Harvard University (founded 1636) temporarily lost the title of "oldest university in the United States" when the US colonized the Philippines (1899-1946), as Manila's Universidad de Santo Tomas (founded 1611) predated Harvard by 25 years. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dis…
Today I learned about Wendell Fertig, a US serviceman who rather than surrender with the bulk of US forces during the Japanese invasion of the Philippines, β€œself-promoted” himself to Brigadier General and organized pockets of Filipino fighters and other US serviceman into a highly effective Guerilla force en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wen…
The martial arts style portrayed by Denzel Washington in the 2010 movie "The Book of Eli" is called Kali and is the national martial arts form of the Philippines. It teaches to focus on and react to angles of attack rather than particular strikes/attacks. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
, early into America’s enter into World War II, a very daring raid took place over in the Philippines at Mindanao. Consisting of 10 B-25s and 3 B-17s flew 20 mission over Cebu from an airfield in Del Monte in less than a day. historynet.com/forgotten-…
Countries export garbage and when it’s done illegally, countries like Malaysia and the Philippines send it back - thousands of tonnes of it. reuters.com/article/us-ma…
Today I learned about John Bulkeley, who evacuated MacArthur from the Philippines, recruited JFK into the Navy, and tested security on the base he commanded by dressing up as a ninja and sneaking around at night en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
Within 24 Hours of The Pearl Harbor Attack, Japan Successfully Invaded the Philippines, the Dutch East Indies (now Indonesia), Much of New Guinea, the Solomon Islands, Guam, and Other Strategic Areas All Over the Western Pacific. britannica.com/topic/Paci…
Although the US mainland was never invaded during WWII, four U.S. territories (at the time) – Guam, the Philippines, Kiska and Attu in the Aleutian Islands of Alaska, and Wake Atoll – were occupied by Axis forces. doi.gov/oia/press/op-ed-u…
Censorship board in Philippines wanted to cut nudity/sex scenes from Schindler's List. Spielberg refused, and pulled the film from screening in Philippine cinemas, which prompted the Senate to demand the abolition of the censorship board. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sch…
Today I learned of the Montreal–Philippines cutlery controversy. A Filipino-Canadian was punished by his school for using cutlery according to traditional Filipino etiquette. In response a protest was held at the Canadian embassy in Manila & the Philippine Ambassador said it was an "affront to Filipino culture" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mon…
A 26 year old from Manila, Philippines accidentally made the tenth most destructive computer virus called the β€œILOVEYOU virus” in the year 2000 costing over 5-20 billion dollars. His charges were fully dropped due to the Philippines lack of anti-malware laws at the time. rixstep.com/1/20040504,00…
Today I learned about the "My Way" killings in the Philippines, referring to a number of fatal disputes which arose due to the singing of the song "My Way", popularized by Frank Sinatra en.wikipedia.org/wiki/My_…
By the time Spanish rule came to an end in the Philippines, Spanish was spoken as a second language by more than 60% of the population and 10% of the population used Spanish as their first and only language. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spa…
In the Philippines Balut, a fertilized developing duck egg embryo, is commonly sold as street food. The egg is incubated and is usually about a week short of hatching. It was once considered a delicacy but is now as common as ice cream on a hot day. mashed.com/158543/the-unt…
Jose Rizal( a national hero during the 1890s from the Philippines) has multiple Monuments around the World esquiremag.ph/culture/lif…
The phrase β€œlive in the boonies” comes from the word Boondocks which in turn comes from the Philippine (Tagalog) word Bundok which means mountains, or an out of the way rural area. npr.org/sections/codeswit…
I learned that on December 7th 1941 Japan attacked many other places in the pacific, not just Pearl Harbor. Including: Malay, Hong Kong, Guam, Philippine islands, and a couple others. time.com/4593483/pearl-ha…
Today I learned about Private David Fagen, a black American soldier who was among the 15 U.S. soldiers who defected to the Philippines during the Philippine-American war, and was apparently so successful fighting American soldiers that a price of $600 was placed on his head. nps.gov/prsf/learn/histor…
The only countries where divorce is illegal are the Vatican City and the Philippines theweek.co.uk/100683/coun…
According to the Philippine Civil Code (RA 386, Article 680) if your property has a fruit tree and some of its fruits fell "naturally" (i.e. acts of god) into your neighbor's yard, your neighbor is entitled with the ownership of said fallen fruits. officialgazette.gov.ph/19…
During the 1840s-50s, King Leopold I of Belgium considered cΠΎlΠΎnising more than 50 different countries and regions, among them: Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, Florida, Texas, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Missouri, Kansas, Ethiopia, South Africa, Portugal, India, Philippines, Australia, New Zealand en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bel…
More US soldiers were killed in combat in the Philippine-American War than the Spanish-American War, Persian Gulf War, Great Sioux War, the Nez Perce War, Kosovo, Somalia and the Bay of Pigs combined en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uni…
There was a Spanish Fascist Falangist Party all the way in Asia, in the Philippines en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phi…
Although the Philippines was a Spanish colony, they were ruled by Mexico via the Viceroy of New Spain for almost 250 years bworldonline.com/our-ties…
Today I learned of Ruben Enaje, a carpenter from the Philippines who has been ceremonially crucified on every Good Friday since 1985, for a total of 33 crucifixions as of 2019. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rub…
In the Philippines, all processed food are required to be fortified with a vitamin and/or mineral in order to battle the malnutrition that is prevalent in the country. It's because they're cheap and most families can only afford processed foods like chips, ramen noodles, and biscuits. ap.fftc.org.tw/article/79…
