34 Interesting Facts About The Philippines

Interesting facts about the Philippines: Boracay Beach

Interesting facts about the Philippines: Boracay Beach. Photo by Constantine Agustin

Interesting Facts About The Philippines

Facts about the Philippines

1. The Philippines ranks 12th among the most populous countries in the world, the population of this country is about 90 million people.

Interesting Facts About Philippines: Mayon Volcano

Interesting Facts About Philippines: Mayon Volcano, Philippines. Photo by Richard Oligarki

2. The Philippines has more than 200 volcanoes, although only some of them are active.

3. The flag of the Philippines – the only flag in the world, where colors can be reversed: in wartime, the upper band is red, the bottom – of the blue, and in times of peace – on the contrary.

Interesting facts about the Philippines: Tabon Cave Complex

Interesting facts about the Philippines: Tabon Cave Complex

4. In the Philippine cave complex Tabone (Tabon Cave Complex) were found fossils of Homo sapiens. According to studies, this area was inhabited by about fifty thousand years ago.

Interesting facts about the Philippines: As part of the Banaue Rice Terraces of the Philippines Cordilleras, the Batad rice terraces are thus also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Known as the "Eighth Wonder of the World" by the Philippines, they are one of the most well-known attractions of northern Philippines

Interesting facts about the Philippines: As part of the Banaue Rice Terraces of the Philippines Cordilleras, the Batad rice terraces are thus also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Known as the “Eighth Wonder of the World” by the Philippines, they are one of the most well-known attractions of northern Philippines. Photo by Fiona Wong

5. There are Rice Terraces on the slopes of the Philippine Cordilleras, whose history is two thousand years old. They are considered a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

6. The first European who visit the Philippines is a Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan.

Interesting facts about the Philippines: A remnant of what once a proud mangrove tree served as a foreground to the glorious vista of the majestic Mount Apo, the highest peak on the Island of the Philippines

Interesting facts about the Philippines: A remnant of what once a proud mangrove tree served as a foreground to the glorious vista of the majestic Mount Apo, the highest peak on the Island of the Philippines. Photo by Edwin Lee

7. The highest point in the Philippines – Mount Apo, located on the Mindanao island, it reaches a height of 2,954 meters.

8. About 80% of the total population are Catholics.

9. Filipinos have a different ethnic background, such as Malay, Chinese, Spanish, American, etc.

10. The country got its name in honor of the Spanish King Philip II.

11. The capital city of the Philippines Manila is named in honor of a mangrove tree with white flowers (nilad).

12. In the period from 1521 to 1898 years, the Philippines was a Spanish colony. After, the archipelago became the property of the United States.

Lake Taal Volcano, Luzon, Philippines(lake within the main volcano)

Lake Taal Volcano, Luzon, Philippines(lake within the main volcano). Photo by Stefan Krasowski

13. The Philippines was the first country in South-East Asia, which gained independence after the Second World War, in 1946.

14. The Philippine area covers about 300,000 square kilometers, which corresponds approximately to the area of ​​Italy.

15. Filipinos are the world’s largest network of diasporas, which covers more than 11 million people.

16. There are the world’s deepest ocean trenches, at the bottom of the Pacific Ocean. Mindanao Trench, which is near the Philippines, reaches a depth of six and a half miles.

17. Philippines are considered the “text capital of the world.” Every day, 35 million mobile subscribers in the country are sending about 450 million short text messages (SMS). This is more than the total number of daily text messages sent in the United States and Europe together.

Interesting facts about the Philippines: Sunset at the White Beach

Interesting facts about the Philippines: Sunset at the White Beach. Photo by Marc van der Chijs

18. Despite the fact that the land area of ​​the Philippines is about 1/30th of the U.S. Area, the coastline of the Philippines extends for 36,289 kilometers, while in the U.S. – Only 19,924 kilometers.

19. Despite popular belief, karaoke was invented in the Philippines, but not in Japan. Karaoke invented by Roberto Del Rosario, calling it “Sing along with the system”. And the name “karaoke” came later, translated from the Japanese it means “singing without accompaniment.”

