10 Best Places to Live in the Philippines


The former capital of the Philippines, Cebu, slowly attracts foreigners all over the world, as visitors and permanent residents due to the jewels it has to offer. With friendly people, English speaking locals, health facilities, recreational services and top notch housing, Cebu continues to be at the top of expats’ choices when it comes to where to permanently settle in the country. Currently, the gambling industry is especially attractive for foreign workers to move to the city as casinos such as Casino Filipino Cebuare attracting lots of tourists.


Similar to Subic, Clark is slowly becoming the number one retirement area specifically among Americans. Booming for its property development and integrated tourism, Clark is strategically located within the proximity of Manila. And best part, it also has an international airport.


This is the perfect place for expats to settle when they can’t take the normally humid temperature of the Philippines. Being up in the mountains and a former U.S military settlement, Baguio City or the City of Pines offers fantastic accommodations, health care and recreational actives.


The centre of business in the whole country, Makati boasts high rise buildings, cheap hostels, clean roads and high end shops around the area. Preferred by most expats due to its proximity to their work offices and the country’s international airport, Makati has everything an expat could ever want and more.


Subic is known for being a former U.S. Military camp back in the old days. Now, you can see numerous property developments and recreational facilities around the area. If you are not into the hustle that Manila offers, then Subic is the best place for you.


Iloilo is the main hub for trade, commerce and industry in Western Visayas area. Aside from being known as the “City of Smiles”, Iloilo is slowly rising up to the challenge of improving to attract expats to settle in the area. They have top notch hospitals, reputable schools and booming property development.


Being dubbed recently as the “Silicon Valley of the Philippines” due to its booming information and technology and business process management operations, Bacolod has been named as “the best place to live in the Philippines” by MoneySense magazine in 2008. If that wont’s convince you to settle here, how about the world renown Maskara festival which is held here yearly.


Not only the safest place in the country, Davao is also Mindanao’s largest city. This means that it is among the country’s centre for culture, business and fresh, tastiest produce.


If you want a tranquil, peaceful environment but still near to the centre of the country, Laguna is the perfect place for you. Property developers are developing gated communities, high and medium rise condos and offices around the area. What’s great is that you get to see the famous slopes of Mount Mailing daily, a stunning sight!

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