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Fri. Apr 16th, 2021

Brownouts in the Philippines. As common as empty bottles of Red Horse littering the landscape after a fiesta. I’ve complained about power outages before on this website. Did a post last June about this frustrating problem.  Had twice as many power failures in our Savannah Subdivision as opposed to the time we lived in nearby Guimaras. But last month, January 2013, was a record low amount of actual down time for us. Only three outages that lasted a total of seven minutes. I was shocked. Last January we had three incidents but they totaled over 14 hours. One was over 12 hours long. 

Electric meters in Guimaras

I’m pleasantly surprised. I’ve been keeping a record of all our brownouts since September 2010. In Guimaras, the mango province of the Philippines, we experienced only one power outage in February 2011. But it lasted a total of 31 minutes.  

Of course, we’re “coping” with the “cold” months now. Temperatures have dipped as low as 64 degrees Fahrenheit. It will be heating up next month, and the number of brownouts will increase if past records I have maintained are any indication.  

But for now I’m enjoying this rare respite from the infrastructure breakdown I’ve experienced since living in the Philippines. Now if we could just get that running water 24/7 that we were promised last March that would give this American expat one less thing to complain about. And my asawa would appreciate that. 

By The Kano

POST AUTHOR: "THE KANO." Dave DeWall, "The Kano", is the Publisher & Editor-in-Chief of "Philippines Plus" in publication since August 2009. He is also the CEO of Lizard Poop Productions and author of the best-selling guide book "The Philippines Expat Advisor." Dave moved to the Philippines in July 2009 from Central Illinois with his lovely wife of over 21 years, "The Sainted Patient Wife." The couple reside in a rural province in Western Visayas, Guimaras. The small island province is said to have the sweetest mangoes in the world. They do not have any children but are the proud owners of eight active canines, including a Belgian Malinois called "Killer" "Killer" has bitten five people over the years along with one goat and a carabao. "Killer" doesn't like strangers. Or goats. Or carabaos.

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