The Philippines was the first country in Southeast Asia to gain independence after World War II, in 1945.
The country was named by Spanish explorer Ruy Lopez de Villalobos. It was named “Philippines” in honor of King Philip II of Spain.
The Philippines is the world’s largest exporter of coconuts and tropical fruits, such as papaya and mangosteen.
The Philippine,or monkey eating, eagle is the largest of all eagles and was declared the the national bird of the Philippines in 1995
There are 175 languages and dialects in the Philippines, and 171 of these are actively used in the country.
The Philippines is the second largest archipelago in the world and is made up of 7,107 islands, totaling about 300,000 sq. km. (117,187 sq. mi.)
The Philippines is divided into three island groups (Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao) , 17 regions, 80 provinces, 138 cities, and 1,496 municipalities.
The yoyo was invented as a hunting weapon by the ancient Filipinos, it is known as Banaue Rice Terraces today in Northern Luzon .
The Philippine flag is the only flag in the whole world that is displayed differently in times of peace and war. In peace time, the blue side is put on top; in war time, the red.
Mount Apo, found on the island of Mindanao is the highest point in Philippines. The height of this mountain is 2,954 m.
The jeepney is sometimes referred to as the “King of the Philippine roads.” It is a descendant of the Jeeps American troops drove in the Philippines during World War II.
The Filipino national dish may very well be the adobo, which is a dark stew of chicken or/and pork (lechon baboy) cooked in soy sauce, vinegar, crushed garlic, bay leaf, and black peppercorns.
Ferdinand Magellan claimed the Philippines for Spain in 1521. During the next 300 years, Spanish Jesuit priests and conquistadors spread Catholicism and Spanish culture across the archipelago, with particular strength on the island of Luzon.
The karaoke was invented in the Philippines and not Japan. A Filipino named Roberto del Rosario patented the first working karaoke machine in 1975, calling it the “Sing Along System.” The Japanese later translated its name to “karaoke,” which means “singing without accompaniment.”
Mt. MAYON volcano is called the “ Perfect cone “ due to the shape and steep sides leading up to the brimming top and an active
stratovolcano in the province of Albay in Bicol Region, on the large island of Luzon in the Philippines.
The Philippine islands are mountainous, and seismically active. Earthquakes are common, and a number of active volcanoes dot the landscape, such as Mt. Pinatubo, the Mayon Volcano, and the Taal Volcano.
The traditional embroidered Filipino male garment, the barong Tagalog or baro, is woven from piña, pineapple plant fibers, or jusi, banana tree fibers, and worn on formal occasions.
San Fernando, Philippines, is known as the “Christmas Capital of the Philippines” and is most famous for its parols (giant Christmas lanterns), which symbolize the star of Bethlehem and can rise 20 feet (6 m) in the air.