FOREIGNER PUTTING ON A PARTY FOR THE FAMILY IN A BARANGAY

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Introduction

In the Philippines if you are married and family are close by then when there is an event like a birthday or other celebration then they will have a party. Being a foreigner the thought is he must be rich but this is not the case
A family member is having a birthday and relatives are aware. Now in Australia a normal birthday as I can remember when I was young is a simple party at home with direct family (except for your 21st,(a .big event).
Most families in the Philippines are large. So there will be many relatives. It is virtually a snow ball effect. In this instance we are looking at 60 people in total which in western society would be a reasonably big party for a working class person.
Filipinos love to eat and I don’t think you will ever get an argument in that regard.
The idea and information is to put on a party at a reasonable cost and still keep everyone happy
Where are we going to have the party?
I go to a small Philippine beach style resort where I have known the owners for 7 years. They have 8 cottages on the beach. So I negotiate and can have all cottages on the beach for 1500 peso or $25 US (good deal)

COTTAGES ON THE BEACH
VIEW FROM THE COTTAGES
Food
To buy a pig live  in a barangay will cost about 100 peso/kg or $2 US /kg. So a 50kg pig is 5000 peso or $100 US
COOKING THE PIG
Fish
The Filipino will settle for pork but the number one food is fish. So 10kg of fish at 120 peso kg or 1200 peso or $14 US
Spaghetti
In the Philippines I think due to Jolly Bee spaghetti is quite popular. But here they just cook it and add a sauce and a bit different to what we would see in an Italian resonant so say around 600 peso or $12 US
Vegetables
 We have growing on our land so will not equate this part Also we have rice in storage so the same as vegetables.
Drinks
Water 20 liters of purified water 120 peso x 2 240 peso or so about $4.50 US. We also purchased 12 large bottles of soft drink 700 peso or $14US
Alcohol
I choose not to buy beer but a flagon or gallon container of tuba (a coconut wine) is 120 peso.  So 5 gallons is $6 - Nb I bought beer later as the day went on!!!
Candy for the children and birthday cake about 1200 peso from Blue Ribbon Bakery So $24 US.
So there you have it $150 to feed 70 people and $25 for the hire of the cottages on the beach
Conclusion
As I am an engineer I have added a 10% continuances. So the cost to have this party is around $3 us/per head. If I go to a pub (hotel) in Australia I have to pay more than $3 for a 10oz glass of beer (a middy)
Furthermore the direct family were eating the leftover food over the next few days.
I have been coming to the Philippines for 12 years and now lived here permanently for the last five. I am happily married and my direct family are great.
 This article maybe of interest for foreigners who have a girl friend or fiancée in the province. If you are requested or want to put on a party or event while you are in the Tacloban, it can be done at a reasonable cost. I did get a quote for this party at a resort hotel in Tacoban city at 600 peso a head for basics. This party was done for 10,000 peso ( $200US) as apposed to 40,000 peso ($800US)

This simple beach style resort is about 34km out of Tacloban at Luan a barangay (village) of Dulag.
If you require any additional information do not hesitate to send me an email

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