Dumaguete is a center of learning. There are universities and secondary schools scattered throughout the town, and roughly 25% of the total population attends some form of higher education, giving the town a distinctively collegiate ambiance. One advantage of living in a university town is the abundance of inexpensive restaurants that cater to "starving" college students. Dining out is a popular and affordable pastime here. Whether you want Chinese, Japanese, European, American, or even Mexican food, you’ll find many restaurant options where you could enjoy a fine meal with drinks for about US$10. If you want to go local, you could pay less than half that amount. Dumaguete is one of the top 10 most-visited destinations in the Philippines. As a result, the infrastructure is developed to a good standard. The health care infrastructure, especially, as I’ve mentioned, is excellent. It's also almost unbelievably affordable. Dumaguete's Silliman Medical Center is considered one of the best hospitals in the Philippines outside Manila and Cebu and is affiliated with the prestigious St. Luke's Medical Center in Manila. To give you an idea of the cost of care here, specialists charge just 500 pesos for a consultation—slightly more than US$10. Medical care isn't the only thing that is an extraordinary bargain in Dumaguete. The overall cost of living here is extremely low and one of the biggest advantages for the would-be retiree on a budget. A couple could live comfortably here for well less than US$1,000 per month...even as little as US$700 per month. Wendy Justice Editor's Note: The Philippines is one of the 24 countries we will be showcasing during this year's Retire Overseas Conference taking place in Nashville, Tennessee, Aug. 29–31. We will begin the countdown to the launch of open registration for this, our biggest event of the year and the only conference we hold each year in the United States. Meantime, you can get your name on the First Alert list for special discounts and VIP attendee benefits here.
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