the electricity problem is fixed: the problem is the new wires that the city is fixing (putting higher with new concrete poles, replacing the many wires with more cables). The connection to the house was shorting out.
The electrician fixed it yesterday in the late afternoon, with supervision from the electric company, whose men were busy fixing other places. So we paid a certified electrician to fix the connection (i.e. paid for it ourselves).
Hopefully things are better now.
But I went to bed at 7 pm and am now up at 2 am. Oh well.
Luckily our fish didn't die when the fishpond pump was off for 18 hours; we have had fish die offs with typhoons in the past when we had prolonged brownouts.