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Moved to Manila? Here are 20 Must-Have Apps in the Philippines in 2023

Moved to Manila? Here are 20 Must-Have Apps in the Philippines in 2023


Congratulations on embarking on a new adventure. As someone who has been here for a while, I can tell you that life in the Philippines is a rollercoaster ride – sometimes exciting, sometimes hair-raising. But don’t worry, you’re not alone! There are plenty of apps out there that can make your life easier and more fun. I’m going to share with you today 20 must-have apps in the Philippines!

First, let’s talk about why apps are so important here. The Philippines is a bustling, fast-paced country that can be overwhelming for newcomers. From navigating the chaotic traffic to ordering food in Tagalog, it can be a bit of a culture shock. But with the right apps on your phone, you’ll be able to tackle anything that comes your way.

As I mentioned, we’ll be taking a look at some of the most helpful apps for life in the Philippines. Whether you need a ride to your next adventure or want to order your favorite local dish, we’ve got you covered. So get comcortable, grab your phone, and get ready to explore the wonderful world of apps in the Philippines!

On-Demand Services

Now that we’ve got you settled in with the basics, it’s time to talk about one of the most important things you’ll need in the Philippines: a kuya.

Now, for those of you who are not familiar with Tagalog, kuya means older brother. And trust me, having a kuya can be a lifesaver here in the Philippines. Luckily, there are apps out there that can be just as reliable and helpful as a kuya.

My Kuya

Don’t you wish your kuya was as helpful as My Kuya? This app connects you with a personal assistant who can be your helping hand, on-demand! From running errands to grocery shopping, My Kuya has got you covered. They can even help you find a trustworthy repairman for those inevitable household mishaps. They can even do government related errands! And the best part?

My Kuya is on a mission to create 1 million job opportunities for Filipinos, so you’re not only getting the help you need, you’re also contributing to a great cause. So, what are you waiting for? Download My Kuya now and experience the convenience of having a personal assistant at your fingertips. #YourHelpingHandOnDemand


If you need a reliable home cleaning service, then Goodwork is your go-to app. They’ve got a team of highly skilled cleaners who can tackle even the messiest of homes. Plus, they’re available 24/7 so you can get your home spick and span whenever you need it.


And last but not least, we have Lalamove. This app is perfect for when you need to move large items or just need a reliable delivery service. With Lalamove, you can easily book a van or truck and get your items delivered quickly and safely.

Just like having a kuya, these apps are reliable and can help you navigate life in the Philippines with ease. Don’t be afraid to give them a try – you’ll be surprised at how much they can simplify your life!

Ridesharing Services

Now that you’ve got your personal kuya, it’s time to talk about getting around in the Philippines. And let me tell you, the traffic here can be a bit of a nightmare. That’s where ridesharing services come in handy. We also featured these app in our must-have apps for tourist!


must-have apps in the philippines - Grab

First up, we have Grab. This app is a lifesaver when you need to get somewhere fast and can’t deal with the hassle of finding a taxi. Just fire up the app and within minutes, a friendly driver will be on their way to pick you up. And with the ability to pay with cash or through the app, Grab makes your transportation needs as hassle-free as possible.


must-have apps in the philippines - angkas

But let’s say you need to get somewhere even faster, like in the case of an emergency or just need to beat the traffic. That’s where Angkas comes in. This app lets you book a motorcycle ride, and believe me, you’ll be weaving through traffic like a pro. Just make sure to wear a helmet and hold on tight!


If you’re tired of getting stuck in traffic and want an easier way to get around, then you need Sakay in your life. Consider it your Metro Manila commuting guide, with directions for everything from jeepneys to trains, buses to Pasig River Ferries, and even the occasional Libreng Sakay. Sakay helps you make sense of the chaos and get to your destination in one piece.

