Filipino, 32 years old, social media officer

1. What’s the average earnings and basic living costs of food?

Average salary 25 000 Peso/month $500
Real salary 15 000 – 18 000 Peso/month $300-360
Milk, 1 liter 85 Peso $2
Rice, 1 kg 45-50 Peso $1
Chicken, 1 kg 150 Peso $3
Pork, 1 kg 230 Peso $5
Beef, 1 kg 280 Peso $6
Water, 20 liters 25 Peso $0.5
Apple, 1 piece 15-20 Peso $0.3-0.4
Orange, 1 piece 15-20 Peso $0.3-0.4
Bananas, 1 kg 50 Peso $1

2. What celebrations and festivals do you have in your country?

Christmas 25 December
New Year 1 January
All souls day 1-2 November
Patron festival (Filipino fiesta) depends on city
Holy week (a week before Easter) between March and April

3. What’s the weather like in your country?

Raining season August – December
Sunny season January – July
Typhoon season October – November

4. What’s the local cuisine and the dish of the day?

Every day food:

  • Rice
  • Adobo (chicken/pork steak with onion, garlic sauce – sweet, sour and salty)
  • Sinigang (chicken/pork/beef/fish soup with vegetables – sour)

5. What expectations do you have for your grandchildren?

To experience the nature (not cities with buildings), good free education, good medical service, security and safety.

6. How did you furnish and design your place? Is your house big/small?

Small house, 32 m². 2 rooms, small kitchen, small living room. Tiled floor, minimalist design.

7. Is there anything unique created with people’s hands in this country?

  • baskets, hats, mats, bags made from “buri” (tree)
  • dresses (T’Nalak)
  • jars, pots made from mud

8. What pension are you entitled to in this country?

For both male and female

Private sector, SSS (Social Security System), 65 years old 15 000 Peso/month $300
Government employee, GSIS (Government Service Insurance System), 65 years old 25 000 Peso/month $500
No work before, if no one can support you, 60 years old 500 Peso/month $10
No work before, if have children, 60 years old 500 Peso/month $0

60+ years old – free basic medical support.

9. How much would I be expected to pay for the following: land, house, apartment?

Land

Metro Manila area, 1 m² 100 000 – 150 000 Peso $2 000 – 3 000
Outside Manila area, 1 m² 1 000 Peso $20
Far from the city (far from highway), 1 m² 100 – 150 Peso $2 – 3

House

Quezon City, 1 stair house, 3 bedrooms 2 000 000 – 3 000 000 Peso $40 000 – 60 000
Makati 4 000 000 Peso $80 000

10. How much would I be expected to pay for an apartment + energy bills + internet + other utilities monthly?

Apartment, 2 rooms

Rent 10 000 – 20 000 Peso/month $200 – 400
Electricity (2 air cons on) 5 000 – 6 000 Peso/month $100 – 120
Electricity (basic) 1 000 – 1 5000 Peso/month $20 – 30
Water supply 200 – 700 Peso/month $4 – 14
Wi-Fi 1 3000 Peso/month $26

11. What expectations do you hope to achieve for the future?

  • my own business
  • travel around the world

12. How do you want to die?

Without anyone knowing it. I want people to remember good things about me, not how I died.