Philippines Country Quiz

Can you guess these facts about the Philippines?
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Last updated: May 16, 2020
First submittedFebruary 5, 2014
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Hint
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Capital city
Manila
Most populous city
(a part of the metro area above)
Quezon City
Second biggest metro area
Cebu
Largest islands
Luzon
Mindanao
Negros
Samar
Type of natural disaster
that struck in 2013
Typhoon
Controversial current President
Rodrigo Duterte
Former first lady / shoe collector
Imelda Marcos
Explorer who died
in the Philippines in 1521
Ferdinand
Magellan
Hint
Answer
Countries that occupied
the Philippines
Spain
United States
Japan
Most-spoken language
Filipino (Tagalog)
Volcano that erupted in 1991, the
biggest eruption in 108 years
Mount Pinatubo
Slang term for a person from the
Philippines (hint: starts with P)
Pinoy
U.S. general who was also a
Field Marshal of the Phillipine army
Douglas MacArthur
Hills that turn brown in the dry season
Chocolate Hills
Boxer who was a world champion
in eight divisions
Manny Pacquiao
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Level 81
Jun 12, 2014
Tornado, hurricane, cyclone... forgot what one of those things was called in that part of the world.
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Level 74
Jun 12, 2014
Can you accept hurricane & cyclone please? They mean the same as "typhoon"
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Level 78
Jun 13, 2014
Except for their location. In the Atlantic and eastern Pacific Oceans they are hurricanes, in the Indian Ocean they are cyclones, but in the western Pacific they are typhoons. Tornadoes are a completely different critter.
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Level 81
Nov 30, 2015
@ander that is not definitive. In Australia (western Pacific) they are called cyclones and we get them quite regularly.
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Level 83
Aug 14, 2018
That's like saying it's not water because someone is drinking a glass of the same stuff in Kyrgyzstan. Then we have to call it something different just to be "right" to whoever arbitrarily made up a silly rule for everyone else.
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Level 67
May 23, 2020
@someone that is how things usually work though, that why we call a chair a chair and not a couch, eventhough you can sit on both. Why we call one thing rain and another snow, while it is both precipation etc. (it is actually hard to find words where those distinction aren't there)

(but if I was in charge of naming things, I don;t think I would make the distinction in this case, but, it is how the language evolved.)

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Level 85
Jul 14, 2020
Regardless, they all mean the same thing, so they should be accepted answers for that question.
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Level 78
Jul 14, 2020
Comjag, I stand corrected about Australia - I should have said northwestern Pacific. They are all tropical cyclones, but in the northwestern Pacific they are called typhoons. It all depends on how specific QM wants the answer to be. All typhoons are tropical cyclones, but not all tropical cyclones are typhoons.
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Level 39
Jun 16, 2014
I'm a little disappointed that you chose to add people like Imelda Marcos and Manny Pacquiao in the quiz over someone like Agapito Flores or other people who actually made the world a better place.
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Level 83
Aug 3, 2019
Fame versus who?
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Level 73
May 17, 2020
Person who some Filipinos erroneously believe to be the inventor of the fluorescent lamp? Agapito Flores.
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Level 58
Jul 14, 2020
Agapito Flores did nothing lmao. People say he "invented" the fluorescent lamp, but fluorescence was discovered 40 years before he was born by Frenchman Henri Becquerel, and the first patent for the fluorescent lamp was in 1901, when Flores was just 4 years old. Just some propaganda started by Filipinos... lots of countries like the Phillipines (Indonesia, Brazil, etc.) make up stories saying that they, not the blasted western world invented things.

So, in short, if you put Agapito Flores on the list, you might as well put every electrician in Luzon on the list.

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Level 28
Nov 15, 2015
I LOOOOVEEE PH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WOOHOOO #ALDUB
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Level 52
Oct 5, 2019
Isn’t Samar larger than Negros?
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Level 23
May 8, 2020
Palawan is also an island.
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Level 72
Jul 9, 2020
But not among the four largest in the Philippines (it's the fifth-largest).
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Level 69
Jul 2, 2020
The Philippines was also struck by an earthquake one month before Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) hit. If the answer could be accepted too that would be great
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Level 81
Jul 14, 2020
The Philippines are struck by disasters all the time.
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Level 33
Jul 17, 2020
Is*
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Level 81
Jul 17, 2020
Are makes more sense. The Philippines = the islands of Philip. I'm going to continue using both.
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Level 60
Jul 8, 2020
I thought Davao was more populous than Cebu. Well, guess I'm wrong...
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Level 81
Jul 14, 2020
Davao is the most populous city on Mindanao.
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Level 56
Jul 15, 2020
Cebu is 2nd because of metro area. If we're talking proper it would be Davao.
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Level 81
Jul 14, 2020
I think Leyte, Boracay, Mactan, Palawan and maybe some other islands too would be more guessed than Samar.
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Level 17
Jul 16, 2020
Maybe but we're talking about the biggest here in terms of land area.
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Level 81
Jul 16, 2020
I know.
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Level 81
Jul 14, 2020
Should we get in to why Duterte is "controversial?" Or save QM the trouble of having to delete comments?
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Level 85
Jul 14, 2020
As long as we don't run into someone who doesn't know what "controversial" means, I think we'd be okay.
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Level 58
Jul 14, 2020
He executes people accused of possession of narcotics or sale of narcotics, as well as street children.

Need I go on?

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Level 81
Jul 14, 2020
No. Though I could. And at the same time I know personally many Filipinos who support him.
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Level 36
Nov 29, 2020
Kalbahamut, do you know what "controversial" means?
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Level 85
Apr 3, 2021
I'm quite sure he does. Though I think I might know someone who doesn't...
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Level 78
Jul 14, 2020
Before I started reading the clues I was already trying to remember how to spell Bataan. I was sure there would be a clue about the death march. I was wrong.
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Level 23
Jul 15, 2020
You should also put the date of the Philippine Independence Day.
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Level 39
Jul 16, 2020
There are so many things to know and ask about the Philippines, but apparently a US general had to be there? Not sure about that.
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Level 81
Jul 16, 2020
Why not? and of course you had no issue with the Portuguese explorer being on the quiz.
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Level 33
Jul 17, 2020
As a Filipino, he is pretty important.
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Level 70
Jul 26, 2020
A tad more leeway on the spelling of the Boxer and President would be nice.
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Level 50
Jan 16, 2021
Ooooh, I'm pinin'...for the Philly Pines...
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Level 31
Feb 25, 2021
...
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Level 42
Mar 25, 2021
nothing about the island in a lake in an island in a lake in an island?