Category: Trivia

Trivia about Philippine Birds VI

1. Asian Fairy Bluebird (Irena puella) – Asian Fairy Bluebirds are common and conspicuous in forest canopy in lowlands and middle elevations, singly or in small groups. The male has a unique brilliant blue and velvety black plumage. This bird calls a loud series of snapping whistles wavering whip whip whip-aaww or weeep weeep weee paw.
2. Dwarf-Kingfisher (Ceyx lepidus) – Dwarf Kingfishers are uncommon in low understory of lowland forest, singly or in pairs, not usually associated with water. Very fast darting almost invisibly from perch to perch. Color above varies from bright cobalt blue to aqua blue. All blue upperparts and rufous yellow underparts separate it from Philippine Dwarf Kingfisher. They call high-pitched metallic pe-teeeet pe-teeeet while perched.


Trivia about the Development Bank of the Philippines

Development Bank of the Philippines' history can be traced back to the Commonwealth years when the early infrastructure for development financing was laid down by the government.

In 1935, the National Loan and Investment Board (NUB) was created to coordinate and manage government trust funds such as the Postal Savings Fund and the Teachers' Retirement Fund.



Trivia about the “Parisian Life” by Juan Luna

“Parisian Life”, also known as “Interior d’un Cafe” was painted in c 1892 by Juan Luna. The oil on canvass painting, 22 inches long ~ and 31 inches in width, and now housed at the GSIS Museum of fA Art-Pasay City, features three Filipino patriots – Jose Rizal, Juan Luna, and Ariston Bautista Lin. It was given by Juan Luna to Ariston Bautista Lin who kept it in his Quiapo house, site of the Propaganda and Katipunan movements.

Trivia about the Knights of Columbus in the Philippines

The Knights of Columbus is a Catholic, family fraternal service organization. It was founded on March 29, 1882 in New Haven, Connecticut, USA. In its Charter, the Order's purposes are specified, namely: a) of rendering pecuniary aid to its members; b) of rendering mutual aid and assistance to its sick, disabled and needy members and their families; c) of promoting social and intellectual intercourse among its members and their families; and d) of promoting and conducting educational, charitable, religious social welfare, war relief and welfare, and public relief work.


Trivia about the Ozamiz Cotta

Standing at the western entrance of Panguil Bay in Ozamiz City, Misamis Occidental, the Fuerte dela Conception Y Del Triunfo is one of the four oldest surviving stone fortresses in the country today. Named after the Spanish armada flagship "Triunfo", the fort was built in 1756 under the guidance of Juan Nepomuceno Paver S. J. and Fr. Jose Ducos S. J., a chaplain in the Spanish armada who distinguished himself in military exploits during the Misamis Campaign from 1754 – 1755.


Trivia about Rare Flowers of the Philippines

Medinilla magnifica – Commonly called rose grape belonging to the family of plants called Melastomataceae Juss., this shrub is a stunning flower endemic to the Philippines. It is usually found in high altitudes growing up to 6 feet. The shrub has either ribbed or winged stem and glossy green leaves with conspicuously pale veins. The flowers are breathtaking growing as a bunch of small pink clusters attached to large pink bracts sheltered by its curved leaves.

Trivia about the Diplomatic Relations between the Philippines and France

Diplomatic relations between the Philippines and France was established on June 26, 1947 with the signing of a Treaty of Friendship in Paris by then Philippine Vice-President and concurrent Secretary of Foreign Affairs Elpidio QUIRINO and then French Foreign Minister Georges BIDAULT. Both countries had just emerged from World War II, with the Philippines' independence having been recognized by the United States on July 4, 1946 and the French Republic having been restored on August 25, 1944 with the liberation of Paris.


Trivia about the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources and Philippine sea foods

The Philippines is home to the world's richest marine biodiversities, including 4900 species of marine plants and animals, 28 percent of which are economically important and 10 percent are flagship species. In fact, the country is acknowledged as the center of marine biodiversity, with many more species still being discovered. This rich resource has placed the country as one of the biggest fish producer, ranking 8th worldwide. It has been providing the Filipinos with food and livelihoods and contributing much to the improvement of the economy through exports of fishery products. 


Trivia about the Black Nazarene in the Philippines and Our Lady of Guadalupe

The Republic of the Philippines established diplomatic ties with Mexico on April 23, 1953. Furthermore, the Philippines – Mexico relations go back centuries before both countries became free and independent nations. Our roots go back to Galleon Trade.

The Black Nazarene in the Philippines
Black Nazarene, the patron saint of Quiapo is a "blackened" icon of Jesus Christ carrying a cross. The statue is a replica of the original wooden icon, which was not black. According to one tale; Spanish missionaries, brought the icon to Manila aboard a ship. On its way to Manila, the ship caught fire and the Nazarene got burned. Despite its condition, the people, kept the charred Nazarene for worship. Since then, rniraculous things occurred in the place. The feast of the Black Nazarene is the Philippines' largest religious festival. Catholics come from all .over Manila hoping that they will be able to get close enough to touch the image and receive a miracle. To touch the Nazarene, a cloth is rubbed on the statue and is believed to cure illnesses.

Trivia about the Chan-Cu Association

In November 1906, a group of Chan-Cu immigrants in the Philippines organized the Chan-Cu Family Association. The name has been changed a number of times; today, it is registered as the CHAN-CU ASSOCIATION OF THE PHILIPPINES, INC.