Pepsi/Coke, 1.5 litre) PhP40.00 $0.82 € 0.65

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Drinks - Milk Tetra Pack (1 litre) PhP120.00 $2.46 € 1.95

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Drinks - Juices (Orange/Apple, 1 litre) PhP120.00 $2.46 € 1.95

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Food - Egg (1 piece) PhP8.00 $0.16 € 0.13

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Food - Local Dessert (Special 'Halo-Halo') PhP80.00 $1.64 € 1.30

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Food - Local Tapsilog (Beef, Fried Rice, Egg) PhP75.00 $1.54 € 1.22

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Food - Local Sisig (Sizzling pork cheeks) PhP150.00 $3.08 € 2.43

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Food - 15 sticks of Barbecue pork PhP180.00 $3.69 € 2.92

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Food - Fruit, Ripe Mango (1 kg) PhP80.00 $1.64 € 1.30

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Food - Fruit, Melon (1 kg) PhP50.00 $1.03 € 0.81

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Food - White Rice (1 kg) PhP35.00 $0.72 € 0.57

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Food - Adobo (Chicken or Pork in Soy Sauce) with Rice PhP70.00 $1.44 € 1.14

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Food - Fruit, Mandarine Orange (1 kg) PhP100.00 $2.05 € 1.62

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Food - Bulalo (Beef, Potatoes, String Beans, Cabbage in Soup) with Rice PhP200.00 $4.10 € 3.25

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Food - Fruit, Orange (1 kg) PhP80.00 $1.64 € 1.30

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Food - Fruit, NZ Apples (1 kg) PhP100.00 $2.05 € 1.62

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Food - Western, McDonalds Ice Cream PhP25.00 $0.51 € 0.41

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Food - Western, Baguette (foot long) PhP70.00 $1.44 € 1.14

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Food - Western, McDonalds Cheeseburger PhP25.00 $0.51 € 0.41
         

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Food - Western, McDonalds Big Mac PhP75.00 $1.54 € 1.22

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Food - Western, Cold Cut (European Standard per 100g) PhP40.00 $0.82 € 0.65

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Food - Western, Pizza medium (Pizza Hut) PhP250.00 $5.13 € 4.06

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Food - Western, Italian or other European Cuisine (dish) PhP250.00 $5.13 € 4.06

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Food - Western, Pizza large (Pizza Hut) PhP500.00 $10.26 € 8.11

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Housing - Electricity, 1 Room (monthly) PhP1,000.00 $20.51 € 16.23

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Housing - Electricity, House/Studio with Aircon (monthly) PhP2,500.00 $51.28 € 40.57

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Housing - Electricity, House 2 bedroom (monthly) PhP3,500.00 $71.79 € 56.80

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Housing - Rent, 1 Room (per night) PhP2,500.00 $51.28 € 40.57

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Housing - Rent, 1 Room (monthly/app.160sqft) PhP10,000.00 $205.13 € 162.28

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Housing - Rent, House/Studio (monthly/app.800 sqft) PhP20,000.00 $410.25 € 324.57

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Housing - Rent, House/2-bedroom (monthly/1.500 sqft) PhP25,000.00 $512.82 € 405.71

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Transport - Gasoline/Petrol (1 litre) PhP50.00 $1.03 € 0.81

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Transport - Bike Rental Honda/Yamaha 100cc (per day) PhP250.00 $5.13 € 4.06

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Transport - Taxi (short distance) PhP50.00 $1.03 € 0.81

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Transport - Taxi (app. 5 km) PhP80.00 $1.64 € 1.30

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Transport - Car Honda CRV, 4-5 ppl (per day) PhP8,000.00 $164.10 € 129.83

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Transport - Car Toyota Grandia, 6-7 ppl (per day) PhP10,000.00 $205.13 € 162.28

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Wellness - Haircut (Men) PhP400.00 $8.21 € 6.49

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Wellness - Head Massage/Cream Bath (1 hour) PhP600.00 $12.31 € 9.74
         

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Wellness - Manicure PhP250.00 $5.13 € 4.06

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Wellness - Pedicure PhP250.00 $5.13 € 4.06

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Wellness - Traditional Massage (1 hour) PhP1,500.00 $30.77 € 24.34

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Wellness - Haircut (Women) PhP800.00 $16.41 € 12.98

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Wellness - Hair Coloring PhP2,500.00 $51.28 € 40.57

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Wellness - Hair Extensions (20 piece, 35cm) PhP12,000.00 $246.15 € 194.74

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Wellness - Toiletries, Soap (non-branded, YCA etc.) PhP40.00 $0.82 € 0.65

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Wellness - Toiletries, Soap (branded, Dove etc.) PhP80.00 $1.64 € 1.30

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Wellness - Toiletries, Tootbrush (non-branded) PhP80.00 $1.64 € 1.30

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Wellness - Toiletries, Tootbrush (branded) PhP150.00 $3.08 € 2.43

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Wellness - Toiletries, Tootpaste (non-branded, Hapee) PhP40.00 $0.82 € 0.65

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Wellness - Toiletries, Tootbrush (Sensodyne etc.) PhP200.00 $4.10 € 3.25

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Wellness - Waxing Lip/Chin/Eyebrows PhP400.00 $8.21 € 6.49

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Wellness - Waxing Upper/Lower Leg PhP1,500.00 $30.77 € 24.34

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Wellness - Waxing Bikini Line PhP1,500.00 $30.77 € 24.34

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Wellness - Waxing Brazilian PhP2,000.00 $41.03 € 32.46

 

 Sorry if this isn't your ideal set of things in your budget, but it kind of gives you an idea.