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The Philippines is a noisy place, I don’t think anybody can argue against me on that.  As I am sitting here at my desk writing this post, over the last five minutes I have heard all of these sounds outside my window:

  • A rooster next door has been letting out his “cock-a-doodle-do” about three times per minute
  • There is a house being constructed behind mine and they have been working since around 6am with lots of hammering, cement mixer sounds, general noise
  • A few minutes a garbage truck was picking up garbage and honking his horn endlessly
  • The construction crew is playing their radio quite loud
  • Traffic is passing by on the somewhat busy street in front of my house – car engines, horns etc accompany the traffic

So, as you can see, there is plenty of noise to keep my ears full!

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The truth, though, is that I am used to it (except the rooster, which is a new addition to the neighborhood).  It doesn’t bother me much anymore.  When I talk to, or get e-mails from other ex-pats who live here, noise is one of the most heard complaints about living here.  And, the number one noise maker that I hear about are roosters crowing.  Can you get used to it?  What do you think?  If you plan to live in the Philippines, you will have to get used to the noise here.  There is no escaping it!  You will experience noise like this whether you live in the middle of the City, or out in the Province.  Adjust, or forget making the move!

As a friend and I often tell each other – we’re not in Kansas anymore!

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Bob Martin is the Publisher & Editor in Chief of the Live in the Philippines Web Magazine. Bob is an Internet Entrepreneur. Bob is an American who lived in Mindanao from 2000 until 2019. Bob has now relocated back to the USA.

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Patrice
Patrice
14 years ago

Hello Bob, Yeash you're right about the noise…the rooster in particular. I remember when I was there and lived in the house of my wife for 1 month and starting around 5:30 A.M. we could hear all the rooster of the neighborhood. One day I told my wife that it's me who will wake them up he he he. But this will never stop me moving there. For me I think the worst sound is the honk of the cars…don't you agree? Even in the filipino movie you cannot miss the rooster :). Since you are already the 24th there…I… Read more »

Bob
Bob
14 years ago

Hi Patrice – you are right on target! Except, in my area the roosters crow all night long! 😉

Merry Christmas to you and your wife!

Mindanao Dogg
Mindanao Dogg
14 years ago

I guess I,m lucky Living in the provence, but along a Hwy I get noise till 10:00 pm Then it,s quite. (I,m already used to the chickens)
It is just those Videokies that bother me now.

Bob
Bob
14 years ago

Hi Mindanao Dogg – I guess there are some advantages to living out in the Province! I am lucky, I don't live near to any videokes, so that is a good thing for me!

Roy
Roy
13 years ago

Hi Bob, I'm a pinoy transplanted here in Chicago. Although I grew up and spent most of my life in Manila, I have lived and vacationed from north to south of the Philippines. I was in my mid 30s when I migrated here in Chicago. Imagine my astonishment when I noticed how eerily quiet it is here. When I go to sleep, after the TV is turned off, silence envelops the apartment. I could actually hearing the incessant buzzing sound which is the proverbial sound of silence. The same was observed by some family members who came after. One actually… Read more »

Dennis Glass
Dennis Glass
7 years ago
Reply to  Roy

Shoot, the noise won’t bother me. I’ve been married a long time, used to it now.

Bob
Bob
13 years ago

Hi Roy – Ha ha… your story is funny, because it is almost like you are having the exact opposite problem of mine! It makes me smile!

Daniel
9 years ago

I hear roosters all day combined with endless barking from 3-4 extremely poorly disciplined dogs in my neighborhood, and i live on the 16th floor in a residential building. I have to be honest, i can’t understand how people stand all the noise! Is there anyone i can file a complaint to? Seriously, the caretaker of some rich guys plot of land next to the condominium building i’m staying in keeps bringing more animals, roosters and dogs, its kinda getting out of hand and no one gives a damn of course! I don’t know what to do, any advice anyone?… Read more »

MindanaoBob
9 years ago
Reply to  Daniel

You can file a complaint with your Barangay Captain. But, be very careful in doing so, because you can make your life hell by filing such a complaint, especialy that your neighbor is rich as you say. Mostly likely, nothing will be done about the problem and you will get lots of personal problems.

Cordillera Cowboy
8 years ago

You’re right that there’s no escaping it. At our place in town, the rooster and dog noise is constant. The traffic does die off at night, but picks up again VERY early in the morning. I’ve simply gotten used to it, except for the dogs of our own household. My wife and I are trying to wife trying to get them to reduce the number, but it’s an uphill fight. Our farm is somewhat isolated. We’re about a 20 minute walk from the barangay proper. Our nearest neighbors are about a 10 minute walk away, uphill, through pasture and crop… Read more »

MindanaoBob
8 years ago

Hi Cordillera Cowboy – Thanks for sharing your story, it’s a fun read. I have grown more used to the noises, and mostly they don’t bother me any more. If the neighborhood dogs get overly rowdy, the barking will wake me up. Thankfully there are no roosters in the neighborhood where we now live. Life is good.

cabbie
cabbie
3 years ago

i came to your site since i am so desperate with the noises too. i returned to my old home only to find out that there are so many dogs barking at night and 3 roosters ( for cockfight, living inside a cage near the corner of the street) making their noise in the early morning, all simultaneously every 10 seconds. these dogs have different pitch levels too so its really a noise for me or for anyone. some howl some bark but its monotonous. since our windows are made of glass, i think chances are more that noise will… Read more »

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