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Trivia Time March 2013

  1. Avocados have the highest calories of any fruit at 167 calories per hundred grams.

    Fruit with the Highest Calories

    Fruit with the Highest Calories

  2. Dom Perignon is the name of the monk credited with making the discovery of the bubbled wine, now called champagne.
  3. The first birthday celebrations were pagan in nature. It was believed that on a person’s birthday he is susceptible to evil spirits so family and friends would gather around the birthday celebrator to protect him.They would give their happy thoughts and well wishes to ward off the evil spirits.
  4. Sunglasses were invented in China in 1200 to conceal the eyes of judges while sitting in court.
  5. A diamond will not dissolve in acid. The only thing that can destroy it is intense heat.Diamonds


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Cock Fighting (Sabong)

2 roosters - Gamecocks - ready to fight

2 roosters – Gamecocks – ready to fight

Cock fighting is said to be the world’s oldest spectator sport. It goes back 6,000 years in Persia.  A cock-fight is a blood sport between two roosters (cocks), or more accurately gamecocks, held in a ring called a cockpit. The combatants, referred to as gamecocks, are specially bred birds, conditioned for increased stamina and strength.  Cocks are given the best of care until near the age of two years old. They are conditioned, much like professional athletes prior to events or shows.

Cockfighting or Sabong as it is known in the Philippines is a multi-billion dollar industry. It is a popular way of gambling, but it is also seen as a national sport. There are illegal and legal cockfights. Legal cockfights are held in cockpits while Illegal cockfights, called tupada or tigbakay, are held in secluded cockpits where the authorities would not be able to operate raids. There are two kinds of knives used in Philippine cockfighting. The single edge blade (use in derbies) and double edged blades, lengths of knives also vary.  All knives are attached on the left leg of the cock. But depending on the agreement between owners, blades can be attached on the right leg, or even on both legs. Sabong and illegal tupada, are judged by a referee called sentensyador, whose verdict is final and not subject to any appeal. Bets are usually taken by the kristo, known as such for his outstretched hands when calling out wagers from the audience and skillfully doing so purely from memory.

Sabong is so popular in the country that many households in rural areas raise and own fighter cocks, invest a huge amount in feeds and supplements for their fighting cocks, each one vying to win the derby. Huge amount of money is involved during derbies as spectators also bet with each other while watching the fight, thus, it is a combination of sport and also a kind of gambling. The Philippines has hosted several World Slasher Cup derbies, held twice a year and staged in Araneta Coliseum. The world’s leading game fowl breeders gather twice a year during this event.

Referee drops cocks back to the ground

Referee drops cocks back to the ground


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December 2012

  1. It is a tradition in the Philippines, that Filipinos focus on all round things during the new year.  They consume round fruits such as grapes and oranges and wear clothing with round shapes such as polka dots in red.  The round shape reminds and celebrates the roundness of coins, as they hope for prosperity in the new year.
Round Fruits remind Filipinos of coins and give hope for prosperity in the New Year

Round Fruits remind Filipinos of coins and give hope for prosperity in the New Year

2. In the city of Talca in Chili, people participate in a mass on New Years Eve and then they all go visit the graveyard, to set up their chairs and wait for the year to arrive with the dead.  They are celebrating the new year with their dead relatives for the past 15 years. The doors of the cemetery are opened for the local public by the Town’s mayor at 11 pm sharp. People are welcomed in the cemetery with light classical music and dim blinking lights making the cemetery a perfect party place.

3. The single women of Ireland wait desperately for the New Year’s night because it is the night that can bring them the love of their life. They place mistletoe leaves under their pillow hoping to catch their future husband. It is also believed in Irish culture that it helps them get rid of bad luck.

4. In Britain, when the Big Ben clocks strikes 12, everyone gathers around to sing ‘Auld Lang Syne’, a Scottish song. It was written by Robert Burns in the 1700’s, literally meaning “old long ago,” or simply, “the good old days”, to remember old and new friends.

New Year's Eve

5. People in countries like Mexico, Bolivia and Italy also follow a weird New Year tradition of wearing red underwear on the eve of the New Year. It is said to bring good luck for the entire year, while yellow underwear is also worn on the New Year’s Day as it symbolizes money. In Brazil most people wear white clothes on New Year’s Eve to bring good luck and peace for the year that will follow.


