Expat Help in the Philippines
Expat Help in the Philippines
Everything You Need to Know About the Philippines

Remember: You Have a Friend in the Philippines

Traveling to another country is never easy. The life of the expat is often glorified online, with photos of white sand and cocktails. That is the easy part! And we want to help get you there. Expat.com.ph aims to be the complete guide online for expats visiting and living in the Philippines. From immigration to accommodation, business startups to retirements - we want to be your fearless guide on your journey to be a successful expat here.

What's New?

As an expat in the Philippines, you are dependent on the local news.

Because you are here in the country as a guest.

But don’t go overboard by reading the daily local news. That is stressful and information overload.

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Latest News in the Philippines

Philippine Baroque Churches

Centuries Old Baroque Philippine Churches Worthy as a National Heritage

Baroque-style architecture was first introduced by the Catholic Church in the early 17th century as a way to contradict the Protestant church’s extravagant architecture with grander, taller and highly decorative Catholic institutions. Baroque architects took inspiration from the basic elements of Renaissance designs and exaggerated these. By enhancing domes and colonnades, making them higher and more dramatic, Baroque churches have become art institutions just as much as they are Catholic buildings.

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city of love

City of Love: Iloilo City Hailed as the “Wakanda” of the Philippines

When Iloilo was threatened by the pandemic, the Ilonggos united to do battle with the unseen, deadly enemy. Everybody did their part in making life a bit better to every resident of the city during this trying time.

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Popular Filipino Foods

Popular Filipino Foods with Hidden Meanings for Special Occasions

A notable Filipino trait is that they love their food, and food always brings people together whether it be with friends, families or colleagues. Filipinos are very religious and superstitious, with beliefs coming from their elders and ancestors. In fact, they associate food into special occasions such as birthdays, Christmas Day, New Year’s Day, etc., believing that these practices will bring good fortune to them.

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Travel Tips & Destinations

The Philippines has some of the top travel destinations in the entire world.

As an expat in the country, it is your job to get out of the busy city and into the province. Enjoy the beauty this country has to offer and take a weekend getaway.

Heck, a long term getaway.

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Philippine Baroque Churches

Centuries Old Baroque Philippine Churches Worthy as a National Heritage

Baroque-style architecture was first introduced by the Catholic Church in the early 17th century as a way to contradict the Protestant church’s extravagant architecture with grander, taller and highly decorative Catholic institutions. Baroque architects took inspiration from the basic elements of Renaissance designs and exaggerated these. By enhancing domes and colonnades, making them higher and more dramatic, Baroque churches have become art institutions just as much as they are Catholic buildings.

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city of love

City of Love: Iloilo City Hailed as the “Wakanda” of the Philippines

When Iloilo was threatened by the pandemic, the Ilonggos united to do battle with the unseen, deadly enemy. Everybody did their part in making life a bit better to every resident of the city during this trying time.

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Parks in Metro Manila

LIST: Parks in Metro Manila

Ayala Triangle Gardens - is a 2-hectare (4.9-acre) landscaped urban park in Makati, Metro Manila, Philippines. It is a triangular public garden and courtyard in the center of the Makati Central Business District. It was named after its owner and developer Ayala Land, and opened to the public in November 2009.

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Accommodation

Wake up! Go to sleep!

We all need a comfortable shelter for a great day ahead. And coming to the Philippines – for short term or long term stays – there are plenty of options just for you!

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AirBnb near Manila

Four AirBnb Units Near Manila to Rent for a Peaceful Weekend

When you have been bombarded with work for 5, 6 or 7 days straight, the body longs for a legit vacation. Who doesn’t want to just sit down, relax and enjoy an amazing view? It’s the easiest and most efficient way to avoiding getting burnt out, and with how fast-paced life is nowadays, it’s practically a miracle to do just ...

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Pros and Cons of Living in the City

Pros and Cons of Living in Makati

Bright lights, skyscrapers, big city. Welcome to Makati. Somewhat resembling New York City in terms of the hustle and bustle day in and day out, Makati is every adventurous, sleepless, and goal-getter’s dream city. However, while it is a delight to have one of those Makati addresses, it can also pose a sense of discomfort, but not enough to cause ...

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accommodation spaces expat living

Expats Guide: Types of Accommodations in the PH for Every Type of Traveler

Planning a trip to the Philippines anytime soon? Whether it’s for a vacation, a business trip or a long-term stay, here is a breakdown a of possible accommodations you can choose from based on your preference and length of stay.   1) Condominium In almost every part of the country, you can see different condo buildings. Whether high-rise or midrise, ...

