180+ Philippines Trivia Questions and Answers

Are you an extremely social person who loves to keep in touch with your family and friends? Well, we can easily refer to you as a “Filipino.” This is because the Philippines is home to the most social people in the world. Filipinos are so sociable, to the extent that their use of mobile phones to keep in touch with their loved ones has earned the country the nickname of being the “texting capital of the world”.

This got you thinking, when was the last time you checked on your loved ones or even invited them over for some delicious dinner and got to enjoy your favorite liquor, huh? It’s important to emulate the Filipinos and keep in touch with them.

Philippines Trivia Questions and Answers

Apart from being a country of sociable people, there are so many amazing facts about the Philippines. Amazing nightlife, beautiful tropical beaches, vibrant urban life, and delicious food, are among the reasons that make the country top the list of most travelers.

When it comes to humor and funny moments, Filipinos really know their way around. They have a good sense of humor, to the point that they even laugh at themselves. Our compilation of trivia questions and answers will sure get you having a good time with your friends and family.

You will learn about the Philippines’ history, geography, and leadership among many other things.

Let’s get to it!

1. A group of elite, well-educated individuals, whose main focus was Philippine nationalism, were collectively called?

Ilustrados

 

2. Who was the ‘Great Dissenter’?

Claro M. Recto

 

3. Who were the peninsulares?

Native Spanish born individuals

 

4. Who is the former Senate President who came from Abra?

Quintin Paredes

 

5. Pangasinan is found in what part of the Philippines?

Luzon

 

6. Who is generally acknowledged as the first President of the Philippines?

Emilio Aguinaldo

 

7. What city in Pangasinan is famous for its milkfish (locally known as ‘bangus’)?

Dagupan City

 

8. Who excommunicated Fr. Gregorio Aglipay?

Norzaleda

 

9. Who was the mythical heroic princess who ruled a kingdom where Pangasinan is now located?

Princess Urduja

 

10. Where was the Rizal’s novel ‘Noli Mi Tangere’ published?

Berlin

 

11. What do you call the native inhabitants of Pangasinan?

Pangasinense

 

12. Who is the Filipino historian who claimed that there was no Philippine history before the execution of the three nationalists priests?

Teodoro Agoncillo

 

13. What is the capital of the province Abra?

Bangued

 

14. What is the name of Filipino armed contingent that helped the Americans capture Aguinaldo?

Macabebe Scouts

 

15. What is the capital of Ilocos Norte?

Laoag City

 

16. Who is the highest American military official that was killed in action during the Filipino-American war?

Gen. Lawton

 

17. What is the capital of Batanes?

Basco

 

18. Who was the chief advisor of Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo?

Apolinario Mabini

 

19. What is the capital of Bataan?

Balanga City

 

20. What is the pseudonym used by Pablo Faced?

Quioquiap

 

21. What is the capital of Aurora?

Baler

 

22. Who was the first woman councilor of Manila?

Carmen Planas

 

23. What is the capital of Albay?

Legaspi City

 

24. During the Japanese occupation of the Philippines, a Filipino president was appointed by the Japanese. Who was he?

Jose P. Laurel Sr.

 

25. What is the capital of Aklan?

Kalibo

 

26. What term was used for those women who were used by Japanese soldiers to gratify their lust?

comfort women

 

27. What is the capital of Bohol?

Tagbilaran City

 

28. In 1901, an institution was established by the Americans for aspiring educators. What is the present name of this institution?

Philippine Normal University

 

29. What is the capital of Biliran?

Naval

 

30. From which language is the Filipino vernacular largely derived?

Tagalog

 

31. What is the capital of Basilan?

Lamitan

 

32. When did the original Edsa (People’s Power) Revolution begin?

February 22, 1986

 

33. What is the capital of Bukidnon?

Malaybalay

 

34. What place in the Philippines is also known as the “walled city”?

Intramuros

 

35. What is the capital of Davao Del Norte?

Tagum City

 

36. Foreign influences were evident on most aspects of Filipino culture – the Philippine languages, for example. Now, from which Asian language do these words came from, ‘alam’, ‘hukom’, and ‘salamat’?

Arabic

 

37. What is the capital of Lanao Del Norte?

Tubod

 

38.  What is considered the earliest form of writing in the Philippines?

Baybayin

 

39. What is the capital of Lanao Del Sur?

Marawi City

 

40. Who first introduced the Islamic religion in the Philippines?

Makhdum

 

41. How many provinces are there?

81

 

42. Who commanded a large Chinese fleet, sent by Emperor Yung Lo of the Ming dynasty in 1402 to trade with the country at the same time establish colonies along the coast towns of the archipelago?

Cheng Ho

 

43. The Mayon Volcano is located in what province in Region V?

Albay

 

44. What province was in the earlier times became known far and wide as the ‘provincia de Comintang’?

Batangas

 

45. Which Philippine hero was born in Ilocos Norte and was also known for his “Spoliarium”?

Juan Luna

 

46. Who was the Supreme Being of the ancient Filipinos who, they believed, had created the universe?

Bathala

 

47. What is the “world’s smallest commercial fish” that can be found in Bicol called?

sinarapan

 

48. While most of the children of the ancient times were taught at home, there existed formal schools in the Panay Island of Visayas. What were these schools called?

bothoan

 

49. In which town is the “First Monument of Rizal” located?

Daet

 

50. Where was the landing spot of the 10 Bornean datus who had escaped (along with their families) from the rule of their sultan, Makatunaw of Borneo?

