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Philippines Best Places To Live

Updated on May 22, 2013
Philippines Best Places To Live
Philippines Best Places To Live | Source

The Best Places To Live In The Philippines

This list of best places to live in the Philippines is pretty much covers my own opinion. I am a native and have been to different places around the Country. At one time or another I have lived and worked in one of the featured cities or at least have visited the place.

I do believe that a great number of Filipinos can speak English. Learning the English language in the Philippines is compulsory as early as primary school. Some households also encourage children to learn the language as early as possible. Filipinos are cordial and amiable to foreigners too which make it easier to live almost anywhere in the Country.

For those who are planning to move and retire to the Country or to those who are interested in visiting, here are my recommendations for the Philippine’s best places to live.


Bacolod's Masskara
Bacolod's Masskara | Source

Bacolod City

Bacolod which is the capital city of Negros Occidental province is on the top of my list for the best place to live. It is indeed my hometown and I lived most of my life in the place. It would also help to state that the City has been ranked recently in MoneySense Magazine’s survey as the number one "Best Place to Live in the Philippines".

Crime rate in the City is relatively lower compared to other mid-sized cities. Traffic congestion is rarely experienced on the streets. Bacolod is also relatively ahead in terms of infrastructure and business facilities. The place is recommended by different government and business associations as the Country’s 3rd fastest growing economy for its mounting IT – BPO industry. Convergys, TeleTech, Teleperformance, Panasiatic, Telequest, Focus International and Transcom are amongst the call center companies you can find here. It means the more jobs available; the more improved quality of life in the City. The airport is 45-60 minutes away from Bacolod and the port is only 10 minutes away.

Great foods (and pretty people too) are everywhere. Not only you can taste the native Filipino delicacies including the popular Bacolod’s Chicken Inasal but you can also find restaurants which cater foreign cuisines.

Bacolod’s main festival is the Masskara Festival held in mid-October of each year. “Masskara” which means smiling people and the city is also labeled as the “City of smiles”.

Bacolod City has most of the pleasurable amenities without the high cost of the big city. A great place to grow up in, indeed.


Lapu-Lapu Shrine - Cebu
Lapu-Lapu Shrine - Cebu | Source

Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu

Cebu province is the next best place to be and I love particularly the city of Lapu-Lapu or anywhere else in Mactan island. I’m a beach lover and the beautiful white sand beaches in Mactan suit me well. There are several wonderful beaches located at the southeast part of Mactan Island and they’re just 15-25 minutes away drive from Lapu-Lapu city. The place is very accessible to public transportation and I believe would well be agreeable for those who travel a lot around the country or even around the World since it is a home of the second liveliest airport in the country which is the Mactan – Cebu International Airport. Different shopping malls are also located around the area. Gaisano-Mactan, Marina Mall, and SM are among the many.

Cebu’s major fest is held every Sunday of January of each year and is called as Sinulog Festival. The main event is the street parade where people in colorful costumes are dancing and rejoicing.

Don’t forget to visit Lapu-Lapu Shrine too, one of the most historical places for Cebuano’s. This shrine was built in the honor of one of the Philippines first heroes named: Lapu-lapu, who was then a chieftain of the island. He fought Magellan during the Spanish era and resisted its foreign colonization.

Real estate and property development are also expanding in the place and some of them offer affordable housing plans. Great hotels are everywhere. House and apartment rentals are common options too.

If you want a home near the nice white beaches, you can easily find it in Mactan Island. Some of the beautiful beach resorts are the Portofino beach, Shangri La beach & spa, Maribago Blue Water Beach, Plantation Bay Resort and Spa, Mactan Blue Reef Resort, Imperial Palace Waterpark Resort & Spa, Cebu Beach Club, Tambuli Beach Club, Cebu White Sands and a lot more. With all these beaches and with Cebu’s weather, you can get tan all year round.

It's a pretty beautiful place to be, indeed.


Philippines Best Places To Live
Philippines Best Places To Live | Source

Davao City

Davao is known as the largest City in Mindanao and the home of the tallest mountain in the Philippines – the Mount Apo. Beautiful beaches and mountain resorts can be found around the city too. You may like to taste their signature fruit Durian but doubt if you’ll like its smell.

Davao has fair weather all-year round and I haven’t heard of any major calamities or storm that had hit the place before. It is also considered as the safest city compared to other major cities in the Country. You can walk safely and feeling secure on the city’s streets.

Davao celebrates Araw ng Dabaw festival every mid-March of each year. There are colorful and grand parades and dancing on the city’s streets.

You can also find it here the one of the busiest airports in the Country which is the new Davao International Airport which serves local and international Asian flights, yes, a good place for travelers too. The city is also considered as the richest place in Mindanao which means economy is booming in the place. There is no problem in doing business and building a living in this wonderful city.


With all these things being said, you still have to consider the fact that there is no perfect place to live in the world. If there are positive reasons that you prefer one city than the other, there is also the opposite side of these reasons. It is still everyone’s responsibility to find out all the things and factors that could affect one’s decision to move to these cities.

Choose Philippines!

These are very nice-to-know things which could help you decide on where to move or visit to. I know that there are far so many wonderful places in the Country or around the world that you can check and examine. But I hope I have provided a few information about some of the best cities I have been to.

More to be added soon to this list, if circumstance permits.

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      JAYSON AMANCIO 3 years ago

      CEBU IS THE BEST

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