Cost of things in the Philippines
Here in Angeles City, as well as most of the touristy destinations in PI, the cuisine is geared towards Westerners. At the restaurant I’m eating at today, Margarita Station, the selection is plentiful, the food tastes great and the prices are low.
An example set is this entire Thai meal pictured here which includes soup, 3 entrees and dessert, all for 182 Pesos ($3.90 USD). Add a large mug of San Miguel beer for only 31 Pesos (70 cents US) and you’ve got a large tasty meal for cheap.
You can often eat food here for one quarter to one half the normal Western prices. Beer isn’t much more expensive than water.
If you’re interested in sampling the local Filipino food you can often eat as cheap as 50 Pesos ($1 USD) a dish. For western palates though, Filipino food is quite salty, greasy and bland. Although, some of the pig meat is the best you’ll ever eat.
Services are also ultra cheap. A one hour massage will set you back 300 Pesos ($6 USD). Some of these ladies are well trained and offer massages far superior to even western standards!
A haircut at a barber shop runs 60 Pesos (just over one Dollar!) Included with your haircut is a 5 minute back massage and the barber will skillfully trim the back of your neck hairs with a stright edge razor! Give him a 50 Peso ($1 USD) tip and watch his eyes light up you “Cheap Charlie”!
The younger Filipina women are some of the most beautiful in the world due to centuries of Spanish influence but when they get older things often change. That same Spanish blood that made them so beautiful also gave them Christianity and a lifelong passion to pump out as many babies as possible. Most of the older Filipinas develop “beer bellies” due to bad diets filled with fatty meats, white starchy rice with few vegetables and lots of babies.
It’s easy to overindulge here in every respect. I recommend you keep a level head and enjoy your time in moderation.
P.s. I’m leaving Angeles today on Cebu Pacific airlines and heading to Cebu. My one hour flight set me back 1450 Pesos ($30 USD) and that was booking last minute! More updates from picturesque Cebu soon…
A tasty teriyaki chicken meal with a fresh banana shake.