How to access blocked adult sites in Philippines

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In 2016, ranked the Philippines among the top 10 nations with the most internet freedoms. Despite their impressive score, however, Philippines is far from censorship-free, and the restrictions seem to be tightening up.

Earlier this week, BBC News reported that a number of local ISPs began blocking adult websites, as per the government’s request. No official statement addressing the reason behind the newly blacklisted sites has been released, and many Philippine netizens were left frustrated (in more ways than one) as a result.

What we know

Earlier this year, the Philippine National Telecommunications Commission ordered every ISP in the country to block access to pornographic websites come January 14. So far, Smart and Sun Cellular – two of the largest providers in the country complied with the request.

Their customers reported being unable to access some of the largest adult sites out there, including popular tube sites like Pornhub, Redtube, XVideos, and others. Instead of the typical content one would expect from a porn site, visitors were presented with a message stating:

“This website has been blocked under authority of the Philippine government pursuant to Republic Act 9775 or the Anti-Child Pornography Law.”

For now, it seems that only Smart and Sun Cellular customers are affected, but other ISPs are bound to start catching up. In order to help you get ahead of the imminent block, I put together a quick guide that will help you bypass Philippine censorship, and get you back on your favourite porn site.

What you need

Luckily, accessing geo-restricted content is incredibly easy. All you need is an internet connection (obviously), and a VPN. I recommend that you check out IPVanish, simply because it has a number of servers in the Philippines, as well as some nearby – Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, and Vietnam.

Choosing a server that is physically close to you will usually translate to faster download speeds and less buffering – both of which are vital for a smooth adult-video experience. In the name of research, I took it upon myself to test whether or not the aforementioned websites are accessible via a Philippines VPN server, and to my delight, they were.

Here’s how you do it

First thing’s first – if you don’t already have an IPVanish account, you’ll need to create one before moving on to the next step. I also want to mention that IPVanish accepts Bitcoin, so if you want to register anonymously, you can do so by paying for your subscription through a service like

Moving on…

When you have your login, you’re ready to get started.

IPVanish Set Up

  1. Launch the IPVanish application on your Mac or PC and log in
  2. Select the “QuickConnect” tab right above the “Server List”
  3. Choose “Philippines” from the location drop down, and select “Manila” for the preferred server
  4. Hit “connect”

After a couple of seconds you should get a notification telling you that a VPN connection has been established. Screenshot of "connected" notification from IPVanish

At this point, you’re connected to the internet via a third party IP address that will mask your true location and allow you to bypass local censorship. To test this out, I went back to (for science), and, lo and behold – the site was there – as God intended.

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Final Thoughts

After I was thoroughly convinced that was working as it was supposed to, I double checked Redtube and XVideos, too. Good news, they all work.

So if you want to access adult websites in the Philippines or protect your online privacy so no one knows you’re accessing adult websites then grab a VPN from IPVanish or one of the other providers in our VPN Comparison Guide.

Author: Aleks Bahdanovich

When not writing about the latest tech, this Apple enthusiast enjoys building custom PC's, and designing a more aesthetic web. Using whatever free time is left, Aleks partakes in therapeutic kickboxing and action film-watching.


  1. Simon Birch

    Hello. Can you recommend a vpn server for me which I can download for free? Thanks.

    • VPNCompare

      We don’t recommend free providers because they fund their services using sketchy means such as logging your usage, injecting adverts into your sessions and worse.

      If you really want to test a provider then VyprVPN offer a 3-day free trial that you don’t need to pay for. You can check out our latest review of their service :

  2. Steve

    Dear Aleks, This very helpful info. I have a couple of questions. I and my wife (in our middle to late age) live in Rural Philippines (Bohol). We do use from Pornhub from time to time to help us “get in the mood”. We use PLDT (part of Smart) as Globe has terrible connection here. PLDT is by no means perfect, but much better here. My questions are 1) We have a Globe router using a PLDT sim. Do we need to use a special router? 2) We are nowhere near Manila, so should I press Manila or drop down and see if there is anything nearer ie. Cebu in the Philippines? Many thanks, Steve

    • Christopher Seward

      Hi Steve,

      Thanks for the questions. You won’t need a special router unless you wanted to cover every device in your household. Otherwise it’s simply an app you can install on your phone, tablet or whatever other device you prefer to watch on.

      Most VPN services will only have servers in Manila but it shouldn’t matter too much. You may have to play around with the video quality settings if you suffer any buffering or playback issues. Let us know if you have any further questions.

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