1. The Philippines is the world's leading producer of coconuts, having produced 19.5 million tons of the fruit in 2010. 2. According to the 2000 census, 52 million people in the Philippines speak English, making it the fifth largest English-speaking nation behind the U.S., India, Pakistan, and the U.K. 3. 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. 4. The Puerto Princesa Subterranean River in Palawan is 8.2 kilometers long. Until the discovery of a 10-kilometer underground river in Mexico, the Puerto Princesa River was the longest subterranean waterway in the world. This is one of the tourist attractions in the Philippines nowadays! 5. Ferdinand Magellan arrived in the Philippines in 1521, marking the start of the archipelago's colonization under Spanish rule, a 377-year period that lasted until 1898. 6. The islands were dubbed "the Philippines" after King Philip II of Spain. 7. As a result of the Spanish influence, the country is predominantly Christian with 90% of the population practicing some mode of Christianity, the vast majority being Roman Catholic. 8. The world's largest Christmas lantern was illuminated in San Fernando, Pampanga on Dec. 24, 2002. The structure was 26.8 meters in diameter and cost five million Philippine pesos. This is one of the nearby places to visit in Manila. 9. Pope John Paul II offered a mass to about five million Filipinos on Jan. 18, 1995, at Luneta Park in Manila. The event went into the Guinness Book of World Records as the Biggest Papal Crowd at the time. 10. In 2009, about 1.39 billion SMS messages were being sent in the Philippines daily. The country was one of the earliest adopters of text messaging, earning the moniker "text capital of the world" from the mid '90s to the early 2000s. 11. The English word 'boondocks' is actually a Filipino loanword: the Tagalog word for 'mountain' is 'bundok.' 12. The word entered the North American vernacular in the 1940s, just as the Philippines became involved in the Second World War. 13. Taal Volcano in Talisay, Batangas, is one of the world's 17 Decade Volcanoes — volcanoes that need to be looked after given their active state and explosive history. It's also located in a lake, and has a lake inside it, with an even smaller island in it! This is also one of the best places in Philippines !