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Cost of Living - Philippines

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Examples of Items (Exchange Rates per 1/12/2008)Average Price in Pesoin USDin 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 atPhP800.00$16.41 12.98

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Drinks - Alcohol, Imported, Whiskey/Vodka (0.7 litre), fromPhP800.00$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 CocktailPhP180.00$3.69 2.92

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Drinks - Clubbing, International CocktailPhP250.00$5.13 4.06

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Drinks - Cup of CoffeePhP70.00$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 porkPhP180.00$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 RicePhP70.00$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 RicePhP200.00$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 CreamPhP25.00$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 CheeseburgerPhP25.00$0.51 0.41

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Food - Western, McDonalds Big MacPhP75.00$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 - ManicurePhP250.00$5.13 4.06

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Wellness - PedicurePhP250.00$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 ColoringPhP2,500.00$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/EyebrowsPhP400.00$8.21 6.49

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Wellness - Waxing Upper/Lower LegPhP1,500.00$30.77 24.34

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Wellness - Waxing Bikini LinePhP1,500.00$30.77 24.34

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Wellness - Waxing BrazilianPhP2,000.00$41.03 32.46

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PHILIPPINE COST OF LIVING CHART
as adapted from nomad4ever.com
Just like in any country, actual prices will vary by location and type of vendor.  As an example, in Metro Manila I get a men's haircut for P120, not the P400 stated in this chart.  Provincial prices will be less for housing and personal services.
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