100 dollars in Philippines pesos

The following guest blog post from blogger Gem Muzones offers some insightful tips on this very subject. Gem is the author of www.travelswithahobo.com and lives in the Philippines. 

How much is $100 in the Philippines?

If you come from a western country, $100 in the Philippines can go a long way. However, the Philippine Peso (PHP) is far stronger than it was 10 years ago, and continuously gaining strength.

That said, don’t underestimate how much $100 can get you and go crazy on designer merchandise.

Currency rates change daily, so you should only use the following information as an approximate indicator.

$100 (US) = PHP 5,251

£100 (GBP) = PHP 6,841

€100 (EURO) = PHP 5,873*

$ 100 (CAD) = PHP 3,930

*Source: www.xe.com (2019)

Now that we’ve done the basic conversion, let’s get back to what $100 can get you in the Philippines.

What can $100 get you in the Philippines?

When planning an out-of-town trip, it’s a given that you’ll be keeping a tight eye on your finances.

As a traveler, more so as a budget traveler, it’s normal to want to get great value for your money. You also want to ensure you make the most out of your adventure, just without spending too much.

One hundred dollars may not seem that much, but in the Philippines, it can go a long way. Here are 5 suggestions on how to spend your cash and have a great travel experience at the same time.

1. Check into a luxury hotel

For $100, why not book yourself into a luxury hotel in the center of Metro Manila?

You get access to swimming pools, and some of the best luxury spas, but for a fraction of the cost.

Also, many of the top hotels have great views overlooking the city below. It gives you the chance to enjoy the scene, but without having to experience the traffic yourself.


Hotel bedroom in luxury hotel in Manila — 100 dollars in Philippines pesos

Executive room at Crimson Hotel Filinvest City Manila


Luxury Manila hotels — 100 dollars in Philippines pesos

Check out hotels in Alabang like Parque España Residence Hotel, Crimson Hotel Filinvest City Manila, and The Bellevue Manila.

Alternatively, The A. Venue Hotel, Armada Hotel and Hotel Jen in Metro Manila are great choices in the city. Shop around to explore your best options.

Discover the best of Manila and the surrounding vicinity by booking a local tour with the people who know best.



2. Have a ball at the mall

It’s hard to say no to a spot of retail therapy, a pastime Filipinos really like to engage in. So much is their love of shopping, they’ve even coined a term for it, ‘malling’.

It reinforces how much they love to go to the mall, and also of course, to shop.

Don’t be scared to bargain — 100 dollars in Philippines pesos

With seemingly endless shopping malls and markets, $100 in the Philippines can get plenty of bags for your buck.

Bargaining is also encouraged in local markets, so don’t be shy and try your hand at getting a good discount.


$100 Manila

$100 in the Philippines: spending at Divisoria will probably get you half the market

Shopping centers such as Greenhills and the market in Divisoria are places where you can find cheap, yet great finds.

Don’t be surprised at how much you can buy here with $100!

3. Take a day trip with $100

Get the most out of your trip to Manila by experiencing some of the Filipino culture on offer.

Take a day trip to the historic site in Intramuros, and try riding a horse-driven carriage or kalesa. A 30-minute tour around the city costs around PHP350 ($7; €6.50; £5.50).**

Visit hidden gems of the Philippines — 100 dollars in Philippines pesos

If you’re feeling more adventurous, why not explore the beaches that are a few hours away from Manila?

Zambales, Pampanga and Batangas have some hidden gems and are accessible from the capital. If you prefer some temporary escape from the heat, head to Baguio or Sagada for some breezy relief.

Of course, you could also visit the wonderful island of Boracay and see its award-winning beaches for yourself.

If you’re on a budget and want to explore beyond Manila, commuting by bus is cheaper than renting a private car.

4. Eat $100 worth of Filipino food

Filipinos, in general, love nothing more than to eat.

You can find many snack stands (also known as merienda) everywhere. Try some of the local delicacies such as rice cakes, and turon (banana in spring roll wrapper and deep fried).

Also be sure to try banana cue (sugar-coated bananas) or camote cue (sugar-coated sweet potatoes).

$100 Manila

Filipino ‘Turon’: bananas deep-fried in pastry

Try the local street Filipino food

There are also the local food carts that dish up classic Filipino street food such as fish balls and calamares.

They frequently go around every street in Manila, so don’t be afraid to hail them to stop and try something.

Filipinos love eating as much as they do cooking. It’s why you must try the local Filipino restaurants and experience exotic and native dishes that the Philippines has to offer.

Try a Filipino buffet — 100 dollars in Philippines pesos

For $100 in the Philippines, you can eat like a king, or a queen.

Buffets are popular in the capital, where you can eat as much as you can for a low price. The prices are so reasonable that you can probably do it another 10 times.

Places like Kamayan-Saisaki Dads will give you a true taste of everything ‘Pinoy’.

Tip: order like a tourist, but eat like a local and get one of everything.

If you’re traveling elsewhere around the Philippines, take a look at these places. They may be lesser known, but are still beautiful and worth seeing.



5. Experience the nightlife

Manila has a great nightlife, particularly when it comes to partying and clubbing. With $100 in a city that never sleeps, it’s very easy to have a good time.

Reserve a private area in one of the capital’s top nightclubs. Get table service with a bottle of your choice and dance the night away to the world’s hottest DJs.

Some hot-spots include Valkyrie, The Palace Pool Club, Revel, Black Market, and House Manila.

Make every dollar count — 100 dollars in Philippines pesos

Whether you’re traveling on a budget or not, having a great experience doesn’t require much money in the Philippines.

Bring a good pair of walking shoes, the will to explore and plenty of energy. One hundred dollars can go a long way; how you choose to spend it depends on you.

Every dollar counts, so make the experience worthwhile!

**prices correct at time of writing

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