Dumaguete City, Philippines – Dubbed as the “place of gentle people,” Dumaguete City is a retirement haven for many expats. It made headlines in 2014 when it was Forbes Magazine named it fifth among seven of the best places to retire in the world. In 2019, the Philippine Retirement Agency, under the Department of Tourism, named Dumaguete as the best place to retire in the country, making it the first city in the Visayas area to be given the Best Retirement Area Deemed as Retiree-Friendly (RADAR) status.

So what makes this picturesque city a favorite among expats?

Cathedral of St Catherine of Alexandria in Dumaguete

Low Cost of Living

One of the main reasons why Dumaguete and the Philippines as a whole attract retirees from all over the world is the relatively cheap cost of living. Rent, utilities, and other living expenses come at just a fraction of their…

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