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Why Australians Live In The Philippines?

There are many Australians living here now. Some of you may wonder. Why? I am British born and migrated to Australia in 1971. I lived there for 31 years. I lost my first wife in 1999. I remarried to a Filipino and have two beautiful children (my first baby born in Australia. I decided that although Australia was a great country. How I was going to live after retirement?

I decided to move to the Philippines, which I did in 2002.

Experts estimate that to retire comfortably in Australia you would need at least $800,000 Australia. That is almost 29 million pesos!

Living In Iloilo City, Philippines

My wife and I have made our move to the Philippines. We have spent several months in Cebu City over the last three years and two weeks in Dumaguete. We are trying to be systematic about looking at various places before we settle down. While we have found much to like in Cebu City, I think, for us, the disadvantages outweigh the advantages. Despite friendly people, top-notch medical care, shopping, pretty subdivisions in the surrounding hills and an active arts and entertainment scene, we find the worsening air pollution, traffic congestion and escalating prices hard to live with. So, we decided to look at some of the smaller Visayan cities; in particular Bacolod and Iloilo and to spend more time in Dumaguete.

More Places To Live In Manila, Philippines

San Pablo City

In San Pablo City are found seven lakes. For a taste of plantation living, visit Villa Escudero. Here, bamboo cottages gird a river that flows into a dam.


A one-hour drive south of Manila is Tagaytay, a city perched on a ridge. From the Tagaytay Picnic Grove, there is an unobstructed view of Volcano Island, a volcano within a lake with a volcano within a lake, which is the standard description of the 406 meter-high Taal Volcano, the smallest volcano in the world.

Living In Laoag/Vigan, Ilocos Norte

Ilocos Norte, the northern tip of Luzon, is wedged between the steep Grand Cordillera Central in the east, the rugged I locos Mountains in the northeast, and the Ilocos Range in the south.

The centuries old churches that dot every town of Ilocos are testimonies to the colonial past. They part of the plaza complex town planning instituted by the Spanish colonizers.

Living In Manila-Laguna

Laguna boasts one of the most beautiful countrysides in the Philippines with a plethora of waterfalls, springs, seven big rivers and the lake from which it got its name spanning all of 90 hectares, making Laguna de Bay the biggest freshwater lake in Southeast Asia.

The town of Los Banos ("The Baths") has numerous resorts fed by hot and cold springs. Standing guard over the resort town is Mount Makiling, which houses at its slopes a botanical park, and the National Arts Center, a high school for budding artists.



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