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Manila has evolved to become the economic, commercial, political, and cultural centre of the Philippines. This sprawling and bustling city is a combination of traditional and modern lifestyles which makes the city so extraordinary. 

Expats living in the vibrant city of Manila can enjoy the rich centuries-old historical buildings, remarkable high-rise skyscrapers, huge shopping malls, museums and high-end restaurants.

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Top 5 tips for expats moving to Manila

Surrounded by the coastline and rich nature you can do a range of activities including surfing and exploring breathtaking islands and waterfalls within a short distance of Manila.

Below are the top 5 insider tips for expats moving to Manila

Finding a place to live

Finding accommodation could be a rigorous process in Manila because of the high demand among rental seekers. The city is divided into six districts, each with its own characteristics. When looking for a place to live, you should take into consideration the level of security in the area, amenities as well as its proximity to your workplace or transportation links available.

Getting around Manila

Get ready to witness the city’s horrendous traffic jams. You will need a lot of patience to get around Manila by car. Aside from the traffic, there is a high tendency for accidents due to unregulated driving rules and poor drivers. Expats generally choose to travel around Manila with Grab, a popular ridesharing service.

Access to healthcare

The national healthcare insurance doesn’t cover expats, thus, it is highly important to acquire a comprehensive private healthcare plan before arriving in Manila. If you are moving with a job offer, your employer will most probably provide you with healthcare cover. Many expats that require serious medical care often travel to Singapore or Hong Kong to get better treatment, therefore it’s best to get international medical insurance that covers the nearby countries. 

Becoming part of the community

There is a big and closely-knit community of expats in Manila. You will come across many expat social groups and events that you will be more than welcome to join. There are also sports groups, networking events and forums in Manila that gather many professionals and it’s a great place to meet others and make friends.

Explore the nearby beaches 

The surrounding gorgeous beaches are one of the perks of living in Manila. The period from January to May is the best time to explore the country’s amazing array of tropical islands and sandy beaches which are in very close vicinity to Manila.

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