Cost of living in Cebu City, Philippines

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district Php152
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) Php129
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast Php107
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk Php78
12 eggs, large Php81
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes Php66
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese Php223
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples Php136
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes Php77
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket Php48
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality Php411
2 liters of Coca-Cola Php55
Bread for 2 people for 1 day Php36
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area Php37,908
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area Php20,811
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat Php3,837
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area Php23,306
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area Php14,474
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio Php3,463
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) Php1,664
40” flat screen TV Php38,900
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) Php4,895
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) Php342
Hourly rate for cleaning help Php106
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) Php2,419
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) Php1,492
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) Php3,974
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 Php1,742,050
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas Php41
Monthly ticket public transport Php911
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) Php87
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) Php440
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) Php137
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) Php138
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) Php126
4 rolls of toilet paper Php48
Tube of toothpaste Php91
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city Php208
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub Php640
2 tickets to the movies Php445
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) Php793
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert Php1,193
1 cocktail drink in downtown club Php141
Cappuccino in expat area of the city Php121
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) Php66
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB Php15,000
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) Php10
1 month of gym membership in business district Php2,597
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes Php66
Some of these prices have some inconsistencies. They already provide a reliable comparison but they are not bullet-proof. They are based on 221 prices entered by 38 different people.
Latest price update: December 15, 2017.

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