Cost of living in Cebu City, Philippines

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district Php225
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) Php166
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast Php95
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk Php82
12 eggs, large Php85
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes Php64
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese Php256
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples Php119
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes Php89
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket Php55
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality Php499
2 liters of Coca-Cola Php64
Bread for 2 people for 1 day Php52
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area Php33,219
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area Php18,562
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat Php5,002
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area Php23,971
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area Php15,655
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio Php3,596
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) Php1,670
40” flat screen TV Php23,809
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) Php4,568
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) Php275
Hourly rate for cleaning help Php275
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) Php2,108
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) Php1,624
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) Php4,093
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes Php3,180
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new Php1,712,520
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas Php50
Monthly ticket public transport Php1,042
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) Php223
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) Php198
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) Php389
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) Php1,358
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) Php129
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) Php102
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) Php159
4 rolls of toilet paper Php47
Tube of toothpaste Php98
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city Php170
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub Php757
2 tickets to the movies Php467
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) Php2,213
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert Php1,527
1 cocktail drink in downtown club Php155
Cappuccino in expat area of the city Php152
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) Php69
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB Php29,748
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) Php8
1 month of gym membership in business district Php2,173
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes Php63
Some of these prices have some inconsistencies. They already provide a reliable comparison but they are not bullet-proof. They are based on 410 prices entered by 53 different people.
Latest price update: September 19, 2018.

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