Lesser-Known Facts About Philippines | Historical Facts About Philippines

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Philippines is a country located in Scandinavia, Northern Europe. Its land only meets Germany, while the North Sea and Baltic Sea separate it from Sweden.The country is spread over thousands of islands on the Jutland Peninsula. This country is small in size but its maritime boundary is very long, about 7,138 km.The Philippines is a country located in Southeast Asia. This country is consist of approximately 7641 small islands.Philippines is the 12th most populous country in the world, with a population of about 108.11 million, according to the latest UN estimates. Today we will tell you some interesting facts related to this country.

General facts about Philippines

  • Total Population –104.9 million (10.49 crores)-2017
  • Highest Mountain – Mount Apo ,At 2,954 meters (9,692 ft)
  • Total area – 300,000 km²
  • Largest Lake – Laguna de Baý,an area of 949 sq km
  • National Day – 12 June
  • Currency – Philippine peso
  • Capital – Manila

Amazing Famous Facts About the Philippines For Tourists and Kids

1.The Spanish people believed in the Roman Catholic Christians and they preached his religion in the Philippines, due to which 92% of the population of the Philippines today believe in Christianity.In the 6th century, Spain ruled the Philippines and naming this country Philippines after its King Philip II.

2.In 1893, the people of the Philippines revolted against the injustice by the Spanish government. In 1898 this rebellion succeeded. After the successful revolution, the people of the Philippines could not get full control over the Philippines, because, in 1898, the war of America and Spain had begun. In which Spain handed over the Philippines to the United States in $ 20 million. For this reason, the US continued to claim to the Philippines.After World War II on July 4, 1946, the United States completely liberated the Philippines and the Philippines became the first country to achieve independence after World War II.

 Wtach Beauty of Philippines

3.Most of the Philippines is consists of volcanoes, due to which there are very many mineral deposits found.

4.The Philippines is the largest exporter of coconut and papaya.

5.The flag of the Philippines has blue color above and red below. There is a law in the country that if the situation of the war comes, then the top will be red and blue below.

6.All the islands of the Philippines are surrounded by the oceans, due to which the border of the country does not touch any other country.

7.There has been much such evidence in the Philippines that indicate that the entire population believed in Hindu and Buddhist religion.

8.There are 20 earthquakes daily in the Philippines.

9.Philippines passes law-requiring students to plant 10 trees if they want to graduate

The 20th century has proved to be a nightmare for the Philippines in terms of the environment. During this period the forest area was decreased from 70% to 20%. Now the government is trying to make the country green again. A new law has been enacted in the Philippines, making it mandatory for students to plant at least 10 saplings before completing graduation.
Target to plant 525 billion plants
The leader of the Magdalene Party of the Philippines, Gary Alejano, has an important role in drafting this law. He says that if everything goes well, a generation will plant around 525 billion plants. Only 10% of those plants can survive. That means 525 million(52.5 crores) plants will be available for the next generation.
500000 thousand college graduates pass every year.

According to Gary Alejano – Every year about 17.5 million students in the Philippines pass different divisions. Of this, 12 million pass-through Elementary classes. While 5 million( 50 lakh) are graduates from high school and 500000 thousand(5 lakh) from colleges. Combining all these, 175 million(17.5 crores) saplings can be planted every year according to the new law.

10.Prohibition of gossiping

The administration has banned gossip in the small town of Binalonan, 200 km from Manila. If caught while gossiping, you will have to pay a fine, and also have to clean the garbage on the road for three hours.
The administration has taken this decision because rumors were spreading due to gossip, and because of this, crimes like assault and murder were increasing. This law came into force from 1 May 2019. However, gossip after 10 pm will not be banned.

11.Worlds most expensive resort

The world’s most expensive resort is located on the Banwa Private Island in the Philippines. The resort has
6 villas spread over 15 acres.

Banwa Private Island

A villa has accommodation for 8 people.One night cost is $US100,000 (about 70 lakh rupees) making it one of the most expensive resorts in the world. There are infinity pools on the roof of every villa. The resort is surrounded by water. Therefore, it can be reached only by seaplane and helicopter.

12.New city to save from natural calamities

A New city is being built in the Philippines, which will be completely safe from natural disasters. It is named ‘New Clark City’ which is 100 km from the capital Manila. It will also be safe in case of a storm, flood, earthquake, and volcanic eruption. Therefore, it is also being called a backup city.

13.Worlds largest indoor stadium Philippines

Built at a cost of about 17.5 million US dollars, this stadium has a seating capacity of 55000 people.
It will be used for concerts and sports competitions, as well as meetings of its owner Iglesia ni Cristo (Church of Christ) secretariat. Construction of the stadium began in July 2011. Its floor area is 99000 square meters and a height of 62 meters.

Worlds largest indoor stadium Philippines

14.There are several active volcanoes in the Philippines, in which the Mayon volcano, Mount Pinatubo and rhythm volcano are major. Due to the majority of the volcano, there are abundant mineral substances found. The Philippines has the second largest gold reserves and the world’s
largest copper reserves after South Africa.

