June 22, 2024


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Interesting Facts About the Philippines – From History to Sports

Cardinal Jaime L. Sin

Did You Know – Cardinal Jaime L. Sin, who was one of the world’s most popular religious leaders, had been nominated for the Nobel Prize several times in the past century. It was not a surprise to the people who had followed his professional life in the Philippines. Like Mother Teresa of Calcutta and Mahatma Gandhi, Sin was an advocate of human development and democracy. He once said, “As a citizen of a country, whether you are a catholic or not, you are duty-bound to participate and to share your views for the welfare of the people”. Otherwise, in 1976, Sin won the Rajah Soliman Award for Distinguished Citizenry. This religious leader was author of many publications: “The Revolution of Love” (1972), “Unity in Diversity” (1974), and “The Future of Catholicism in Asia” (1978), among others essays. Otherwise, his favorite idols were Ludwig van Bethoven, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, and Richard Strauss.


Did You Know – The Philippines — smaller than New Mexico– was ruled first by Spain, then by the States, and finally by Japan. The Islands gained full independence just after World War II. It has been an independent for over 60 years.

Baguio City

Did You Know – In July 1978, the Anatoly Karpov-Viktor Korchnoi World Chess Championship Match was held in Baguio City. The Prize was of $553,900 (the highest ever awarded in chess).

Ramón Magsaysay

Did You Know – The Ramón Magsaysay Award is the most important prize on the Asian mainland. The prize was established in 1957 by the Rockefeller Brothers Fund in honour of the former Head of State of the Philippines. Among the winners were: Dalai Lama (1959), Mother Teresa (1962), Akira Kurosawa (1965), Muhammad Yunus (1984), and Corazon Aquino (1998). According to “Time” magazine of November 26, 1951, Magsaysay was a highly energetic man and a leader who has won an unchallenged reputation for honestly”

FIBA World Cup

Did You Know – Surprisingly, the FIBA World Championships were held in the Philippines, whose First Lady, Imelda Marcos, led a campaign for it, in late 1978.

World-Famous Persons

Did You Know – Efren “Bata” Reyes became the toast of the Philippines. Over the last decades, the country’s billiards star Reyes has won numerous global titles:

1996: FBT World 8-Ball Championship

1998: World 8-Ball Championship

1999: World 9-Ball Championship

2002: World Pool League Champion

2004 : World 8-Ball Championship

National Heroes

Did You Know – Apart from the likes of Efren Reyes, Ramón Magsaysay, Corazón Aquino, and Jaime L. Sin, the Asian republic has other well-known individuals on Earth: Philip Vera Cruz (social reformer), Gabriela Silang (nationalist), Raúl Manglapus (diplomat), Benigno Aquino (journalist), Jose P. Rizal (nationalist), and Josefa LLanes (women’s rights leader).


Did You Know – In spite of its abundant natural resources and unique landscapes, from one of the world’s largest marine reserves to amazing lakes and tropical gardens, the national per capita income is $ 3,500 (compared to $6,100 in Thailand).

Beauty Pageants

Did You Know – In 1973, Margarita Moran, Miss Philippines and Miss Universe, received congratulatory messages from American President Richard Nixon. The Arizona-size land — like soccer in Brazil or surfing in Hawaii – is a pageant-obsessed country in the world. The Asian country boasts six international pageant titles. In addition, Miriam Quiambao ,under the guidance of Osmel Sousa (Miss Venezuela’s national director), was first runner-up in Miss Universe 1999.

Leandro Locsin

Did You Know – Leandro Locsin ,who was a world-renowned architect, designed a number of buildings in the Islands, including the Cultural Center of the Philippines, the Philippine International Convention Center, and the Hyatt Regency Hotel.

Women & Power

Did You Know – On January 20, 2001,Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, who was Joseph Estrada’s vice President, was the second woman to become formal Head of State in the country. Arroyo, a U.S.-educated economist, was born on April 5, 1947 in San Juan, Manila. She, who is a good friend of former President Bill Clinton, was the fourth democratic leader of the Philippines since 1986. The Asian republic is one of the few nations that has two female presidents. Corazón Aquino was the first woman to have won that office in 1986.


Did you know… On May 11, 1998, Joseph “Erap” Estrada was one of the first former movie actors to win a presidential election on Earth.

United Nations

Did You Know – In 1949, Carlos Romulo was elected President of the United Nations Assembly in New York.


Did You Know – The golden age of Filipino sports occurred from 1930 to 1958. At the 1932 Los Angeles Olympics, the country’s athlete Simeon Toribio finished third in high jump and earned a bronze medal. Four years on, Miguel White, a specialist in the 400m hurdles event, also won a bronze in the Olympic Games in Germany. At the 1958 Asian Games in Tokyo (Japan), the national squad finished second in the medal count (49 medals), behind the host country.

America and the Philippines

Did You Know – General Douglas MacArthur admired the Philippines. Under his leadership, the islands became an independent country on July 4, 1946.

Famous visitors

Did You Know – The Supreme Pontiff John Paul visited the nation in February 1981 and January 1995.