Monday, February 13, 2012

Interesting facts about the Philippines

I have never been to the Philippines but I have heard and seen enough about the place to make me want to visit there one day.

The Philippines are a collection of about 7000 islands, which are located in the Pacific Ocean in Asia just below China and above Malaysia and Indonesia.

It consists of three main areas which are, the island of Luzon in the north where the capital, Manila is based, the Visayas islands scattered throughout the centre and the island of Mindanao in the south.

The Philippines was one of Spain's colony from 1521 to 1898. Subsequently, it went into the hands of the USA. The USA bought the Philippines, Puerto Rico and Guam from Spain in 1898.

It was the first Southeast Asian country to gain independence in 1946, following World War II.

The capital of Philippines is Manila and the national language is Filipino. Note this because if you replace the 'F' with the 'P' you would be pertaining to us - people of the Philippines. 

Luzon is the largest island in the archipelago. 

There are 1,268 Chocolate Hills on the island of Bohol.

Its capital city Manila was named after a white-flowered mangrove plant, the nilad or Scyphiphora hydrophyllaces. It is a tree with white star-shaped flowers but yields dark blue dye that's why in other countries it is called 'indigo'

The people of the Philippines are from different ethnic origins such as Malay, Chinese, Spanish, American, etc.

$1 USD = PhP 45 (Philippines pesos)

On the islands of Philippines, there are more than 200 volcanoes, though only a few are active. 

In the Tabon Cave Complex of Philippines, fossil evidence of Homo sapiens has been found. According to the studies, the area was inhabited around 50,000 years ago. We really have a rich heritage and history to unearth.

They drive on the right side of the road but sometimes you will find that they are driving on the left or maybe just in the middle. Road signs . . . what's a road sign?

Cock fighting IS legal on the Philippines.

Tarsier is the smallest living primate and is found here. 

Beaches! With 7,000 plus islands, we have miles and miles of shoreline piled high with fine white sand, lapped by warm waters, and nibbled by exotic tropical fish. From the stormy seas of Batanes to the emerald isles of Palawan--over here, life is truly a beach.
Filipinos' eat tons of rice! They eat a very high carbohydrate diet and are the tiniest/skinniest people and everything contains sugar . . . even the spaghetti sauce.

Most people cook with an open fire and they burn their trash so it constantly smells like smoke. 

What is unforgettable at the Philippines – there is no doubt that the answer will always be “the food”. You will always remember the Lechon Kawali (Crunch Pork with Shrimp Sauce), or Kare Kare (Oxtail Stew with Annato Peanut Sauce)...

 The karaoke was invented in the Philippines and not Japan. Karaoke means “singing without accompaniment” in Japanese was invented by Roberto del Rosario. The invention of “Sing-Along-System” was later called karaoke. 

What’s still most impressive to me about the Philippines is the friendliness of the people, their sense of humor…

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