Myths about Metro Manila

I grew up in Mindanao and the Visayas, and heard varied commentaries of those who had been to Metro Manila. I believe like any other handed down stories, it may be correct, wrong and a mixed of both.

Food prices are expensive. Wrong.
There are still inexpensive fast food restaurants or carenderias. Usually they’re found close to schools or universities.

Transportation fare is pricy. Wrong.
The amount is the same all over the Philippines.

It is dirty and noisy. Wrong.
There are a lot of good, quiet and clean places to hang around, and the good example is Bonifacio High Street in Taguig City.

The salaries are high. Wrong.
There are still companies that pay peanuts.

The rental fees of room or business offices are high. Wrong.
In cities like Taguig, Marikina, Novaliches, and part of Pasig it is relatively lower. Though quiet high in Manila, Makati, Pasay and Quezon City.

A 25,000 peso salary is not enough. Wrong.
It depends on the spending habit of an individual, but generally as of year 2007 the 25k wage is more than enough. I was even surprised to hear the comments of some that an 18,000 peso salary is big for them.

The people speak good English and correct pronunciation. Wrong.
A number of call centers go to the provincial cities for hiring agents to augment the lack of good English speakers in Metro Manila. They lure the candidates with huge salaries and free accommodations.

3 thoughts on “Myths about Metro Manila

  1. Hehehe… Taga asa ka brad sa Mindanao? Yes, all of your infos are indeed true. Well, food is really relatively higher here in Makati compared to my place, Davao City. I mean definitely way different. Posh restaurants here would cost you a minimum of 1k for two persons. While in Davao, a buffet for two will only cost you less than P200 already.

  2. Transportation fare is pricy. Wrong.
    The amount is the same all over the Philippines.

    I’m not sure about this one. The minimum jeepney fare here in Cebu is P6.00. When I went to Metro Manila last May year and January this year, the minimum fare was P7.50 or P7.00 (I can’t remember the exact figure).

    Taxi fare is less expensive in the recent places I’ve been to recently – Bacolod, Davao, and Baguio. But I think it’s the same here in Cebu (base figure is P30.00 and the meter increases by P2.50.)

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