About ELRAP: Affordable Retirement in the Philippines

Philippines: Best Place to Retire Abroad!

The EXPATRIATE LIVING AND RETIREMENT ALLIANCE OF THE PHILIPPINES, also known as ELRAP, is an association geared towards helping expatriate retirees and potential retirees, particularly from English-speaking nations, make the transition to living in the Philippines from their home countries. ELRAP’s goal is to help new arrivals adapt to life in the Philippines and to connect them with other expats who can offer constructive advice. ELRAP also strives to promote fellowship among expats and our Filipino hosts in this, our island home.

ELRAP can provide answers to many areas of inquiry, including the answers to questions regarding mundane matters of daily living as well as providing information to help YOU decide whether or not the Philippines would be a viable place for your retirement home. ELRAP can help by giving you the information you need to formulate your plans for retiring and relocating–whether full or part-time–to the Philippines. We maintain this website so that retirees can exchange and/or glean all sorts of useful information regarding life in the Philippines. We cover a broad range of topics about life—or setting up life—all over the country.

For more detailed information on this subject, please go to the section called RETIREOLOGY.

ELRAP conducts extremely comprehensive monthly “look-see” tours for potential retirees who would like to get a firsthand overview of life in the Philippines. We intentionally limit the group to a small number of people, which allows us to pay close personal attention to the individual’s queries. To this end we take our tour visitors north from Manila as far as Laoag, and south from Manila as far as Davao, giving a taste of life in each town that we visit. We answer questions and give a “hands-on” experience of life in the Philippines…and we have fun along the way!

For more information, please click on the section marked TOURS.

ELRAP isn’t just for potential expat retirees–it also serves as a network for expats currently living in the Philippines. Our quarterly social gatherings in Manila serve as a tool to keep the resident expat in tune with much-needed current information. In many cases, it is resident expats themselves who are supplying information to other expats all over the country via ELRAP!

We maintain a “buddy” list where new arrivals to the Philippines can call on the “old hands” in their area for help.

Please click on ELRAP BUDDIES to connect with someone in your area.

ELRAP maintains a list of trustworthy, recommended professionals and service providers in many different fields such as medicine, law, accountancy, and more, all throughout the country. If you need anything from a good lawyer to a good carpenter or manicurist in your area—check the appropriate ELRAP Index!

Please click on ELRAP Indexes to access this information.

ELRAP maintains a newsletter with classifieds and publishes a calendar of events. We post all sorts of retiree-pertinent announcements monthly.

You can use ELRAP to look up activities to enjoy, sights to see, websites to visit, and fun and informative things to see or do. Our classifieds section posts notices as varied as retirees seeking to do some consulting work, buying/selling of all sorts of stuff, and can even be used to put together folks who seek like-minded persons to undertake an excursion!

For example, one could post, ”SEEK DEEP SEA FISHING OPPORTUNITY. I can contribute cold beer and good company; need someone with a boat, bait, and fishing poles. Interested parties please contact me at the following e-mail address…..”

To access this information, please click on UPDATES & INFORMATION.

Don’t be overwhelmed when you arrive to explore our island paradise—let ELRAP be your guide to a beautiful new era in your life!

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“ More and more folks are retiring at an earlier age, while they are still healthy enough to enjoy their lives. The problem is, in the First World, even a couple in their late fifties that have a $500,000 investment portfolio, which includes their home equity and other investments, won’t have enough retirement income to take advantage of their hard-won freedom. ”

By Bruce Silverman
“ELRAP is a friendly website! On our pages please--no vulgarity, and no politics or religion discussed!”