The Majority-Christian Asian Nation (and some other interesting things about the Philippines)
Its been a while since I did a facts list…here we go:
- The Philippines has the highest rate of discovery of new animal species with 16 new species of mammals discovered just in the last 10 years.
- The world’s largest pearl was discovered by a Filipino diver in the Palawan Sea in 1934. Known as the “Pearl of Lao Tzu,” or “Pearl of Allah,” it is worth around US$40 million, and is believed to be 600 years old.
- The Philippines is the only country in the world whose flag is hoisted upside down when the country is at war.
- The yo-yo had its beginnings as an ancient Filipino studded hunting weapon attached to a 20-foot rope.
- There are between 120 and 175 individual languages spoken in the Philippines, 171 of which are living while the other four no longer have any known speakers.
- Both University of Santo Tomas in Manila, founded in 1611, and the University of San Carlos in Cebu City, founded in 1595, are older than Harvard University (which was only founded in 1636)
Quick note: there are actually two majority-Christian nations in Asia, and both are in Oceania! One is the Philippines, and the other is East Timor.