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A South-East Asian country

  • The country was named in honor of Spanish King Philip II.
  • Manila, the capital city, is named in honor of a mangrove tree with white flowers (nilad).
  • Manila is one of the world's most densely populated cities, with 43,079 people per square kilometer.
  • The country as over 200 volcanoes, few of them are even active.
  • The Taal volcano in the Taal Lake is a volcano inside another volcano. It is considered the world's most active volcano.
  • With a population of 90 million, the country is the 12th most populous nation in the world.
  • 80% of Filipinos are Catholic. It is the only Christian nation in Asia.
  • Philippines is the only flag where colors can be reversed at war time. The Red side of the flag is at the top during war time while the Blue side is at the top at peace time.
  • Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan is the first European explorer to reach Philippines.
  • Philippines is the first country in South-East Asia, which gained independence after the World War II, in 1946.
  • Filipinos are the world's largest network of diaspora.
  • The country is the world's largest supplier of expat nurses.
  • December is the most popular month for weddings in the country.
  • The country is termed the text capital of the world with 450 millions SMS sent by 35 million registered subscribers.
  • Karaoke was invented by a Filipino, Roberto Del Rosario and was called “Sing along with the system”.
  • The Reticulated Python (Python Reticulatus) is the world's longest snake and largest reptile. It is found in Philippines and nearby areas.
  • It is the largest producer of coconuts.
  • It has the world's longest discontinuous coastline (34,600 km.).
  • With 20,000 students on its rolls, Rizal High School in Caniogan, Pasig City is the world's largest high school in terms of student population.
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