Interesting Fun Facts About the Philippines



  • In the Philippines, Filipinos were introduced to the English language in 1762 by British invaders, not Americans.
  • What is the world’s 3rd largest English-speaking nation, next to the USA and the UK? The Philippines.
  • The Philippines has 7,107 islands.
  • The Philippines has the world’s longest discontinuous coastline (36,000 km.)
  • There are 61 bays and harbors and 20 straits.
  • Manila Bay is the largest bay in the Philippines and the finest harbor in Asia.
  • San Juanico Strait is the world’s narrowest strait. It lies between Samar and Leyte.
  • On the islands of Philippines, there are more than 200 volcanoes, though only a few are active.
  • The Philippine flag is the only flag in the world which is hoisted upside-down when the country is in war.
  • Mt. Mayon in Bicol has the world’s most perfect cone.
  • Ferdinand Magellan, the Portuguese explorer, was the first European to visit the Philippines.
  • Mount Apo, at an altitude of 2,954 m, in the island of Mindanao is the highest point in the Philippines.
  • The people of the Philippines are from different ethnic origins such as Malay, Chinese, Spanish, American, etc.
  • This nation was baptized the Philippines, after King Philip II of Spain.
  • The Philippines remain the colony of Spain from 1521 to 1898. Subsequently, it went into the hands of the USA.
  • There are 132 main rivers, 59 lakes and 7 major mountain ranges in the Philippines.
  • Taal Volcano in Batangas is the world’s smallest volcano.
  • It was the first Southeast Asian country to gain independence in 1946, following World War II.
  • With more than 11 million Filipinos overseas, the Philippines has the largest diaspora networks in the world.
  • World’s deepest spot, The Philippine Trench, runs down at the Pacific side of the islands to depths of over 10,000 meters, exceeding the altitude of Mt. Everest.
  • The Philippines is regarded the “text capital of the world”. About 350 to 400 million SMS (Short Message Service) or text messages are sent daily by 35 million cell phone subscribers in the country, which is more than the total daily text messages sent in the U.S. and Europe, together.
  • The “Conus Gloriamaris”, which the rarest and most expensive seashell in the world, is one of the 12,000 species of seashells found in the Philippines. And about 488 coral species, out of the 500 coral species known worldwide, are found in the archipelago.
  • Who invented the fluorescent lamp? Thomas Edison discovered the electric light bulb and the fluorescent lighting was thought up by Nikola Tesla. But the flu! orescent lamp we use today was invented by Agapito Flores a Filipino scientist. Americans helped then-Philippine leader Ramon Magsaysay to develop it for worldwide commerce.