How big is the Philippines? The Philippine Islands is a small country in comparison to the United States. In fact, if you compare the Philippines with the state of Texas, Texas is about two times larger versus the Philippines.
One of the World Heritage properties in the Philippines includes the two thousand years old Rice Terraces of the Philippine Cordilleras.
There are more than 10 million Filipinos who live overseas, of this, about 8 million are OFWs or Overseas Filipino Workers. According to the Central Bank of the Philippines, overseas Filipinos remitted an estimated US$ 14.4 billion to the Philippines in 2007. Yearly, this figure goes up. (I hope this stays as is even though we are being hit by the world financial crisis!)
The karaoke is a Filipino invention and not a Japanese one. Karaoke meaning "singing without accompaniment" in Japanese was invented by Roberto del Rosario. He called his invention "Sing-Along-System", which was later called karaoke.
The Philippines is considered the "text capital of the world". Of the estimated 35 million cell phone subscribers in the Philippines in 2006, about 350 to 400 million SMS (Short Message Service) or text messages are sent daily. This figure is more than the total daily text messages sent in the U.S. and Europe combined. Soon enough, we would be the mobile-blogging capital of the world!!!
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