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40 Interesting Facts About Philippines

21-25 Philippines Facts

21. Repurposed old US Army Jeeps, called “Jeepneys”, are the most popular form of public transportation in the Philippines. – Source

22. In the Philippines, License plates ending in 1 and 2 are prohibited from driving on Mondays, those ending in 3 and 4 cannot drive on Tuesday, 5 and 6 on Wednesday, 7 and 8 on Thursday, and 9 and 0 on Friday. – Source

23. There is a tribe in the Philippines, where a quarter of men have been attacked by giant snakes. – Source

24. In 1844, the Philippines moved from one side of the International Date Line to the other, which means that December 31, 1844, did not exist for them. – Source

25. Manila Envelopes are so named because they were originally made from the hemp of bananas native to the Philippines. (Manila is the capital of The Philippines.) – Source

26-30 Philippines Facts

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26. In 1965 a one megaton nuclear bomb fell into the Philippine Sea when the fighter was attached to rolled off the deck of a carrier. It’s still missing. – Source

27. During the 1970’s the Philippine government made up a tribe that was supposedly “stone-age” and pulled it off for 10 years before being debunked. – Source

28. Whang-Od is the last Mambabatok (traditional Kalinga tattooist) and the oldest tattoo artist in the Philippines. – Source

29. In 1999, a farmer got sentenced to death in the Philippines for growing seven plants of cannabis. – Source

30. In the Philippines, it is legal to kill your cheating spouse and their lover if you catch them in the act; and you can kill your daughter if she is under 18 and living at home in the same situation. But not your son. – Source

31-35 Philippines Facts

31. 24 of the 100 largest shopping malls in the world are in the Philippines. – Source

32. There’s a lamp that generates 8 hours of light using 1 glass of saltwater, which can provide a low-cost alternative to residents of the Philippines. – Source

33. The Philippines the most pro-American country in the world. – Source

34. When the Beatles toured the Philippines in 1966, they accidentally insulted the dictatorship. Public opinion swiftly turned on the Beatles, and their police escorts were removed. They barely escaped. – Source

35. The Philippines has a 13th-month pay law where employees get 1/12 of their yearly salary every December. – Source

36-40 Philippines Facts

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36. Many of the so-called “Kastilas” or Spaniards in the Philippines were actually of Mexican descent, and the Hispanic culture of the Philippines is somewhat close to Mexican culture. – Source

37. In poverty-stricken slums in Manila, Philippines, people scavenge garbage sites for “pagpag”, leftover foods from restaurants and bring them home to fry in hot oil before eaten. – Source

38. The Philippine emergency telephone number “117” is the only emergency telephone number in the world that is accessible through both voice and text communication. – Source

39. The first US law making narcotics illegal (in part) resulted from a campaign by US missionaries in the Philippines to restrict opium use in Southeast Asia. The US couldn’t lead international efforts to curb opium use if it was legal at home. – Source

40. The only athlete from the Philippines competing at the Olympics in Sochi was Michael Martinez, a figure skater who has asthma, learned how to skate at a mall and whose mother learned skating herself in order to coach him. – Source

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