Food Prices

I will share with you some food prices. These are from receipts I had saved. For you foreigners hoping to move to Philippines, this will give you an idea of costs.

These prices are from Davao City.

Some of the items I list may be things you are not familiar with, but at the end of the article, I will give definitions of those.

You might wanna have this website pulled up just in case you wish to convert Philippines Pesos in to US Dollars or any other currency:

Here are the prices:

  • 2 Burgers… P25.00
  • 1 meat, 2 vegetables, 1 small tea (varies eachday)… P45.00
  • 5 Piayas… P18.65
  • Grape Juice (pouch)… P7.00
  • Berry Flavored Pretzles…P5.50
  • 2 Rice, 2 Soups, 2 Pancit, 2 Pork, 2 Small Teas… P100.00
  • White Apple Tea… P14.25
  • Chili Cheese Corn Chips… P5.50
  • Medium Ube Hopia… P15.00
  • 2 Chicken wings, rice, coleslaw, Iced Tea… P115.00
  • Chicken Sisig, 2 Lumpia, Pepsi, Rice… P39.00
  • Fried Chicken (leg/breast), Rice, Iced Tea… P25.00
  • Fried Meatballs, Rice, Iced Tea… P50.00
  • 1500ML Distilled Bottled Water… P20.00
  • Half Kilo Bag of Mangosteen… P35.00
  • All Bran Cereal… P162.80
  • Grape Juice (bottled)… 12.05
  • Guyabano Juice (pouch)… P5.25
  • Spicy Pork, Rice, Reg. Iced Tea… P49.00
  • Reg. Halo-Halo… P49.00


There are some things listed that you may not know of. I will now give them definitions-

-Piaya: A flat, flaky, round sweet filled pastry.
-Pancit: A Filipino noodle dish. It is similar to the Chinese noodle dish, Lo-Mein.
-Ube: A purple yam.
-Hopia: A pastry. Its usually filled with different things. Also, it can be a flaky long roll, or ‘diced’ into squares with a cake-like batter.
-Sisig: A food made from cooked pig’s head with egg on top. It can also be made from chicken.
-Lumpia: A small food that is flaky and crunchy on the outside with a meat filling. It is very much like a springroll.
-Mangosteen: A tropical fruit.
-Guyabano: A tropical fruit.
-Halo-Halo: A Filipino dessert. It consists of shaved ice with ube jam, tropical fruit slices, young coconut, gelatin, flan, and ice cream on top.

Post Author: Jawz (37 Posts)

Hi, I am Jonathan Watson. I'm 19 years old, living in Davao, Philippines, and currently attending the Ateneo de Davao University as a 1st year student. I am originally from the state of South Carolina, in the USA. I'm interested in many things such as cultures, theology, and writing. I am also known by nicknames such as "Jawz" (my online nickname 'cause of my initials; J.onathan A. W.atson + random Z). Others just call me "Jon".

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  1. says

    Hi Jawz- Thats not food if my wife served that up to me I would divorce her and my wee dog would not be happy either lol.
    You need to take a cookery course at Uni.

    • Jawz says

      Haha. These are a mix of things. I didn’t have many on lunches , just mostly snacks. :)
      Oh, I already know how to cook. People in highschool knew me as the only one who came in with self-cooked food (Asian, Mexican, simple southern foods). My granny’s skill passed from my mom to me . haha. But for me, I was more of an artist in it than the ‘follow family cookbook rule’.

  2. steve Maust says

    I can tell this list comes from a guy in college! Where’s the food? I understand though. Been there and done that!
    Hope all is going well there. I really must say I am impressed with your stories. Wish I would have done what you are doing as a young man.

    • Jawz says

      Haha. I didn’t mean food as in meals. Unfortunately, I never alwyas tak emy meal receipts. I just had brought what was in the bag when I shop. Snacks as a full meal to me seems too… uhmm.. not right? I don’t know. Haha. Usually I eat at a nearby place that serves Filipino foods.

  3. Paul says

    Hi Jawz – Here I thought I’d see the value meal menu from Chowking! Those PHP 45 meals plus the PHP 85.00 Yang Chow or Spicy Chicken & Beef Chao Fan make life worth living! 😉

    Of course, topping it off with a Fiesta Halo Halo and it’s top of the world! 😆

    • Jawz says

      Yeah! I love Chowking ! And the Halo Halo. Chowking has the good price on a goodsized meal. Usually though, I don’t get Halo Halo because I am trying budgets.

