The Pros and Cons of living in the Philippines

Philippines, Manila, Skyline, Sky
Source: Shutterstock – Manila Philippines

Did you thought or ever dreamt of living in an exotic country or stay in a more extended period? What sprung into your thought about a country that you have never known and that you are embracing? It is essential to learn about their lifestyle, culture, etc…, and what the state could offer to you as a foreigner intended to live, but you must know the pros and cons.

The Philippines is considered one of Asia’s largest countries; it has 300,000 area square kilometers and an archipelago of over 7,000 islands, making it the seventh-highest number after Sweden. The Philippines population, as of this year 2020, has 110 million. There is a significant island of the country, namely Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao. The nation’s largest island is Luzon, and it is also the fifteen largest island in the world

I am considering too that the Philippines is one of the most visited tourist destinations in Asia. You can explore fantastic and spectacular beaches, like El Nido Palawan, Boracay White Sand Beach, Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte, White Island, Camiguin, to name a few.

White Beach
Source: Maks Ershov / Shutterstock – Boracay White Sand Beach

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Source/ Shutterstock /Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte, White Beach

Pros of living in the Philippines


The Filipino people are friendly, understanding, and one you count on in times of trouble. They have a close family-oriented type of culture from their relatives and to their neighbors. For the most part, Filipino is known for their hospitality; they used to welcome anyone to come for an occasion they have prepared; sometimes, it is for all, including the whole village. An example is that when you happened to pass an ongoing party, they will stop you from joining them even if you are strangers. This practice usually occurs in rural areas; although some households still exercise it in the urban area, people’s influences come in the provinces.

The Filipinos love gathering and partying; they enjoy the company of everyone who is with their group. Once a year, they celebrate a feast of every saint, a Catholic church’s standard practice—the community.
For the Filipino people, the important is the family. They have a solid foundation, including the extended family- when referring to extended family means, grandparents, parents, relatives, siblings, aunts, and uncles, and each have to perform a duty. To ensure the well being of any member of the family by protecting each other at all cost. The grandparents play an essential role in their grandchildren. It is a tradition passed from generation to generation, the most common practice in rural areas.

The cost of living

The Filipinos, who live economically, do not bother themselves if what comes and goes living with the flow. In short, they know how to grasp their resources.

If you are foreign and want to relocate to the Philippines, you can comfortably live on $1000 a month and cover your housing, taxes, utilities, food, and health care. And if you have over a hundred thousand dollars savings, it can protect you for over eleven years.

As compared to any advanced Asian countries, like China, Japan, and Taiwan, to mention a few, the Philippines has the best rate in purchasing a property, and it all depends on the location. For example, you want a little bit of a luxurious lifestyle, a hundred and fifty thousand euros or dollars, it will provide you a large fancy house.

Here is the estimated decent lifestyle monthly budget of a single foreign person living in the Philippines’ rural or the provinces.

Housing/Rent 10,000
Food 5,000
Mobile Loads 2,200
Transportation 2,500
Utilities 2,500
Miscellaneous 3,000
Total Peso 25,200 (€450)


Freedom is generally practicing in the country; everyone has the right to express their voices to be heard until it gets noticed. Most Filipinos are uncompromising when it comes to protesting, ensuring their rights.


Since the current administration is in office in the Philippines, the road network has improved drastically, especially in rural areas with difficult access to long travel distances. And have a significant change significantly in the Capital city, which is Manila.

Public Transportation

The Philippines has no problem with public transport. Buses, trains, taxis, metros, tricycles, and jeepneys are transportation in the country. However, metros are operating within the city of Manila only. Trains are operational or running from La union to the Bicol region only.


In the Philippines, you can choose any religion you want to associate with it. Everybody has the freedom to join a congregation. Christianity is a common belief in the country, and the immense faith is Roman Catholicism, followed by Evangelical, Iglesia ni Kristo, Aglipayan, and Muslim.

Cons of living in the Philippines


One of the significant problems in the country is racism; this occurs during jobs interview. An example in Manila’s capital city is applying for a job as a foreigner end up to nothing. Sometimes it is whom you know and not what you know.


The major problem of the country is employment. One factor is population growth; it is quite difficult to accommodate any qualified applicant for the jobs. And every year, the number of graduates with a different degree is increasing. There is not enough work available for every job seeker. The reason that many Filipinos go abroad, leaving their family to work overseas. Moreover, there are five employment types: regular or permanent job, term or fixed, project employment, seasonal and casual jobs.


The Philippines law states that when you are a foreigner and want to settle in the country. You can own a house in any structure that sits on the land but prohibits you from owning the land. An example is a condominium; you own the condo unit but not the ground beneath it. Many restrictions apply to foreigners who buy a property in the country, except when married to a Filipino. However, Filipino citizens have no such difficulty for as long as they ask permission to build a structure on their land.


The Filipino language is like any language in a country; it requires that you must learn. It is quite an adaptive language to learn. However, most Filipinos recognize English speaking, and most of their textbook written in English except for Filipino subjects.

Thank you for reading.


© 2020 Leonie M.

12 thoughts on “The Pros and Cons of living in the Philippines

    1. Hello Chris, you’ve noticed that well, and it’s part of the Filipino culture. Most Filipinos are friendly, and you can lean on and consider a friend for life. Stay safe, for I think you are on lockdown; my sister related with me the other day – currently, she resides in Canada.


    1. Hello Jessica, thank you for reading the article, and I am glad that you like it. It is nice to know that you grew up in Palawan, one of the nations’ pride. I grew up in the Cagayan Valley region, Penablanca Cagayan.

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