The Philippines is an island country made up of over 7,500 islands. The country is situated in Southeast Asia, in the western portion of the Atlantic Ocean. The country is prone to both earthquakes and typhoons but is also an area known for its abundant biodiversity.
There are 186 languages classified as being spoken being spoken in the Philippines. However, Filipino and English are considered to be the official languages. Outside the major cities, English isn’t spoken much, and forms of Filipino or local dialects are more commonly spoken.
- The Philippines is called the text message capital of the world. The 35 million Filipino cell phone users send over 350 million SMS messages per day. This is more than American and European daily text messages combined.
- When the country is in war, the Philippine flag is hoisted upside down to signal this.
- The karaoke was invented in the Philippines and not Japan.
- Dr. Jose Rizal, the national hero of the Philippines, could read and write at the age of two. He was a polyglot who was able to speak 20 foreign languages including Greek, Chinese, French, German and Latin.
- There are over 36,000 kilometers of coastline in the Philippines making it a great place to visit for those fond of beachfront life.
- The rarest seashell in the world, “Conus Gloriamaris”, can be discovered off the Philippine coast, in addition to 12,000 other species of seashells.
- The nation of the Philippines got its name from King Phillip II of Spain.
- Ancient Filipino people invented the yo-yo. It was first invented as a weapon, and later become better known as the toy that it is today.