  4. says

    i recommend you try some fresh lumpia. it’s not fried & crunchy & i actually prefer it. good stuff.

    you deserve kudos in trying new things, bro.

    • Jawz says

      I think I had some at my gf’s house when I ate supper with them.

      Thanks. I actually am the type to crave different things. Back home, I got annoyed at time when I see people eating the same things and rejecting more foreign styles except on occassion. My tastebuds know no fear, unless, it is somehting I had eatn before or its my mind holding back at the thought of something that shouldn’t be eaten (soup #5). I’d like to try isaw though, chicken intestines. It has a hep a warning issued on it though, and street foods… well… I just don’t want an upset tummy.

  5. Bob New York says

    Hi Jaws,
    Nice article but Great Food List ! Now that’s my kind of eating! If you come up with additional lists if it is not too much trouble if in some cases you can put the contents quantity as well which may further clarify some of the cost there. Here’s why :

    During my visits there I asked some of my filipino friends what they typically eat for breakfast. None of them ever said anything about breakfast cerials like many of us enjoy here in the USA. When I asked them about cerial the typical response was ” too expensive ” or something like ” that is for wealthy people “.

    I decided to look further into this myself when I was in a Gaisano supermarket in the mall in Iligan ( kind of a limited selection there ) and also in Robinsons supermarket in Cagayan De Oro ( big selection there ) .

    As I am sure you are probably aware that cerial prices here in the USA have gone up exponentially in recent years as well as certain cerials being reduced from 20 Ounces to 16 or even 15 Ounces of cerial in the same sized box that used to have 20 ounces of cerial. Most of what I buy these days is ” store Brand ” raisen brand for about $2 for a 20 ounce net weight package.

    According to my metally calculated estimations I made in the stores there in The Philippines, they are paying about the same price per package for name brand cerial ( Nestlie seemed like the major brand there ) but the package contents is only about Half of what we get here, thats right, approx 8 Ounce of contents ! In my own mind I thought ” what a rip off ” especially in a country where the average person earns far less than what we do. No wonder breakfast cerials do not enjoy the popularity there compared to the USA.

    I wouldn’t buy something at what I consider to be a rip-off price for myself unless I was really desparate but I did buy a bunch of boxes of cerial and gave them to my friends in Iligan and Cagayan De Oro that I visited with. I think they even appreciated that more than the chocolate I brought for them.

    On my last visit, I enjoyed Halo Halo at a Chow King, Great Stuff !

    • roy says

      Hello Bob,
      Cereals are not popular in the Phil bec 1. it uses milk w/c is not popular in most households; 2. most pinoy breakfast are very Filipino–fried rice, fried eggs, fried dried fish, fish, or smoked fish, tocino, longganisa, hotdogs; 3. W/ cereals, no cooking involved, it seems to me like its a snack.
      Having said that, I can say that the only thing “americanized” in me is my sworn love for cereals. They are convenient, cheap & packed with nutritious ingredients. And since I am here in the US, I cannot easily cook pinoy breakfast like I did in the Phil. The smell tend to be 100x more pronounced here and they linger for days.

      Hello Jawz,

      But what do you think of the prices and the choices of food? Do you notice that we have lots of snacks there? Or you don’t make a distinction between snacks and meals? In the Phil, snacks & meals are differentiated by their costs. Snacks are pancit, sandwiches, pastry or “Kakanin” like cassava cake, banana cue, turon etc.
      Since you are in DVO, eat as much fish as you can. The fried blue marlin there, the tanigue are my favorites there w/c we people from Luzon cannot indulge easily.

