Filipino Interesting Facts & History

In the Philippines, Filipinos were introduced to the English language in 1762 by British invaders, not Americans.
What is the world’s 3rd largest English-speaking nation, next to the USA and the UK? The Philippines.
The USA bought the Philippines, Puerto Rico and Guam from Spain in 1898.
The Filipino-American Independence War from 1898 to 1902 ensued, killing 4,234 Americans and killing how many Filipinos? 16,000 were killed in action and 200,000 died from famine and pestilence. (The Philippines lost and was colonized until 1946.)
Los Angeles, California was co-founded in 1781 by a Filipino named Antonio Miranda Rodriguez, along with 43 Latinos from Mexico sent by the Spanish government.
What antibiotic did Filipino doctor Abelardo Aguilar co-discover? Hint: Brand is Ilosone, named after Iloilo. Erythromycin.
The one-chip video camera was first made by Marc Loinaz a Filipino inventor from New Jersey.
The first ever international Grandmaster from Asia was Eugenio Torre who won at the Chess Olympiad in Nice, France in 1974.
This son of two Filipino physicians scored over 700 on the verbal portion of the Standardized Achievement Test (SAT) before age 13 – Kiwi Danao Camara of Punahou School, Hawaii… Edward Sanchez, a Mensa member, bagged the grand prize in the first Philippine Search for Product Excellence in Information Technology.
Who was the Filipino-American dancer who scored a perfect 1600 on the SAT? Joyce Monteverde of California.
Who invented the fluorescent lamp? Thomas Edison discovered the electric light bulb and the fluorescent lighting was thought up by Nikola Tesla. But the fluorescent lamp we use today was invented by Agapito Flores (a Cebu man named Benigno Flores of Bantayan Island, according to the Philippine Daily inquirer), a Filipino scientist. Americans helped then-Philippine leader Ramon Magsaysay to develop it for worldwide commerce.
(Yes! Many foreigners have noted that the Filipino population has Asia’s highest rates of inventors and international beauty queens.) Two Filipina beauties, Gloria Diaz and Margie Moran, chosen as Miss Universe in 1969 and 1973.
Pure- or part-Filipino celebrities in American showbiz include Von Flores, Tia Carrere, Paolo Montalban, Lea Salonga, Ernie Reyes Jr., Nia Peeples, Julio Iglesias Jr., Enrique Iglesias Lou Diamond Phillips, Phoebe Cates and Rob Schneider.
The first Filipino act to land a top hit on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart in the 1960s was the group Rocky Fellers of Manila.
Sugar Pie deSanto (father was from the Philippines), The Artist Formerly Known as Prince (according to the October 1984 article “Prince in Exile” by Scott Isler in the magazine Musician), Jaya,Foxy Brown and Enrique Iglesias followed.
Pure Filipinos who made success in minor charts were Jocelyn Enriquez aka Oriental Madonna, Buffy, Pinay and (Ella May) Saison.
Latina-American pop star Christina Aguilera lost to Filipina vocalist Josephine Roberto aka Banig during the International Star Search years ago. In a mid-1999 MTV chat, she said that competing against someone of Banig’s age was “not fair.”
Besides gracing fashion magazine covers, this international supermodel from Manila had walked the runways since the 1970s for all the major designers, like Calvin Klein, Chanel, Christian Dior, Christian Lacroix, Donna Karan,Gianni Versace and Yves Saint Laurent – Anna Bayle.
Who is the personal physician of United States Pres. William Clinton? Eleanor “Connie” Concepcion Mariano, a Filipina doctor who was the youngest captain in the US Navy.
The first Filipino-American in US Congress was Virginia Rep. Robert Cortez-Scott, a Harvard alumnus.
Distinguished British traveler-writer A. Henry Savage Landor, thrilled upon seeing a Bicol landmark in 1903, wrote: “Mayon is the most beautiful mountain I have ever seen, the world-renowned Fujiyama (Mt.Fuji) of Japan sinking into perfect insignificance by comparison.” Mayon volcano has the world’s most perfect cone.
Filipinos had their first taste of Mexican chili and corn during the Manila-Acapulco galleon trade (1564-1815). In return, Mexico’s people had their initial taste of tamarind, Manila mango and a Filipino banana called racatan or lakatan.
Founded in 1595 by Spaniards, the University of San Carlos in Cebu City, Philippines is older than Harvard and is the oldest university in Asia. University of Santo Tom! as in Manila,established in 1611, is Asia’s second oldest.
Who’s the Filipina senator popular for her colorful jargon, delivered in a mile-a-minute speed and in a weird Harvard-meets-Ilonggo accent? Atty. Miriam Defensor-Santiago.
The first female president of the Philippines sworn into 0ffice in 1986 was Corazon Cojuangco Aquino.
In a March 31, 1997 article, The New York Times reported that the CIA manipulated Philippine elections: “(CIA operative Col. Edward Lansdale) essentially ran the successful presidential campaign of Defense Minister Ramon Magsaysay in the Philippines in 1953.”
Who was the first Asian and/or Filipino to snatch America’s Pulitzer Prize? Philippines Herald war journalist Carlos P. Romulo in 1941. (He was also the first Asian to become UN President.)
The first two Filipino-Americans to garner the same award 56 years later were Seattle Times’ Alex Tizon and Byron Acohido, who is part-Korean.
Filipino writer Jose Rizal could read and write at age 2, and grew up to speak more than 20 languages, including Latin, Greek, German, French and Chinese. What were his last words? “Consummatumsst!”(“It is done!”)

