moving to the philippines

Moving to the Philippines

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What is the Philippines?

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The Philippines is an archipelago in Southeast Asia, consisting of over 7000 islands in the western Pacific Ocean.

The Philippines is divided roughly into 3 regions: the northern part Luzon, where the capital city of Manila is, the middle Visayas (Cebu) and the southern Mindanao (Davao).

It’s a sunny, tropical country with plenty to offer for anyone who is considering moving to the Philippines, from the US, Canada, Australia or Europe.

It has no land borders, but shares maritime borders with Taiwan, Japan, Palau, Indonesia, Malaysia, Vietnam and China.

The Philippines is a multinational state, with a lot of different ethnic groups, cultures and languages.

I’ve been living here for many years, and it’s by far my favorite country in the world, for many, many reasons.

There are some obvious disadvantages, as is the case with every other country, but overall, for me, the Philippines is awesome.

There are roughly 110 million people living here, across an area of over 120,000 square miles.

The Philippines used to be a Spanish colony, and this influence can still be seen today, both in the language (which uses a form of many Spanish words) and the general look of some Filipina girls.

Around the turn of the 20th century, the Philippines came under control  of the US, which lasted until its independence in 1946.

It’s a unitary sovereign state with a rather tumultuous history in the latter half of the 20th century, with a dictatorship, slow but sure economic growth, and horrible leaders.

The Philippines is an emerging market, a newly industrialized country and is home to a great level of biodiversity.

It lies on the Pacific Ring of Fire, which means earthquakes, volcanic eruptions and typhoons occur on a regular basis.

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Advantages of moving to the Philippines

  • Sunny climate

    The Philippines has a tropical climate, meaning it’s nearly always hot here. This can be great if you’re into diving and going to the beach

  • Beautiful nature

    This country boasts a wide variety of beautiful nature, clear oceans, diving spots, mountains, jungles, interesting animals, and so on

  • Low cost of living

    The Philippines is very cheap, especially compared to the West. Your cost of living will go down in almost every case, upon moving to the Philippines from the US or any other “advanced” nation

  • Friendly locals

    Filipinos are generally very nice. I’ve lived here for over half a decade and haven’t had any unpleasant encounters

  • Booming economy

    This country is in full development, and will continue growing for the foreseeable future

  • Easy visa

    The Visa-process is very relaxed and hassle free. Attaining citizenship is usually not possible, and residence only if you marry a Filipino, but you can easily just go for visa-extensions

  • English is an official language

    English is an official language, next to “Filipino”/Tagalog. This means that you can get by using just this language, although I'd recommend learning basic Tagalog

  • Easy sex

    As a Western man, it’s pretty easy to get laid here. Obviously, likewise for Western women, but that doesn't seem to occur often

Disadvantages of moving to the Philippines

  • Too hot and humid

    Doing any kind of activity outside when the sun is up will almost always result in sweating your ass off – unless you’re on a boat, under water, on a mountain, or any other elevated or air-conditioned location

  • Natural disasters

    The country lies on the Pacific Ring of Fire, making it a rather frequent recipient of earthquakes and typhoons

  • Very religious and superstitious

    I follow a philosophy of personal freedom where everyone can do or believe whatever the fuck they want, as long as it stays within the personal realm and does not hinder others or society at large. But unfortunately, in this country religion and superstition have several disastrous side-effects, most commonly the retardation of general education and society at large, and Islamic terror in some parts of the country

  • Poor education

    Education is generally substandard, so that means that intelligent and educated people are pretty rare. I’ve met quite a few, but if you compare that to the hundreds upon hundreds of people I’ve met so far, this is a really small percentage. This also means that if you want to settle down here and have children, you’re going to have to keep a close eye on the things they teach your children in school

  • Corruption

    Corruption is rampant and pervades every layer of society. The president is corrupt, senators take bribes, the healthcare system went broke because the managers stole the funds, you have to purchase a few items before you are granted your diploma in school, and so on

  • Anti-drugs

    Drugs are not only illegal here, possession is punished rather harshly. If you think the US has a strict War on Drugs, you should see what the assholes in charge of this country do to people who sell some cannabis. The ones that get thrown in jail for life are the lucky ones, most just get shot

  • Third world country

    Random blackouts occur, the internet is of subpar quality, infrastructure is often laughable. It’s infrequent to walk around big cities and not see something broken or under repair. If you are easily inconvenienced, moving to the Philippines is not for you

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Moving to the Philippines - by the numbers

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Climate: 7.6/10

Typical Southeast Asian tropical country, warm and humid. Not a lot of variation in climate, except when you move to a mountainous area with a higher altitude

Hours of sunshine (8/10) Temperature (9.5/10) Rainy days (8/10) Humidity (5/10)
6.4
26.6 C – 80 F
11
75%

Cost of Living: 9/10

Minimum Annual Wage Average monthly cost single person
$2,696

The Philippines is a very cheap place to live, and if you’re single, you can easily get by on $600-800 a month, without having to give up on many luxuries.

