Fascinating Facts about Philippines

The Philippines is an island country located in Southeast Asia. Its official name is the Republic of the Philippines. The country is made up of over 7,000 islands. In total the islands make up a total area of 120,000 square miles, making this the 72nd largest country in the world. However, even though it is not that large, with over 100 million people, it is the 13th most populated country in the world. The capital city is Manila. The largest city is Quezon City. The official languages are Filipino and English, but there are 19 recognized languages in the country. The currency of the country is the peso. Its flag is blue, red, white, and yellow.

Philippines Facts

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The GDP of the Philippines is $292 billion.
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The nominal GDP per capita is $7,700.
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There are over 43 million people in the country’s workforce.
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The Philippines is the world’s second largest archipelago and is made up of over 7,000 islands.
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There are hundreds of volcanoes throughout the Philippines, which is located in what is known as the Ring of Fire.
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The country has an average of 20 earthquakes per day, although many of them cannot even be detected by humans.
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The Negritos were the earliest inhabitants of the Philippines, and some still live there today in the country’s tropical forests.
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Spain ceded the Philippines to the US in 1898. It was then seized by Japan during World War II. The country then became independent in 1946.
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The islands were named after Spain’s King Philip II.
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Over 52 million people speak English in the Philippines. It is the 5th-largest English speaking country in the world.
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Three of the world’s ten largest shopping malls are located in the Philippines.
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The Philippines is the one of the world’s largest producer of coconuts.
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Approximately 90% of the Filipino population practices some form of Christianity.
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Filipinos were one of the first to adopt text messaging, sending out over one billion text messages in 2009.
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It is typical for Filipinos to consume four meals per day, including merienda, a late afternoon snack or dessert.
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Rice is a staple in many Filipino dishes.
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Basketball and cockfighting are the most popular sports in the country
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The Philippines was the 12th country to hit a population of 100 million people.
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The Philippines is one of just three countries where skunks reside. Natives call them “stink badgers.”
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When the country is at war, their flag is flown upside down. This is the only country to fly it’s flag any other way.
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This country is home to the world’s longest snake, the Reticulated Python, which can grow up to 29 feet long.
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The first karaoke machine was invented by a Filipino. Roberto del Rosario invented a working singing machine in 1975.
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The country’s first elected president died two decades ago but has not been buried. His body is being kept on ice until it is determined where he will be buried.
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Over 900 species of orchids grow in the Philippines.
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There are over 100 languages used throughout the Philippines, including Tagalog and Waray.
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The rice terraces that were built over 2,000 years ago remain in the same state they were all those years ago. The terraces have been classified as a UNESCO World Heritage site.
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TIME Magazine ranked Filipinos as taking the most number of selfies in 2014.
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Jeepneys are a popular way to get around the country. They were originally made from military vehicles.
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Sixteen new species of animals have been discovered in the Philippines over the last ten years.
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The world’s largest pearl was found by a Filipino in the Palawan Sea. The pearl weighs 14 pounds, is believed to be over 600 years old, and is valued at over $40 million.
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The Philippines’ jellyfish lake has over 13 million jellyfish.
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In rural areas, women give birth at home and bury the placenta under their house. This is prohibited in the larger cities.
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About 11% of Filipinos work overseas.
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The capital city of Manila has the highest population density in the world.
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About 1.5 million people per year visit the beautiful white sand beaches of Boracay.
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A typhoon that blew through the Philippines in 2013 had some of the strongest winds ever recorded and killed thousands of people. Millions of other people were displaced.
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Elderly people, the disabled, and pregnant women have their own lines at restaurants, banks, and other establishments.
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According to Gallup’s index, Filipinos are some of the happiest people in the world.
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The Philippines is divided into 1,496 municipalities.
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The Philippines is the world’s largest supplier of overseas nurses.
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The Philippines was the first Asian country to gain its independence after World War II.
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A typical school year runs from June through March.
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Many young children drop out of school to work as farmhands. They may drop out of school as early as the 5th grade.
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Filipino and English are the two official languages of the Philippines.
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The Philippines has some of the largest gold and copper deposits in the world.
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The Philippines is the second-largest producer of geothermal energy, coming second only to the United States.
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Two-thirds of all Master’s degrees in the Philippines are awarded to women.
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There have been over 1,200 political assassinations in the Philippines since 2001.
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Employees get 1/12 of their annual salary in December, giving them 13 months of pay.
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The emergency phone number 117 can be called or texted to receive help in the Philippines.

The beauty of the Philippines is just part of the reason it is a great place to live or visit. The country's rich heritage, historic landmarks, and its cities that still manage to keep up with modern times and technologies makes this a country that truly has it all.

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