Saturday, June 23, 2012

5 Interesting Facts about the Philippines and Filipinos

1. During the late 1400s, the Dynasty of Tondo was attacked by the Sultanate of Brunei because the former was monopolizing trade with China.

2. Some Filipinos are descendants of the Aztecs and Mayans of Mexico. It was in 1565 when Miguel Lopez de Legazpi brought Aztec and Mayan warriors to the country through the Galleon Trade. These warriors eventually settled down in the north where most chose to live in a town in Pampanga they later called Mexico. Although not many people would believe this, Aztec and Mayan influence can still be seen today thanks to the chico plantations in the area. There are also many chico trees in the northern provinces of Ilocos Norte and Ilocos Sur. The chico is a fruit native only to Mexico. (Photo via

3. A street in San Francisco, CA was named after the Philippine hero Lapu-Lapu but detractors say that it must have been named after the fish which is of course highly unlikely since it is right next to Andres Bonifacio Street. (Photo via

4. The Philippines was a British colony for a certain period in the 18th century but the Britons sailed away from Manila and left Indian soldiers behind. These Indian soldiers settled in Cainta, Rizal. This explains why most of the people from the area have distinctive Indian features.

5. The first ever bank in the country is the Bank of the Philippine Islands hence the graffiti that’s seemingly old world in some BPI branches.

1 comment:

  1. Hi Sigrid! I just learned from Chanda that you wrote this article. Thank you so much for sharing it! I especially like the explanation for why the town Mexico was called that way. (Incidentally, my maternal grandfather was born there.) I grew up in Mexico City eating chicos and was particularly happy to find the fruit in the Philippines, too! I'll be posting it on my timeline with Chanda's permission. :D


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