FYI logo

Top 5 Surprising Facts About the Philippines That Will Amaze You

Exploring the Top 5 Astonishing Facts You Need to Know.

By aly suhailPublished about a year ago 4 min read
source Globedia.

Nestled in the tropical region of Southeast Asia, you'll find the Philippines—a country bursting with an incredible range of things to see and experience. It's not just about the stunning views and friendly people; this collection of more than 7,000 islands holds a treasure trove of interesting and lesser-known facts that reveal the unique character of the country. From its fascinating history to its awe-inspiring natural wonders, the Philippines has an exciting tapestry of extraordinary stories that will surprise you and challenge what you thought you knew. In this article, we'll take you on a journey to uncover the top 5 extraordinary and unconventional facts about this captivating nation, sharing intriguing details that will leave you amazed and eager to explore this enchanting place.


The Philippines is renowned for its iconic Jeepneys, which are vibrant buses adorned with religious and patriotic artwork. These Jeepneys serve as the most popular and affordable means of public transportation in the country. However, there has been a recent initiative to phase them out in order to alleviate urban congestion.

Jeepneys are elongated vehicles designed to accommodate approximately 15 to 25 passengers. They feature open windows along the sides for ventilation and have a backdoor that allows passengers to easily board and alight.

Originating in the Philippines during the 1950s, Jeepneys were originally repurposed from military vehicles abandoned by US soldiers after World War II. Resourceful Filipino entrepreneurs modified these jeeps, equipping them with necessary features to ensure roadworthiness and creating a novel form of mass transportation. The introduction of jeepneys was a response to the disarray of the public transportation systems in the aftermath of World War II. These jeepneys were an evolution of the American colonial-era shared taxis called auto calesas.

Jeepney in the Philippines sourced from

Love for Karaoke 🎤

Singing holds a significant place in the lives of many Filipinos, extending beyond a mere hobby. The Philippines has gained recognition for producing exceptional vocalists who rank among the world's finest. This fact was emphasized when the globally acclaimed supergroup Journey, known for their vocally demanding music, enlisted a Filipino singer to take over as their lead vocalist.

Karaoke has undeniably become an integral part of Filipino culture. From a young age, Filipinos are surrounded by singing, making it a customary pastime in their everyday lives. When visitors come to their homes, singing together is a common activity, and on special occasions, singing becomes an integral part of the celebrations. Regardless of one's location across the globe, it is almost certain that every Filipino household will have a karaoke system.

The connection between karaoke and Filipino culture is further strengthened by the fact that Roberto del Rosario, a Filipino citizen, holds the exclusive patent for the karaoke machine, making him the sole individual in the world with such rights. Filipinos are renowned for their passion for singing and are highly sought after globally for their ability to effortlessly emulate songs by ear. Karaoke is also actively promoted in malls and remains a popular activity in KTV bars, where friends and colleagues rent soundproof rooms to indulge in karaoke sessions.

Karaoke session in Philippines, sourced from

Breastfeeding record

On an important Tuesday, May 2nd, 2007, more than 10,000 mothers came together at different places in the Philippines. They had two main goals: to support and encourage breastfeeding and to achieve something extraordinary—the first-ever Guinness World Record for the most simultaneous breastfeeding in different locations. This big gathering was a team effort involving government institutions and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) working together to highlight the importance of breastfeeding for the well-being of both mothers and children.

This amazing achievement was not a one-time event but part of a larger campaign organized by Unicef, a well-known organization called the United Nations Children's Fund, along with various advocacy groups. The main objective was to bring attention to the many benefits of breastfeeding. Through this campaign, they wanted to emphasize the unique value of breastfeeding in taking care of babies and promoting their health, development, and overall growth.

Thousands of women joined to try to break the world record for breastfeeding simultaneously (Reuters)

Long Christmas season

Being the only Catholic and the first Christian nation in Asia, the Philippines has a reputation for going all out when it comes to Christmas. Unlike other places where Christmas is just a single day, in the Philippines, it's considered a whole season that lasts for three months.

The Christmas season begins during the months that end in "ber" - September to December. During these months, the tropical Philippines experiences a drop in temperatures, and the cold nights serve as a reminder that Christmas is approaching.

The extended Christmas season gives Filipinos ample time to prepare for their Christmas vacation. They make arrangements such as booking flights and working extra hours to save more money for Christmas gifts. Most importantly, the long Christmas season sets a mood of generosity, charity, and love among Filipinos, encouraging them to give and show care for one another.

Parol, A symbol of Filipino Christmas, sourced from

Ring of Fire

Volcanic eruptions are a frequent occurrence in the Philippines due to its geographical location within the Pacific Ring of Fire, also known as the Circum-Pacific Belt. This region is known for its high seismic and volcanic activity.

The Pacific Ring of Fire is home to approximately 75% of the world's volcanoes, and a staggering 90% of recorded earthquakes take place in this area.

Among the 24 volcanoes in the Philippines with documented activity, Taal stands out as the second most active. Taal is a complex volcano with multiple eruption points, making it particularly dynamic and prone to volcanic activity.

Ring OF Fire sourced from

various sources were the inspiration for the creation of this writing.










Pop CultureScienceHumanityHistorical

About the Creator

aly suhail

Enjoyed the story?
Support the Creator.

Subscribe for free to receive all their stories in your feed. You could also pledge your support or give them a one-off tip, letting them know you appreciate their work.

Subscribe For Free

Reader insights

Be the first to share your insights about this piece.

How does it work?

Add your insights

Comments (2)

  • Shirley Belk6 months ago

    I really enjoyed reading this and learning about the Philippines, its culture, and its people. Thank you! Jeepneys and Karaoke...

  • Cathy Maulionabout a year ago

    Thank you for writing a history about the Philippines, Yeah it's that mostly popular history about the Philippines. And also Philippines is one of the most beautiful Beaches, Which is visited by many tourists.❤️❤️❤️

aly suhailWritten by aly suhail

Find us on social media

Miscellaneous links

  • Explore
  • Contact
  • Privacy Policy
  • Terms of Use
  • Support

© 2024 Creatd, Inc. All Rights Reserved.