What are the most surreal facts about the Philippines?

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  • The Philippines has 7,641 individual islands, making it the world's second-largest archipelago in terms of total land area.
  • It has more than 36,000 kilometres of clean beaches.
  • The Philippines is a country rich in history, culture, and natural beauty, as well as a variety of exciting outdoor activities.

The longest subterranean river in the world[edit]

Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park (Source:Wiki commons)

The Puerta Princesa Subterranean River National Park is located on the island of Palawan and extends all the way to the depths of the St. Paul's Mountain Range. It is estimated to have been formed over a period of millions of years and stretches over 24 kilometers under the mountains. It is known as one of the Seven Wonders of Nature and is the longest subterranean river that can be navigated. Since its discovery, it has been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

There are over 175 languages in Philippines[edit]

At least 175 distinct languages are used to communicate with one another in the Philippines, of which at least 171 are regarded to be "living" languages. However, due to the fact that there are over 52 million people who speak English, communicating with others will not be a problem at all. This places the Philippines as the fifth biggest English-speaking country in the world.[1]

Camiguin is a tropical island with more active volcanoes than populated areas[edit]

Ometepe Island with Concepcion Volcano - From Lake Nicaragua - Nicaragua - 01 (31377352020).jpg Camiguin is the only island on the earth that has a larger proportion of volcanoes than settlements, despite the fact that it is just 14 miles long and 8.5 miles broad. It also has more volcanoes concentrated in a smaller area than any other island in the planet. However, there is no need to be concerned since the volcanoes have been inactive since the 1950s, so there is no need to avoid the area. In point of fact, it is not at all like that; due to its bubbling hot springs, white-sand beaches, and friendly residents, it is a favorite destination for visitors.[2]

Jeepneys are a classic Filipino experience[edit]

Jeepney in Legazpi City.JPG The Philippines is the only place in the world where jeepneys are commonly used as a mode of public transportation. Alongside personal automobiles, taxis, and huge buses, it is not uncommon to find many residents of major cities around the nation making use of jeepneys as their primary mode of transportation on a daily basis for the purpose of commuting. The routes that jeepneys are authorized to travel are often marked on the windscreen or the sides of the vehicles. They feature open airflow and can accommodate up to twenty-five people at a time. Because of their bright colors and gaudy embellishments, jeepneys are quite easy to recognize. The thousands of military jeeps that the United States abandoned in the Philippines during World War II served as the primary raw material for the first generation of jeepneys. The inventiveness of the Filipino people allowed them to see the opportunity presented by the situation and devise effective modes of transportation, many of which are still extensively employed in modern times. Today, jeepneys have evolved into a cultural icon in the Philippines, and a significant number of tourists from other countries buy tiny reproductions of the vehicles as mementos to bring back with them.[3]

Over a period of more than three centuries, the people of the Philippines were under Spanish control[edit]

As one of its colonies, the Philippines fell under Spain's administration for a period of three centuries. It all began in 1521 when Ferdinand Magellan landed at the island he was exploring. This oppression would continue until the Philippine Revolution of 1898, which eventually led to the independence of the Philippines from Spanish rule.[4]

Filipinos were once classified as Pacific Islanders[edit]

Oceania UN Geoscheme Regions with Zones and ISO3166 labels.svg Those who reside in close proximity to the subregions of Oceania are the ones who are referred to as Pacific Islanders. People in the Philippines are considered to be Asian due to the fact that the Philippines is geographically located in Southeast Asia. The inhabitants of the Philippines, on the other hand, were originally considered to be Pacific Islanders.[5]

The Philippines has more registered nurses than any other country in the world[edit]

There are over 11 million Filipinos work in other countries throughout the globe. About one-quarter of all of these Filipinos working abroad are employed in the medical sector, making them the primary source of nurses in both the United States and the rest of the globe. In addition to nurses, they send out engineers, teachers, chefs, and a wide variety of other professionals to work in other countries.[6]

After the NBA, the Philippines boasts the second-oldest basketball organization[edit]

Local neighborhoods have homemade basketball hoops on every corner. The Philippine Basketball Association offers professional basketball opportunities. The Philippine Basketball Association is the second-oldest professional basketball league behind the NBA.[7]

Philippine coconuts are one of the highest export product of the country[edit]

A coconut plantation in Sipocot, Camarines Sur Coconut (buko) is the Philippines' main export. The Philippines dominates coconut production worldwide. Coconut fruit is exported for over 19.50 million tonnes every year.[8]

Over 400 million mobile texts are sent everyday[edit]

It is reported that around 400 million text messages are exchanged only in the Philippines everyday, making the nation the texting capital of the world.[9]

Manilla is one of the cities with the highest population density in the world[edit]

Manila, which has a total area of 48 square miles, is the nation's administrative center. However, as of 2022 with 1,660,714 people living there, the region's capacity to support such a population is well exceeded. The result of this is that it has a population density of 55,000 people per square mile, making it the location with the greatest population density in the whole world. In general, the city is a chaotic mix of people, city lights, and, of course, a lot of intense traffic.[10]

District name Legislative
Area Population
Density Barangays
km2 sq mi /km2 /sq mi
Binondo 3 0.6611 0.2553 18,040 27,000 70,000 10
Ermita 5 1.5891 0.6136 10,523 6,600 17,000 13
Intramuros 5 0.6726 0.2597 5,935 8,800 23,000 5
Malate 5 2.5958 1.0022 86,196 33,000 85,000 57
Paco 5 & 6 2.7869 1.0760 82,466 30,000 78,000 43
Pandacan 6 1.66 0.64 87,405 53,000 140,000 38
Port Area 5 3.1528 1.2173 66,742 21,000 54,000 5
Quiapo 3 0.8469 0.3270 28,478 34,000 88,000 16
Sampaloc 4 5.1371 1.9834 265,046 52,000 130,000 192
San Andrés 5 1.6802 0.6487 128,499 76,000 200,000 65
San Miguel 6 0.9137 0.3528 17,464 19,000 49,000 12
San Nicolas 3 1.6385 0.6326 43,069 26,000 67,000 15
Santa Ana 6 1.6942 0.6541 66,656 39,000 100,000 34
Santa Cruz 3 3.0901 1.1931 118,903 38,000 98,000 82
Santa Mesa 6 2.6101 1.0078 110,073 42,000 110,000 51
Tondo 1 & 2 8.6513 3.3403 631,363 73,000 190,000 259

The Philippines have a significant issue concerning human trafficking[edit]

A new survey states that the Philippines is the fourth nation in the world with the highest number of minors who are involved in prostitution or other sexually exploitative professions. The illicit business claims the lives of around 375,000 women, children, and adolescents of all ages every year. Even more disturbing is the fact that the majority of the victims are young girls as young as 10 or 11 years old.

The Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act was passed in 2003 with the intention of assisting and protecting Filipinos of all ages from sex slavery and human trafficking. However, the law has not been successful in reducing these numbers.[11]

In Palawan, Philippines, the biggest pearl was yielded[edit]

In 1934, a local fisherman from the island of Palawan discovered what was at the time the biggest pearl ever found. It used to be recognized as the world's biggest pearl until 2019, measuring 5.5 inches in diameter, 9.5 inches in length, and weighing at least 6.35 kilos. The Pearl of Allah is said to be 600 years old, and it presently fetches a price of forty million dollars on the market.[12]


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