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Things About the Philippines That You May Not Know
The Philippines has 7,107 Islands
Islands are everywhere and their are plenty that make up the Philippines. With well over 7 thousand islands, surprisingly only 2,000 of them have people living on them. The largest of these islands is "Luzon", which covers over 42,000 total miles. Beautiful sandy beaches and crystal clear waters are a staple of many of the Filipino islands. The Philippines is a island country and the biggest city in the Philippines is Quezon City. It is astonishing to know that so any islands exists in one place but it is a fact.
Christianity Dominates Filipino Religion
The Philippines is 93% Christian
Freedom of religion reigns in the Philippines and Christianity is the number one religion among Filipinos. The 4th biggest Christian country in the world is the Philippines and it remains the 3rd biggest Catholic country on the planet as well. Most religious days are observed for a time period especially the Christmas Holidays which last around 150 days. Churches are often packed for services whether you are rich or poor. God bless the Philippines and the rest of the world too!
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Filipinos Eat Bird Fetus
Many Filipinos eat the same foods as Americans buy others eat some weird food choices such as bird fetus! Balut is a duck or chicken with a partially developed embryo. Filipinos love this boiled or sometimes steamed dish that is eaten from the shell as if it is the bowl. Lots of groups including religious groups have derided the pathethic cooking, torture and eating of these birds. One thing is for sure and that is if I visit this country then I will bring some of my own food. I know they serve different foods but this is one meal I'll pass on.
Philippines is Largest Exporter of Papaya and Coconuts
Filipino farms are full of Papaya and coconuts which are constantly exported to other countries. Papayas sell to Asia, America and Europe but it is not near as lucrative as the coconut. Filipinos produce the fruit but it is used for other things, not just for food or drink. It is used in the country for things such as a mixture that makes hair conditioner. The Philippines has over 338 million coconut trees spread throughout the nation and it accounts, along with papaya production, for more than half the populations income, in some form or another.
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The Philippines Has its Flag Upside Down During War
Whenever the nation is in a state of war the flag is raised and turned upside down. The flag upside down is a signal to tell all Filipinos that war and dangerous conditions are present in the country. The flag is made of four colors which are red, white, blue and yellow. Red means patriotic, blue stands for peace, yellow symbolizes freedom and white means being equal. Let us hope that we never have to see the flag done that way ever again and let peace reign supreme in the region.
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That's One Long Snake!
The Philippines Has the Longest Snake in the World
The Philippines is home to some of the longest snakes in the world and they, in fact, own the record for the longest snake ever recorded. A reticulated python was located in the Philippines and it measured just over 27 feet in total length. The rain forest in this island nation runs rampant with these huge serpents and the locals may be equipped to handle big snakes but visitors should steer clear of these reptiles at all cost.
Jellyfish Lake Has 14 Million Jellyfish
Jellyfish Lake is a wonderful place to snap pictures and make video footage but never attempt to submerge in the water without certain gear because it can be very dangerous. The jellyfish in the Tojoman Lagoon look frightening to the unknowing but in reality these fish actually do not sting at all and folks swim with them. The fish are called the "spotted jelly" and you can touch them and it is the same as grabbing a gold fish, with no ill affects. As far as photos and video, I would definitely utilize the record button on my tablet.
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The Text Message Capital of the World is the Philippines
Filipinos love their cell phones and they use text message more than the rest of the planet. Around 80% of all Filipinos own a cell phone and when they cannot afford to pay for calling services they still subscribe to just texting. Well over a billion SMS text messages are reportedly sent back and forth on a daily basis. The texts costs far less than the calling plans so that is how it really got started.
180 Languages Are Used in the Philippines
The amount of languages used, 180, in the Philippines is astonishing to say the least. The two official languages are Filipino and English with the vast majority of the country speaking both fluently. Tagalog is the name of the Filipino language and the languages are written in Latin script, primarily, and sometimes Arabic which is mainly used by the Islamic religion. Living in the United States, I find it to be so cool that most Filipinos know at least some English.
Filipinos Celebrate Christmas From September till January
.The people of the Philippines love the holidays especially religious holidays. Christmas celebrations start up in the month of September and do not conclude to the end of January. Decorations, trees and singing can be seen and heard around the entire island nation.
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