Philippine Trivias III.

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1. Ilo-Ilo golf and country club is the oldest golf club in the Philippines. It was built at 1908 by Irish Engineers.

2· Limasawa Island – where Ferdinand Magellan first landed in the Philippines which give way to the discovery of the Philippines and where the first mass was celebrated.

3· San Juanico Strait – said to be the narrowest yet the most navigable strait in the world

4· Calbiga Cave – The Philippines’ biggest karst formations and one of the largest in Asia, the 2,968-hectare cave system is composed of 12 caves with wide underground spaces, unique rock formations and sub-terranean watercourse.

5· At the Immaculate Conception Cathedral can be found the only existing pipe organ in Mindanao. The 2nd largest pipe organ in the Phiippines. The huge instrument took 2 years to built and was brought over by sea from Germany in 23 crates.

6· Cagayan de Oro City – “The City of Golden Friendship,” known for its warm people and old-fashioned hospitality

7· Mt. Apo, the Philippines highest mountain at 10,311 feet above sea level, and considered as the “Grand-father of all Philippine Mountains”


8· Lake Lanao is the second largest lake in the Philippines, probably the deepest in the country and is considered one of the major tropical lakes in Southeastern Asia. The lake is home of endemic cryprinids, the species found only in the lake and nowhere else in the world.

9· Halo-Halo! Halo-halo literally means, “mix-mix”. And its is just that: a mixture of sweetened fruits and beans, lavished with pinipig (crisp flattened rice flakes), sugar and milk, topped by crushed ice and ice cream. You know its summertime when halo-halo stand start sprouting by the roadside and by the beach, all whipping up their heavenly concoctions of such a refreshingly divine dessert. You can make your own by selecting and mixing your ingredients to make a perfect Halo-Halo. Halo-Halo is uniquely, unforgettably Filipino!

10· KALESA – The kalesa or karitela is a horse-driven carriage that was introduced during the 18th century. It was used by Spanish officials and the nobles as a means of transportation. The Ilustrados, the rich Filipinos who had their own businesses, used the kalesa not only for traveling but as a means a means of transporting their goods as well.

11· BAKYA-Made primarily of lightwood (laniti and santol trees), it is sculpted with a slope and shaved to a smooth finish, then painted with floral designs or varnished to a high sheen. The upper portions, which are made of rubber or transparent plastic, are fastened to the sides by thumb nails called “clavitos”. The bakya industry prospered during the 1930s when the Filipinos began exporting these to the other countries.

12· SORBETES-This sweet treat was concocted in the early 1920’s, a time where a single centavo could buy you almost anything. The process of this ice cream making and selling it in carts with colorful designs is still the same. Back in the old days, these ice cream dealers bred their own cows and milked them with their own hands to ensure the freshness and sanitation of the milk needed to make the “dirty ice cream”.

13· Waling Waling Orchids – With some 800 to 1,000 species of orchids, the Philippines has one of the richest orchid floras in the world. Philippine orchids come in an amazing array of shapes, sizes and colors. Most grow only in old-growth forest, often on branches of huge trees dozens of meters above the forest floor.

14· Maria Teresa Calderon – A Filipina World champion speed reader as listed in the Guinness Book of World Records

15· In the Philippines, Filipinos were introduced to the English language in 1762 by British invaders, not Americans. Philippines is the world’s 3rd largest English-speaking nation, next to the USA and the UK.

16· The Philippine Basketball Association is Asia’s premier and the world’s second oldest professional league.

17· Philippine Airlines took to the skies on March 15, 1941, using a Beech Model 18 aircraft amid the specter of a global war. It became Asia’s first airline.

18· The world’s largest pearl was discovered by a Filipino diver in a giant Tridacna (mollusk) under the Palawan Sea in 1934. Known as the “Pearl of Lao-Tzu”, the gem weighs 14 pounds and measures 9 1/2 inches long and 5 1/2 inches in diameter. As of May 1984, it was valued at US$42 million. It is believed to be 600 years old.

19· Alto Broadcasting System (ABS) Channel 3, the first television station in the country, went on the air in 1953.

20· The world’s second deepest spot underwater is in the Philippines. This spot, about 34,440 feet (10,497 meters) below the sea level, is known as the Philippine Deep or the Mindanao Trench. The Philippine Deep is in the floor of the Philippine Sea. The German ship Emden first plumbed the trench in 1927.

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  1. Did Magellan land at Limasawa?

    This belief is belied by the fact there is no anchorage in that island.

    There is no eyewitness or even secondary account that says Magellan anchored at a place named Limasawa.

    The Limasawa story was written by Fr. Francisco Combes, S.J. Nowhere does he say there that a mass was celebrated anywhere in the Philippines on Easter Sunda, March 31, 1521.

    The notion a mass was held on such date in Limasawa was an error made by Philippine historians on reading the first authentic Antonio Pigafetta account edited by Carlo Amoretti who said in two footnotes that Limasawa and Mazaua are one and the same. The two are totally different, they share nothing in common except the fact of their being islands. One is in the Visayas, the port of Magellan is in Mindanao. One had a good anchorage, the other has none. One is only 698 hectares big, Mazaua has an area of up to 3930 hectares. Limasawa is at latitude 9 degrees and 56 minutes North, Mazaua was in 9 degrees North.

    By the way, Amoretti had not read a single eyewitness and secondary source except the Ambrosiana codex. He had not read Combes story of Limasawa so he did not know Limasawa was not the port Mazaua. Amoretti also did not know that the Limasawa story has absolutely no reference to a mass of any kind on March 31, 1521.

    Vicente Calibo de Jesus
    ginesdemafra@gmail.com

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