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philippine-flags

The Philippine flag is the only flag in the world that is displayed differently in times of peace and war.  In peace time, the blue side is on top and in times of war, the red.

shoes

The world’s biggest pair of shoes was made in Marikina City, Philippines, in 2002. The wingtips measured about 17.4 feet (5.3 m) in length, 7.9 feet (2.4 m) in width, and almost 6.6 feet (2 m) in height. Cost to make was 2 million Philippine pesos.  It is reported that about 30 people can stand side by side in the colossal shoes. Imagine having to polish these!

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A Filipino by the name of Roberto del Rosario patented the first working karaoke machine in 1975, and named it the “Sing Along System.” Later, the Japanese translated it to “karaoke,” meaning “singing without accompaniment.”

sm-megamall

Of the top 10 largest shopping malls in the world, three are found in the Philippines: SM Megamall, SM North Edsa, and SM Mall of Asia.

parols

San Fernando, Philippines, is known as the “Christmas Capital of the Philippines” and is most famous for its parols (giant Christmas lanterns), which symbolize the star of Bethlehem and can rise 20 feet (6 m) in the air. Only about 10 giant parols are produced each year to compete in the Ligligan Parul (Giant Lantern Festival). Each parol costs around US$11,300 to $15,820 to build (below.)

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