Cost of living in Manila, Philippines

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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district Php319
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) Php156
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast Php108
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk Php83
12 eggs, large Php95
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes Php66
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese Php210
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples Php158
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes Php83
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket Php51
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality Php656
2 liters of Coca-Cola Php80
Bread for 2 people for 1 day Php65
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area Php53,163
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area Php29,961
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat Php6,305
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area Php35,531
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area Php18,262
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio Php4,541
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) Php2,302
40” flat screen TV Php33,890
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) Php6,358
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) Php404
Hourly rate for cleaning help Php265
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) Php2,312
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) Php1,890
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) Php4,668
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes Php4,014
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 2.0 TDI 140 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new Php1,645,310
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas Php41
Monthly ticket public transport Php1,537
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) Php293
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) Php234
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) Php473
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) Php619
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) Php321
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) Php120
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) Php181
4 rolls of toilet paper Php67
Tube of toothpaste Php96
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city Php268
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub Php1,133
2 tickets to the movies Php486
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) Php3,908
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert Php2,624
1 cocktail drink in downtown club Php287
Cappuccino in expat area of the city Php169
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) Php124
iPod nano 16GB Php7,563
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) Php7
1 month of gym membership in business district Php2,677
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes Php70
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 1,444 prices entered by 226 different people.
Latest price update: September 25, 2016.

Manila position in our World Ranking

the world
188th
out of 259
asia
10th
out of 27

Cheapest and most expensive products in Manila compared to other cities:

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