Facts about the Philippines
Some say it’s a wonderful place, full of islands, a friendly environment, and visited by many foreigners. The positives are its beautiful nature, easy communication, and diversity of activities, happy people and its hotels. The negatives, were the overly visible poverty, traffic, dirtiness, tight security in malls and the expensive airfare. Filipino culture is unique, both in the Philippines and around the world. Famous for their incredible hospitality and polite manners, Filipino’s also have some pretty interesting and uncommon things that they say.
So here are some facts about the Philippines.
- Sociologists explain that Filipinos are close-knit families because they place so much value in relationships. Filipinos are casual, fun loving, sensitive and hospitable people. Personal and family honor are stressed, as well as dignity and pride. Filipinos are sensitive by the word love, because they are too emotional when they get hurt.
- Filipinos are very social able and friendly, they spend much time at others every day. Even if they are not near at each other they still stay in touch by using gadgets like phones or any communicating devices. In fact, Filipinos send billions of text messages yearly.
- Manila, capital of the Philippines, known as the highly urbanized in the world including the traffic every day. In fact, it is the center of the country’s economic, political, social, and cultural activity. It is originally named maynilad, derived from the word nilad means plant.
- The Philippines have many islands. The national mapping and resource information authority announced that the Philippines has 7,641 islands than before 7,107. That’s why it’s known as an archipelago country it consists of a large number of islands. The most popular island of the Philippines is Palawan is an archipelago of nearly 2,000 islands, offering guests an unforgettable holiday in paradise. Travelers can explore the various smaller islands incorporating secret lagoons and caves, snorkeling, kayaking and trekking.
- The most active volcano in the Philippines is Mayon erupted 47 times in 1616. Is a sacred and active stratovolcano in the province of Albay in Bicol Region. One of the most tourist spots renowned for its symmetric conical shape and with its surrounding landscape was declared a national park on July 1938. It also has an ancient story of lovers who are Magayon and Pangaronon.
- Philippines unique transportations are jeepneys used in manila and other places. It was born from World War II that the U.S. military left thousands of army jeeps and Filipinos extended the cabs to accommodate about 18 passengers.
- Filipinos favorite sport is Basketball, it is their way of life. It’s a fast game and Filipinos like a sport that’s dynamic, tactical and entertaining and it’s easy to play. Basketball is a contact sport and Filipinos like it when athletes compete down to their singlets and jerseys without protective armor.
- Filipinos also loves shopping. Aside from the stores they also have multiple food venues, gyms, parks, amusement parks, grocery stores and others. Philippines have the largest shopping malls in the world like mega fashion hall of SM mega mall, SM North Edsa and SM Mall of Asia (MOA).
- Philippines is prone to typhoons because it is geographically located along the pacific region near the equator which is prone to cyclones and storms. On average, 20 typhoons hit the Philippines yearly. Typhoon Haiyan, known in the Philippines as Super Typhoon Yolanda, was one of the most powerful tropical cyclones ever recorded.
- Politeness and hospitality is well known the art of the Philippines. Filipinos respect their elders even if it’s a stranger, for instance seniors are addressed as “po” and “opo” or they taking the hand of the elder and touching it with their forehead called “mano” it’s their way of greeting to elders.
- Philippines is one of the happiest countries in the world. Filipinos also have a sense of humor, as joking, lighthearted banter, and even singing makes every day in their presence a true blessing. Life in the Philippines is all about smiling, laughing and enjoying every moment with those around you
So here are some incredible facts about the Philippines, which I find one of the most remarkable countries on earth.