My Long Humid Weekend


Its so humid here in Alkhobar that I almost always want to just stay at home at the comfort of my airconditioned room. It is so humid that the moment I just step out of the door beads of sweat form at my forehead instantly! And after spending a few minutes walking, I can feel the sweat running through my back, and almost like clockwork, my armpits are already soaking wet! I swear! I’ve used up so much deodorants to help dry up the sweat but they don’t seem to be helping so I just gave up and embraced the sweat. Anyway, I wasn’t the only one sweating in the pits! Everyone was.

Everywhere, there’s a mass of sweaty people. Sweaty people means smelly people too. So I try to steer clear of people. Its a hard job but I gotta do it, if not my nostrils will be invaded by not so welcome odors.

This is my first real experience of humidity here in Alkhobar. But I’m here to stay so let the humidity come!

Oh and by the way, this was taken during Thursday
lunch at Casper & Gambinis with friends from
Riyadh who came in transit for Bahrain to watch
the latest installment of the Harry Potter series.

My 100th Post

YEHEY !!!!!!
This is my 100th post. Grabe. I never thought I would make it this far. And I’m so fabulous at it Hehehehehe. Let me just take this opportunity to thank well first of all myself. Hehehehehe. True naman di ba? I made all the posts. So dapat lang na mag Thank you to me.

To a Blogger, posting their 100th post is a big milestone. Its like I’ve passed the initiation rites, and can now be called – A Blogger.

But if nobody read my posts then it wouldn’t mean anything right. What’s the point of a blog if nobody reads it? However good it is “Something is not beautiful until it is shared”. So I thank you my regular readers. And when I say my regular readers, now I know for sure that I am talking about a group of people who regularly check out my blog and bless them for leaving their comments. I appreciate it more when they leave comments rather than messages on my chatbox, although I appreciate that too, but when they leave comments – I appreciate it more.

I started out blogging as a trial and error thing, and more of something to make me pass time at work, because that time our new office in Riyadh had just opened and we had no business yet. Until I learned that I enjoyed posting and sharing my adventures to the world. I didn’t know at that time that blogging would be the next form of Networking.

Through my blog I got in touch with a cousin from the States, (they now regularly visit my blog). Even my Mom checks out my blog (once a month if I’m lucky). My friends from Riyadh where I was based before can check out my adventures and keep in touch. I’ve made friends through my blog too. People who I could never have expected to read my blog – actually did. Cool huh.

Life’s Greatest secrets will not be answered by my blog. That’s for sure. I won’t contribute to any new scientific discoveries. And my lovelife would probably won’t improve if I always think of what I’m going to post next. But just the thought that someone read my blog and spent time checking out my posts and commented on my posts, makes me feel all warm inside.

Thanks guys and you can expect more posts from me.
And lastly, if my blog could speak, this is what it would say. “I am a common blog with common posts, and I’ve led a common bloglife. There are no Blog Awards dedicated to me and my blogname will soon be forgotten, but I’ve blogged with all my heart and soul, and to me, this has always been enough.”
Lets review again at my 500th post?

Whatchuthink of my New Blog Header?


My new header?

Sa totoo lang, ang tagal ko nang magkaroon ng something sa header ko, my blog title was just so plain before. I didn’t know what to put. I tried putting things before pero walang success. Ngayon lang..

