Cost of living in Cebu City, Philippines

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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district Php171
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) Php142
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast Php86
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk Php78
12 eggs, large Php89
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes Php66
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese Php204
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples Php108
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes Php93
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket Php43
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality Php369
2 liters of Coca-Cola Php59
Bread for 2 people for 1 day Php42
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area Php41,794
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area Php19,856
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat Php4,395
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) Php1,919
40” flat screen TV Php37,208
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) Php5,013
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) Php211
Hourly rate for cleaning help Php605
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) Php2,669
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) Php1,521
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) Php3,733
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes Php2,663
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 2.0 TDI 140 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) Php96
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) Php246
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) Php725
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) Php387
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) Php119
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) Php89
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) Php125
4 rolls of toilet paper Php50
Tube of toothpaste Php89
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city Php179
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub Php633
2 tickets to the movies Php426
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) Php770
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert Php1,356
1 cocktail drink in downtown club Php143
Cappuccino in expat area of the city Php113
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) Php66
iPod nano 16GB Php17,349
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) Php10
1 month of gym membership in business district Php2,314
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes Php67
Some of these prices have some inconsistencies. They already provide a reliable comparison but they are not bullet-proof. They are based on 269 prices entered by 29 different people.
Latest price update: December 09, 2016.

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