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Money & Business

We believe there is a huge business opportunity for expats in the Philippines.

From real estate, to online ecommerce, to outsourcing operations – the Philippines has a lot of money making chances.

But at the same time, there is also a lot of pitfalls and traps.

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business industries for expats

Top Businesses Industries Expats Should Try to Invest in the Philippines

Expatriates and foreign investors are always looking for booming industries to invest in. When they see that a country’s economy is progressing, these business sharks instantly look at getting the bigger bite from these lucrative trades. Here are five top business industries that expats should definitely consider when ...

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Know before you Buy: Condos in the Philippines

For expatriates living in the Philippines, you can buy your own condo unit, better than renting.   Purchasing a condo within the metro can be thought-provoking. Like any investment endeavor, there are risks. Do not be a patsy to real estate agents who will sweet talk his way into your approval and regret your decision afterward.   Here are several ...

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Expats Guide: What Is 13th Month Pay in the Philippines?

If you own a company in the Philippines or plan to start one, it is important to be aware of the country’s law about holiday pay and the 13th Month Pay. What is the 13th Month Pay?   What Is Thirteenth Month Pay In most companies, employers pay their employees every two weeks. Now, the thirteenth month pay is an ...

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Study

Knowledge is power.

As a parent, and an expat, you want to make sure your kids education is taken care of.

As parents ourselves, the team at Expat.com.ph has worked tirelessly providing guides, lists, and insights on the schools best suited for you and your children.

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Top Philippine Universities

Get a Degree in Any of These Top Philippine Universities

Education is a big deal in the Philippines. Synonymous to being a degree holder is the opportunity to land a good paying job and reach one’s financial and personal goals. While the educational system of the country is shifting to a K-12 setup, there are a number of prestigious colleges and universities an incoming college freshman can consider going to. Whatever degree you are eyeing, it is equally important to choose an educational institution that will prepare you professionally.

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Expat’s Guide Find the Right Tutorial Center in Manila

Expats Guide: Find the Right Tutorial Center in Manila

As a parent, one of the biggest worries you encounter is being able to help your child reach his or her academic potential early on. While some children are able to excel in school without any external help whatsoever, there are kids who have a harder time in developing their academic progress. A surefire way to help your child excel ...

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International Schools in Manila

Expats Guide: International Schools – Are They Worth It and what is the Cost?

If there is one thing that stresses expats with families, it’s probably where to enroll their children for the incoming semester. Traveling is especially taxing for children who have no option but to move from one school to another every year (or worse, every quarter). When left with no other choice, expats usually go for entering their kids to international ...

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Healthcare

Health is a top human need.

There is the saying – health is wealth – and here in the Philippines, the country is packed with doctors and nurses ready to take are of your medical needs.

From a short term medical checkup, to long term medical treatments – Philippines is a top destination for getting the attention and care you need.

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Why Medical Insurance is Best for You

Why Medical Insurance is Best for You

One thing that’s uncertain in this world is life itself. No one knows what’s going to happen tomorrow. Maybe today, you’re in your best form, the next day, sickness hits you like a storm. That’s the absolute reality, but it doesn’t mean we can’t do something about it, does it? Since you’re a professional who’s always on the go, it’s ...

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Expats Guide Healthcare and Insurance Tips in the Philippines

Expats Guide: Healthcare and Insurance Tips in the Philippines

Sickness is a fact of life wherever you are, regardless of age. In the Philippines, there are at least 10 diseases considered common and deadly and many of them have to do with lifestyles and eating habits. So it’s better to be armed with healthcare and insurance tips for expats in the Philippines in case life and fun here alters ...

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applying life insurance in philippines

Expat’s Guide: Applying for Life Insurance

Living in a foreign land makes everything seem more uncertain, which is why you need something to lean on – something that will give you peace of mind that, should the worst happen, people you leave behind will not be left with nothing. A solid life insurance policy can give you this sense of security and more. Getting life insurance ...

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Retirement

Retiring?

Looking to leverage your money to the max by relocating to the Philippines?

Well, you are in luck!

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Immigration Entering Philippines

Immigration for Foreigners Entering the Philippines

Please note that the information changes on a daily basis and you should check with the Philippine Embassy in whichever country you are intending to fly from. Airlines will sell, in most cases, happily take your money and sell you a ticket, however upon check-in you must have the correct documents such as as a relevant visa and/or an exit ticket out of the country.

