Cost of living in Manila, Philippines

Summary of cost of living in Manila

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: $2,758 (Php140,020)
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: $1,429 (Php72,531)
  • 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 Oct 2021.

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Food Update prices
PHP USD
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district Php231 ($4.54)
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) Php190 ($3.73)
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast Php97 ($1.92)
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk Php87 ($1.72)
12 eggs, large Php144 ($2.84)
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes Php87 ($1.71)
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese Php168 ($3.30)
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples Php159 ($3.14)
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes Php97 ($1.92)
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket Php59 ($1.16)
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality Php422 ($8)
2 liters of coca-cola Php82 ($1.62)
Bread for 2 people for 1 day Php58 ($1.14)
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Housing Update prices
PHP USD
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area Php66,910 ($1,318)
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area Php33,398 ($658)
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat Php5,899 ($116)
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area Php31,841 ($627)
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area Php17,873 ($352)
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio Php3,232 ($64)
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) Php1,709 ($34)
40” flat screen tv Php16,659 ($328)
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) Php5,028 ($99)
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) Php321 ($6)
Hourly rate for cleaning help Php227 ($4.47)
Clothes Update prices
PHP USD
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) Php2,797 ($55)
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) Php1,615 ($32)
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) Php4,523 ($89)
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes Php4,238 ($83)
Transportation Update prices
PHP USD
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new Php1,081,170 ($21,297)
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas Php50 ($0.99)
Monthly ticket public transport Php3,348 ($66)
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) Php237 ($4.67)
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Personal Care Update prices
PHP USD
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) Php177 ($3.49)
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) Php577 ($11)
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) Php700 ($14)
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) Php210 ($4.13)
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) Php123 ($2.43)
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) Php174 ($3.43)
4 rolls of toilet paper Php69 ($1.36)
Tube of toothpaste Php87 ($1.72)
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city Php272 ($5.36)
Entertainment Update prices
PHP USD
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub Php1,045 ($21)
2 tickets to the movies Php518 ($10)
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) Php1,374 ($27)
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert Php2,126 ($42)
1 cocktail drink in downtown club Php299 ($5.88)
Cappuccino in expat area of the city Php178 ($3.50)
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) Php93 ($1.84)
Ipad wi-fi 128gb Php27,159 ($535)
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) Php8 ($0.15)
1 month of gym membership in business district Php1,967 ($39)
1 package of marlboro cigarettes Php119 ($2.35)
Some of these prices have some inconsistencies. They already provide a reliable comparison but they are not bullet-proof. They are based on 352 prices entered by 101 different people.
Latest price update: October 25, 2021

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