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Known as the "Fighter of the Decade" by the Boxing Writers Association of America (BWAA). Aslo the first eight-division world champion and a three time "Fighter of the Year" in 2006, 2008 and 2009 by The Ring and BWAA.
The fiestas are an integral part of the Filipino culture and is highly representative of the Filipino's culture. Each locality usually has their own fiesta. Normally inspired by a patron saint. Popular fiestas are the Ati-atihan, Sinulog, Moriones.
The Philippine eagle (Monkey-eating eagle) is endemic to the Philippine forests. It measures from 86 to 102 centimetres in length and is about 4.7 to 8 kilograms. It is among the largest, most rare and most powerful birds in the world. It is currently critically endangered.
The 2000 year old rice terraces in the Cordillera region is considered a UNESCO site. It is one of the few wonderous world structures that was built not on slavery but on community effort.
The Philippine Flag was designed by Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo and handsewn by Marcela Agoncillo and Delfina Herbosa Natividad. It was unfurled on June 12, 1898 during the Declaration of Independence in Kawit, Cavite. The Philippine flag is made of three fields; a blue band at the top, a red band at the bottom, and a white equilateral triangle on the hoist side. At the center of the triangle is a yellow sun with eight rays and in each corner of the triangle is a small yellow five-pointed star.
Jollibee is the country's leading fast food chain that began as a two-branch ice cream parlor in 1975 offering hot meals and sandwiches. It explored the possibilities of a hamburger concept thus, the Yumburger store. It revolutionized fast food in the Philippines. For Filipinos abroad, it can sometimes be their home away from home.
It first began during a period of crisis in the 80s. In the midst of lives lost, and great financial loss, the local government decided to hold a festival of smiles. This was their way of pulling the residents out of the gloom and sadness. It was their way of showing that they can pull through in bad times and end up smiling in the end.
A historical urban park in Manila built to commemorate the national hero - Jose Rizal.
Mango is the National fruit of the Philippines. They are eaten with salt, fish sauce or shrimp paste. They have many health benefits since they are rich in Vitamin A, C, K and B1. Philippine Mangoes are so popular that they are being exported and mangoes from Guimaras even got the title "The World's Sweetest Fruit" in the 1995 Guinness Book of World Records.
One of the most common ways of public transportation in the Philippines that could carry many passengers at a time following a respective route is thru the pee-peep---"JEEPNEYS ".
"Para" is the word used to ask the driver to pull over if you want to get off the vehicle.
Del Monte Philippines operates the largest fully-integrated pineapple operation in the world. The pineapple plantation is 23,000 hectares.
Taal Volcano is a complex volcano located on the island of Luzon in the Philippines. Historical eruptions are concentrated on Volcano Island, an island near the middle of Lake Taal.
San Miguel is the most popular beer in the Philippines, is considered as one of the leading beer brands in the world. San Miguel Beer has grown into an array of popular beer products catering to the distinct tastes and preferences of beer drinkers across all segments and markets in the Philippines.
"Adobo is a household favorite made of pork or chicken or both, simmered in a mixture of garlic, vinegar, and soy sauce. You can add bay leaf, or peppercorns. Some variations of the recipe use gata (coconut milk) instead of soy sauce, and are therefore called adobo sa gata (adobo in coconut milk)."
Pare is Filipino slang which is a term of endearment used for a male friend, or is sometimes used when one forgets the name of the person he is speaking to.
The Philippine Tarsier is one of the smallest primates in the world and is endemic to the Philippines. It is almost as big as a man's hand. It is primarily found in Bohol, Leyte, and other provinces in Mindanao.
Mayon Volcano is an active volcano in Albay, Bicol Region known for its almost perfectly shaped cone.
Popular Philippine Scuba Diving Spots include Tubbataha Reef National Park (UNESCO World Heritage Site), Apo Island, Anilao, Batangas among many others. Being located within the center of the coral triangle makes the Philippines waters one of the most biologically rich and diverse in the world.
Sorbetes (Dirty Ice Cream) is the Philippines vesion of ice cream sold from street carts and made from Coconut milk instead of animal milk.
Corals are invertebrate animals belonging to a large group of colourful and fascinating animals called Cnidaria. Reports say that the Philippines coral reefs host about 400 species of corals. There are 27,000 sq km of coral reef areas in the Philippines, 60% found in Palawan.
