The red, white and blue in the Philippine flag, as well as the sun and three stars, all have specific meaning relating to the country's history and heritage. Established in 1998, the flag features a white triangle, a red stripe and a blue stripe. The white triangle represents brotherhood and equality, as well as the Katipunan, the secret group that resisted Spanish occupation of the islands.Know More
The three yellow stars stand for the primary island groups in the country (the Mindanao, Visayas and Luzon), and the sun stands for freedom, unit and autonomy. The sun has eight rays coming out of it, and each stands for one of the initial eight provinces that initiated the Philippine revolution in 1896 (Manila, Bulacan, Cavite, Nueva Ecija, Laguna, Batangas, Tarlac and Pampanga).
The red stripe stands for courage and patriotism, and the blue stripe stands for justice, peace and truth. When the flag flies horizontally, the blue stripe should be over the red, with the white triangle to the left. When the flag hangs vertically, the blue stripe goes on the left with the white triangle on top. However, the red and blue stripes switch (in both the horizontal and vertical arrangements) when the nation is at war.Learn more about Southeast Asia
Leading sources of energy in the Philippines include geothermal, hydroelectric and other renewable energy sources. The country also produces a small amount of coal, natural gas and oil. However, even with low consumption rates compared to other Southeast Asian countries, the Philippines is a net energy importer. In 2011, 40 percent of energy consumption was oil, while coal and solid biomass and waste accounted for 20 percent each.Full Answer >
Filipinos have a rich culture of customs and traditions, especially regarding food. Plain steamed rice is the basis of a Filipino diet, and a meal isn't considered whole unless rice is served with it. So much rice is needed in the Philippines that three crops are harvested each year. To ensure that the country doesn't run out, the government keeps a rice surplus. In addition to rice, fresh and salted fish and shellfish are served daily. Filipino food is not spicy, and is often seasoned with garlic because it is healthy.Full Answer >
The former name of Thailand was Siam. It was changed in 1949, after the Siamese assembly voted to change it the previous year. However, this was not the only attempt to change the country's name from Siam to Thailand.Full Answer >
The total area of North Korea is approximately 46,000 square miles, which makes it bigger than South Korea, which has an approximate area of 39,000 miles. South Korea claims sovereignty over islands totaling 46 acres, but, as of 2014, this ownership is contested by Japan.Full Answer >