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Retirement Visa in the Philippines Made Simple

Retirement Visa in the Philippines Made Simple

The Philippines is fast becoming the favorite retirement haven of foreign nationals. More so now when retirement visa in the Philippines is made simple. That’s besides the fact that the country is the 25th retirement choice in the world, says the Global Retirement Index Ranks of International Living. The tropical climate, friendly and hospitable locals and cheaper cost of living ...

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Accessing Your Pension When Retiring Overseas

Expats Guide: Accessing Your Pension When Retiring Overseas

Retirement becomes a more exciting prospect when you plan to retire abroad. You get a fresh new start. But like everything else in life, it needs funding. Retirement overseas is likely to be funded with retirement pension. So, you probably wonder if accessing your pension when retiring overseas is possible. What rules apply?   Yes You Can, But… The good ...

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Visa

Stamp. Sign. Chop.

You need a document. You need a letter. You need a visit to the visa office.

Here at Expat.com.ph, we know the hassles of visas for expats, and feel for you.

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Immigration Entering Philippines

Immigration for Foreigners Entering the Philippines

Please note that the information changes on a daily basis and you should check with the Philippine Embassy in whichever country you are intending to fly from. Airlines will sell, in most cases, happily take your money and sell you a ticket, however upon check-in you must have the correct documents such as as a relevant visa and/or an exit ticket out of the country.

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Crucial Tips To Remember On Philippine Immigration Laws

Immigration to any country is a difficult task to do. More so, anyone applying for immigration is aware that even his home country has its legal laws and policy regarding this matter. And it’s similar to the Philippine Immigration Laws any expats should be aware. For any individual or family who travels more often knows that it’s never as easy ...

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What You Should Know About Employment Visa in the Philippines

Expats Guide: What You Should Know About Employment Visa in the Philippines

It’s an exciting journey working in the Philippines especially after an Expat Explorer survey said last year that some 52 percent of expats worldwide “found better personal fulfillment working here” than in their country of origin. This also means foreigners are scrambling to get employment visa in the Philippines. To avoid too much hassle with visa procurement (which is normally ...

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Work

Get that money!

We all need to work to earn a living.

Well, most of us – even super models work (and there are quite a few super models of Filipino decent, so we know!)

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work from home

Work From Home: Let’s Get You Ready

You may think that it’s hard to be productive when you are stuck at home but thanks to the ever growing job opportunities that require nothing but your computer, an ideally quiet workspace and a stable internet, you can already get some work done at home!

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Fitch unit TRABAHO bill to yield little results

Fitch unit: TRABAHO bill to ‘yield little results’

MANILA, Philippines — The second package of the Duterte administration’s flagship tax reform program is likely to yield “little results,” a Fitch Group unit said, adding that the proposal to lower corporate income tax rates won’t boost investment without an improvement to the business environment. Last week, the House of Representatives approved on third and final reading House Bill 8083, ...

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working in the philippines

Expats Guide: What is it like to work in the Philippines?

Expats planning to work in the Philippines can look forward to a nice work atmosphere if they secure the necessary papers for doing so. That’s the priority. Always, making everything legit is the key to a hassle-free life and employment for expats working in the Philippines. So, before anything else, make sure the visa and whatever work permits necessary are ...

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Transportation

Planes, trains, and automobiles!

Don’t forget the infamous tricycle and jeepney of the Philippines!

Here at Expat.com.ph, we know the hassles of Manila traffic.

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Best Parking Lots in BGC and Makati Area

Expats Guide: Best Parking Lots in BGC and Makati Area

Often, heavy traffic is just half the problem when trekking south of the metropolis, like going to Bonifacio Global City (BGC). It also has to do with lack of parking lots in BGC and Makati. In fact, traffic congestion is frequently due to illegal parking along major routes in these places, creating choke points. Don’t be part of the problem. ...

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The Philippines Automotive Market Facts, Figures and Anecdotal Information

The Philippines Automotive Market – Facts, Figures and Anecdotal Information

New Car Sales Many people are unaware that the Philippines has one of the fastest growing new car markets with sales doubling in the period 2012-17. Sales have contracted this year due to the price increase since the implementation of TRAIN (Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion). In 2017 425K new vehicles were sold, which places the Philippines behind Malaysia ...

