Magandang araw and how are you lovely people doing today? You’re here because you’re looking for a beautiful place to settle down after the rough and tumble of work life. Well look no further: The Philippines could be your next home.
The Philippines is a gorgeous collection of over 7,000 islands where you can find a boat-load of fun and relaxing activities to fill your days. Experience fantastic beaches, get close to nature, visit iconic churches and museums and of course, golf!
The locales most retirees prefer is Makati City or Bonifacio Global City, both found in the Metro Manila area. Manila is a melting pot of various cultures and indigenous cuisine. It overflows with historic significance and is surrounded by the Bay of Manila, a beautiful natural wonder that has been preserved over the ages. When the sun sets, you can relax and enjoy some of the fine dining restaurants and lounges or shake things up with traditional Filipino music.
But let’s talk about the one thing on most retirees’ minds: Golf. Against the backdrop of beautiful rolling hills and white sandy beaches, you’ll find some of the most stunning and diverse golf courses in the world right here in the Philippines. These courses have been created by world renowned designers such as Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, Robert Trent Jones and Andy Dye to name a few. Add to the fact that it has easy access from any of the major cities (45-60 minutes, tops) you begin to see how much more enjoyable golfing can get!
Makati is also known for its shopping and you can find good deals at local or international shops, boutiques or dining. There are several entertainment areas also found throughout the city.
Here’s an graphic that highlights the best reasons to retire and live in the Philippines:
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What truly makes Philippines stand out from all of the other cities in the world that all the good times that can be had here will not cost you the Earth. Cost of living is pretty low and you can find single bedroom apartments just outside the city for about $125.
Just because costs are low, it doesn’t mean that you have to compromise on the quality of life here. Makati City was can be the first choice for foreign retirees around the world. Philippine Retirement Authority has declared that it’s the “Most Retirement and Ageing-Friendly City” also the first city to be awarded “Best RADAR (Retirement Areas Deemed as Retiree-Friendly) in the year 2012.
Adding to the already burgeoning list of reason why you should retire here are the medical services throughout the country. Health services are proportionally less expensive when compared to other places around the world. You can either opt for local insurance or PhilHealth, which is a governmental health plan, for your needs.
Finally, there is so much to see here in the Philippines from the world’s smallest active volcano to subterranean rivers to ancient Rice Terraces and everything else in between.
The best part of retiring in the Philippines is… everything! See you soon!