7 Facts About the Philippines

7 Facts About the Philippines

Banaue Rice Terraces

Did you know this 2,000-year-old eighth wonder is probably the oldest rice terraces in the world? They were carved into the mountains by the Ifugaos, and it is said that if the steps were laid out end to end, they would encircle half the globe!

Chocolate Hills

Did you know there are over 1,700 of these almost perfectly-shaped, chocolate-colored hills? During summer, the grass covering the hills dries up, giving them their chocolate brown color.

Tubbataha Reef

Did you know that there’s a reef in the Philippines that is home to at least 360 species of corals? That’s almost half of all the coral species in the world! It’s also home to nearly a thousand species of fish, sharks, dolphins, whales, birds, and the hawksbill and green sea turtles.

Enchanted River

Did you know that according to local folklore, this river and its surrounding forests are guarded by mythical beings called “Engkantos”? They supposedly helped preserve the natural beauty of the river and gave it its enchanting emerald green and deep blue colors.

Mayon Volcano

Did you know that this volcano is considered by many as the world’s most perfectly-shaped cone? Legends have been told explaining how the volcano was formed. One of which is the story of the princess, Daragang Magayon, whose name translates to “Lady Beautiful”.

Barracuda Lake

Did you know what makes this lake so unique? A phenomenon where the water’s temperature suddenly shifts from warm to cold as one descends deeper into the lake. This phenomenon is known as “thermoclines”. And because of these sudden temperature changes, swimmers and divers can get a unique sensory experience.

Taal Volcano

Did you know what mind-blowing facts the world’s smallest active volcano has? Although small, its complex geography is impressive. Situated within an island is a lake, and within that lake rests the volcano. At the top of the volcano is a crater lake known as a caldera. This caldera is the largest crater lake within an island in the world. Inside this caldera is another island called, The Vulcan Point which also happens to be the world’s largest third-order island. In short, that’s an island within a lake, within another island, within yet another lake, all nestled within another island in the Pacific Ocean!