Cost of living in Manila, Philippines

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Latest price update: January 28, 2015.
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Food
Daily menu in the business district Php222
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) Php162
1/2 Kg (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast Php109
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk Php74
12 eggs, large Php73
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes Php92
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese Php190
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples Php184
2 kg (4,5 lb.) of potatoes Php137
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket Php44
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality Php372
2 liters of Coca-Cola Php60
Bread for 2 people for 1 day Php44
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area Php53,872
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat Php6,311
Internet 8MB (1 month) Php2,300
40” flat screen TV Php37,167
Microwave, known brand, 800/900 Watt Php5,727
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) Php226
Hourly rate for cleaning help Php147
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) Php2,317
1 summer dress in a chain store (Zara, H&M, ...) Php1,405
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or similar) Php4,073
1 pair of leather business shoes Php3,700
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 2.0 TDI 140 CV 6 vel. (or equivalent), with no extras, new Php1,463,640
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas Php51
Monthly ticket public transport Php1,759
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 Km. (5 miles) Php387
Personal Care
Medicine against cold for 6 days (Frenadol, Coldrex, ...) Php217
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) Php200
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) Php116
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) Php205
4 rolls of toilet paper Php82
Tube of toothpaste Php100
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city Php294
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub Php1,200
2 tickets to the movies Php472
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) Php3,786
Dinner out for two in Italian restaurant with wine and dessert Php2,627
1 cocktail drink in downtown club Php389
Capuccino in expat area of the city Php165
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) Php87
iPod nano 16GB Php8,563
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) Php9
1 month of gym membership in business district Php3,318
1 package of Marlboro cigarretes Php59

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