The archipelago home to 7,107 islands, the Philippines is one of the most diverse countries in the world. Here, you will find that there are more languages than dialects as a trip to a different island or a few hours away will find you hearing a language completely different from the previous one you heard. This just tells you about just how diverse the communities and cultures of the different regions are. Despite many differences, one thing that unites all Filipinos is their solidarity, pride of Philippine culture and their renowned hospitality to their guests. Only in the Philippines will visitors experience the “royal treatment.”
Important and Interesting Facts about Philippines
- The Philippines is made up of 7,107 islands, totaling about 300,000 sq. km. (117,187 sq.mi.)
- The highest point in the Philippines – Mount Apo, located on Mindanao, reaches a height of 2,954 meters.
- The Philippine area covers about 300,000 square kilometers, which corresponds approximately to the area of Italy.
- The most rare and expensive shell in the world «Conus Gloriamaris» – one of the 12,000 species of seashells is found in the Philippines. In addition, of the 500 known coral species in the world, about 488 have been found on the archipelago.
- 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.
- “Palawan”is the safest area in the Philippines, as it is most distant from the volcanoes and earthquake areas.
- The Philippines is the world’s leading producer of coconuts, having produced 19.5 million tons of the fruit in 2010.
- The Philippines are inhabited by more than 200 species of mammals, including monkeys, squirrels, lemurs, mice, pangolins, chevrotains, mongooses, civet cats, and red and brown deer, among others.
- The two largest islands, Luzon and Mindanao, make up for two-thirds of the total land area. Only about one third of the islands are inhabited.
- The longest underground river system in the world that is accessible to mankind is found in the Philippines. It is located in Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park in the city of Puerto Princesa, Palawan.
Cool, Funny, and Fun Facts about Philippines
- The Philippines has more than 200 volcanoes, although only some of them are active.
- Filipinos are the world’s largest network of diasporas, which covers more than 11 million people.
- The Philippines is considered the “text capital of the world.” Every day, 35 million mobile subscribers in the country send 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.
- 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.
- Tribes Tianjin and Integ, living in the mountainous areas of the northern Philippines, kissing each other in a special way. They pucker lips together and quickly inhale
- The most popular month for weddings in the Philippines is December (until early January), and not June.
- The Philippines is the largest supplier of nurses in the world.
- According to the 2000 census, 52 million people in the Philippines speak English, making it the fifth largest English-speaking nation behind the U.S., India, Pakistan, and the U.K.
- The English word ‘boondocks’ is actually a Filipino loanword: the Tagalog word for ‘mountain’ is ‘bundok.’
- Filipinos can still afford to smile and crack a joke? It has something to do with the national psyche. Similar to the French joie de vivre—a phrase that expresses enjoyment of life— Filipinos have their bahala na attitude that espouses living life to the fullest without worrying about the present because it will be soon gone anyway.
- Linggo(Sunday) is the only day of a week in the Philippines that is not a Spanish word. The days of a week in Filipino are Lunes(Monday), Martes(Tuesday), Miyerkules(Wednesday), Huwebes(Thursday), Biyernes(Friday), Sabado(Saturday) and Linggo(Sunday).
Historical and Cultural Facts about Philippines
- From 1521 to 1898, the Philippines was a Spanish colony. Afterwards, the archipelago became a property of the United States.
- The Philippines was the first country in South-East Asia that gained independence after the Second World War, in July 4,1946.
- In the course of the history, 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 of March 1521, when Magellan arrived in the island of Samar. Since then, the Philippines had been a colony of many countries such as: Spain, the United States, and Japan.
- The Philippine University of San Carlos in Cebu City, founded by the Spanish in 1595, is older than Harvard University and is the oldest university in Asia. The second-oldest institution of higher education in Asia the University of Santo Tomas in Manila, founded in 1611.
- In 2002, the world’s biggest pair of shoes were made in Marikina City. The wingtips clock in at about 5.3 meters in length, 2.4 meters in width, and almost 2 meters in height. They cost two million Philippine pesos.
- 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.
- 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.
- Despite popular belief, karaoke was invented in the Philippines, not in Japan. Karaoke was 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.”
- The traditional ancient Philippine toy “yo-yo” was first used as a weapon.
- According to the customs and traditions in Philippines, it is not considered good manners to open gifts immediately when they are given.
- Filipinos are predominantly of Malay descent, frequently with Chinese and sometimes American or Spanish ancestry.