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How much does it cost to live in the philippines.  I know that it would cost less far from the big cities but on average how much would room and food cost per month in peso.

Lord I have answered this question a dozen times or more in detail. Thousands of foreign expats and retirees live here in the Philippines on U$500 to P1500 / month and most save enough money to fly home to their country of origin once a year. And thousands more are planning to retire here in the upcoming years as they reach retirement age. Rent from P3000 to P15000 / month, utilities from P1500 to P4500/ month fast food meals from P69 to P150, beer 33ml times 24 bottles P400, liter dark rum P60 liter imported brand name gin or vodka bottled in RP P160 to P180 / liter, fruit P25 to P60 / kilo ( 2.2lbs) vegetables P25 to P80/ kilo, bread and pastry from P1 to P10 each and loaf of bread P40 to P80. Rice from P20 to P45 / kilo, World class cinema American films P200, internet cafe P20 to P30 / hour or monthly P600 to P1000/ month. 2 weeks ago we flew one way for only P675 and it's easy to fly almost anywhere P1500 ( P40.60=U$)
Live-in Maids P1000 to P3000 / month, Private driver P5000 to P15000/ month, Laborers to expert masons and Carpenters P200 to P500 / day  


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Bill and Lorna Collings


Feel FREE to ask us about traveling, living, relocating, retiring and investing in the Philippines. Guests from 93 countries, the latest being a female PHD from Uganda, make our place in Manila an incredible meeting place for world travelers who exchange travel stories. We understand both the joys and the hardships of living and traveling in the Philippines.


I arrived in the Philippines in January 1980 to travel for 2 months; I stayed 4 months before reluctantly leaving. I met my Filipina wife, Lorna. an incredible stellar, "one in a million" individual in 1983 in Seoul and we moved to the Philippines in 1986 and opened our 3BR house to world travelers on a budget. After welcoming thousands of guests from 93 nations our place has grown to 38 bedrooms in 5 townhouse units, 4 of which are attached but will never lose its "Home away from Home" atmosphere. Almost everyday at The Townhouse Hotel there's a party-like social scene with vibrant, almost magical energetic conversations between our guests who have the pleasure to meet each other and share their life's many experiences.Often three groups with conversations in different languages are going on at the same time. So we've been exposed to every kind of person from all over the world and shared their experiences. Since arriving back in the Philippines Nov 2011 from traveling for 8 months my wife and I have been busy buying land, building houses and expanding our Boracay beach front resort, Casa Camilla for 16 months. Hopefully we'll be finished by the end of 2013 with a total of 50 apartments, 44 units for yearly stays and the six units in our house to be saved for short term stays.

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some college 2-1/2 years - no degree - I've been traveling since I was 18, almost 30 years.

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Luckily, my wife and I have been semi-retired since we were 30 years old, almost 30 years.

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3000 to 4000 world travelers and guests on a budget pass through our guest house style Townhouse Hotel / Hostel each year since 1986 so we do get a lot of feedback and share a lot of experiences with people which we can then pass on to help others with their questions and problems

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