And with real-time traffic updates, you’ll always be able to avoid the worst traffic jams. So the next time there’s a jeepney strike or you’re looking for a way to beat the traffic, just whip out Sakay and let it guide you to your destination. Download Sakay now and join the ranks of savvy commuters who know how to make their way around the city.

Whether you need a fast ride, a speedy motorcycle ride, or just want to save the planet, these ride-sharing apps have got you covered. Just make sure to buckle up, wear your helmet, and get ready for the ride of your life!

Mobile Payment

Let’s be real, no one likes to owe anyone money. And when you’re new to the Philippines, it can be tough to keep track of all the bills and expenses. But fear not, my friend, because mobile payment apps are here to save the day (and your relationships with your patipbahay and kuya).


I’ll be honest you… when I first heard of GCash, I thought it was some up-and-coming Filipino rapper. But boy, was I wrong! GCash is actually an app that lets you pay bills, transfer money, and even shop online without ever having to pull out your wallet. And trust me, saying “GCash mo na yan!” is way more satisfying than digging around for loose change. Plus, with exclusive discounts and cashback deals, you might even save some money along the way.

So, the next time you hear “Namamasko po! Here’s my GCash…”, you’ll know exactly what to do. Download GCash now and experience the convenience of cashless payments.


But if you’re looking for another mobile payment option, then you’ll want to check out Maya (formerly known as Paymaya). Similar to GCash, this app lets you pay bills, transfer money, and shop online with ease. Plus, with the ability to order your very own Maya physical card, you’ll be able to pay in-store, too.


And if you’re dealing with international transactions, then you’ll want to check out Paypal. This app is a lifesaver when it comes to sending or receiving money from overseas. Plus, with millions of merchants accepting Paypal worldwide, you’ll be able to shop to your heart’s content without ever leaving your couch.

With these mobile payment apps, you’ll never have to worry about making utang from your patipbahay or kuya ever again. Just make sure to keep track of your expenses, and you’ll be living your best life in no time.

Banking and Finance

Money matters can be stressful, but don’t worry, we’ve got you covered! These apps will save you from long queues at the bank and give you the freedom to manage your finances without leaving your home sweet home.


First up, BDO. No, not the band, but the app that will make you say “Be DOne” with your banking transactions. With just a few taps on your phone, you can transfer funds, pay bills, and check your account balance without leaving your couch.


Next, we have BPI, or as I like to call it, “Be Present In my transactions”. With this app, you can easily monitor your accounts, pay bills, and even invest in stocks. No need to worry about getting lost in the sea of financial jargon because BPI has got your back with their user-friendly interface.


Lista is a comprehensive money tracker designed for every Filipino who wants to take control of their finances. With Lista, you can plan your spending, see where your money is going, and know your balance at a glance. This user-friendly app helps you manage your finances and never miss a payment with reminders. Keep track of your expenses, set budgets, and achieve your financial goals with Lista. It’s the perfect tool for anyone who wants to stay on top of their finances and make the most out of their hard-earned money. Download Lista today and start taking control of your financial future. With Lista, you can avoid overspending and make sure you have enough cash for your next adobo fix!

Shopping and Buy & Sell

Alright, we’ve talked about managing our money, but now it’s time to spend it! And boy, do I have some apps that will make your shopping experience in the Philippines a breeze.


First up, we have Shopee. Now, I know what you’re thinking – “another online shopping app?”. But trust me, this one’s different. Shopee has everything from fashion and beauty products to home appliances and electronics. And the best part? They often have crazy sales and discounts, so you can get your shopping done without breaking the bank. Salamat Shopee for making online shopping more affordable and convenient than ever before!


Next, we have Carousell. This app is perfect for those who are looking to buy or sell secondhand items. You can find anything from pre-loved clothing to furniture and even cars. And if you’re trying to declutter your home before moving, Carousell is a great way to make some extra cash while getting rid of items you no longer need. Not happy with your place? Find a new one on Carousell! Not happy with your car? Sell it on Carousell! Not happy with your jowa? Sell ’em on Carou… charizzz! I’m sure you’ll find an app for that.