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November Trivia


  1. According to historical accounts, the first Christmas in the Philippines was celebrated 200 years before Ferdinand Magellan discovered the country for the western world, likely between the years 1280 and 1320 AD. 
  2. Almonds are a member of the peach family.
  3. Sliced bread was patented by a jeweler.  Otto Rohwedder, in 1928. He had been working on it for 16 years, having started in 1912.
  4. The women of an African tribe make themselves more attractive by permanently scaring their faces.
  5. Silver Arowana are primitive, prehistoric fish. They actually have teeth on their tongue that comprise the bite they have for their food.


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Pinoy Showbiz & Gossips

KC Concepcion Has a French Suitor?

After the break-up of KC Concepcion and Piolo Pascual, it has been revealed lately by KC Concepcion that the person who makes her very special nowadays is no other than her French suitor Pierre Emmanuel Plassart, a 29-year-old French photographer and filmmaker.  According to reports, the two met in an international event.  According to KC, Pierre gave her a unique gift, it is not gold, it is not diamond, but it sparkles. Guess what? It is a star! KC was very happy because nobody gave her a star before.  She meant the real star, which comes with a certificate.  The said star was also named after KC.  Awesome isn’t it?

Nora Aunor’s “THY WOMB” film won 3 awards in Italy

The film “Thy Womb” starred by no other than the super veteran actress Nora Aunor and directed by Brillante Mendoza won 3 awards in the  69th Venice International Film Festival in Italy.  Bisato D’Oro, La Navicella or Venezia Cinema prize and the P. Nazareno Taddei Award Special Mention are the three awards received by the “Thy Womb” film and won praises from film critics. Nora Aunor is the first Filipina to win the Bisato D’Oro prize for her performance as an infertile  Badjao wife in the film.

 Kathniel Love Team – Is it For Real?

The hottest love team nowadays is no other than the pair of Kathryn Bernardo and Daniel Padilla.  According to the latest report gathered, Daniel was courting Kath in an old-fashioned way, the old Filipino way.  When asked if he sends her love letters, he said no, coz he’s not good at it.  When asked if he sends her flowers, he admitted that he brings the flowers personally to Kath. It seems the young couple are already serious huh! Well, let us hope for the best. Good luck to both of them!

 Survivor 25th Season : Philippines

“Survivor” is back!  The 25th season of the very famous show “Survivor” is in Philippines.  It will also mark the first time in eight years that the reality show will be composed of three tribes all named after local animals: Kalabaw (Water Buffalo), Tandang (Rooster), and Matsing (Monkey). It started on 20th September and premiered in the Caramoan Islands, Camarines Sur. It’s more fun in Philippines!




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If you desire to visit the country, or you are a Kabayan reading this article, here’s some amazing facts about Philippines which you ought to know, or perhaps to refresh your memory on how awesome the country is. Philippines, also known as Pearl of the Orient Seas, is located in the Asian Continent, between South China Sea and Philippines Sea. It is a sovereign country which is composed of 7,107 islands, however, only approximately 1,000 of its islands are populated. Countries near Philippines include Taiwan, Brunei, Hong Kong, Malaysia & Macao. Most Filipinos live on or near the coast where they can easily supplement their diet from hundreds of species of fish found in the Philippines seas. The Philippines’ group of islands are divided into three groups- Luzon, Visayas, & Mindanao. With an estimated population of about 94million people, the Philippines is the world’s 12th most populous country. Manila is the capital of the country and is the most populous of the twelve defined metropolitan areas in the Philippines and the 11th most populous in the world.

Believe it or not, the country’s coastline is the 5th longest in the world. The Galathea Depth in the Philippine Trench is the deepest point in the country and the third deepest in the world. Situated on the western fringes of the Pacific Ring of Fire, the Philippines also experiences frequent seismic and volcanic activity which is quite normal and never felt. There are many active volcanoes such as the Mayon Volcano, Mount Pinatubo, and Taal Volcano. Mount Mayon is an active volcano and has the world’s most perfectly-shaped cone. Due to the volcanic nature of the islands, mineral deposits are abundant. The country is estimated to have the second-largest gold deposits after South Africa and one of the largest copper deposits in the world. The Philippines is also the world’s second-biggest geothermal producer behind the United States.

