Ten fun facts about Philippines


Fact 1
The Philippine national flag is the only flag in the entire world that is flown differently in peace and war time. The blue side is up during peace-times and the red side is up when the country is at war.

Fact 2
Ruy Lopez de Villalobosm, the Spanish explorer named the country “Philippines” in honor of Spain’s King Philip II.

Fact 3
North America’s first printing press was operated in 1539 in Mexico City.


Fact 4
Philippines gained independence in the year 1946 and was the first country in Southeast Asia to have gained independence post World War II.

Fact 5
The country has 175 languages and dialects and at least 171 of them are still actively used by its people.

Fact 6
The University of Santo Tomas in the capital city of Manila is the United States’ oldest university and was established in 1611. This was twenty five years before Harvard University was established.

Fact 7
Philippines lies in the “Ring of fire” and has over 200 volcanoes of which only a few are active today.

Fact 8
The capital city of Manila acquired its name from the “nilad” or the indigo plant that grows here.

Fact 9
In the early 2000’s Philippines was considered to be the “test capital of the world”. In 2012 it was no 1 in the world for texting and around 1.4 billion text messages were sent out every single day. This used to be a free service but is now a charged one.

Fact 10
The 8th wonder of the world- Northern Luzon’s Rice Terraces are in the Philippines.


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Short about Philippines
Is a sovereign state located in the western Pacific Ocean, and is a part of Southeast Asia.


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Population
100,177,800

Sources
CIA The World Factbook



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