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Do I need a plug adaptor when in Cebu? Help!

I’m from Chicago and I’ll be visiting Cebu in the Philippines for a week. My question is if I need a plug adaptor when I get there. I’ve had a friend who went there for an international dating tour and he complained when he arrived that he wasn’t able to charge his iPad because his plug was of a different type than the one they had in the hotel.
Can anyone tell me that type of outlet does Cebu mostly have and probably the standard voltage too. I want to have everything ready when I’m visit because I don’t know where to get stuff around. I’m going to the island parts too and not the city center so it might get harder too. I need all the help I can get. Thanks folks!

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Here is a list of all the countries in the world and what plug type they accept. It looks like the Philippines use type A (which is the standard American two flat bladed, non-grounding, polarizing plug), type B (which is the standard American grounding plug with the round ground pin), and type C, which is the standard continental European two pin, non-grounding plug. The problem with type A and type B is that Philippine power is 220V, but there are a lot of American appliances that are designed for 120V only, but use that type of plug.

So the tendency could be for people to plug their 120V appliances into a Philippine 220V receptacle thinking that if the plug fits, it must be OK.

So, just to be sure you should take along a standard two pin Europlug adapter and make sure the device will accept 220V. And understand that, whereas Philippine power could be polarized (I'm not sure it is), power from a two pin, type C, receptacle is not polarized. It would be best to use a device with a type A plug only in a type A or type B receptacle.