I have been in the Philippines 6 months and have gone through 3 Mac notebooks. The first from a destroyed modem card. I replace it and it worked. The second from a blank monitor. I plugged it into an external monitor and it still did not work. So I replaced the motherboard. It now works. The third from a blank monitor and since I do not have a spare motherboard, that computer is dead. Is the electricity in the Philippines dangerous and should I use a surge protector? Where can I get an APC UPS? I live in Dagupan City and am a medical student in San Carlos.