Cost of living in Manila, Philippines

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district Php271
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 Php96
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes Php72
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese Php169
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples Php140
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes Php89
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket Php54
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality Php478
2 liters of Coca-Cola Php71
Bread for 2 people for 1 day Php52
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area Php54,654
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area Php27,502
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat Php3,647
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area Php29,723
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area Php14,899
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio Php2,799
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) Php1,929
40” flat screen TV Php33,068
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) Php4,081
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) Php244
Hourly rate for cleaning help Php224
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) Php2,041
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) Php1,566
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) Php4,060
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes Php3,225
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new Php1,165,390
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas Php48
Monthly ticket public transport Php1,931
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) Php423
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) Php117
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) Php548
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) Php915
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) Php219
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) Php84
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) Php129
4 rolls of toilet paper Php66
Tube of toothpaste Php87
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city Php222
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub Php789
2 tickets to the movies Php531
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) Php1,097
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert Php1,605
1 cocktail drink in downtown club Php246
Cappuccino in expat area of the city Php148
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) Php82
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB Php24,276
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) Php9
1 month of gym membership in business district Php2,080
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes Php81
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 1,661 prices entered by 287 different people.
Latest price update: May 20, 2018.

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