Should You Move to the Philippines Now?

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Whew! It’s an exciting time to live in the Philippines. Rumors of  coups d’éta and rising rice prices are spicing things up for this American expat in the Philippines. Maybe it makes you kind of wonder: “Should You Move to the Philippines Now?”

The Unexamined Life is not Worth Living

Sometimes (alright, most of the time) I have time to ponder my life in the Philippines. While I never question moving to the Philippines over nine years ago, I often question my own sanity.

Greek philosopher Socrates stated that “the unexamined life is not worth living.” Socrates reportedly said this at his trial for impiety and corrupting youth, for which he was subsequently sentenced to death.

Therefore, would a sane person leave the country (USA) that he was born and raised in after 57 years? Possibly not. While I might be a few pickles short of a barrel, I feel that I made the right move for my Filipina wife and me.

OK, we both had some doubts after our first year, but ultimately decided to stay for good.

Moving Made Economic Sense

After all, the Philippines is my spouse’s home country and she already had a house and lot in Guimaras, the island province we call home.

The Philippine Peso to US Dollar exchange rate was 48 to 1 (now it’s hit 54 to 1.) I had a pension plan that would give us enough income until my Social Security kicked in. Economically, it made sense, as we had a 1,000 a month mortgage payment in Central Illinois.

We used public transportation for five years before paying cash for our new Ford Ranger. Tricycles, jeepneys, and taxi cabs (when we visited the big city of Iloilo) were our means of transportation.

taxi in Iloilo City

Sure, I bumped my fat kano head on the interior roof of a jeepney many a time. Nonetheless, like Gloria Gaynor, I survived.

Should You Move to the Philippines Now?

Let’s get back to the original premise of this post. Should you move to the Philippines now?


  • Affordable Living
  • Less Stressful Lifestyle
  • More Personal Freedom
  • Less “Political Correctness”
  • Fewer Drug Dealers
  • Everyone knows your name, “Joe”


  • Higher inflation (6.4% higher in Aug. 2018 compared to a year ago.)
  • Rice shortage (huge negative if you have a Filipina wife & relatives)
  • Hair dye shortage (99.99% of older Pinays and Pinoys dye their hair (something my bald head doesn’t need.)
  • Loud outfits worn by some Filipinas (bright floral tops with pants that make your eyes bleed)

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  • If your intended occupation is to sell meth (shabu), you’ll probably meet your demise sooner than later
  • Everyone know your name, “Joe”

So there you have it. Should you move to the Philippines now? Absolutely? Forget about all the B.S. you read in the newspapers, most of it emanating from political parties trying to overthrow their elected President. The same thing is going on in the States, right?

Author: The Kano

POST AUTHOR: "THE KANO." Dave DeWall, "The Kano", is the Publisher & Editor-in-Chief of "Philippines Plus" in publication since August 2009. He is also the CEO of Lizard Poop Productions and author of the best-selling guide book "The Philippines Expat Advisor." Dave moved to the Philippines in July 2009 from Central Illinois with his lovely wife of over 19 years, "The Sainted Patient Wife." The couple reside in a rural province in Western Visayas, Guimaras. The small island province is said to have the sweetest mangoes in the world. They do not have any children but are the proud owners of eight active canines, including a Belgian Shepherd called "Killer" "Killer" has bitten five people in the last two years along with one goat and a carabao. "Killer" doesn't like strangers. Or goats. Or carabaos.