Pagkatapos kong kulit kulitin ang aking cousin to teach me how to put my picture at the blog title. He finally helped me out. So while we were chatting sa ym, ayun he guided me step by step. Pero first choice ko pa lang yan, kasi my friend Gerard is making me a header too. Hindi kasi ako marunong hehehehehe.

Inggit nga ako dun sa mga maganda ang header eh, kaya lang hindi talaga ako marunong gumawa ng header, kaya nananawagan po ako dun sa mga magaling sa sa photoshop at sa kung saan pa mang programs please make me a header……. If its better than what my cousin Daniel made, then I’ll use it. Hehehehehe sorry Daniel. I like your the Header you made, pero kung mas maganda eh?

Pero wait. I need your comments. Do you think masiyadong scandalous naman na naka welcoming remarks agad ang aking Mona Lisa Smile sa Header? Do you think malaki ang eyebags ko dito sa picture na ito? Do you think may career naman ang aking mga siko at hindi naman nanggigitata? Bagay ba sa akin ang aking T-shirt from Zara? Maayos ba ang pagkaka hilera ng wine glasses sa likod? Hahahahaha. Uy be nice naman…..


I was just as Starbucks the other day and was wondering what did I know about where I had coffee. I did a little researching since Starbucks has after all, now ingrained itself in society as McDonalds has.
Here are some information about Starbucks that you might not know.

  • Founder Howard Shultz started Starbucks after a short visit to Italy 20 years ago. The first cafe was in a market in Seattle, North America.
  • Starbucks is listed in US money magazine Forbes’ top 500 companies and its shares doubled in value last year. They currently stand at about USD 40 each
  • This year, Starbucks opens on average three new restaurants each day somewhere in the world
  • They invented terms like short = small, small = tall, medium = grande, large = venti
  • A typical customer stops by 18 times a month
  • Starbucks was among the first companies to offer health benefits and stock options for part-time employees
  • There are more than 100x the amount of people working at Starbucks than that live in the Vatican

Starbucks wants to be that third place – a gathering place – away from home and work. The idea is for people to stop by Starbucks on the way to work, to get together for study groups, to go on first dates etc. The brand spells trust in the way they treat their people and their customers. With a low marketing spend, they are able to attract people via word of mouth from satisfied customers.

Do you have anything more to add? Please feel free to comment, in fact, I would love your comments and additional information.

Samson by Regina Spektor

I’m back from my two-day weekend.

And I’m featuring this beautiful song “Samson” by Regina Spektor.

I didn’t know about this song up until last week when my friend Gerard asked me if I knew about it. I said I didn’t and since I didn’t like being the last to know about what was in, then I immediately checked it out in youtube.

I tried to analyze the song. The song to me has to do with Samson. So during my lunchbreak, I tried to read up on the story of Samson in the Bible.

I’m sure many of you know the story of Samson. His physical strength. His marriage to a Phillistine, who also betrayed him. And his eventual affair with Delilah who cuts off his hair, which was the source of his strength. But actually not, because Samson has already broken two laws of the Nazarite, enough for God to to take away his power from him.

I have two theories on the song. First theory is that the song is about Delilah, well not about her exactly, but an alternate ending to their story. The song is about how she imagined a different ending for their tragic romance. In this different version, after she cuts his hair, he just eats a piece of bread, tells her its okay and nothing has changed. the line ” loved you first” implies that she not only did she love him back, but she loved Samson even before he even loved her. And in her version, the Bible doesn’t mention them because they did not change history.

And my other theory is that the song is about Samson, but not Delilah. In my theory, the song is about another woman who was in Samson’s life even before Timnah – the Phillistine woman Samson married, and even before Delilah. This woman who Samson truly loved let her cut his hair so that he could be vulnerable with her. And Samson is reflecting on how the world would never know about it because it is not mentioned in the Bible. When it is sung “Your hair was long when we first met, may mean that he had his guard up when and didn’t want to let her in at first.

Anywhow, the song is great. Its like Regina Spektor is making a fictional story with her songs.

Do you have anything more to add? Share your thoughts by leaving a comment below.”What do you think the song is about?

I’m on a 2 day Weekend

Much as I am addicted to blogging, and I love checking and re-checking whether or not somebody has already commented on my posts. I love my bed more. Matutukso na naman ako ng flatmate ko na baka naman daw dumikit na likod ko sa aking kama.

For people who are not aware, we expats in Saudi Arabia work from Saturday – Wednesday. I’m on a 2-day weekend. And hopefully I would have some comments from you guys na kasing addict ko rin sa blog when I am back to work on Saturday.