The Philippines is an archipelago made up of 7,107 islands spanning 1,840 kilometers north to south. It is part of the Southeast Asian region, and is bordered by Taiwan to the north, Indonesia and Malaysian Borneo to the south, the South China Sea to the west, and the Pacific Ocean to the east. The Three main Philippine Island groups are Luzon, Visayas, Mindanao. The Capital is Manila. Time Zone is GMT +8 hours.
Philippines has a tropical climate. There are two seasons in the country, the wet season and the dry season, based upon the amount of rainfall. March to May is hot and dry. June to October is rainy, November to February is cool. Average temperatures: 78F/25C to 90F/32C; humidity is 77%.
LOW COST OF LIVING
The Philippines is one country where you can afford to live a comfortable life on a fixed income compared to other countries. This is the reason why more and more retirees are moving to the Philippines. With low living expenses and favorable taxes, you can live a comfortable, even luxurious life at a monthly pension of just $2500. Housing, food, and labor costs are quite reasonable. You can also take advantage of the the very favorable currency exchange rate. Foreign currency may be exchanged at any hotels, most large department stores, banks and authorized money changing shops accredited by the Central bank of the Philippines. International credit cards such as Visa, Diners Club, Bank Americard, Master Card, and American Express are accepted in major establishments.
Philippines is the best place for world-class destinations. The beautiful sceneries will bring you closer to Mother Nature. The white sand beaches of Boracay and and the virgin islands of Palawan often referred to as “the last frontier”. These wonderful vacation spots entice the visitors to come back in the Philippines. With the vast number of islands to explore, retirees will always have somewhere new to go and enjoy some of the country’s most attractive destinations. It does not matter if you’re a beach person, a mountain climber, a diver, or just a nature lover; the Philippines has a whole lot of offer. Its powdery white sand beaches, best diving spots, magnificent mountains, and abundant biodiversity makes it a destination of nature’s wonders.
WORLD-CLASS MEDICAL AND HEALTH SERVICES
The Philippines may be a small country but it has one of state-of-the-art health facilities comparable to the best anywhere else. Our well trained medical personnel and caregivers are in demand all over the world not only for their competence and expertise but most especially for the genuine care and compassion. These health services, which is a top priority of the senior market, are available at relatively low prices even for private patients. You will also find a multitude of spa centers and wellness facilities where alternative treatments such as acupuncture and massage therapy are offered.
Filipinos are known to be happy, friendly, warm and compassionate in whatever they do. Filipinos maintain the tradition of close-knit family ties and typically extends the same courtesy to friends and neighbors. Even if you’re a foreigner, living amidst the Filipinos will never make you feel out of place wherever you choose to retire. The sincere hospitality will truly make you call this place your home.