University of the Philippines' iconic image of a man standing looking upwards with his arms outstretched has come to be known as UP's Oblation. This image symbolizes one's selfless offering of himself to his country. This was created by Filipino artist Guillermo E. Tolentino.
Adobo is a household favorite made of pork or chicken or both, simmered in a mixture of garlic, vinegar, and soy sauce. You can add bay leaf, or peppercorns. Some variations of the recipe use gata (coconut milk) instead of soy sauce, and are therefore called adobo sa gata (adobo in coconut milk).
Jose Rizal is the Philippines' National Hero. A novelist known for Noli Me Tangere and El Filibusterismo. He was a proponent of achieving Philippine self-government peacefully. He was executed by the Spanish on December 30, 1896 which triggered the Philippine Revolution.
Filipino folk dances are expressions of the lives of Filipinos showing their triumphs, struggles and their everyday lives. They are classified according to the region where they come from and categorized according to their respective themes.
Balut, litteraly means "wrapped" in English, it is a boiled fertilized duck or chicken embryo that is eaten in the shell. Believed to be an aphrodisiac and considered a high-protein snack. Penoy on the other hand, is a boiled unfertilized duck egg also eaten in the shell. Both commonly sold as street food.
Bahay Kubo (Nipa Hut) is the native house of the Philippines made of bamboo, Nipa, wood, planks and logs. It was constructed to adapt the tropical climate In the country and to be easily repaired or rebuilt once damaged by typhoon, flood and earthquake.
The United States issued laws, established the Judicial system, including a Supreme Court, drew up a legal code to replace antiquated Spanish ordinances in the Philippines just to name a few. Strongly influenced by the Americans even until now English remains a dominant language.
Snorkeling, a known recreational activity, particularly at tropical resort destinations and at accessible scuba diving locations. Snorkeling is also employed by scuba divers when near the surface, and search and rescue teams may snorkel as part of a water-based search.
(pronunciation: mah-BOO-high) is a Tagalog word which means "long live". The expression is usually used in toasts, rallies and political conferences. It is also used in welcoming guest and a way of showing hospitality.
Bangus or Milkfish (Chanos chanos) is the Philippines' National fish. Because of it's succulent taste, Bangus has been a popular table fare among Filipinos. Every second week of April a Bangus Festival is held in Dagupan City Pangasinan, where tourist can witness the longest Bangus grill.
Summer or "tag-init" in Tagalog is the most anticipated season in the Philippines. Summer time in the Philippines usually starts Mid- March until the end of May. This is the perfect time of the year to visit the lush and exotic beaches, enjoy colorful festivities and explore Philippine terrain.
Alibata is a Filipino script/writing used before the arrival of Spaniards up to the 2nd century of Spanish colonialization. Alibata is part of the Malayo-Polynesia languages and is more of syllabary than alphabet.
Halo-halo (halo meaning "mix") is a famous icy, creamy mixture of various sweets topped with mouthwatering slice of leche flan, ube and icecream. It's the most popular summer treat for Filipinos and is visible in most Philippine streets.
Kalesa or Karetela is a horse-drawn carriage of Filipinos. Introduced during the 18th century, Kalesa was used by Spanish Officials and Ilustrados (rich Filipinos) as means of transportation. To date, Kalesa is still visible in the streets of Manila and Ilocos.
Did you know that the first Philippine map was drawn in 1734 by Nicholas dela cruz and Francisco Suarez. The map was 27 inches wide and 42 inches long.
Philippines is the only predominantly catholic country in Southeast Asia and third largest Catholic state in the world. During the 16th and 17th century the Spaniards introduced Christianity to Filipinos and from then on Filipinos embraced its new found belief.
Salakot is a traditional wide brimmed hat of Filipinos usually made from either rattan or reeds. It is normally worn by farmers to protect them from the sun's heat.
A local beer from the Philippines that launches Red Horse Muziklaban - a music rock fest that caters to music affionados, tatoo artists and the like. Some say that this local beer had been banned from Australia because its alcohol content is not for human consumption.
Sabong (Cockfight) is the most popular betting and leisure game of Filipino men. Usually held during Sundays and holidays.
Whale Shark is locally called "Butanding." Commonly found in the seas of Donsol, Sorsogon. Usually spotted during November-May, it is said that Donsol had been part of the migration highway of these gentle giants.