Americans Living In The Philippines

Americans Living In The Philippines

Numerous Americans have established their lives in the Philippine islands either for a short time or for lifetime after colonization by the United States. They were mostly members of the U.S. Military Forces, or American missionaries. However, even during the Spanish era, American settlement in the Philippines had already sprouted, primarily to venture on business specifically in trade and sugar production. Yet the American influx to the country was nominal until the Philippine- American war.

After the Philippines’ was liberated everything has changed; the society had to undertake with various problems; extensive loss of production, total devastation of possessions, and the dislodgment of communities whose entire families were gone. More than anything else, the Philippine Independence from World War II had brought a significant changes in the life of Filipino people and the Americans; the spring of a new relationship with each other, has smoothen the road of understanding and acceptance towards a better friendship of these two countries.

Hence, it is general knowledge that there are numbers of retired Americans living in the Philippines; many of them are from the US military who resides here permanently. However there are few other retired US Military who are living here yet they aren’t permanent residents. There are few Americans living in the Philippines who are simply US social security retirees and or under a US social security disability pension. Actually, in the US it is so difficult to live on US social security payments only, but at least it is much more possible here in the Philippines. There are some to be found Americans living in the Philippines who are permanent residents or in the course of obtaining their permanent resident visas. These are the Americans who work in Philippine- based American companies or they are just of a few who are spending their life savings to try establishing their life here because of the low cost of living. Somehow there are also Americans living in the Philippines whose visas are expired and now considered as illegal aliens, just like in the US tracking illegitimate foreigners here in the Philippines is quite difficult unless there would somebody to report to the bureau of immigration offices.

Americans living in the Philippines are mostly living a regal like life; it is everybody’s knowledge that the cost of living in the Philippines is significantly not as much as the cost they would spend for the same lifestyle in the US and in Europe and even in other countries of South East Asia. Medical and Health services is quite low compared to western countries. Most Americans living in the Philippines with serious health problems choose to live in the highly urbanized cities where sophisticated medical facilities are available. In spite of being a third- world country which means that poverty is prevalent more and more western retirees choose the Philippines as their retirement home. Perhaps of all the tropical countries in Asia that is conducive for both vacation and retirement home, the Philippines’ is on the top. In terms of a holiday lifestyle and leisure or settle for good, the Philippines’ has much more to offer to foreigners. Anywhere you go there’s great place for everyone, and for countless foreigners the Philippines is a paradise on earth!

The Philippines is very famous for their congeniality, kindness and cheerfulness which build confidence to foreigners and guests that the Philippines’ is a safe place to stay. Aside from that, the rich Filipino cultures, their amazing work of arts are all but spectacular and incomparable. Life in the Philippines is much easy and fewer complexes compared to the life in most first world countries. But it would sometimes turn out a different way when few concerns are taken for granted. Most Americans living in the Philippines have great experiences in the places they choose to retire. The hospitability of the Filipino is exceptional; they treat life as easy going and normally happy. The smile in their faces can greatly transform the lonely day to a very joyous and momentous day of activities. Americans living in the Philippines believed that they have totally escaped from the Rat race life in their own country!

Americans living in the Philippines have made their life a difference as they continue to the different ways of living in the Island; from the beauty of nature to the inimitable culture, and the inexpensive cost of living it is worth gratifying to call the place a HOME, may it be for sometime or for a lifetime!

 

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Cost Of Living In The Philippines

Cost Of Living In The Philippines

The cost of living in the Philippines is one reason why more and more Americans and foreigners want to settle in this land when they retire. Certainly, the cost of living in this country is much cheaper compared to other countries. Although, the cost of living may always vary depending on the lifestyle of the person  and the demographical  location where they want to live.

If you compare the cost of living in the southern regions like Cebu and Davao in Mindanao, it is far different from that of in Metro Manila areas. It is cheaper to live in less densely populated areas and countryside, the prices of house rentals, services, and commodities are a little bit cheaper. Most often farm products and sea foods are fresh and cheaper in suburban localities rather than in urban.

Most places in the southern region are popular with western retirees and tourists. The places are less polluted, there is less traffic, and they are closer to the wonders of nature.

Cost of living in the Philippines is cheaper compared to other nations in South East Asia. International foods and food chains are accessible all over the country… even in suburban localities. Popular and huge shopping malls are located in big cities like Metro Manila, Cebu and Davao. If you want to be closer to sophisticated cities, the cost of living is higher.

The cost of living in the Philippines is obviously inexpensive. For a family of four with a middle class lifestyle, expenses of twelve to fifteen thousand pesos a month for food is more than enough, that includes fresh fruits and vegetables.

Two to three thousand pesos a month in power consumption already includes air conditioning. A water bill is at least five hundred to a thousand depending how many people are in the household. Broadband and DSL providers are available in promo packages.  Public transportation is available to commuters; the most common is the jeep with minimum fare of eight pesos; basic charges for cabs (taxi) are reasonable. Lifestyle in the provinces or suburban localities is much cheaper than in highly urbanized cities.

Because the cost of living is cheaper in this country, an expat can live lavishly in a monthly income of fifty thousand pesos (approx. $1,160 USD). Cost of living in the Philippines goes higher as your lifestyle goes lavish.

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Live In The Philippines

Live In The Philippines

Through the years the Philippines has been known and very  popular as the retirement home of many foreign retirees. Despite negative notions of some other nations about the Philippines,  it has been a country of preference when they retire. Yet, the Philippines is not exempted when it comes to peace and order, just like any other countries in the world. No country is ever perfect ! But we try!

A  few places in the southern part of the peninsula have an unstable peace and order, but in general, it is safe to live in the Philippines.  The living condition in the country always vary according to the location where you want to live or settle.

Life in the provinces and suburban localities enjoys a moderate life-style… a plain provincial standard of living, with a courteous and cordial Filipino neighborhood and all the facilities and services that can be simply made available to you.

However, if you are just visiting the country for the first time, it is best to stay in a less rural place, which has easy access to logistical services. Take your time meeting Filipinos and other foreigners who come and go out of the country and find out from them some other information about the Philippines. Filipinos are most truly cordial and amiable people in the world. For Filipinos there is always joy in welcoming anyone.

To live in the Philippines is cheap and inexpensive. Prices are cheaper than the countries in the West may it be food, clothing, entertainment, or accommodation. Not only it is cheaper but most of the foods are freshly harvested from local farms.

And one of the most wonderful experiences is the beautiful sceneries of the province; the green pastures and tall mountains, the blue sea water that kisses the white sand shore, the free polluted air you breathe can renew your whole personality… you may feel like you are a new person having a new life!

The Philippines is getting more a popular place to retire, live and raise a happy family. A numerous number of expats have visited in the Philippines and in time chose it to be their home of retirement.

To live in the Philippines is taking a new chance in your life; a new content in life; to begin a new life and be happy…gone are the years or even decades of burdensome life and work!!

Live in the Philippines and give importance to your personal life… take care of your heart and soul; discover the magic of smiles that brought a cheerful life to everyone. Live in the Philippines and find out that there is the beauty of nature which was made for our eyes to enjoy. By then, you may learn that the Philippines’ is the right place for you to live! The country where nature is always beautiful!

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