September 18, 2017

Communities for Expats to Meet People and Learn

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  • Filipinos are very accommodating and friendly to foreigners, which helps make them feel at home in the Philippines. But it’s natural for expats to still seek communities that they can truly identify with and where they can feel more like a true family. That said, here are some communities you can find in Metro Manila where you can find fellow expats with whom you can relate when it comes to settling into the Philippine land and culture.

    Little Japan in Manila

    IMAGES Little Japan in Manila

    This adorable little community called Little Japan in Manila welcomes both Japanese and Filipinos who want to exchange languages and learn about each other’s culture. They hold informal and easygoing meetups in different parts of the metro (mostly in Makati) which you can join without a membership fee. All you have to spend for is your food and drinks!

    You can find and get in touch with them via Facebook at

    Toastmasters International

    IMAGES Fort Bonifacio Toastmasters Club Facebook page

    Toastmasters is an international organization focused on helping individuals practice public speaking and leadership. This is ideal especially for expats practicing their English communication skills. There are numerous Toastmasters clubs in Metro Manila, but Fort Bonifacio Toastmasters Club in BGC is known for its most diverse membership that is composed of not only Filipino working professionals but also people of different nationalities.

    You can find and get in touch with Fort Bonifacio Toastmasters Club at or

    Alabang Ladies International Group (ALIG)

    IMAGES Alabang Ladies International Group Inc.- ALIG Charities Facebook page

    With regular social gatherings and charity programs, ALIG is a great social network for expat women in Alabang who are looking to make friends from different parts of the world and do purposeful activities. They hold a lot of fun get-togethers that let you share different interests, as well as community outreach like feeding programs for children.

    You can learn more about ALIG at or

    British Women’s Association (BWA)

    IMAGE British Women’s Association Manila website

    Besides being a place to meet fellows from the Great Britain, BWA is another community in Manila that does various outreach programs in partnership with local organizations. They provide a supportive environment for expats, who are just starting to settle into the country, and hold meetings that the British can truly identify with – tea meetings and “big brekkies.”

    You can learn more about BWA at

    Singapore Ladies Club (SLC)

    IMAGE SPA Inc – Singapore Phil Assn Facebook page

    SLC serves as a home away from home for Singaporean women and lady friends. This community promotes friendship and celebrates the culture of Singapore through activities like morning teas, festival get-togethers, cultural visits, and even local charity events.

    You can get in touch with SPA through their Facebook page


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