If you’re supporting a family, this number would be roughly double that.

Of course, all of this is highly dependent on where you live, and what kind of lifestyle you desire.

It’s very possible to spend thousands of dollars a month here, blowing it on drugs, alcohol, partying, hookers, you name it.

But if you’re just a normal person, living a quiet life with a few hobbies, you truly do not need much money.

In addition, you can open a bank account here, making it rather easy to plant a flag, or save on expenses.

Taxes on international income: 7/10

0%, unless you are considered a resident (if you spend 182+ days per year there), then it lies between 5 and 32%.

However, if you have a location independent income which does not get paid into your Philippine bank account, I don't see how the government will be able to tax you

Economic growth: 8/10

Average GDP growth over the last 10 years: 5%

Safety: 6.7/10

Safe in nearly every bigger city, but there are definitely regions you should avoid, such as the western part of Mindanao or the slums in Manila.

Global Terrorism Index (5/10) Intentional homicide rate (6/10) Rape rate (9/10)
7
6.5
6.3

Visa: 5.7/10

  • Visa (10/10)

    Most Westerners can get a Visa on arrival, which can be extended for 2 to 6 months at a time, for a total of 3 to 5 years (used to be 5, but I think they recently changed it) before you have to leave the country (after which you can just come back)

  • Permanent Residence (7/10)

    Can be granted pretty easily through marriage (I would advise against it, as divorce is technically illegal), or via a Quota Visa

  • Citizenship (0/10)

    Probably not possible, unless you have a Filipino parent

How is living in the Philippines as a foreigner?

Living in the Philippines as a foreigner is pretty awesome.

You often enjoy an elevated status in the eyes of many girls, which makes dating a breeze.

In addition, if you are used to making a Western salary, you can live here very comfortably.

English is widely spoken, so you can communicate with nearly everyone at a basic level.

There is no real need to learn the local language, although I would advise you to do so anyway.

Filipinos are – at least to foreigners – very nice people, and I’ve met many wonderful human beings.

Is it any good for planting flags? Yes and no.

You can’t easily get Residence or a passport here, but investing in real estate (condominiums) is an option I personally pursue, so you can definitely do that and take advantage of the growing market.

In short, if you want to live a relaxed, low-pressure, sun-sea-beach life, you can’t really go wrong with the Philippines.

Whether you want to party all day, raise a family, or just escape the West, you can do so here.

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2 thoughts on “Moving to the Philippines

  1. Tony

    Tell me what happened to you when you moved to the Philippines…….did you gain weight, did you mellow out, did you get board – etc. What was shocking to you? What was hard to get use to? How did your girl friends treat you? Did it take time to get use to the food…………every get stuck in a CR with no TP……did you learn the proper technique 🙂 to clean up? Did you lose or gain weight? Do you like rice more or less now? How about fish…….have you learned which fish has the most and least bones?

    1. Stephen

      Hello Tony, thanks for your comment. I’ll try to answer your questions:
      -I did gain weight, then lost it, now trying to gain it back (bulking up in the gym)
      -I never got bored, there’s a lot to do here
      -Nothing was shocking to me, because I’ve lived in India and China before, and the Philippines is absolutely way less extreme
      -The heat was probably the hardest to get used to, but now I don’t even notice it anymore
      -My girl friends treated me very well, they’re absolute sweethearts and I can totally recommend anyone to get a Filipina girlfriend
      -It didn’t take long to get used to the food, because I’m very flexible and I just started buying stuff at the market and cooking it myself, before handing that task over to the girlfriend(s)
      -I never got stuck in a CR with no toilet paper in the Philippines, because that happened a few times in India, and since then I always carry tissue with me
      -Proper technique to clean up is wiping until there is no more poo on the paper, I learned that roughly 30 years ago
      -I lost and gained weight, currently I’m about the same level as when I got here, sadly enough
      -Rice is about the same to me, I’m not a fussy eater, it’s just fuel
      -Regarding fish – I do know some fishes that have a lot of bones, and I don’t buy those, I just buy Pangasius filet, without bones

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