15.Philippines is the third country in the world after the US and UK, where people speak English the most.

16.People’s names in the Philippines are quite strange. There are plenty of names like Bing, Bong, Bambi, Bogi, Gurni, Pinat, and Bambam.

17.The world’s largest pearl was discovered in 1934 in the Palawan island of the Philippines. The weight of this pearl is 6.35 kg. Its length is 9.5 inches and the curve is 5.5 inches. The 600-year-old pearl is worth 40 million US dollars.

18.The people of the Philippines, especially women, are beautiful. This is the reason why the country has so far won three Miss Universe (1969, 1973, 2015,2018), a Miss World (2013), 6 Miss International (1964, 1970, 1979, 2005, 2013, 2016) and 4 Miss Earth (2008, 2014, 2015, 2017).

19.Languages in the Philippines are categorized in approximately 125 to 170 local languages.

20.Human trafficking is a big problem. This country comes fourth in child prostitution. According to an estimate, about 400000 thousand women are involved in prostitution. Most of them are between 15 to 20 years of age.

21.Haunted Museum

Laperal White House in Baguio City, Philippines is considered one of the ‘most haunted places’ in the world. It was built by Robert Leparel in 1930 as a guest house, but during World War II, the house was captured by Japanese soldiers. Japanese soldiers used this house as a tortured home. It is said that soldiers used to torture and rape women in this house. Japanese soldiers sometimes tortured women so much that they died.

After the end of the Second World War, the entry of common people was banned

Laperal White Housein the Laperal House. This is also because the locals believed that there is some mysterious power in that house.After the end of the Second World War, the entry of common people was banned in the Lateral House. This is also because the locals believed that there is some mysterious power in that house. In 2013, this house was converted into a museum by the foundation of tan yen.

The soul of a girl wanders in this museum.
Locals believe that he often sees a girl sitting sadly on the stairs of this museum, which disappears in a few moments. The same girl is sometimes seen running on the inside stairs. This museum comes under the ‘Most Haunted’ category.

22.The record of breastfeeding by most women in one place is made in Manila, the capital of the Philippines.
On May 4, 2006, in the Philippines, Manila, 3541 women made a world record by breastfeeding their children together.

23.Three of the world’s 10 largest shopping malls are in the Philippines – SM Megamall, SM North EDSA and SM Mall of Asia.

24.Mount Apo is the highest mountain in the Philippine and lies between the Davao City and Davao del Sur province on the island of Mindanao with the height of 2,954 m (9,692 ft) above sea level.(source)

25.The 8.2 km long underground river named Puerto Princesa flows in Palawan City, which is the longest river after Mexico’s 10 km underground river.

26.In the year 1611, University of Santo Tomas was established in Manila, Philippines. It is the largest Catholic university in the world in terms of numbers.

27.In the year 2002, the world’s largest shoe pairs were constructed in the city of Marikina, the Philippines, which was 5.3 meters in length, 2.4 meters in width and about 2 meters in height.

28.The capital of the Philippines, Manila, is named after a white flower. These flowers are found in mangrove trees and which are called nilad in the local language.

29.Batad rice terraces

Rice Terrace of the Philippines’ mountain range is counted in the UNESCO World Heritage category. It was built around 2000 years ago in the colonial era. Batad Rice Terraces, which is in Banaue, is included in the UNESCO World Heritage Site, where terraced rice is cultivated in the mountains. These beautiful views here make you feel like being in a different world. From the Hanging bridge here, you can view the rice cultivation, as well as the small forest, small waterfall, and enchanting views.

Batad rice terraces
Tappiya waterfalls are just 30 minutes away from here, where the waterfalls from the height of 70 meters. This is a very popular tourist destination in the Philippines.

30.The first Philippines-Spanish dictionary was formed in the year 1613. This happened 25 years after the first book was published in America.

31.The official population of the Philippines crossed the 100 million mark on July 27, 2014, after which the Philippines became the seventh in Asia and the 12th the most populous country in the world.


If you want to visit Spain by being present in the Philippines, then your wish will be fulfilled by coming in the
beautiful city Vegan. Vegan is also a World Heritage Site and all the beautiful and magnificent architectural designs remain intact as before.

33.President Rodrigo Duterte says he cured himself of being gay

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said that he used to be ‘gay’ before he got himself ‘treated’.
The CNN report said the president remarked during a speech to the Philippine community while visiting Tokyo on 30 May.(Source)

34.Homo luzonensis,new species of ancient human discovered in Philippines

The history of the existence of man is very old. Numerous facts have been gathered about human development through all kinds of scientific discoveries and different researches. In this link, researchers have got another success.
Researchers have found the remains of another human species. These remains have been found in the Philippines, which lived there 50 thousand years ago.

Homo luzonensis
The remains are found in Luzon Island, hence the species is named Homo luzonensis. Researchers say that these remains are not directly related to the humans of the present era, but they may be distant relatives of the human species. Researchers of France, Philippines, and Australia have found these remains of the human species from Callao Cave. Let us tell you that this is the same cave where a bone of 67 thousand years old was found in 2007.

