Cost of living in Manila, 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) Php161
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast Php107
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk Php79
12 eggs, large Php90
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes Php80
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese Php143
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples Php124
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes Php94
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket Php45
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality Php371
2 liters of Coca-Cola Php61
Bread for 2 people for 1 day Php47
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area Php48,833
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area Php26,577
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat Php3,769
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area Php28,593
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area Php16,593
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio Php3,317
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) Php1,836
40” flat screen TV Php26,829
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) Php5,384
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) Php280
Hourly rate for cleaning help Php147
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) Php2,399
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) Php1,652
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) Php4,339
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes Php3,377
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new Php1,509,320
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas Php45
Monthly ticket public transport Php1,499
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) Php149
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) Php133
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) Php429
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) Php580
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) Php196
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) Php101
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) Php144
4 rolls of toilet paper Php56
Tube of toothpaste Php83
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city Php293
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub Php775
2 tickets to the movies Php525
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) Php1,926
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert Php1,670
1 cocktail drink in downtown club Php250
Cappuccino in expat area of the city Php156
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) Php87
iPad Air 2, 64GB Php29,308
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) Php8
1 month of gym membership in business district Php2,242
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes Php75
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 1,952 prices entered by 295 different people.
Latest price update: October 22, 2017.

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