Cost of living in Manila, Philippines

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district Php264
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) Php166
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast Php107
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk Php80
12 eggs, large Php90
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes Php69
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese Php164
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples Php133
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes Php87
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket Php50
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality Php475
2 liters of Coca-Cola Php63
Bread for 2 people for 1 day Php54
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area Php57,328
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area Php28,926
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat Php3,728
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area Php29,782
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area Php15,397
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio Php2,545
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) Php1,874
40” flat screen TV Php29,308
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) Php4,096
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) Php290
Hourly rate for cleaning help Php333
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) Php2,098
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) Php1,785
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) Php4,141
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes Php3,288
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new Php1,229,350
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas Php47
Monthly ticket public transport Php1,759
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) Php403
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) Php144
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) Php497
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) Php795
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) Php207
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) Php95
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) Php123
4 rolls of toilet paper Php63
Tube of toothpaste Php86
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city Php296
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub Php761
2 tickets to the movies Php519
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) Php2,608
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert Php1,810
1 cocktail drink in downtown club Php257
Cappuccino in expat area of the city Php157
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) Php80
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB Php30,798
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) Php9
1 month of gym membership in business district Php1,959
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes Php77
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 1,496 prices entered by 276 different people.
Latest price update: March 17, 2018.

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