20. The most rare and expensive shell in the world «Conus Gloriamaris» – one of the 12,000 species of seashells found in the Philippines. In addition, of the 500 known coral species in the world, about 488 have been found on the archipelago of .

21. Tribes Tianjin and Integ, living in the mountainous areas of the northern Philippines, kissing each other in a special way. They advance lips together and quickly inhaled.

22. Traditional ancient Philippine toy “yo-yo” used as a weapon at first.

23. Aurora – the only Philippine province, named in honor of the first lady.

Interesting facts about the Philippines: Sunset at Palawan, Philippines

Interesting facts about the Philippines: Sunset at Palawan, Philippines. Photo by Rico Blanco

24. The safe in the geological sense Philippine called “Palawan”. It is the most distant from the volcanoes and earthquake areas.

25. The most popular month for weddings in the Philippines – is December (until early January), and not June.

26. The first representatives of the Philippines who have reached the top of the hit parade “Top 100 songs of the “Billboard” was the band “Rocky Fellers of Manila”.

27. There are only two seasons – a warm wet season and cool dry season in the Philippines. The dry season lasts from October to June, and wet – for the remainder of the year.

28. In the course of the history of the Philippines had early contact with China, some of the Arab countries and Cambodia, but the archipelago was not known to the Western world until the 17th March 1521, when Magellan arrived to the Samar island. Since then the Philippines was a colony of many countries such as: Spain, Portugal, the United States and Japan.

29. Philippine University of San Carlos in Cebu City, founded by the Spanish in 1595, is superior in age from Harvard University and is the oldest university in Asia. The second-oldest institution of higher education is Asia the University of Santo Tomas in Manila, founded in 1611.

30. Filipino doctor Abelardo Aguilar discovered the antibiotic “erythromycin“.

31. A video camera with a single chip was first created by Marc Loinaz – a Filipino inventor from New Jersey.

32. The first International Grandmaster from Asia was Eugenio Torre, who won the Chess Olympiad, held in 1974 in Nice (France).

33. The fluorescent lamp was invented by Agapito Flores Filipino scientists from the island of Cebu.

34. Two Filipino beauty, Gloria Diaz and Margie Morgan received the title of Miss Universe beauty pageants in 1969 and 1973.

18 thoughts on “34 Interesting Facts About The Philippines

  1. NIck

    Question, where did you find the study proving the number of texts sent each day in the Philippines? I need a source for a work project.

    Thank you!

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      1. Rache

        Hello Alex,

        This is an interesting read. However, regarding A. Flores, the two references you mentioned state that he could not have invented the fluorescent lamp.

        From http://en.wikipilipinas.org/index.php?title=Agapito_Flores – “Although little fact can be found to support this claim many Filipino schoolbook publishers continue to publish this bogus claim into the the Philippine public school system. Many continue to believe this myth, as a fact just because it was taught back then in school.”

        From http://inventors.about.com/od/filipinoscientists/a/Agapito_Flores.htm – “Agapito Flores has been acclaimed by some as being the inventor of the first fluorescent lamp. However, the dates are all wrong for this being possible.”

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  2. Theda Pineda

    I learned more things about my native country from your blog, thank you. I’ll be sharing this in my newly created FB page called “Centennial Tours.”

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  3. ChaChi Rabino

    Interesting details you got here..Kudos on the info you’ve included..

    A question was raised about Agapito Flores..I am from the Philippines & was taught at school that he is the original inventor of the fluorescent lamp..

    I got curious and checked anyway..I came across this link..Hope this can also help clear things for everyone..

    http://edisontechcenter.org/WhoInventedFluorLamp.html

    Have a great day..cheers!

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  4. nyx

    I am from the Philippines and we were never taught about being a colony of Portugal. They said that Ferdinand Magellan was a Portuguese but the exploration he was on was under the Spaniards.

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  5. luis gonzalez

    just accept that Flores invented the florescent lamp. Its sounds genuine to me. Why doubt it.

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