1. ISLANDS GALORE
With islands galore and a community inspired culture, the Philippines is always a wonderful place to visit. These fun facts about this archipelago will be sure to ‘Wow’ you!
Because of the volcanoes, the mineral deposits are extremely abundant. The Philippines are believed to have the second largest gold deposit, following with the first largest copper deposit in the World.
Already a second World record here; the Reticulated Python is the longest in the World, reaching up to 29 feet. The snake is also the longest reptile. Luckily, as with all pythons, they are non-venomous.
The Philippines are the only nation in Asia that is over 85% Christian. The majority of that percentage being Roman Catholic. The second highest religious group is Muslim, with 5.7%.
In the Philippines, Christmas begins in September and ends in January during the ‘Feast of the Three Kings’. The food and traditions are very similar to America. The countdown from September to January is known as the “Ber Months” and includes decorations and lots of parties.
The Philippines have had 16 species discoveries in the past decade (300 total). That makes them the highest in the World. Some findings include the new sea slugs, sea stars, Patelomera, and countless new coral species.
Balut, also known as a boiled fertilized duck egg, is an interesting dish that is popular in the Philippines. The embryo is a common street food and is considered to be an aphrodisiac.
In 1934, a Filipino diver discovered a 14-pound pearl in the Palawan Sea. The pearl is more than 9 inches long and known as the “Pearl of Allah”. It’s rumored to be over 600 years old and worth over $40 million.
Although a Japanese musician (Daisuke) invented the concept, it was Filipino Roberto del Rosario who patented the Karaoke Sing-A-Long system in 1975.
With a subculture known as ‘Generationtxt’, the Philippines have reached record levels of communicating via text. They use apps that do not require data or WiFi, which makes it much more affordable. When you mix that with their sense of community, it’s clear how they acquired this new-age moniker.
Bangka boats are outriggers that are also referred to as Banca or paraw. It is a double-outrigger with very narrow main hulls. There are many variations of the boat available and can be utilized an impressive amount of ways.
With a total of 37 volcanoes in the Philippines, there are 22 active. Being located in the “Pacific Ring of Fire” there are roughly four earthquakes per day.
25% of the World’s nurses come from the Philippines. There are so many in the States that they’ve formed their own National organization called the ‘Philippine Nurses Association of America’. The influx of Filipino nurses stems from a migration that occurred at the turn of the 20th century.
This is hands down the national dish! A great tasting simple Ilocano cuisine that includes pepper, soy sauce, garlic, bay leaves, and vinegar. You can swap the chicken out for seafood, beef or pork. It is simply delightful.
These are names of two of the Philippines traditional folk dances. These dances are unique and are being preserved by the Bayanihan Philippine National Folk-Dance Company. When performing during special occasions, Filipinos dress in national garb.
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