Who said that Filipinos are just imitators? This statement cannot be farther from truth. Even though Philippines sport a good amount of influence from the west and even from Korea, there is no reason to say that Philippines has nothing original. Seems like you are still in doubt, are we right? Okay people, let’s tell you about 10 strange things found in Philippines and trust us, you’ll soon be packing your bags to see them for yourself.
Here are the list of 10 strange things found in Philippines:
Number 10. The Hobbit House
Manila is home to one of the weirdest themed restaurants in the world, The Hobbit House! Ideally speaking it is a good place to relax, have a drink and get a bite to eat but bars are commonplace so what’s so special about this one? Jim Turner opened the bar in 1973 as a way to employ and help Manila’s little people be financially independent. The servers in the bar are little people with a big heart.
Number 9. The world’s largest pair of shoes
Measuring over 17 feet long and 8 feet wide, these giant dress shoes could fit 30 normal feet inside of them. So no one person can wear them. By Guinness in 2002, the record took 77 days to finish and it cost over 2,000,000 Pesos, which is Philippine currency.
Number 8. Public transport
One of the most popular means of transport in the Philippines is the Jeepney. The fare is relatively cheap which might excite prospective tourists who are listening to us but you got to see the heavily crowded vehicle which runs the streets without air conditioners. So, think twice before you step in. Forget this; you must hitch a ride on habal-habal when you are traveling away from Manila and into Mindano. This is basically a motorcycle that carries up to 10 passengers with their baggage.
Number 7. Black Nazarene
We are talking about dark-skinned, kneeling Jesus Christ which carrying the Cross. It is enshrined in the Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene in the Quiapo district of the City of Manila. It is said to have been carved by an unknown Mexican artist and brought to Philippines in 1606. The icon is renowned in the Philippines and is considered by many Filipino Catholics to be miraculous; its mere touch reputed to cure disease. The image is brought out of the shrine 3 times a year for processions, seems like we’d have to coincide our holiday dates with that.
Number 6. Sinarapan
The smallest food fish as mentioned in the Guinness Book of world Records is the sinarapan, a species of fish in the goby family. This isn’t a thing you will find anywhere and everywhere because hello, it is endemic to the Philippines, where it occurs along the Bicol River and in Lakes Buhi. The fish grows up to 2.5 centimeters long and is transparent with a few dark spots and black eyes.
Number 5. Philippine Tarsier
One of the smallest primates known to mankind is the Philippine tarsier which measures only about 85 to 160 mm and weigh less than 5oz. The Philippine tarsier’s eyes are fixed in its skull; they cannot move in their sockets. A special adaptation in the neck allows its round head to be rotated 180°. The most interesting thing is that even though many people believe them to be mini monkeys.
Number 4. Weird delicacies
Most people will be shocked to hear about some delicacies Filipinos enjoy. One being dinuguan, a stew of pork or meat simmered in a rich, spicy dark gravy of pig blood, garlic, chili and vinegar. Yes we said gravy of pig blood, some of you may lose your appetite but the rest can enjoy it when they hit the Philippines! But wait, we have more. Balut is a developing bird embryo that is boiled and eaten from the shell. You are right, it is controversial due to religious, animal welfare, and human health.
Number 3. The Phoenix car
We are talking about a car made of bamboo, steel, rattan and nylon. This green tech-powered, and lightweight, yet economically-viable 153-inch-long concept car was handmade by a team of skilled weavers and craftsmen in only 10 days. The Phoenix’s naturally-woven skin, which biodegrades, after this amount of time; it can be replaced inexpensively if the owner wishes to keep the car longer, or naturally returned to Mother Earth. You guessed it right people; it was made by a Filipino.
Number 2. Barrel Man
Every country offers you its own set of souvenirs to choose from and Philippines is no different. So when you decide to shop on your vacation to this interesting country, you are bound to come across barrel man. It is basically a toy in the form of a wooden statue of a man inside a barrel. The first timers will be shocked when they remove the barrel because there in front of your eyes will be a wooden man sporting a prominent phallic protrusion in the lower part of the figure’s anatomy. This is no joke people and if you are lucky, you may encounter a female version of this toy where the surprise is her breasts, obviously.
Number 1. World’s Largest Banknote
An ideal banknote in terms of size is one that fits into a pocket easily. You wouldn’t want one that you have to stuff inside a duvet to keep from tearing, that’ll defy the purpose of its existence. But then they can be seen as prized possessions of collectors, as was the case with the world’s largest banknote. This slightly-larger-than-A4 sized banknote printed by the Philippine government in 1998 marked 100 years of Philippine independence from Spanish rule.
Which of these crazy things about Philippines enticed you the most? Tell us in the comment section below.