Cost of living in Cebu City, Philippines

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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district Php207
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) Php139
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast Php86
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk Php76
12 eggs, large Php88
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes Php66
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese Php221
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples Php118
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes Php85
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket Php45
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality Php387
2 liters of Coca-Cola Php56
Bread for 2 people for 1 day Php44
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area Php40,002
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area Php19,223
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat Php4,697
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area Php27,191
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area Php14,763
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio Php3,447
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) Php2,701
40” flat screen TV Php37,605
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) Php4,704
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) Php211
Hourly rate for cleaning help Php613
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) Php2,406
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) Php1,607
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) Php3,795
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes Php2,746
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 2.0 TDI 140 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new Php1,725,460
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas Php43
Monthly ticket public transport Php906
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) Php104
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) Php246
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) Php979
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) Php400
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) Php138
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) Php89
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) Php132
4 rolls of toilet paper Php52
Tube of toothpaste Php89
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city Php183
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub Php648
2 tickets to the movies Php418
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) Php799
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert Php1,661
1 cocktail drink in downtown club Php143
Cappuccino in expat area of the city Php111
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 Php2,193
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 209 prices entered by 26 different people.
Latest price update: September 26, 2016.

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