20 Facts You Probably Didn’t Know About The Philippines

Facts are always a good thing to read regardless if they are good, bad, weird or useless. Just as they say facts are facts and they sometimes change but they are real. Here are just 20 facts about the Philippines that you probably didn’t know. Just keep in mind that these are real and some of they aren’t as serious as you think plus they aren’t ranked or ordered in any specific way.


  1. The Philippine flag has the color blue on top of it which symbolizes peace. If ever war spurs out then the flag would be inverted where the red part would be on top symbolizing war. It’s good that war hasn’t sprung in years, which is why the blue color is on top.
  2. There is no doubt that America is bigger than the Philippines. In fact the Philippines is just 1/30 of the size of America but one of the more interesting facts is that the coastline of the Philippines is larger than that of America. The total coastline of the Philippines is around 36,000 kilometers while America’s is only around 19,000 kilometers.
  3. The Philippines was first Southeast Asian country to have its independence following the events of World War II. This so called day of independence took place in July 4, 1946 which truly made the Philippines independent from any foreign country with America being the last one to hold governance over the country. It’s also one interesting fact that the independence day of July 4 was moved back to July 12 when it was always celebrated even to this day.
  4. images (1)In 2006, it is a fact that the Philippines became the world’s number one text using country. The text were talking about is mobile or cellphone texting. There was an estimate of 35 million Filipinos to use text as a means of communicating. There is also data that states that roughly around 300 million text messages are sent in one day. Then again that was back in 2006, the Philippines is still one of the largest texting countries in the world but has since lost that spot.
  5. The capital city of the Philippines was actually named after a plant. The plant in discussion was called the Nilad which is a white mangrove flower that reeked in the shores near Manila Bay. The naming came upon when the early locals would shout “May Nila” or there is a Nilad or Nila. The term was used so much that it helped into the naming of the city.
  6. The highest mountain in the Philippines is Mt. Apo located in the provinces of Davao Del Sur. It has a height and altitude of 2,954m. It is not only the highest mountain in the Philippines but also the highest point in the entire Philippines as no building or other area matches it.
  7. images (2)Despite Filipinos being the main inhabitants of the Philippines, a lot of their ancestry dated back to different races back in the day. The earlier races that have been intertwined with Filipinos were the Malays, Muslims, Chinese, Spaniards and Americans. The mixture between these races brought about the Filipinos of today.
  8. The Philippine Deep or through its other names like the Mindanao Trench is the third deepest trench in the world. It has a length of 1,320 km, a width of 30 km and a depth of 10,540 meters or 34, 580 feet. The trench is located in the east of the Philippines stretching from the tips of Visayas all the way to Mindanao.
  9. The Pandaka Pygmaea is one of the world’s smallest fish. It is also the smallest fish in the Philippines and it can be seen in Malabon and other cities. The actual size of this fish is around 0.80 until 1.50 centimeters. The interesting fact here is that the Pandaka was once used as the symbol for the 10 centavo coin because it was just that big as the coin.
  10.  One interesting fact is that the Banaue Rice Terraces of Cordilleras has always been a part of the natural wonders of the world. What’s more interesting is that the site has been acknowledged to be around 2,000 years old which is now considered to be a UNESCO heritage.
  11. images (3)There are approximately around 143 cities in the Philippines. We’re not talking about small towns but actual cities that have been considered and approved to be cities and the count as of 2013 is that there are 143 actual cities in the country.
  12. Emilio Aguinaldo was the first president of the Philippines who took his seat in office in January of 1899 and his term ended in March of 1901. The second president was Manuel L. Quezon who took seat in November of 1935 which 34 years after Aguinaldo left the seat.  The sad fact as well as interesting is that Quezon died in August of 1944 immediately ending his term. The interesting part is that Aguinaldo was still alive during this time as he died in 1964.
  13. One of the lesser talked about or even lesser known wars, was the Philippine American War. The war took place during 1899 until 1902. The reason being was that the Filipinos at the time just revolted after the false pretense that the Americans simply took over the Spaniards. This war isn’t pretty much known by the people nowadays.
  14. Lolong the crocodile was acknowledged to be the world’s largest crocodile in captivity. He was caught in Agusan del Sur in 2011. He measured around 20 feet and 3 inches or 6 meters long. Experts say that he was the largest one caught and held in captivity. He did die in 2013 and there has been yet another crocodile to surpass his records.
  15. The University of Santo Tomas in Manila was founded back in 1611 and is one of the oldest schools in the world. It even predates Harvard by over around 25 years. Then again the University of Santo Tomas has undergone years of remodeling and restructuring but is still one of the oldest schools.
  16. downloadThe Philippines may have Tagalog as its national language but there are over 170 dialects being used in the country. These are mainly used by those in specific regions and those that are in the provinces. It’s also an interesting fact that not everyone can understand or speak Tagalog.
  17. The Hundred Islands is one of the natural beauties of the Philippines. In reality they are too small to be considered as islands but rather as islets. Then again they do reach over a hundred so their namesake is still real in certain way.
  18. There are over 200 volcanoes scattered in the Philippines. There are those that are seen and visible while there are those that are submerged underground or under the sea. Thankfully not all 200 of them but around less than 10 are active and are prone to erupt.
  19. The very first department store or a mall in the Philippines was the Hoskyn Department Store. The store was founded back in 1877 by the nephew of Nicholas Loney. It stood in the center of Calle Real in Iloilo. Over 137 years later the store still stands in Iloilo as sign of its tenure.
  20. There are a lot of television networks in the Philippines but only one out of the seven originals was closed. These seven were founded in the early 1960’s and 1970’s. The one that closed was simply called DZFM-TV 10. The other six are RBS which would later become GMA, ABC which would later become TV 5, RPN which would later become Solar News and GTV which would later become PTV. The only two stations that still have their name from the day they were founded are NBC and IBC. If you’re wondering, ABS CBN was a combination between two networks and predates all these other networks.

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1 Response

  1. Junar says:

    No. 3 – Philippine Independence Day was June 12 and not July 12 🙂