1. Doctrina Christiana is the first book published in the
Philippines, was published in 1593, by the Dominican press. Because of the
monopoly of printing presses by religious orders prior to the 19th
century, early written literature was predominantly religious in content
and in purpose.
2. The first women's magazine in the Philippines was El
Hogar (The Home), which first came out in 1893.
3. The first Filipino
immigrants to the United States (1850)
settled in Louisiana.
4. Emilio Aguinaldo
lost to Manuel L. Quezon in the country's
first presidential elections in 1935.
5. The largest crocodile
ever captured in the Philippines
(1823) was found in Laguna de Bay.
6. Fort San Pedro
was the nucleus of the first Spanish settlement
in the Philippines. .
7. Farmers' Market
Foodome is the largest restaurant
in the Philippines (in Quezon City).
8. Cesar Virata
is the first and last Prime Minister
of the Philippines after WW II.
9. The Cagayan River,
the Philippines longest river, originates
in Nueva Vizcaya.
10. Aimee Carandang
is the first Filipina to become a commercial
11. The oldest Philippine
university for women
is Centro Escolar University.
12. Jose P. Laurel
has the most children (7) among the
13. Eva Estrada
Kalaw is the first Filipina to be elected
senator twice, in 1965 and in 1971.
14. The first modern
building in the Philippines is considered to
be the Crystal Arcade in Escolta, completed in 1932.
15. Aurora is
the only Philippine province named after a first
.16. The biggest game preserve and
in the Philippines is located on Calauit Island
17. The most translated
Philippine poem is Mi Ultimo Adios.
18. The Philippine
mammal with the biggest eyes in relation to its
body is the tarsier.
19. Bagumbayan was
the original name of Luneta Park.
20. Iniibig and
gawa are the first and last words of Panatang
21. The Presidential
Saber is awarded to the top graduate of
the Philippine Military Academy.
22. The original
Philippine flag, sewn in Hong Kong in 1898, was
made of silk.
23. Gen. Tomas Karingal
was the first assassinated victim of the
NPA's Alex Boncayao Brigade.
24. Frank Murphy
was the last American governor-general of
25. After the United
States, the Philippines have the most
26. After Happy
Birthday, the song most sung in the Philippines
is Lupang Hinirang, the national anthem.
27. Hajji Butu was
the first Muslim Filipino to become a senator.
28.. The most popular
and durable of all Philippine almanacs is
called Kalendariong Tagalog ni Honorio Lopez.
29. Rainier Lagman
was the first Filipino to have a heart
30. Gemma Cruz was
the first Filipina to win an international
beauty title - Miss International 1964.
31. P5 million was
the highest prize offered for the capture
of then-rebel-now- turned-senator Gringo Honasan.
32. Palawan has
the largest land area among the Philippine
33. Negros Occidental
has the most cities among Philippine
34. Miguel Lopez
de Legazpi was the first Spanish governor-general
of the Philippines.
35. Evangeline de
Castro of Baguio was the first Filipina to win
the Miss Philippines title.
36. Cebu is
the oldest Philippine city.
37. The word Filipinas
first appeared in coins.
de San Lazarus was the name Ferdinand Magellan
first gave to the islands he "discovered. "
the first province of the Philippines which
comes first is Abra in the Ilocos region.
40. The largest
Philippine wild animal is the tamaraw (a species
of buffalo, similar to the carabao). It is found only
in the island of Mindoro.
41. Rio Grande de Mindanao
is the longest river
42. The first line
of Jose Rizal's Mi Ultimo Adios is Adios
43. Luzon is the
biggest island (141,3 95 sq km) among the
Philippine Archipelago which consists of 7,107 (most figures) islands and
islets stretching some 1,850 kilometers from north to south and
1,107 kilometers from west to east at its widest point.
44. Mt. Apo in Mindanao,
a dormant volcano, is the highest mountain
in the Philippines at 2,954 meters (9,689
feet). Mt. Pulog in Lu zon is second at 2,928
meters (9,604 feet)..
45. Cagayan River
in Luzon is the longest river, snaking for
353 kilometers (221 miles) across the provinces of Nueva Vizcaya,
Isabela and Cagayan before finally flowing into theSouth China Sea in
Aparri in Cagayan.
46. The first recorded
intermarriage of a Filipino to a white
foreigner was the wedding of Rajah Tupas' widowed niece to a Greek ship
caulker who had sailed to the Philippines& lt;
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47.. According to
the 1990 census, Metro Manila has a
population density of 12,315 persons per square kilometer (32,000/
sq.mi.), the highest in the country.
48. The longest
underground river system accessible to man IN THE
WORLD is located at the St. Paul National
Park in Palawan.
49. The hottest
day in the Philippines was recorded
on April 29, 1912 when the temperature reached 108.32 degrees
Fahrenheit (42.4 degrees Celsius) in Tuguegarao, Cagayan. The coldest day
was recorded in Baguio city back inJanuary 7, 1903 when the
thermometer dipped way down to 37.4 degrees Fahrenheit (3 degrees
50. The safest
province geologically is Palawan. It is
farthest province from volcanoes and earthquake faults.
51.. Marissa Delgado
- The first Filipina who appeared in
Playboy (sometime in 1965). She wasn't a centerfold but she did expose ...
her back! The first Filipina who appeared as a centerfold is the
beautiful Lourdes Estores of Hawaii.
52. The Tagalog
term for dye is jobus or jobos which came from the
name Joe Bush. Joe Bush was an American who set up a cleaning and
dyeing shop in Manila back in the 1940s. His products were
powdered dyes with the trade name Joe Bush.
53. Galunggong (mackerel)
has the distinction to be the most
widely caught fish in Philippine waters.
54. 8 - ocho, walo,
eight - is the size of Imelda's shoes.<
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55. Ma Mon Luk -
credited to be the inventor of mami. He was
a Cantonese immigrant who probably named the dish after his surname
and the Chinese word for noodles which is mi.
56. The first ice
cream parlor in the Philippines was called
Clarke's Cafe located at Plaza Moraga in Binondo. It opened
sometime in 1899.
57. Kristo the Tagalog
name of bookmakers at cockfights. He' s
called that because he poses like Jesus when he calls for bets and shouts
the odds (arms extended like the Lord himself).
58. The first Greek
fraternity in the Philippines is the
University of the Philippines' Upsilon Sigma Phi (established in
1918). It does not have any branches outside the UP system. Among its
alumni are the p reserved ex-President Ferdinand E. Marcos and his
arch-nemesis, the late Senator Benigno 'Ninoy Forever' Aquino. The first
sorority with a Greek name is Sigma Delta Phi, also at UP and sister
sorority of Upsilon Sigma Phi, established in 1938.. (Partly contributed
by Butch Bandong.)
59. Davao City is
the largest city in the Philippines with an area
of 2,211 sq. km., about three times the size of Metro-Manila.
Hotel is the first building to be air-conditioned.
61. Philippine Airlines'
first flight was from Manila to
Baguio on March 15, 1941. The plane was a twin-engine Beech Model 18
carrying five passengers. There was no attendant or lavatory. It
reached Baguio in 45 minutes.
62. The largest
employer in the Philippines other than
the government is San Miguel Corporation which has over 39,000
63. Luneta Hotel,
corner T.M. Kalaw and Roxas Blvd is said to be
the oldest multi-storyed building in the Philippines (As
of November, 2008 the Luneta Hotel was boarded up and abandoned...
..very sad .....hope some jerks don't tear it down like they did the
jai-alai. In the 70's, before Circuit at the Hyatt, there was a very
popular club there called Third Eye where the band "Red Fox"
used to play).