Posted: 08/11/2018 09:00:00 AM
10 things you did not know about the Philippines
Did You Know?
1. The capital city, Manila, takes its name after a white flower that grew on mangrove trees known as nilad. Therefore 'May nilad' can be translated to mean 'there are nilad flowers there.'
2. There are 125 to 170 languages, depending on classification, used in the Philippines, such as Tagalog, Cebuano, Ilocano, Hiligaynon, Bicolano, Waray, and Kapampangan.
3. The Philippine jeepney was born after the second world war out of the G.I. Jeeps that the American soldiers brought to the country in the 1940s. It's a Pinoy style upcycling!
4. The Philippines leads the world as the number one producer of coconuts. 19.5 million tons were produced in 2010.
5. In 1975, Roberto del Rosario, a Filipino, made the karaoke machine. But four years earlier, a Japanese musician invented it already. Del Rosario, however, was the first to patent the product which makes him the first patented producer of the karaoke machines.
6. 52 million people in the Philippines speak English according to the year 2000 census. This makes Philippines the fifth largest English-speaking nation behind the U.S., India, Pakistan, and the U.K.
7. Among the top 10 largest shopping malls in the world, three are found in the Philippines: SM Megamall, SM North Edsa, and SM Mall of Asia.
8. In 2009, about 1.39 billion SMS messages were being sent in the Philippines daily. The country earned the moniker "text capital of the world" in the mid 90s to the early 2000s.
9. The sulfur dioxide expelled by Mount Pinatubo on Jun. 15, 1991, created a two-year haze of sulfuric acid all over the world which caused global temperatures to drop by 0.5 °C (0.9 °F).
10. The Philippines is the seventh most populated country in Asia and the 12th in the world.