Cost of living in Cebu City, Philippines

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district Php165
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) Php135
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast Php105
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk Php79
12 eggs, large Php90
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes Php75
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese Php227
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples Php122
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes Php85
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket Php42
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality Php368
2 liters of Coca-Cola Php63
Bread for 2 people for 1 day Php37
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area Php40,840
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area Php20,227
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat Php3,741
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area Php24,044
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area Php16,039
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio Php3,463
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) Php1,649
40” flat screen TV Php37,208
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) Php4,895
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) Php211
Hourly rate for cleaning help Php595
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) Php2,617
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) Php1,500
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) Php3,925
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes Php2,777
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new Php1,725,460
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas Php40
Monthly ticket public transport Php856
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) Php85
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) Php246
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) Php749
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) Php389
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) Php119
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) Php91
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) Php121
4 rolls of toilet paper Php43
Tube of toothpaste Php90
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city Php160
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub Php642
2 tickets to the movies Php418
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) Php1,430
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert Php1,109
1 cocktail drink in downtown club Php141
Cappuccino in expat area of the city Php121
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) Php67
iPod nano 16GB Php17,349
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) Php10
1 month of gym membership in business district Php2,626
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes Php68
Some of these prices have some inconsistencies. They already provide a reliable comparison but they are not bullet-proof. They are based on 299 prices entered by 31 different people.
Latest price update: April 26, 2017.

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