      • Jawz says

        Prices here usually are cheaper than a meal in the USA. I like it, but still, I am provided only by what my parents send so I am limited. I honestly wouldn’t like eating at pricey places here though. I just never feel calm in places like that (even here, where I ate at 2).
        As for choice, I am limited by the money I have. I am very concious too of what I spend, so I always try to set a limit even if many choices are mouth-watering-tempting.
        I guess I make distinction of snack and meal not just by prices but by my stomach. I see things at P30 usually are snack; sandwhich, palabok, spagetti. If it ain’t got rice on the side, I don’t see it as an official meal. Usually, to me, where I grew up it was meat, 2-3 vegetables, and drink that make up a meal. I see here its somewhat the same, but limit a choice of vegetable to the must-have-rice-on-the-plate kinda thing. I love rice though, but not plain (usually put soysauce, calamansi or banana ketchup or gravy on it).
        Besides the snacks you find in food places, I see hopias, chips, and such as snacks too. Between supper and lunch, I usually load up on snacks because I am hungry still. I also am a ”heavy drinker” because its so hot here, so I load up on tea and juice.
        By the way, usually I eat the ”student meals” here. They are basically cheap as a snack food, but are a meat with rice. Many other students I see from ADDU eat the same lunches as I do.

      • Bob New York says

        Thanks for the clarification on that Roy. At the time of my last visit I was not so aware of the differences in milk consumption between the USA and Philippines, that is something I found out about later right here on LIP. That explains why anyplace I had coffee it was always served with a packet of non-dairy coffee creamer instead of milk. You have also reminded me of one of the breakfasts I had at Jollibee where ordinairly someone here might have expected Sausage, it was Hot Dogs instead.

        The Robinsons I went to in CDO did have a huge selection and variety of breakfast cerials and I enjoyed looking at the packages, brands and variations.

    • Jawz says

      Well, I think the US has a different way of eating breakfast than in Phils. I never really followed the US breakfast way of eating anyways (and was criticized for what I eat in the morning haha).
      Cereal here IS pricey though. I did by All Bran though. It is rich in vitamins and such, but I needed it for fibre reasons.

  6. David S says

    If you’re ever thinking about a new topic to write about, dorm life would be a good one. I’m interested in the different types of dorm accomodations and the prices. Do any of them allow microwaves or have kitchenettes?

    • Jawz says

      I’m not sure. I know there is a bachelors pad somewhere more north of where I’m at that has a kitchen.
      This dorm that I am at has no kitchen or microwaves. Its in the center of the city which has many foodplaces to eat at. Downstairs there is a buffet resto, a coffee sandwhich shop, and places across and around the street.
      No cooking in the dorm is allowed either.

    • Jawz says

      haha. I think people are misundeerstanding this blog. This is NOT my lunches and suppers. I never save most of the recepts for those. Typically, lunches consists of fried chicken, rice, burgers, Asian noodles, soups, sweet and sour dishes, fish, pork, sandwhiches, and other random Filipino dishes. The one meat and two vegetables that I wrote never clarified what it was, but I had eaten that meal type a lot. Its always a variety of a Filipino dishes that I don’t even think I can name.

      • KarminChace says

        Excuse me, this might be out of thee blue but may I know the price of Hot dog there in the Phillipines? I have a six year old nephew who will be going there and he is obsessed with hot dogs. Thank you for the information though. :)

  7. says

    You might want to add a few more fruits. There’s a few varieties of bananas, mangos (great snack), I see you buy mangosteen (expensive here). Or fruits in season. Tropical fruits are laden with all sorts of goodness esp pineapple. You might also try the mongo hopia (mung bean filling) it’s good energy food. Too bad you can’t cook in the dorm.

    • Jawz says

      I wish I could. I’ve tried a few other fruits, but most of the time I am trying to stick to budget. I rather eat a hot meal for lunch than a bag of fruits. Haha
      Oh yeah, I had the mongo one. It’s very nice :)
      Yeah… I go to the grocery store and see many products that I’d love to cook. The fish, the squids, the porks and chickens. Then there are various sauces and veggies. I’m just itching to throw something together in a pan.

      • says

        Have you tried going to the market? You can haggle there but I guess someone has to go with you and teach you the ropes. Too bad about not being able to cook. Well, do a good job on your mexican cooking demo at your gf’s house, who knows they might invite your for more cooking demo. Anyway, hope you’re doing fine on your budget. Maybe when you’re a bit longer there, and get your visa straightened out, you can find a part time job like English tutor, instructor. I have to tip my hat off to you for doing what you’re doing at your age.

