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magandaThursday 21st of April 2005 01:50:55 PM
The Philippines (in the Philippines) - The Philippines, is a democratic country in Southeast Asia, and the only Christian Archipelago in the Pacific covering the East Asia! And despite the many Problems hounding the Philippines, Filipinos still consider themselves as among the happiest people in the world. Results of regional surveys conducted by MTV-Asia, ACNielsen and the Economist magazine have indicated that Filipinos are the happiest people in Asia

(by Pinoy Facts and Records)
CizziThursday 21st of April 2005 03:07:51 PM
happy people - Yes I think so and to have filipino friends is better than a psychological sitting... It's true, I'm not joking having pilipino friends is a good therapy for happiness..
and I have many...
magandaThursday 21st of April 2005 03:14:12 PM
Artist Levi Celerio - He became famous around the world for his distinct talent. The Guinness Book of World Records has recognized him as the only man who could play beautiful music with a leaf. He even appeared in "That's Incredible" and the Mel Griffin show where he played music with a leaf.
"The only leaf player in the world is in the Philippines"-says the Guinness Book of World Records.

As a composer and lyricist, he wrote more than 4,000 songs!
magandaThursday 21st of April 2005 03:27:54 PM
Sweetest Fruit - The world's sweetest mango is considered to be produced in island province of Guimaras. While other countries have different varieties of the tropical mango (Mangifera indica), none of them tastes like the superbly delicious Guimaras mango, which is a variety of the popular Carabao Mango (Manginera indica).
In the Philippines, mango ranks third among fruit crops in production, next to banana and pineapple.
In 1995, the Guinness Book of World records listed the Carabao Mango as the sweetest fruit in the world.
magandaSunday 24th of April 2005 10:04:33 PM
Mga Pambansang Sagisag ng Pilipinas (National Symbols of the Philippines) - Pambansang Puno: Narra (Pterocarpus indicus)
National Tree: Narra (Pterocarpus indicus)

Pambansang Bulaklak: Sampaguita (Jasminium sambac)
National Flower: Sampaguita (Jasminium sambac)

Pambansang Ibon: Agila ng Pilipinas (Pithecophaga jeffery)
National Bird: Philippine Eagle (Pithecophaga jeffery)

Pambansang Dahon: Anahaw (Livistona rotundifolia)
National Leaf: Anahaw (Livistona rotundifolia)

Pambansang Prutas: Mangga (Mangifera indica)
National Fruit: Mango (Mangifera indica)

Pambansang Isda: Bangus (Chanos chanos)
National Fish: Milkfish (Chanos chanos)

Pambansang Hayop: Kalabaw (Bubalus bubalis)
National Animal: Carabao (Bubalus bubalis)

Pambansang Pagkain: Litson (buong baboy na inihaw)
National Dish: Lechon (roasted pig)

Pambansang Tirahan: Bahay Kubo
National House: Nipa Hut

Pambansang Sayaw: Tinikling
National Dance: Tinikling

Pambansang Kasuotan Para sa Mga Lalaki: Barong Tagalog
National Costume for Men: Barong Tagalog (untucked shirt of flimsy fabric showing Chinese, Indo-Malayan tropical and Hindu influences)

Pambansang Kasuotan Para sa Mga Babae: Baro't Saya
National Costume for Women: Baro't Saya (collarless blouse and skirt)

Pambansang Laro: Sipa
National Sport/Game: Sipa (hacky-sack game but, instead of a footbag, a metal stud with a tail or a bunch of rubberbands knotted together is used)

Pambansang Bayani: Dr. Jose Rizal
National Hero: Dr. Jose Rizal

Pambansang Awit: Lupang Hinirang (the entire song is translated into English as "Land of the Morning")
National Anthem: Lupang Hinirang

magandaMonday 25th of April 2005 12:58:37 PM
Tinikling ( the Philippine National Dance ) - Tinikling involves two people hitting bamboo poles on the ground and against each other in coordination with one or more dancers who step over and in between the poles in a dance. It originated in Leyte among the Visayan islands in central Philippines as an imitation of the tikling bird.

Once taught simply as a folk dance from the Philippines, it has recently become popular in the sports curricula of elementary schools as it involves skills similar to jumping rope. It's now a new fun form of aerobic exercise that also improves spatial awareness, rhythm, foot and leg speed, agility, and coordination.

Tinikling Sticks tinikling sticks that allow up to 6 people to participate
two 10' plastic poles can separate into 5' lengths for other games

dawn lorraineFriday 27th of May 2005 11:20:29 AM
- And the smallest monkey in the world is here! I find the tarsier sooo cute.
magandaFriday 10th of June 2005 02:09:28 PM
history - The Philippines is the third largest English speaking country in the world. It has a rich history combining Asian, European, and American influences. Prior to Spanish colonization in 1521, the Filipinos had a rich culture and were trading with the Chinese and the Japanese. Spain's colonization brought about the construction of Intamuros in 1571, a "Walled City" comprised of European buildings and churches, replicated in different parts of the archipelago. In 1898, after 350 years and 300 rebellions, the Filipinos, with leaders like Jose Rizal and Emilio Aguinaldo, succeeded in winning their independence.

In 1898, the Philippines became the first and only colony of the United States. Following the Philippine-American War, the United States brought widespread education to the islands. Filipinos fought alongside Americans during World War II, particularly at the famous battle of Bataan and Corregidor which delayed Japanese advance and saved Australia. They then waged a guerilla war against the Japanese from 1941 to 1945. The Philippines regained its independence in 1946.

Filipinos are a freedom-loving people, having waged two peaceful, bloodless revolutions against what were perceived as corrupt regimes. The Philippines is a vibrant democracy, as evidenced by 12 English national newspapers, 7 national television stations, hundreds of cable TV stations, and 2,000 radio stations.

Filipinos are a fun-loving people. Throughout the islands, there are fiestas celebrated everyday and foreign guests are always welcome to their homes.

magandaFriday 10th of June 2005 02:13:55 PM
Trivia - The exotic jeepney is a post-war creation inspired by the GI jeeps that the American soldiers brought to the country in the 1940s. Enterprising Filipinos salvaged the surplus engines and came out unique vehicles of art.

The exotic jeepney is the Filipino version of the jitney, the taxi/minibus that travels along a fixed route, found in many countries.
magandaFriday 10th of June 2005 02:15:30 PM
Jose Rizal - Philippine National Hero and writer Jose Rizal could read and write at age 2. He grew up to speak more than 20 languages, including Latin, Greek, German, French, and Chinese. What were his last words? "Consummatum est!" ("It is done!")
magandaFriday 10th of June 2005 02:16:37 PM
world’s longest religious holiday - Filipinos celebrate the world’s longest religious holiday. The Christmas season begins on September 1st, as chillier winds and Christmas carols start filling the air, and ends on the first week of January, during the Feast of the Three Kings.
cuteislandgirl34Wednesday 15th of June 2005 10:33:28 AM
interesting facts about the philippines - Our total coast line is longer than that of the USA... and we have beautiful beaches
magandaTuesday 21st of June 2005 01:04:16 PM
- The word "boondocks," which is now a part of the English language, dictionary, and vocabulary, comes from the Tagalog word "bundok," meaning "mountain."
magandaTuesday 21st of June 2005 01:08:14 PM
- 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.