Friday, June 10, 2022

In 2003 It was Only PhP20 per Liter

I remember, buying a 1.5 liter bottle of Coke was always more expensive than a liter of gas. In 2017, a 1.5 liter of Coke cost PhP50 each or about PhP33.34 per liter (Source). Gasoline cost an average of PhP46.16 per liter (Source: DOE). Technically, a liter of Coke IS cheaper than gasoline, in my mind though buying a bottle was more expensive than buying gas. Gas provides energy for your car, Coke provides energy for you, lol. Well, Coke is a staple in my Mom's household (it's still on her bi-monthly grocery list). 

Found this photo in my baul. In 2003, a liter of gas was about PhP20. 
Doubled at PhP37-41 in 2010 (source).
Unfortunately can't find the price of Coke in 2003. 

Well, a full tank averages about 42 liters for a sedan. A thousand in 2017 would be half tank, nowadays you need to pay 2k to fill up half of your tank. And a 1.5 liter bottle of Coke is about PhP70 now (varies a lot depending on where you buy). This means it's about the same price per liter of gasoline in 2017. 

2017, took this photo of a new gasoline station on the way to Baguio.
A liter of gas was about PhP33.

I noticed that things started to get more expensive in the past six years. Cost of living here is still much cheaper compared to Singapore. In Singapore we always just used a basket when we went to the grocery since at the blink of an eye ten to fifteen items can already cost PhP4k. I do my Mom's groceries and I've been able to stretch PhP4k to cover 30 to 40 items (including her bottle of Coke Zero [don't tell her I'm not getting the original one!]). 

Habang maikli ang kumot, matutong mamaluktot.

I think all of us Pinoys are familiar with this Filipino saying. Bend when the blanket is short. At home we've only been spending now for food and utilities. Much as I want to do more joyrides or visit Tagaytay more often, we know it's the time to stay within the blanket. We'll just save up for a proper vacation and skip the fun stuff for now. The future feels so uncertain and seeing our leaders focus more on themselves than the citizens isn't reassuring at all.  

Be prudent. 

#BeKind #StaySafe

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