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mrt lrt philippines schedule

Expats Guide: MRT and LRT Daily Schedule

You haven’t really tried the full Filipino experience until you’ve ridden Manila’s Metro Rail Transit (MRT) and Light Rail Transit (LRT). No kidding! Riding Manila trains is the true test of will and power for many Filipino commuters nowadays, so if you’re an expat and you’ve been on the MRT and LRT during their daily schedule, you’re pretty much one ...

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Filipino Culture

Filipinos have beautiful culture.

So colorful and bright.

Take a look at this page’s featured image and you will not question it one bit.

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Philippine Baroque Churches

Centuries Old Baroque Philippine Churches Worthy as a National Heritage

Baroque-style architecture was first introduced by the Catholic Church in the early 17th century as a way to contradict the Protestant church’s extravagant architecture with grander, taller and highly decorative Catholic institutions. Baroque architects took inspiration from the basic elements of Renaissance designs and exaggerated these. By enhancing domes and colonnades, making them higher and more dramatic, Baroque churches have become art institutions just as much as they are Catholic buildings.

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Popular Filipino Foods

Popular Filipino Foods with Hidden Meanings for Special Occasions

A notable Filipino trait is that they love their food, and food always brings people together whether it be with friends, families or colleagues. Filipinos are very religious and superstitious, with beliefs coming from their elders and ancestors. In fact, they associate food into special occasions such as birthdays, Christmas Day, New Year’s Day, etc., believing that these practices will bring good fortune to them.

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Filipinos’ Superstitious Belief during Holy Week

Although, the Philippines is a Christian country there are still superstitious beliefs that are being practiced by many during sacred occasions. Even the Lenten Season is not spared, Filipinos observe the Holy Week with religious devotion joined with superstitious beliefs and practices. This was passed from generations and in these modern times, you can still hear these impressions. It has ...

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Eat & Drink

Hungry?

Thought so!

Filipino has a wide selection of food – from international delicacies to local specialties, this is a heaven for foodies from all around the world.

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Popular Filipino Foods

Popular Filipino Foods with Hidden Meanings for Special Occasions

A notable Filipino trait is that they love their food, and food always brings people together whether it be with friends, families or colleagues. Filipinos are very religious and superstitious, with beliefs coming from their elders and ancestors. In fact, they associate food into special occasions such as birthdays, Christmas Day, New Year’s Day, etc., believing that these practices will bring good fortune to them.

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Welsh Deli: Providing the Best British Food in Town!

Living in Manila and looking for authentic sausages, bacon, meat pies, and other traditional British-style specialties? Look no further! The Welsh Deli provides all of these together with top-quality meat cuts. As all products are delivered fresh (so they be safely frozen), orders need to be placed a minimum of one week in advance. To accommodate those with limited storage ...

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Authentic French Salted Caramel Spread Now In Manila

Caramel is a sweet, confectionery ingredient made primarily from sugar and is a common part of most traditional Filipino desserts. Combining caramel with salt is a foreign concept but has grown to be a popular flavour for cakes or ice cream here in Philippines. Although it is not a new food concept here, real French salted caramel is perhaps not ...

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Lifestyle

Cars, boxing, church.

What do they have in common?

They are part of the culture and lifestyle here in the Philippines.

And we know expats from around the world enjoy this lifestyle as well.

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Popular Filipino Foods

Popular Filipino Foods with Hidden Meanings for Special Occasions

A notable Filipino trait is that they love their food, and food always brings people together whether it be with friends, families or colleagues. Filipinos are very religious and superstitious, with beliefs coming from their elders and ancestors. In fact, they associate food into special occasions such as birthdays, Christmas Day, New Year’s Day, etc., believing that these practices will bring good fortune to them.

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Casinos in the Philippines

Casinos in the Philippines Plus Your Online Guide

An expat is no different from a Filipino when it comes to the penchant for gambling. From time immemorial, gambling has always been a part of every culture. if it’s illegal, the clandestine dens flourish, and if gambling is legal casinos earn. Either way, the gambler is the loser and the operator is the winner.

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Philippine Natural Disasters

Protect Yourself from Philippine Natural Disasters in your Long-Term Stay

When living in the Philippines, you need to be prepared to deal with typhoons that may result to flooding in low-lying areas or landslides in mountainous locations, volcanic eruptions and earthquakes. It might sound scary at first but residents have learned to live with it and prepare for when these calamities hit.

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Expats in the Philipppines

Expats in the Philipppines

Expat.com.ph is a platform that aims to help Expats living and working in the Philippines and expats-to-be. It provides free information and also encourages them to share their experiences. Let's help making life in Philippines that much more fun!