Lastly, we have ShopSM. If you’re a fan of the SM malls, then this app is a must-have. You can browse through their catalog of products and even order items for pickup or delivery. And if you’re an SM Advantage cardholder, you can earn points and redeem rewards through the app. It’s like having your own personal shopping assistant right in your pocket.

So, go ahead and indulge in some retail therapy – your wallet (and your heart) will thank you.


Okay, so we’ve talked about all the fun stuff, but let’s not forget the necessities – like food! And by food, I mean groceries. Don’t worry, I won’t judge if your idea of groceries is a bunch of junk food and soda. That’s what being an adult is all about, right? Anyway, these apps will help you get your groceries without having to brave the traffic and crowds at the supermarket.


First up, we have Metromart. This app allows you to shop for groceries from various supermarkets and stores in the Philippines, and have them delivered right to your doorstep. No more fighting for a parking spot or getting lost in the aisles.


Next, we have Grabmart. Yes, the same Grab that we talked about earlier for ridesharing. They also have a grocery delivery service, because apparently, they just want to do everything for us. You can choose from a variety of items, from fresh produce to household essentials, and have them delivered in as fast as an hour.


Last but not least, we have Pandamart. This app is brought to you by the same folks behind Foodpanda, so you know you’re in good hands. They offer grocery delivery from various supermarkets and specialty stores, and you can track your order in real-time. No more wondering if your delivery guy got lost somewhere in Manila.

No more excuses for living off instant noodles and canned goods. You can now have your groceries delivered straight to your door with just a few taps on your phone.


I know moving to a new country can be tough, especially when it comes to finding the right healthcare services. But don’t worry, these apps have got your back (and your lungs, and your heart, and your kidneys…you get the point).


First up, we’ve got PhilCare. This app offers a wide range of healthcare services, from consultations with doctors to laboratory tests and even in-patient hospital care. And the best part? You can do it all online! So if you’re feeling under the weather or just need some medical advice, PhilCare has got you covered.


Next, we’ve got Aide. This app is perfect for those who need a little extra help with their health and wellness routine. Aide offers a variety of services, including home nursing care, physical therapy, and even yoga classes. So whether you need help recovering from an injury or just want to improve your overall health, Aide has got your back (and your spine, and your glutes, and…okay, you get the idea).

With PhilCare and Aide, you can stay healthy and happy, even when you’re far away from home. And who knows, they might even help you with homesickness. After all, there’s nothing like a good check-up to make you feel better.


Alright, folks, you made it to the end! Congratulations! Now that you know all about the best apps to make your life easier in the Philippines, let me give you one more tip: get a good unlimited data and wifi plan. Trust me, you’ll be using these apps all the time, and you don’t want to be caught without internet.


So let’s recap, we covered the most reliable and helpful apps in the Philippines. For on-demand services, you have My Kuya, Goodwork, and Lalamove to assist you with errands and tasks. For ridesharing, you have Grab, Angkas, and Sakay to get you where you need to go. And when it comes to managing your finances, you have GCash, Paymaya, Paypal, BDO, BPI, and Lista to keep you on track. Plus, for shopping, buy & sell, and grocery, we have Shopee, Carousell, ShopSM, Metromart, Grabmart, and Pandamart.

Don’t forget to use these apps wisely and take advantage of all the features they offer. You’ll be surprised at how much easier and enjoyable life in the Philippines can be with the help of these apps. So go ahead, try them out, and enjoy your stay here in the Pearl of the Orient Seas!


And lastly, as much as these apps can make life convenient, it’s always good to disconnect from your phone and connect with fellow humans in person. Explore the beautiful sights and sounds of the Philippines, try local food, and make new friends. So, don’t forget to balance your screen time with some good old-fashioned face-to-face interactions. After all, the real magic of the Philippines is in its people and culture. Enjoy your journey!

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