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IN FRATERNAM MEAM
Friday, March 18, 2005
PHILIPPINE TRIVIA
Did You Know That.....

** The popular toy, the yoyo, was invented by 16th century hunters in the Philippines.

** The Philippines became the first Asian country to win five major international beauty pageant crowns -- two for Miss Universe, in 1969 and 1973, and three for Miss International, in 1965, 1970, and 1979.

** The biggest game preserve and wildlife sanctuary in the Philippines is located in Calauit Island of Palawan, which has the largest land area among the Philippine province.

** Fernando Amorsolo was officially the first National Artist of the Philippines. He was given the distinction of National Artist for Painting in 1972.

** The largest fish in the world, the Whale Shark, locally known as Butanding, regularly swims to the Philippine waters.

** The world's shortest and lightest freshwater fish is the dwarf pygmy goby (Pandaka Pygmaea), a colorless and nearly transparent species found in the streams and lakes of Luzon. Males have an average length of 8.7 mm and weigh 4-5 mg.

** There are 12,000 or so species of seashells in the Phillipines. The Conus Gloriamaris or "Glory of the Sea" is the rarest and most expensive in the world.

** Of the 500 known coral species in the world, 488 are found in the Philippines.

** Of the eight species of marine turtle worldwide, five are reported to be found in the Philippines: the Green Turtle, Hawkbill, Leatherback, Olive Ridley and Loggerhead.

** The Basilica of San Sebastian is the only steel church in Asia and was second building to be made out of steel, next to the Eiffel Tower in Paris.

** The largest bell in Asia hangs at the belfry of the 221-year old Panay church. It is 7 feet in diameter and 7 feet in height, and weighs 10.4 tons. It's tolling can be heard as far as 8 km. away. It was casted from 70 sacks of coins donated by the townspeople as a manifestiation of faith and thansgiving.

(abstracted from PILIPINAS 2.0)
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