My wife and I chose the Philippines as our retirement home and lived here full time since 2006. Our future in Iloilo was sealed when bought a property and built a house outside of Iloilo City, in the small seaside town of Tigbauan, about one hour west of the city proper. Iloilo City continues to be our main center for shopping, medical care, dining and other urban amenities and necessities. We’ve posted an extensive account of our house building experiences and recommendations regarding purchasing property in the Philippines.
We are pleased with Iloilo. The wonderful people are its treasure. Routine Medical care is available and educational opportunities are extensive. Thousands of doctors, nurses and seamen are trained in Iloilo every year. There are decent restaurants, and you can find and buy most of what you need at the markets, numerous malls or the downtown commercial area.
While we enjoy living in the Philippines, we try to present a balanced view of the pluses and minuses of retirement there. The Philippines is not an economy version of Hawaii. The Philippines is decidedly a developing country with all the limitations that suggests. Further, there are other affordable retirement destinations to consider. Malaysia and Thailand are popular with retirees and offer better infrastructure and amenities. Cambodia is an inexpensive option. On the plus side, many Filipinos speak some English and generally are friendly to foreigners. Be sure to read our short essay: “Reality Check: the Philippines – a tropical paradise for the retiree?“
Philippine Retirement Visas. The Philippine government offers some the easiest and least expensive options for foreign retirees. Philippine Retirement Visas
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