Philippine Trivia

  1. American University of the Philippines was the first name of the University of the Philippines.
  2. The famous Rizal Monument in Luneta is originally facing the Manila Bay.
  3. The popular bookstore in Manila which is the National Bookstore used to offer slippers aside from books.
  4. Quezon City was the original capital of the Philippines and not Manila.
  5. “Marangal na Dalit ng Katagalugan” composed by Julio Nakpil is said to be our original national anthem. But the president Emilio Aguinaldo asks Julian Felipe to create another one which is the “Lupang Hinirang”.
  6. Cebu is the first Philippine City.
  7. The Philippine Basketball Association is Asia’s premier and the world’s second oldest professional league.
  8. After Happy Birthday, the song most sung in thePhilippinesis Lupang Hinirang, the national anthem.
  9. The symbolic name for the Philippines, Juan dela Cruz, is not a Filipino invention. It was coined by R. McCulloch-Dick, a Scottish-born journalist working for the Manila Times in the early 1900s, after discovering it was the most common name in blotters.
  10. Of the 500 known coral species in the world, 488 are found in thePhilippines.
  11. In the Philippines, Filipinos were introduced to the English language in 1762 by British invaders, not Americans. Philippines is the world’s 3rd largest English-speaking nation, next to the USA and the UK.
  12. In 1578, the oldest hospital which is the San Lazaro Hospital was built.
  13. The first modern building in the Philippines is considered to be the Crystal Arcade in Escolta, completed in 1932.
  14. Aurora is the only Philippine province named after a first lady.
  15. After the United States, the Philippines have the most Boys Scouts.
  16. The Cagayan River, the Philippines longest river, originates in Nueva Vizcaya.
  17. The first women’s magazine in the Philippines was El Hogar (The Home), which first came out in 1893.
  18. The first Philippine map was drawn in 1734 by Nicolas dela Cruz and Francisco Suarez under the instruction of Jesuit historian Pedro Murillo Velarde. The original map was 27 inches wide and 42 inches long.
  19. In 1637, Tomas Pinpin published Successos Felices (Fortunate Events), a 14-page newsletter in Spanish that is now widely regarded as the first Philippine newsletter. On December 1, 1846, La Esperanza, the first daily newspaper, was published in the country. Other early newspapers were La Estrella (1847), Diario de Manila (1848) and Boletin Oficial de Filipinas (1852). The first provincial newspaper was El Eco de Vigan (1884), which was issued in Ilocos.
  20. The Philippine Airlines (PAL), which was established in 1941, takes pride in being Asia’s oldest commercial airline.
  21. Alto Broadcasting System (ABS) Channel 3, the first television station in the country, went on the air in 1953.
  22. Kristo the Tagalog name of bookmakers at cockfights. He’s called that because he poses like Jesus when he calls for bets and shouts the odds (arms extended like the Lord himself).
  23. Manila Hotel is the first building to be air-conditioned.

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