The top 3 cities with the highest population density in the world are in the Philippines (Manila, Pateros, and Mandaluyong). All are above 90 thousand people per square mile. titlemax.com/discovery-ce…
Magellan didn’t actually circumnavigate the globe. He was killed by a poisoned arrow in the Philippines, and his expedition (under the leadership of Juan Sebastian de Elcano) completed the trip without him. history.com/this-day-in-h…
Former Philippine president and dictator Ferdinand Marcos caused a major corruption scandal in Japan in 1986. The Japanese legislative session that year was so preoccupied with the scandal that it became known as the "Marcos Diet". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
Today I learned of Corazon Aquino, the wife of a staunch political opponent against the dictator of the Philippines. Upon the assassination of her husband by the dictator, she ran for president against him, winning and restoring democracy to the Philippines. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cor…
In 1971, a surviving prehistoric tribe was discovered in the Philippines. The media at the time reported that the Tasaday spoke no known languages, dressed in animal fur, lived in a cave for centuries, and had no contact with the outside world. It was later revealed that this was all a hoax. esquiremag.ph/long-reads/…
Theodore Roosevelt was a major force in labor rights, implementing eight hour workdays and industry safety regulations, abolishing slavery in the Philippines and peonage more generally, investigating child labor claims, and establishing the forerunner to the USES, among many other things. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Squ…
The Philippine flag changes depending on if the nation is at war. The red represents bravery, whereas the blue represents peace. During war times, the red color is placed on top. During a coup in 1989, insurgent soldiers would invert their flags, indicating they are at war. content.time.com/time/mag…
People in The Philippines have been murdered after doing karaoke of the song β€œMy Way” by Frank Sinatra wikipedia.org/wiki/My_Way…
The top basketball teams in the Philippines are named after their sponsors, having team names like the 'Purefoods Tender Juicy Hotdogs' or the 'Kia Sorentos'. theatlantic.com/business/…
In the Philippines, the legal term for car-theft is "carnapping." This is because when cars used to be very rare in the country and were prized status-items, thieves would steal and hold them for ransom like in a kidnapping. Now the term is used for both car-theft and carjacking cases. manilatimes.net/2010/08/0…
In WWII, an Australian soldier removed his own appendix in the middle of a Philippine jungle in 1944, without any anaesthetic and with only the use of a mirror and an ordinary knife. The operation took 4 and a half hours and he stitched himself up with jungle fibre. trove.nla.gov.au/newspape…
The Philippines consist of over 7000 islands, 2000 of which are inhabited. britannica.com/place/Phil…
Ricky Gervais was the singer in an angsty New Wave group in the early 80s. They released two singles but, excepting success in the Philippines, didn't quite take off, so it disbanded. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seo…
Britain occupied Manila in the Philippines for twenty months from 1762 to 1764, after British troops defeated the Spanish garrison in the Battle of Manila apart of the Seven Years War. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bri…
Magellan didn't circumnavigate the globe. Magellan only made it to the Philippines, where he started a battle and was killed by natives. It was one of his Captains β€” Juan SebastiΓ‘n Elcano 1476 – 1526 β€” who actually completed the journey, yet historically has not received credit for his journey. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jua…
During the Philippine–American War (1899–1902), American Brigadier General Bell established concentration camps, known as "reconcentrados", surrounded by free-fire zones.Filipino civilians were issued identification and forcefully relocated to facilities, with mortality rates high as 20 percent. wikipedia.org/wiki/Philip…
Today I learned of the Dancing Inmates of the CPDRC ( a prison in the Philippines). In 2006 the head of the Prison, Byron F. Garcia, was inspired watching The Shawshank Redemption and introduced an exercise program with music. Up to 1500 inmates have performed various songs like Thriller, My Sharona & Jump. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CPD…
The Philippines speaks a Spanish Creole called β€œChavacano” youtu.be/wqaDimxoXrM
The most powerful earthquake ever recorded, the Great Chilean Earthquake, had a magnitude of 9.4-9.6. It caused tsunamis in Chile, Hawaii, Japan, the Philippines, eastern New Zealand, and southeast Australia. It also caused glacial landslides, lake floods, and a volcanic eruption. learnodo-newtonic.com/chi…
The flag of the Philippines is flown with the red side on the upper side in times of war and the blue side on the upper side during times of peace. en.wikipedia.org/w/index.…
Today I learned about John Safran, an Australian radio and TV personality who has so far in his career run through Jerusalem wearing next to nothing, been crucified in the Philippines, traveled to Mozambique to reverse a curse placed on the Australian football team and had an exorcism performed on him. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
Bail Bondsmen, who pay someone else's bail and ensure their appearance in court, are legal in only 2 countries in the entire world, the United States and the Philippines. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bai…
An 18-year-old man lost his life saving a baby girl and her mother, during rampaging floods in the Philippines. He was swept away as he helped them reach cover. He’d already saved more than 30 people from the floodwaters and had helped evacuate his family. theage.com.au/world/phili…
When Japan invaded the Philippines during WW2, they issued their own Peso. This money, nicknamed "Mickey Mouse money" by the locals due to the low monetary value and a play money look, was later turned against the Japanese by the US as propaganda leaflets. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jap…

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