Whether you are coming to the Philippines as a tourist or a long term expat, even locals need these tips and insights!

The team here at Expat.com.ph has put together a full list of tips and guides on things in the Philippines, from accommodation to healthcare, money and retirement to studying and schools.

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Accommodation

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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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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Healthcare

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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Money & Business

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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?   Table of Contents What Is Thirteenth Month PayException To The RuleEmployees Who Are QualifiedChristmas Bonus Vs 13th Month PayTiming Is EverythingMore Tips ...

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Retirement

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?   Table of Contents Yes You Can, ...

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Study

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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Transportation

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

Table of Contents New Car SalesFinancingThe AcronymsCBU – Completely Built up UnitCKD – Complete Knock DownPhilippine LicenseCodingInsuranceDriversServicing & MaintenanceWebsites to check out 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 ...

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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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Visa

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

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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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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