  8. Mike says

    O.K., where’s the receipt for the beer? A young college student, half a world away from home, and there’s no beer listed? LOL seems fishy, to me, Jay. I wonder if I’m the only foreigner who makes yorkshire pudding, when in The RP.

    My wife has been living in Canada since 1993 and still munches on a lot of chicheron, chips, coke, etc., just can’t live without it.

    • Jawz says

      Me being a young college student living in the Philippines is seems fishy itself. I’m not even a son of a missionary, soldier, or man marrying a Filipina. Nor even an exchange student. Hahaha , Oh, and I didn’t even come here for buisness (never had a job before), and planned to come here a year before I knew my gf existed. :)
      I;ve never have had a sip of alcohol in my life. Its not that I think its wrong as some legalistic churches do (though I’m against being drunk), but its in respect of my mom who is against it. Plus a promise I made to my gf (she didn’t even have to ask for me to promise it). And simply I have no desire to. Haha

      Yorkshire pudding? Never had it before. I am planning to cook my gf’s family a Mexican dinner sometime.

      • Mike says

        Mmmmm, Mexican food!
        Not drinking isn’t a bad way to go through life, for sure. I’m afraid you’ll have to be tolerant of drinkers while in Davao, though. Yes, you are a rather bizarre foreign specimen, out there on your own, Jay. If I had my way, the Canadian Government would give every young person $10,000 upon high school graduation & tell them to go travel the world for a year. By the time they returned from their trip, each man/woman would have a clear idea of what they wanted to study in university and what they wanted to accomplish in life. I think that when you return home, whether for a visit or permanently, you’ll find that your old friends whom never left “the roost” will seem rather narrow minded in their outlook. I believe travelling expands the mind. Are you going to travel to some of the other countries in Asia, while you’re there?

        When a Swedish friend was visiting me in Davao, we met an American missionary of about your age, I believe he was with the “Four Square Church”, or something of that nature. I’m not sure why missionaries are sent to The RP, perhaps, one day, someone who understands this will enlighten me.

        • Jawz says

          My two bestest friends back home were Mexican. Homecooked is just as good as resto style :)
          Yeah, I’m tolerant of it. I see many kids my age come in, in school uniform, and buy a bottle of vodka. Haha. When my mom was here, we were at my gf’s house and she almost freaked when my gf’s dad offered me a beer.
          Yeah, traveling is awesome for the mind. Back in my freshman year of highschool, the teacher was making paper plate awards, some award given on personality. Personally, I thought some were kind of rude. For example, the teacher asked who’d get the award for living with his parents and never getting out on his own. I was the ‘quiet boy’ of the class, the non-trouble maker. Everyone looked at me and pointed at me. Here I am today though, in Southeast Asia, and they’re still back in their smalltown, even the ones who I’d consider more liberal like a northerner. They’re still stuck in a place. I look back and see it as more immature, something they might not see. I hope to travel to other places as well. Since I was little I always wanted to travel Asia and Latin America. I guess I’ve gotten that now, and I’m happy.

          Hmm.. I have a guess. #1- Catholic country. #2- 3rd world country. 2 years ago I went with my Christian school to Dominican Republic. The church we got hooked up with there was in a city, and people there were just as modernized as us. But our reason was to provide free clinics to villages outside of the city; our ‘Christian duty’ to help thos ein need when we can, and to give students a new experience. So we opened up free clinics headed by a guy from the church, my classmates dad; a doctor who could speak French (good for Haitian villages) and our Spanish teacher.
          Other than Phils having villages some churches might wanna help, well, there is the Catholic belief in place. Many Protestant churches want to introduce Protestantism in a land of Catholicism. Its the great divide within Christianity. Some consider Catholic to NOT be Christian, so they feel more urged. Others just want to inroduce wha tthey feel is the more truer church.

  9. ken says

    thank you for your information.
    i was searching for the cost of living in the phils.
    prices of food and medicine.
    cleaning products etc.
    but from the comments you were getting ,your people weren’t taking you seriously.I for one would like to know, from some one first hand, the cost of every day things in the phils.
    take care

  10. Sandy says

    Hi Jawz, hey! in what supermarket in Davao can you buy an All Bran cereals??? Damn! I badly needed one. Please shoot me an email if you can. Thanks a lot!!!

    All the love for your blog,

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