Philippines: 10 Surprising Things You Didn’t Know
The Philippines is always on the top list as one of the perfect places to plan your tropical getaway. It is even recognized as the best country to visit in Southeast Asia.
The country is known for various things: friendly and hospitable local people, flavorful food, amazing nightlife, lovely tropical seashores, vibrant metropolitan life, and much more than you think.
So, here are the lists of 10 surprising things that perhaps you didn’t know about traveling to THE PEARL OF THE ORIENT SEAS.
The Philippines has 7,641 islands, yet just around 2,000 are inhabited
For quite a long time (decades already), Filipinos thought their country consisted of 7,107 islands. However, way back in 2013, the National Mapping and Resource Information Authority (NAMRIA), which is recognized as part of the Philippines’ Department of Environment and Natural Resources, acquired new technology that permitted them to more readily assess the land developments and formations. Subsequently, NAMRIA found that there are actually more than 500 previously unknown islands.
The majority of the new islands won’t be considered as habitable. Right now, individuals live on a fourth of the nation’s islands.
1940s-styled World War II jeep — one of the main mode of transportation
Seeing colorful and overcrowded “jeepneys” thundering along Manila’s streets is quintessentially Filipino. These jeepneys were modeled after World War II-period American jeeps, and so popular among Filipino workers, particularly those in the middle and lower classes.
For many Filipinos, this vehicle is such a point of pride. Frequently, drivers are painting a religious or cultural design on both interiors and exteriors of their jeeps. Plus, it has blasting music that you’ll enjoy during the ride, and it suddenly stops in the middle of the road to drop off passengers.
Be that as it may, these Filipino icons are famous for polluting and adding to Manila’s traffic troubles, where it can take hours to travel a simple few miles.
Recognized as the “Social Media Capital of the World” — according to We Are Social
Based on the annual study of We Are Social, Filipinos are spending much more time each day on their Social Media accounts compared to any other country in the world.
In this year’s study, it announced that the Philippines is the social media capital of the world for the third year running as Filipinos are spending an average of 9 hours and 45 minutes every day.
Home to the recognized smallest primate in the world
A fluffy Yoda-like creature with eyes the size of saucers, popularly known or named as Tarsier, is recognized as the world’s smallest primate. An image of this amazingly timid animal from Leyte and Bohol is on the back of the 200 Peso note.
On the off chance that you wish to see these lovable, yet amazingly touchy animals while visiting the Philippines, kindly visit The Philippine Tarsier Foundation, Corella, Bohol. They are the fundamental non-profit association who help ensure to protect the Tarsier, are suggested by National Geographic, and by ecotourism organizations in the Philippines.
At the point when Tarsiers are stressed, they have been known to end it all by slamming their head against a tree trunk.
Be careful and beware with the Fairies and Aswang
Many nations have folklore tales or stories; it can be about a pot of gold toward the end of a rainbow, or there are fairies at the lower part of your garden, or there are trolls who live under extensions, etc. The Philippines is no exemption, and albeit many have strong beliefs in legendary creatures, superstitions, and old stories, they won’t really examine it except if you likewise believe it.
A belief for some is the explanation behind rainbows, it is said that the souls of the individuals who died during a war, were killed or eaten by crocodiles reach paradise by means of a rainbow.
Some of the world’s largest shopping centers
If you’re shopaholics, take note that the Philippines has five massive shopping centers which are recorded as the largest in the world.
Actually, various records are professing to know the world’s biggest, so it is indistinct whether they are the third, fourth, seventh, or 10th, in any case, they are enormous!
Here are the lists:
SM City North EDSA, located in Quezon City, Metro Manila is 5.3 million sq ft and has claimed to be in the top place in the Philippines after it was re-developed way back in 2008.
SM Megamall, located in Mandaluyong City, Manila, is 5.1 million sq ft and officially opened way back in 1991.
SM Seaside City, located in Cebu, is 5 million sq ft and since opening its entryways in 2015, has gotten an average of 100,000 individuals every single day. Additionally, it has an Olympic size ice skating arena, and an 18 lane bowling center.
SM Mall of Asia, located in Pasay City, Metro Manila, is 4.3 million sq ft, has an Olympic sized ice skating arena, and one of the world’s greatest IMAX screens. At the point when it opened in 2006 it was recognized as the largest shopping mall in the Philippines.
SM City Cebu is little at 2.9 million sq ft. but still, it’s so big when compared to other malls. In 1993, the Southwing area was officially opened. In 2007, the Northwing area was officially opened. Across its seven stories, it has an electronic bowling center and an IMAX cinema.
The country has 12 national symbols
The Philippines doesn’t have only one national symbol, yet has 12 to speak to its customs, ideas, and its kin. The nation’s symbol went through Philippine law incorporating 6 declared by the constitution which is Filipino Language, Flag, Great Seal, Coat of Arms, National Anthem, National Motto (“For God, People, Nature, and Country”).
There are actually Plenty of Airports
When arranging your visit to the Philippines you might be reasoning that you should fly into the major urban areas and afterward take transport as well as ferry it to the smaller towns. In any case, there are entirely a couple of towns that have small airports that offer budget-friendly domestic flights.
For example, El Nido has its own small airport so you can fly there directly from Manila, while on the off chance that you fly into the close by Puerto Princesa, you’d need to take a 5-hour transport to El Nido. You can basically save yourself an entire day of travel by flying there directly.
Around 175 individual dialects spoken
While a few destinations house a mind-boggling number of spoken dialects ( taking a gander at Papua New Guinea), the Philippines actually intrigues and impresses anyone, with approximately 175 existing dialects all through the country.
Out of those 175, it is assessed that 171 are as yet living dialects while the remaining have no known speakers. What’s most noteworthy is that a large part of those living dialects come from groups with populaces in the 1,000s! Notwithstanding, toward the day’s end, English and Tagalog remain the only two officially recognized languages for the entire country.
Thinking back to the nineteenth century, Filipinos were under Spanish rule and subsequently taught the language. Also, English simply got mainstream because of American colonization around the twentieth century.
The Philippines has an eagle that eats monkeys
In the Philippines, there are reports of local people seeing a big eagle that is feeding on monkeys. It goes after the macaque, however, it additionally feeds from flying lemurs and different creatures. This biggest eagle on the planet, the Philippine Eagle, is otherwise called Haring Ibon (Bird King).