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Destination Overview

Gorgeous Beaches, Friendly People

The Philippines forms a massive group of more than 7,000 islands in Southeast Asia between the South China and Philippine seas. Its climate is tropical and expats may be surprised to find that many homes do not have air conditioning installed. Filipinos may come across as shy, but they are typically a very friendly, hospitable people, who enjoy welcoming newcomers and helping them whenever possible.

Quick Info

  • Currency: Philippine Peso (PHP)
  • Electricity: 220 V, 60 Hz, plug types A, B and C
  • Languages: Filipino, English
  • Population: 100,000,000


While the cost of living in the Philippines is lower compared to many other countries in Southeast Asia, housing will still account for the largest portion of an expat's monthly expenses.

Typical Costs

Temporary Accommodation
  • One-bedroom apartment in the city centre (such as Makati City in metropolitan Manila):  PHP 40,000
  • Three-bedroom apartment in the city centre (such as Makati City in metropolitan Manila):  PHP 100,000

Fun Fact

The yo-yo was invented in the Philippines, but it was used as a weapon made with studs and spikes to hunt prey. A Filipino immigrant to the US first started manufacturing the yo-yo as a toy in 1928.


Because of issues with public schools (large class sizes, lack of teaching materials, poorly-paid teachers) in the Philippines, most expats opt to send their children to international schools instead. There are quite a few available, mainly in or around Manila. However, education at these schools can be quite expensive.

Typical Costs

Average Cost

International school tuition starts at approximately USD 8000 per year, plus registration fees, textbook rental, and possibly other miscellaneous costs—costs can go to$22,000 or up.  An International Baccalaureate system is available.

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Fast Facts

  • Flag

    The Philippine Flag is the only flag in the world when flown upside down means they are at war.

  • Texting

    The Philippines has been referred to as the “Text Capital of the World.” Every day, about 450 million SMS text messages are sent.

  • Islands

    The Philippines has over 7,100 islands and over 170 individual languages.

  • Name Origin

    The Philippines was named after King Philip II of Spain and was a Spanish colony for over 300 years.

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