What are some crazy things that you can only see in the Philippines?
We often hear 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!
If you are still in doubt, let me tell you about 10 strange things that you will only find in Philippines. Trust me, you’ll soon be packing your bags to see them for yourself!
Number 10 – The Hobbit House
The Hobbit House, located in Manila, is home to one of the weirdest themed
restaurants in the world. 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?
As the name itself suggests, it is a Hobbit themed bar but it’s not only about the decoration. Jim Turner opened the bar in 1973 as a way to employ and help Manila’s little people be financially independent.
Yep, the servers in the bar are little people with a big heart!
Ever seen something like this before?
Number 9 – World’s Largest Pair Of Shoes
The world’s largest pair of shoes are so big that even a model wouldn’t walk the runway in 16 inch heels. so guess who’s gonna wear these 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, right?
Certified by Guinness in 2002, the creation took a whopping 77 days to finish and cost over 2,000,000 Philippine Pesos.
Even though these shoes aren’t the first thing that will come to your mind at the mention of Philippines, they really are important to Marikina, where they sit, grandly! Shoe manufacturing is the major industry in Marikina.
Number 8 – Public Transport
One of the most popular means of transport in the Philippines is the Jeepney.
But what’s so special about them?
The fare is relatively cheap which might excite prospective tourists.
You gotta 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 Mindanao.
This is basically a motorcycle that carries up to 10 passengers with their baggage.
The trick lies in the balancing and resourcefulness of the drivers!
Number 7 – The Black Nazarene
We are talking about a life-sized image of a dark-skinned, kneeling Jesus Christ carrying the Cross en route to his crucifixion.
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
Sinarapan is the smallest fish as mentioned in the Guinness Book of World Records.
This isn’t a thing you will find anywhere and everywhere because 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.
So while visiting Philippines, you know what snack you can’t miss- it might be a once in a lifetime kinda thing!
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.
And yes, it is endemic to Philippines as the name might have suggested already!
The Philippine tarsier’s eyes are fixed in its skull; they cannot move in their sockets.
Instead, 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, they are more closely related to lemurs!
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, I said a gravy of pig blood. Some of you may lose your appetite but the rest can enjoy it when they visit the Philippines.
But wait, we have more.
Filipinos love to eat eggs, too boring?
Uhmm, eggs aren’t special- it is the form they are eaten that is bizarre.
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 concerns but whatever- it is yummy!
Number 3 – The Phoenix Car
We are talking about a biodegradable car made of bamboo, rattan, steel and nylon.
Now doesn’t that sound like the future of the automobile industry?
This lightweight, green tech-powered 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 together with the life of the car, should survive the average length of car ownership and, 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 folks 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, right?
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.
Many of us haven’t see such a huge banknote, but Filipinos are a blessed lot!
Which of these crazy things about Philippines enticed you the most?
Tell me in the comment section below.