Here are some Interesting facts about the Philippines, a country very high on my bucket list! How did The Philippines get on my radar, you might ask? A while back I was traveling Europe and met a guy named Ledgardo Lacson. He wanted someone to travel with so I let him tag along to Moldova and Ukraine. Turns out he was a body builder and had won Mr. Philippines back in the 70′ s, 10 years in a row.
Interesting guy for sure. Anyways, besides body building, all “Leddy” ever talked about was The Philippines. He painted such a beautiful picture, that I have to check it out. So I will be heading there soon, and in the mean time I did some research and found out some interesting things about this great country.
Interesting Facts about The Philippines
1. The Philippines has a population of more than 90 million people and an annual growth rate around 2%, making it one of the most populous and fastest growing countries on Earth.
2. According to the customs and traditions in Philippines, it is not considered good manners to open gifts immediately when they are given.
3. The original inhabitants, the Negrito, now number only about 30,000.
4. The karaoke was invented in the Philippines and not Japan.
5. The Philippines is made up of 7,107 islands, totaling about 300,000 sq. km. (117,187 sq. mi.)
6. 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.
7. Philippines boasts of a coastline of 36,289 kilometers. However, it still ranks fifth in the world for having the longest coastline.
8. Philippines is the only country in the world whose flag is hoisted upside down when the country is at war.
9. 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.
10. On July 4, 1946, the Republic of the Philippines was established. The early governments struggled to repair the damage caused by World War II.
11. The nation got its ‘Philippines’ name after King Philip II of Spain.
12. The “Conus Gloriamaris”, which the rarest and most expensive seashell in the world, is one of the 12,000 species of seashells found in the Philippines. And about 488 coral species, out of the 500 coral species known worldwide, are found in the archipelago.
13. Mount Apo, found on the island of Mindanao is the highest point in Philippines. The height of this mountain is 2,954 m.
14. The yoyo was invented as a hunting weapon by the ancient Filipinos, probably in the Visayas.
15. Philippines is known as the ‘text capital of the world’ because of the large number of texts sent to-and-fro by the people in one day.
16. There are 175 individual languages in the Philippines, 171 of which are living languages while the 4 others no longer have any known speakers.
17. Manila, the Philippine capital, is the world’s most densely populated city in the world. With a population of 1,660,714 and an area of 38.55 km², it has a population density of 43,079/km².
18. Heres another interesting facts about the Philippines. The Philippines is the largest supplier of nurses in the world.
19. The Philippines is home to the Rice Terraces in Northern Luzon, often called the 8th wonder of the world.
20. Erythromycin was invented (Discovered) by Filipino Dr. Abelardo Aguilar in 1949. He sent a sample to Eli Lilly, who promptly stole the idea and patented it. Erythromycin is used for people are allergic to penicillin, and saved millions of lives.