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Electrical Plugs Used in the Philippines
Voltage in the Philippines
The Philippines operates on a 220V supply voltage and 60Hz.
Main electrical outlets/plugs available in the Philippines
PICTURE 1 - Most electrical outlets in the Philippines are non-grounded two-pronged outlets of either type A (North-American standard) with two flat parallel pins.
PICTURE 2 - Sometimes and not guaranteed, we have Type C (European style) with two round pins.
PICTURE 3 - Sometimes you can find the Type B (US 3-pin plug) two flat parallel pins and a grounding pin.
Power outlets sometimes accept all these types of plugs.
Do I need and adaptor? Are universal plugs spread?
Many tourism establishments, including hotels and airports, are providing double outlets, commonly with both type A and type C. You could already find the right outlets during most of your trip, though some small or more provincial hotels could still not have the provision you need. It’s best to bring with you an appropriate adaptor for your chargers and electrical gadgets for convenience. Some hotels would have adapters available for their guests’ use upon request (for free, for rent or for sale). You could also find adaptors sold in convenience stores or small kiosks, especially in the cities and in the most touristic areas of the Philippines.
Why do they use different types of electrical outlets/plugs in the Philippines?
Do you wonder why there is not a unique electrical plug in use in the Philippines? The Philippines is an Asian country, with strong presence of both American and European influence (the Philippine islands are a former colony of United States and Spain). Many of the electrical appliances and gadgets are imported from United States, Europe or neighbour Asian countries such as Japan and Korea. Nonetheless, the strong Filipino emigration made foreign products available in the country (sent from abroad or brought in as gifts, etc). The multiculturalism of the Philippines is reflected even in its multi-electrical plugs!