Cost of living in Manila, Philippines

Summary of cost of living in Manila

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: Php134,824
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: Php68,913
  • 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 2023.

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Food Update prices
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district Php268
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) Php182
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast Php123
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk Php95
12 eggs, large Php125
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes Php90
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese Php195
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples Php172
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes Php110
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket Php68
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality Php497
2 liters of coca-cola Php109
Bread for 2 people for 1 day Php57
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Housing Update prices
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area Php62,044
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area Php30,233
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat Php4,311
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area Php31,330
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area Php14,727
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio Php4,905
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) Php1,732
40” flat screen tv Php15,988
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) Php5,012
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) Php376
Hourly rate for cleaning help Php423
Clothes Update prices
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) Php2,031
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) Php1,691
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) Php4,284
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes Php4,491
Transportation Update prices
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new Php1,248,360
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas Php71
Monthly ticket public transport Php1,512
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) Php282
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Personal Care Update prices
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) Php247
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) Php463
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) Php903
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) Php221
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) Php135
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) Php154
4 rolls of toilet paper Php88
Tube of toothpaste Php108
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city Php347
Entertainment Update prices
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub Php1,044
2 tickets to the movies Php569
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 Php2,054
1 cocktail drink in downtown club Php321
Cappuccino in expat area of the city Php152
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) Php91
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 Php2,122
1 package of marlboro cigarettes Php141
Some of these prices have some inconsistencies. They already provide a reliable comparison but they are not bullet-proof. They are based on 305 prices entered by 104 different people.
Latest price update: January 29, 2023

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