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Pinoy trivia? They’re mostly useless information that stays in our brains for not longer than 60 seconds. Still, they fascinate us in a way that even more useless showbiz news can’t do.
Are you ready for a list of mind-blowing Pinoy facts and trivia? Here goes:
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- 1. Juan Luna murdered his wife and mother-in-law.
- 2. Cory Aquino’s favorite color was RED, not YELLOW.
- 3. In 1992, Pepsi offered 1 million pesos to anyone who had a bottle cap with “349” printed on it. Turns out, half a million bottle caps got the winning number.
- 4. A former military captain in the Philippines died in the sinking of Titanic.
- 5. Jaz Cola, a beverage produced by The Coca-Cola Company, was specifically made for Filipinos in the Visayas.
- 6. Aluling Bridge in Ilocos Sur took 35 years to complete.
- 7. Gollum suluensis is a shark named after Gollum of the movie “Lord of the Rings” and Philippines’ very own Sulu Sea.
- 8. The first same-sex marriage in the Philippines was between two NPA members.
- 9. A dog named “Serging” (alias “Avante”) received numerous awards in 1957 for his heroic act during the Magsaysay plane crash.
- 10. In the 1970s, a 22.6-foot reticulated phyton terrorized Luzon and swallowed an Agta Negrito.
1. Juan Luna murdered his wife and mother-in-law.
In 1892, Juan Luna, famous Filipino painter of 400 masterpieces, was involved in a bloody murder at their Paris home.
The victims? His wife, Paz Pardo de Tavera, and his mother-in-law. It is said that extreme jealousy forced Luna to pull the trigger. He was later acquitted of the crime.
2. Cory Aquino’s favorite color was RED, not YELLOW.
The late President Corazon Aquino, as well as the EDSA People Power Revolution, are best remembered through the iconic ‘yellow ribbon.’
However, she once admitted that RED was actually her first favorite. Her association with the yellow color started when some friends suggested the song “Tie A Yellow Ribbon” for Ninoy’s homecoming.
Cory continued to use her yellow trademark after her husband’s death.
3. In 1992, Pepsi offered 1 million pesos to anyone who had a bottle cap with “349” printed on it. Turns out, half a million bottle caps got the winning number.
Dubbed as the “Number Fever”, the promo was offered by Pepsi-Cola Products Philippines.
On May 25, 1992, the winning numbers (i.e. 349) were finally released. Thousands wanted to claim the prizes but Pepsi officials revealed that there was a technical glitch.
In the end, the company spent more than 200 million pesos to pay up to 500,000 disappointed claimants. The case of the infamous “Pepsi 349” fiasco was finally closed in 2006.
4. A former military captain in the Philippines died in the sinking of Titanic.
A former journalist, Butt was a well-known military aide and adviser to US presidents William Howard Taft and Theodore Roosevelt. He joined the army who fought during the Spanish-American War.
After the war ended, he was assigned to the Philippines as a volunteer and later promoted to Assistant Quartermaster with the rank of Captain. He stayed in Manila until July 1903.
In 1912, after a short trip to Europe, Butt embarked on the Titanic to return to the US. Sadly, he was one of the victims who perished when the ship sank. His body was never recovered.
5. Jaz Cola, a beverage produced by The Coca-Cola Company, was specifically made for Filipinos in the Visayas.
Jaz Cola is a cola-flavored drink and just one of the many custom beverages made by Coca-Cola for the Philippine market. Originally created for consumers living in the Visayan region, Jaz Cola has reportedly “fueled Visayan pride among its teen consumers.”
6. Aluling Bridge in Ilocos Sur took 35 years to complete.
After 35 years and 6 presidents, the Aluling Bridge was finally completed on March 25, 2013.
Its construction first started in 1978 but due to a host of factors such as unpredictable weather and difficulty of navigating the river, the completion was delayed for more than 3 decades.
Aluling Bridge connects the provinces of Ilocos Sur and Mountain Province.
7. Gollum suluensis is a shark named after Gollum of the movie “Lord of the Rings” and Philippines’ very own Sulu Sea.
Image source: LAST & GAUDIANO, Zootaxa 3002 (2011)
Discovered in Sulu, this New Zealand shark is one of the species of the genus Gollum. Compared to its cousin G. attenuatus, this shark has a “darker, plainer and less contrasted coloration, softer body, shorter and broader snout, smaller spiracle, larger pectoral fin, wider head, as well as larger proportions of the nostril, mouth and interorbital space.”
8. The first same-sex marriage in the Philippines was between two NPA members.
Image source: www.workers.org
In February 2005, Ka Andres and Ka Jose, two members of the NPA (New People’s Army), exchanged vows in a symbolic ceremony held in the Compostela Valley province in Mindanao.
In addition to a choir which serenaded the two with revolutionary love songs, the event was also participated by their comrades and few close friends.
During the wedding, the two held each other’s hand while keeping a bullet in the other to represent their commitment to the armed struggle.
9. A dog named “Serging” (alias “Avante”) received numerous awards in 1957 for his heroic act during the Magsaysay plane crash.
Marcelino Nuya with his pet dog, “Avante”. (Image source: www.philippinestudies.net)
Originally known as “Serging,” the dog was later renamed “Avante” to avoid offending Sergio Osmeña Jr. who was a Cebu mayor at that time.
“Avante,” along with his owner Marcelino Nuya, helped save Nestor Mata, the only survivor of the plane crash that killed the late President Ramon Magsaysay.
For their heroic roles in the tragedy, the two received gold medals from the Philippine Constabulary (PC) and various government officials. Avante also received recognition from an animal rights group.
10. In the 1970s, a 22.6-foot reticulated phyton terrorized Luzon and swallowed an Agta Negrito.
Agta Negritos are indigenous people in Luzon who, in the 1970s, competed with a reticulated phyton for their main sources of food namely Philippine deer, Philippine warty pigs, and long-tailed macaques.
Thomas N. Headland, an anthropologist who lived with and studied the group, later found out that 15 of 58 men and 1 of 62 women were attacked by the giant snake.
Worse, 6 of them were killed, one of whom was discovered within the snake’s belly.