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Best Places to Live In the Philippines

Updated on November 4, 2012

What Makes Up the Philippines

The Philippines is an archipelago comprised of 7,107 islands and is classified mainly in three geographical divisions called Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. Given these facts, it would be difficult to say where the best places of this country are because of the fact that it is comprised of 7,107 beautiful islands each with its own wonderful assets. But of course the Philippines have, as they call it, Beautiful Spots of its own. And these are just SOME of the beautiful locations one can find in the Philippines.


Boracay’s white sand beach has long been a tourist spot for foreigners on vacation in the Philippines, and even those Filipinos that live in the provinces or outskirts of Manila. People often head to Boracay during summer where they could spend their white beach vacation, get tanned, see local actors/actresses on vacation too, or just plainly to get a break. The 4-km White Sand Beach is said to be the best part of Boracay, where travellers claim it to be the Finest Beach of All Asia. And since lots of tourists head here, it has been well developed and superb hotels and restaurants have been built to suit everyone’s needs. It will be quite costly to live in Boracay, but if budget will not be a question, it will be a good place to stay and also a good place to start a business.


Bohol is said to be the tenth largest island in the Philippines with a land area of 4117.3 square kilometers. Bohol is separated from the Island of Mindanao by the Bohol Sea, and is surrounded with other islands on all sides thus it is protected from heavy rains or typhoons. The Chocolate Hills,scenic natural sights, ancient churches, fine white sand beaches, and other lime formations are some of the tourist spots in Bohol that attract many travellers. Like Boracay, Bohol, too, has been a renowned place for visit by foreigners, and also a good place to start a business. Panglao is the main Island where tourists often head to. This island is also one of the top 10 diving spots in Asia. Living in Bohol is just as right, both budget and location wise. Living in Bohol is not as costly as compared to living in Luzon or particularly in Manila. The place is also open to good business or even just for staying for good. Its beautiful mountains and the resorts can also be one’s grounds for relocation.

Cagayan de Oro

Cagayan de Oro is said to be the Entrance to Mindanao. Airports and seaports connecting to travels up to Luzon and Visayas are currently in Cagayan de Oro, although there are other parts in Mindanao that have their own ports too. But Cagayan de Oro is where people from different places heading to some inner parts of Mindanao – like Bukidnon, where most of the pineapples for export come from, and where the Asia’s longest zip line is located; Camiguin, where the famous Sunken cemetery, Katibawasan falls, the White Island, and even known volcanoes are located; and even Surigao where the Surfing Capital of the Philippines is located; first stop by. Cagayan de Oro’s way of living is also not as costly compared to the Metro. Living or investing for a House and Lot in Cagayan de Oro will be a good idea. Starting a business in this place would also be a good idea since there are lots of Economical Progress going on in the City. Malls are recently being constructed and even big time investors are starting to place their pins in the city’s map. Seeing the progress this city has gone thru, I can say it will be one of the best places to live in the Philippines. Not to mention the tourist spots of its own and the adventures one can have in this city and the fact that this is the only city in Mindanao untouched by bomb threats or all those rebel scares.


Davao is the southernmost island in Mindanao. It is one of the several cities in the Philippines that are independent of any province. It is also known to be the largest city outside of Metro Manila, with 1.4M in population (2010 Census). It was awarded by the Department of Tourism as the Most Livable City in the Philippines in the year 2008 and was named by the Foreign Direct Investment Magazine as the 10th “Asian City of the Future”. The city’s good beaches and mountain resorts has become one of the attractions for business, investment and tourists for the entire southern Philippines. Davao is also known to be the gateway to Mount Apo, the highest peak in the Philippines. Living in Davao would be a good idea for relocation since it is the next biggest city next to Metro Manila. Starting a business in this city would be a better idea alongside the plan of living here. Schools, Universities, big businesses and tourist spots have been starting to emerge in this city, making it a new window to for investments.


Dumaguete City is the largest city of the province of Negros Oriental. It has been referred to as a university town because of the presence of 4 universities which students from the neighboring provinces head to for their tertiary education. One of the Universities in Dumaguete is Silliman University, founded in 1901, Philippines’ first Protestant university and the first American private University in Asia. Some of the University’s oldest buildings still stand to date. The Dumaguete Belfry is the city’s most popular architectural landmark. It was built in 1760s and 1870s to warn the townfolks of the attacks by marauding pirates. And the building still stands today. The Dumaguete City Cathedral is also said to be the Oldest Stone Church in Negros, originally built in 1754-1766. The renowned promenade along the Rizal Boulevard has also been one of the “tourist spots” in Dumaguete City. And there are more sights to be seen, buildings and even streetlamps of old age that still stands to date. Living in Dumaguete will be a superb choice for those who choose to retire and live a stress-free life, surrounded with nature. The city is surrounded with beach, and known resorts are also operating here. Investors have also been eyeing to put up big businesses, malls, and even restaurants of all kinds. Some of them were already successful with this, which makes Dumaguete flourish as the months pass. Relocating in Dumaguete would be a great idea for both Filipinos and Foreigners alike.

See the Beauty of the Philippines

The Philippines has lots of wonderful places that only the eye can behold. These are just mere suggestions, but the choice is always yours. Enjoy the Philippine islands!

Wow Philippines!

What's Your Favorite Place in the Philippines?

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    • houseofjcjee profile image

      houseofjcjee 5 years ago from Philippines

      I would like to add Palawan, Laguna, and Cavite to your list, where you can experience life in the city without missing the wonderful tourist destinations.

    • Arian Rey profile image

      Arian Rey 5 years ago from Pearl of the Orient Seas (PHILIPPINES)

      Great account! I'll agree with you half-heartedly because what we've been experiencing here in the Philippines almost inundated some of the beautiful spots we used to treasure and promote to both foreign and local tourists.

      Yet, it's still MORE FUN to travel in my country, amid the traffic and heatwave that we've been experiencing nowadays.

    • kerlynb profile image

      kerlynb 6 years ago from Philippines, Southeast Asia, Earth ^_^

      Florida Guy, interesting hub you have here. Neat! I'm from the Philippines. Personally, I'd like to live in Palawan, Philippines.

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      Chen 6 years ago

      Definitely. Philippines is a must-go. Any other areas in the Phil that you have visited?

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      Thelma Alberts 6 years ago from Germany

      Wow! Great hub! My favorite place in the Philippines is Camiguin Island. It is because I have not seen much yet about my home country. Philippines is my next travel destination so I´m glad to read about your hub. Thanks for sharing.