When the Power Goes Out in the Philippines

When We Have Scheduled Power Outages in the Philippines…

…we head to the beach! Brown-outs here in the Philippines are common and can happen anytime, anywhere. Most notably, my experience with them seem to be while I am watching a good movie or on the computer doing something important. Most times it is nothing more than an inconvenience, lasting only a few seconds to a minute or two. But it is just long enough to lose what you have typed (and in my case before Auto-Save secures it) or miss an important line in a good movie. Sometimes it can go out in the middle of eating supper, and without a flashlight at the ready, can make for some interesting eating!

It is an infrastructure problem mostly, with way too many lines, and way too many trees causing line problems. Some days, the power company will schedule all-day outages (usually on a Saturday) to replace old wooden poles, or repair damage to infrastructure from typhoon damage two seasons ago. In any case, when the power company schedules an all day outage, it is usually a good plan to head to the beach for most of that day. Even though we have a generator at the ready, it is just more relaxing to sit in the shade and cool off in the water when needed. And it is cheaper than running the genset all day. When I do run it, it is usually for an hour or two just to put a charge back into the refrigerator and to cool the house down. But when we are not home, that really doesn’t matter as the ref will stay cold most of the day without anybody opening it.

When we do head to the beach, we will bring plenty to drink and eat, and depending on which beach we head to, we can bring other things to keep us busy like our frisbees, a volleyball set, or the Bocce balls. Yesterday, we took the Bocce balls and headed to Bayog Beach, about 24km north of Calbayog City, here on Samar Island. It is the only beach (picnic area really) that offers a wide open grassy area to spread out and play a game of Bocce, or three!

4 thoughts on “When the Power Goes Out in the Philippines

  1. Hi Randy, hope you and your family are doing great…. are solar panel kits available in pH? are there expensive?
    I will be in the Cebu area soon and I plan to take with me solar power banks for my mobile and cameras
    Take care

    • Yes, solar is becoming more widely available. Nothing much here in Calbayog City, but Tacloban, Cebu and in Luzon you will find several sources.

    • Hi! We did visit in SM Seaside Cebu along the SRP and there we did find some store, selling solar panels, batteries, and also bicycles with batteries I THINK it was in the 3th floor but not so sure.
      The prizes seemed to be much lower than in “western world”, cannot say the quality more than a saleslady said one is enough for a lightning, charging and TV for example. For the fridge it needs one more.

      • Yesterday when we were visiting Taclobn, I found that Citi Hardware is now carrying solar heated water tanks, in about 4 different models.

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