Cost of living in Manila, Philippines

Summary of cost of living in Manila

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: Php134,848
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: Php66,211
  • WARNING!  These estimates are based on data that may have some inconsistencies at the moment. They already provide a decent estimate but they are not currently bullet-proof.

List of prices in Manila
Current as of Jan 2022.

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Food Update prices
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district Php190
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) Php179
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast Php97
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk Php89
12 eggs, large Php144
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes Php87
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese Php168
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples Php156
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes Php97
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket Php59
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality Php422
2 liters of coca-cola Php82
Bread for 2 people for 1 day Php58
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Housing Update prices
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area Php49,204
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area Php37,479
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat Php5,696
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area Php33,622
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area Php18,608
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio Php3,177
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) Php1,745
40” flat screen tv Php17,215
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) Php5,491
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) Php311
Hourly rate for cleaning help Php227
Clothes Update prices
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) Php2,797
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) Php1,615
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) Php4,523
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes Php4,238
Transportation Update prices
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new Php1,081,170
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas Php52
Monthly ticket public transport Php3,686
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) Php310
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Personal Care Update prices
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) Php177
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) Php577
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) Php747
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) Php210
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) Php123
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) Php174
4 rolls of toilet paper Php69
Tube of toothpaste Php87
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city Php292
Entertainment Update prices
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub Php1,147
2 tickets to the movies Php537
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) Php1,531
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert Php2,159
1 cocktail drink in downtown club Php283
Cappuccino in expat area of the city Php175
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) Php93
Ipad wi-fi 128gb Php27,159
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) Php8
1 month of gym membership in business district Php1,903
1 package of marlboro cigarettes Php124
Some of these prices have some inconsistencies. They already provide a reliable comparison but they are not bullet-proof. They are based on 262 prices entered by 93 different people.
Latest price update: January 19, 2022

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