36.Let me tell you a funny incident,Suddenly a porn video started on the billboard in the most crowded area of the Philippines. For half a minute, this video played on the electronic billboard. Porn video suddenly started playing in Makati city market and people had made the video and pictures viral on social media.

37.Worlds largest pearl

A fisherman from the Philippines in the western Palawan island has probably got the world’s largest pearl, the pearl is 2.2 feet long, one foot wide and weighs 34 kilograms.The fisherman and his family decided to give Moti to the mayor of the city, who has placed it in a hall in the city of Puerto Princesa for tourists.

38.Flooded Philippines islands that locals wont leave

The Ube island of the Philippines is struggling with a different type of problem. When the tide comes, the seawater enters the houses.About 130 days of the year remain the same, but peace is so much that people are not ready to leave this place.Due to the 7.1 magnitude earthquake in 2013, the land of Ube Island was sunk about one meter below.

Tourism in Philippines

One of the best country to visit in southeast Asia
Malaysia, Thailand, Cambodia and more than that there are many destinations in Asia which are very famous among tourists. I am talking about one such beautiful beauty of South Asia and the second largest place of 7000 islands in the world, Philippines. So let’s have a look at some beautiful and interesting places in the Philippines –

39.Manila Bay


Manila Bay, a natural harbor located in Manila BayLuzon, beautiful port in Southeast Asia which is counted among the finest natural ports in the world. Due to this natural beauty of Manila Bay, many writers and artists were inspired to come for their best creations.


Palawan This place is also called the World of Water. The extraordinary natural beauty of this place is unmatched and due to this many rare species of tree plants and fauna are also found.

Here you can enjoy Scuba Diving in El Nido, you can explore these beautiful places like Tabon Caves, Baker’s Hill, Palawan Wildlife Rescue, and Conservation Center and Underground River.

41.Baguio city

Also called the Summer Capital of the Philippines. Most tourists come here to get rid of urban congestion and hot weather.The clear blue morning skies, Foggy afternoon, Chilly romantic evenings and greenery here make people crazy. There are many beautiful parks here, some of which are quite famous. Pine trees are very popular in Baguio. Burnham Park, Wright Park, Baguio Botanical Garden, Kennon Road, Bell Church, Strawberry Farm are some of the popular tourist spots in Baguio.

43.Manila – Manila


Manila, the Capital City of the Philippines, where there is much to see.Here you can see historical buildings of old times.Manila’s nightlife is considered to be Asia’s most beautiful nightlife, there are many luxury hotels, pubs, bar-restaurants, and departmental stores.Manila Sunset is famous all over the world.Special arrangements are made to watch the sunset at Five Star Hotels of Manila city from where you can see the sunset in Manila Bay.

44.SM Mall of Asia

The SM Mall of Asia in the Philippines is counted among the largest malls in the world. This mall is built in 4380000 Square feet, which has about 1000 shops. The main attraction of the SM Mall of Asia is the IMAX theater and center stage cinema where you will see live music concerts and theater performances.

Historical Facts about Philippines

The discovery of human fossil remains suggests that humans lived in the Philippines thousands of years ago. Chinese traders arrived in Finland in the 8th century. The rise of powerful Buddhist empires led to the Philippines’ trade with the Indonesia Islands, India, Japan, and Southeast Asia. The island was claimed and settled by the Spanish people in the 16th century. He named it ‘Filipinas’ after King Philippe II. Roman Catholicism began to be preached. In the 19th century, Philippine ports were opened for world trade. The Philippine people started a revolt against the Spanish Empire. The Philippine Revolution started in 1897. By 1898, the revolutionaries had almost succeeded in ousting the Spanish government.

The same year, in 1897, the Spanish-American War began, in which Spain sold the Philippines to the United States for 20 million US dollars. The Philippines declared its independence the same year, but the United States continued to assert its claim, which led to the Philippine-American War.

It was formally ended in 1901, the fight continued till 1913. In 1914, after the promise of freedom in the future, things were fine.In 1935, the Philippines was granted US Commonwealth status, giving it greater autonomy. On July 7, 1949, it gained complete independence after World War II.

Some important days in the history of Philippines

  • 1866-In 1886, a revolutionary writer named José Rizal created an anti-Spanish novel called ‘Noli Me Tangere’ (The Lost Eden) and awakened the spirit of freedom.
  • 1896-Rizal was sentenced to death in 1896.
  • 1899-The The war between the United States and Spain ended by the Paris Agreement in 1899, and the Philippines came under American authority. The same year the Filipino people declared their independence and led a guerrilla war against America under the leadership of Emilio Aguinaldo.
  • 1941-In 1941, Japan invaded the Philippines.
  • 1946-On July 6, 1946, the US declared the independence of the Philippines.
  • 1965-Ferdinand Marcos was appointed President in 1965. Marcos declared military rule in 1972.
  • 1998 – Philippines film star Joseph Estrada elected president
  • 2001 Joseph Estrada was removed.
  • 2010: Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino becomes President.

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