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What can you get for ten dollars in Cebu?

Updated on January 5, 2020
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I have lived in Cebu City since 1991. This article is not an exhaustive list but is an overview of typical prices in Cebu.

A lot!

I've had visitors from the US and they were very surprised how cheap everything is in Cebu. In this article, I will list down a couple of things.

First thing's first, let's peg US$1 to PHP50 for simplicity.

Night time with Ayala Center Cebu  in the foreground
Night time with Ayala Center Cebu in the foreground | Source

Food

Food is relatively inexpensive in Cebu. There is an abundance of Western fast-food chains as well as local brands that serve international fare.

Some of the things you can expect from US brands:

  • Big Mac Value Meal (with large fries and large soda): US$4.34 (PHP217)
  • KFC 2pc chicken (with rice and regular soda): US$3.40 (PHP170)
  • Burger King Whopper Meal (with regular fries and regular soda): US$3.40 (PHP170)
  • TGIF Chicken Fingers: US$9.00 (PHP450)
  • TGIF Caesar Salad (Lunch): US$7.50 (PHP350)
  • Starbucks Espresso (solo): US$2.00 (PHP100)
  • Starbucks Caffe Latte (venti): US$3.00 (PHP150)

Some of the things I would recommend:

  • Casa Verde's Brian's Ribs: US$5.36 (PHP268)
  • Golden Cowrie's Crispy Pata (pork leg): starts at US$7.90 (PHP395)
  • Zubuchon's Lechon (roast pig): starts at US$7.00 (PHP350)

At the supermarket:

  • Lettuce: US$7.00/kg (PHP350)
  • Ripe Mangoes: US$3.00/kg (PHP150)
  • Loaf of white bread: US$1.50 (PHP75)
  • A can of San Miguel beer: US$1.00 (PHP50)
  • A six pack of Coke: US$2.70 (PHP135)
  • Pringle's Potato Chips: US$3.00/kg (PHP150)

If you are the adventurous type when it comes to food, street food is very cheap. You can get a stick of pork barbecue for 20 cents!

Services and Entertainment

Services and entertainment are inexpensive as well.

To maximize value, I would suggest that you avail of services inside malls where you do not need to haggle nor pay more because you are a foreigner.

  • Haircut: starts at US$5.00 (PHP250)
  • Manicure: starts at US$5.00 (PHP250)
  • Massage: starts at US$5.00/hour (PHP250)
  • Movie tickets: typically at US$5.00 (PHP250)
  • Beer at a bar: starts at US$1.50 (PHP75)
  • Bowling: US$2.30/game plus US$1.00 for shoe rental (PHP115 + PHP50 )
  • Ice Skating: US$9.00 unlimited time (PHP450)

Souvenir Shopping

If you are the souvenir collector, there are a number of things you can buy for under $10.

  • Souvenir shirt: starts at $3.00 (P150) although some shops have sales and shirts can go for as low $2.00 (P100)
  • Souvenir caps: starts at $6.60 (P330)
  • Refrigerator Magnets: starts at $2.60 (P130)
  • Dried Mangoes: starts at $2.00 per 100g(3.5 oz) pack (P100)
  • Chocolate Coated Dried Mangoes: starts at $2.00 per 65g(2.3 oz) pack (P100)
  • Souvenir Keyrings: starts at $1.50 (P75) although some shops have sales and can go for as low $1.00 (P50)

There are lots more that you can buy below $10.

Summary

Your $10 can go a long way in Cebu City. Food, groceries, services, and souvenirs are really affordable.

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      Liam Reynor 

      3 months ago from Cebu City, Philippines

      I forgot to add: for US$5, unlimited chicken wings, fries, rice and drinks!

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      Liz Westwood 

      3 months ago from UK

      Cebu sounds like a value destination.

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      Faizan Alii 

      3 months ago from Dubai

      Thanks for sharing, really helpful

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