The Philippines were NOT discovered by Ferdinand Magellan.
Ferdinand Magellan was the first European to visit the Philippines. However, as per historical records, the islands initially had different Hindu kingdoms, such as the kingdom of Cebu, where Magellan and subsequent Spanish settlers arrived. These Filipino kingdoms had trade with China, Malay kingdoms and the Srivijaya kingdom of Indonesia. Ferdinand Magellan was killed in Cebu while trying to interfere with the local politics. He was also responsible for the Spanish colonial rule in the Philippines.
The Philippines have been under a colonial rule thrice – by the Spanish, American and Japanese.
Magellan, after his arrival in 1521, claimed the archipelago and in 1565, colonization began with the arrival of the Spanish explorer Miguel López de Legazpi in Cebu. This colonial rule lasted until 1898, when the First Philippine Republic was proclaimed. However, as the Spanish-American war moved to the Philippines, Spain was defeated and Americans did not recognize this newly formed Republic. Hence, the Philippine-American war broke out and this led to the takeover of the archipelago by the US. Again, during the World War II, in 1942, the islands came under a Japanese occupation. The largest naval war was fought in history, the Battle of Leyte Gulf when the Allied forces liberated Philippines from Japanese occupation. On 4th of July, 1946, the same date as the American Independence Day, the Philippines became an independent nation which exists today. However, the official Independence Day of Philippines is regarded as 12th June 1898, when they were liberated from Spain.
The Filipino flag is flow upside down during war.
According to Chapter 1 Section 10 of the Flag and Heraldic Code of the Philippines, the Filipino flag should be flown with blue on top in times of peace and red on top in times of war. However, in 2016, on the Independence Day, Facebook posted the flag upside down, indicating that it was at war. It deleted the post and apologized after realising their mistake.
Filipinos eat eggs with duck embryos.
Yes, you read that right, ‘balut’ is a common street food in the Philippines. It is boiled the egg of a Mallard duck with an embryo. Hence, a partially developed embryo gets killed in the boiling process. For this reason, it is considered as a ‘haram’ in Islam and several animal welfare organisations wish to ban it.
The thousands of islands and the untouched beaches of Philippines
If you are a beach lover, beaches in Philippines must be on your travel itinerary. Being thousands of islands (7641 to be exact) and the west coast not being exposed to a major ocean directly, there are numerous untouched beaches, where you can just relax without the disturbance of hawkers, noise, etc.