15 Facts About The Philippines

1. The Philippines is the first tropical nation to compete at the Winter Olympic Games debuting in the 1972 edition.

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2. The Philippines has participated in the Summer Olympic Games since 1924 and was the first country in Southeast Asia to compete and win a medal.

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3. The Philippines is the biggest supplier of nurses for export.

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4. The Philippines was a former American colony and during the American colonial era, there were over 800,000 Americans who were born in the Philippines.

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5. The Philippines has a sophisticated cellular phone industry and a high concentration of users.

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6. The Philippines has pursued efforts to improve the field of science and technology.

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7. The Philippines has a tropical maritime climate that is usually hot and humid.

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8. The Philippines is divided into three island groups: Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao.

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9. The Philippines once supported American policies during the Cold War and participated in the Korean and Vietnam wars.

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10. The Philippines was an ally of the United States from the World War II with a mutual defense treaty between the two countries signed in 1951.

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11. The Philippines attaches great importance in its relations with China, and has established significant cooperation with the country.

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12. The Philippines designated a national language and introduced women's suffrage and land reform.

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13. The Philippines was the head of an armada which traded and protected commerce between the Indian Ocean, the Strait of Malacca, the South China Sea, and the medieval maritime principalities of the Philippines.

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14. The Philippines has steadily gained currency as the common name since being the name used in Article VI of the 1898 Treaty of Paris, with or without the definite article.

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15. The Philippines became part of the Spanish Empire for more than 300 years.

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