It hasn't been mentioned but "regular" planned brown outs occur for general maintanence. Usually The Sunday 9 -5 brown outs. Noreco crews comb the streets repairing and untangling I presume. Imagine that happening in the developed countries, it would go over like a lead balloon. But here it is expected and accepted. Owning property here, to chime in, is a risk, I agree with the naysayers on that. The only way is either to marry a pilipina or hire a "dummy" then take out a 75 year lease with rights to sell the lease. To me the dummy is really a smarty as if something "happens" to you he gets the property. Same with the wife, she and her relatives will get rights to what ever the courts decide should you have a problem. The courts always side with a citizen of the Philipipines. The real risk is this. Many land titles are bogus and or highly inaccurate. I used to be into subdividing and sureying. Here my girlfriends family just went through a big hassle getting some of their property accuratly surveyed. ( at my suggestion) It's unbelievable how unconcerned everyone is about property lines, UNTIL you tell them you own 100 sq. meters of their land.! A foreigner lost over that on a beach front lot next to this parcel. The guy apparently never hired engineers to survey his parcel when he bought it. the sellers of course told him he owned more than he actuually bought. Squatter rights exist here as well beware. if you buy alot and don't fence it in, some one can come sit plant corn and end up owning it, or rightfully demanding money for improving the land. Many other stories and anectodatal stuf, but you get thepicture. Buying if you must, in a subdivision is a secure way to do it.