Around 1,100 land vertebrate species can be found in the Philippines including over 100 mammal species and 170 bird species not thought to exist elsewhere. The Philippines lacks large predators (such as lions and tigers), with the exception of pythons, cobras, and birds of prey known as the Philippine eagle, which is also the national bird. Other native animals include the palm civet cat, the dugong, and the Philippine tarsier of Bohol. There are 13,500 plant species found in the country of which 3,200 are unique only to the islands. There are 2,400 fish species and over 500 species of corals in the marine life. Apo Reef is the country’s largest contiguous coral reef system and the second-largest in the world. The world’s rarest and most expensive seashell, the “Conus Gloriamaris” is among the 12,000 species of seashells found in the Philippines. Around 488 coral species out of the known 500 coral species worldwide are found in the country, awesome isn’t it?

As an archipelago, inter-island travel via watercraft is often necessary. There are various passenger ships available all over the country, while you can also opt for the plane. Inland transportation vary and there are many ways to get around, especially in urban areas. Buses, jeepneys, taxis, and motorized tricycles are commonly available. Trains like MRT, LRT, and PNR are also availabale in Manila. The Philippines has a sophisticated cellular phone industry and a high concentration of users. Text messaging is a popular form of communication. In 2007, the nation sent an average of one billion SMS messages per day. It is also estimated that around 24 million Filipinos are already penetrated by internet and social networking is the main activity plus video downloads.

When it comes to food, you need a lot of guts to eat Filipino food. I’m not talking about traditonal food, which is always non-veg… a big no-no for vegans! The country is very rich in strange, weird, & bizarre foods and they are not only considered exotic but also considered as local delicacies. You will find exotic foods like Balut (Boiled Unhatched Egg), Bagoong (Mashed Prawn Paste), dinuguan (blood/ black pudding curry ), grilled chicken feet, fried Insects such as crickets and grasshopers, grilled rats, frogs, snakes, bats, and snails. On the otherhand, there are exotic fruits like rambutan, lanzones, durian, balimbing, kaimito, and santol and so on… So how much do you know about Philippines?


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The Filipino people are an ethnic group primarily located in the Philippines. Most Filipinos refer to themselves colloquially as ‘Pinoy’ or ‘Pinay’, which is a slang word for Pilipino. The lack of the letter ‘F’ in the native Philippine alphabet, Abakada, caused it to be substituted with ‘P’. Hence, when the 28-letter modern alphabet was adopted in 1987, the name Filipino was preferred. This name was chosen by Spanish explorer Ruy López de Villalobos, who named the islands ‘las Islas Filipinas’ (after Philip II of Spain). Before the Spanish colonization in 1521, Philippines was home to a rich culture and was trading with Chinese and Japanese merchants too.

Filipinos are a merry amalgamation of varied cultures and races. Most Filipinos are Austronesian – who originated from eastern Taiwan and settled in the Philippines. But one can also find Spanish,Japanese and Chinese communities owing to colonization and settlement. Arabs and Indians had also traveled to and traded in the Philippines. As a result of intermarriage, many Filipinos have some Japanese, Chinese, Spanish, American, Arab or Indian ancestry.

The history of American rule and contact with merchants and traders culminated in a unique blend of Eastern and Western cultures, both in the appearance and culture of the people of the Philippines. This culture reflects the complexity of Filipino history where, truly, East meets West!

Distinct Traits

The Filipinos are divided geographically and culturally into regions, and each regional group is distinguished by distinct traits and dialects – the sturdy and frugal llocanos of the north, the industrious Tagalogs of the central plains, the carefree Visayans from the central islands and the colorful tribesmen and religious Moslems of Mindanao.

Every province has its own specialty and tastes vary from one region to another. In Bicol, for example, food is generally spicier than elsewhere in the Philippines. Fish sauce, vinegar, soya sauce, shrimp paste (bagoong) and banana catsup are the most common condiments found in Filipino homes and restaurants.

The Filipino character is actually a little bit of all the cultures put together. The bayanihan or spirit of kinship and camaraderie that Filipinos are famous for, is said to be taken from Malay forefathers. The need for close family bonding is said to have been inherited from the Chinese. The piety comes from Spaniards who introduced Christianity in the 16th century.

Even though Filipino characteristics are a melange of many cultures, hospitality is a common denominator among them all. They are known to be warm and gentle, fun-loving and hospitable. In fact, there is a saying that if you marry a Filipino, you marry the entire barrio. It only seeks to emphasize the family-oriented and caring nature of Filipinos.

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