San Joaquin, Panay Island

51. How many cities and municipalities does the National Capital Region (NCR) have?

17

 

52. Who led the longest revolt in the Philippines during the Spanish times

Francisco Dagohoy

 

53. What are the official languages of the Philippines?

Filipino and English

 

54. Who was the Spanish governor-general who ordered the deportation of Jose Rizal to Dapitan?

Gov. Gen. Eulogio Despujol

 

55. Who is considered the second president of the Philippines?

Manuel L. Quezon

 

56. What was the name of the Filipino soldier who led the Cavite Mutiny of 1872?

Sergeant Lamadrid

 

57. What is the capital of the Republic of the Philippines?

Manila

 

58. Who wrote the “Kartilla”, considered the ‘bible’ of the Katipunan movement?

Emilio Jacinto

 

59. What is the “Summer Capital” of the Philippines?

Baguio City

 

60. Who created the designs for the Philippine national flag?

Emilio Aguinaldo

 

61. What is the oldest city in the Philippines?

Cebu

 

62. Who was the last general of the Filipino-American revolution to surrender to the Americans?

Simeon Ola

 

63. What is the largest island of the Philippine Archipelago?

Luzon

 

64. Who named the country ‘Islas de San Lazaro’?

Ferdinand Magellan

 

65. During World War Two, it was known as “The Rock” due to its fortress and the strong resistance of the USAFFE (United States Army Forces in the Far East) forces. What is the name of this island?

Corregidor

 

66. What was the name of Diego Silang’s wife, who continued the revolt against the Spaniards in the Ilocos region after Diego’s death?

Gabriela

 

67. Where is the highest peak in the Philippines?

Mt. Apo

 

68. Who was the hero of the Battle at Tirad Pass?

Gregorio del Pilar

 

69. What is the longest river in the Philippines?

Cagayan River

 

70. This former Senator, Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino was shot at Manila International Airport after seven years in exile. When did this assassination happen?

21st of August 1983

 

71. What is the provincial capital of Isabela?

Ilagan

 

72. 1986: Three years after Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino’s death, the battle cries of the nation had changed. The Filipinos protested in the streets using prayers and flowers, instead of knives and guns. What was the name of this revolution?

EDSA

 

73. The Philippines is composed of approximately how many islands?

7,500

 

74. Two significant events happened on this day in Philippine history: 1. The revolution ended when the former president and his family fled to the United States. 2. Corazon Aquino and Salvador Laurel were sworn in as President and Vice-President, respectively. Which day was it?

25th February 1986

 

75. What is the largest province in the Philippines in terms of land area?

Palawan

 

76. The Hispanic Period had started in the Philippines in 1500s. Who was the first Governor of the Philippines?

Miguel Lopez de Legazpi

 

77. What is the longest mountain range in the Country?

Sierra Madre

 

78. For how many years did Spanish rule last in the Philippines?

333

 

79. In the early 1990s, this volcano exploded and it is one the most violent in the 20th century. What is the name of this volcano?

Mt. Pinatubo

 

80. Raja Lakandula and Raja Sulayman revolted against Governor Guido de Lavezaris, because of the abuses by the Spaniards. What is the revolt called?

Manila Revolt

 

81. The American influence is very evident in the Philippines and its fast-food culture is evident in many towns and cities. Which is the most popular fast-food chain in the country?

Jollibee

 

82. Dr. Jose Protacio Rizal is Philippines’ national hero because of his large contribution to independence during the 19th century. What was his main weapon against the Spaniards?

Pen

 

83. Which ruler was the Philippines named after?

King Philip the Second of Spain

 

84. The Tejeros Convention happened in which Philippine province?

Cavite

 

85. One of the Philippines delicacies is called balut. What is balut?

A partially formed duck egg

 

86. Between what years did the Orang Dampuans come to the Philippines?

Between 900 A.D. and 1200 A.D

 

87. What is the national language of the Philippines?

Filipino

 

88. Who was credited with naming the Philippines “Felipinas”?

Ruy Lopez de Villalobos

 

89. What is the name of the palace that Imelda Marcos built for the visit of Pope John Paul the Second in 1981?

The Coconut Palace

 

90. When did Dr. Jose Rizal die?

December 30, 1896

 

91. Body language is very important in the Philippines. When you are talking to somebody, they raise their eyebrows. What does this gesture signify?

Yes-Agreement

 

92. When was Manuel L. Quezon inaugurated?

November 15, 1935

 

93. What is the national flower of the Philippines?

Sampaguita

 

94. When did Corregidor fall into the hands of the Japanese?

May 6, 1942

 

95. This island province is the smallest province in the Philippines in terms of land area and population.

Batanes

 

96. When did the Japanese attack the Philippines?

December 8, 1941

 

97. What province is nearest to Sabah, Malaysia?

Tawi-Tawi

 

98. When did Bataan fall into the hands of the Japanese?

April 9, 1942

 

99. This island is about 315 kilometers south of Manila, and is part of the province of Aklan. It is a favorite tourist destination for both locals and foreigners.

Boracay

 

100. Who was the third and last military governor of the Philippines?

General Arthur MacArthur

101. This is the 12th largest island in the Philippines and is also a province. It is part of the region known as the Bicol region.

Catanduanes

 

102. When did a civilian government replace the military government?

July 4, 1901

 

103. The San Juanico Bridge connects the island province of Samar to another island province. What island does it connect Samar to?

Leyte

 

104. Who proposed the idea of the Philippine Autonomy Act?

William Atkinson Jones

 

105.  What island, once a sub-province of Iloilo, became an independent province in May 1992?

Guimaras

 

106. The Rizal family had 11 siblings, of whom Rizal was the seventh. One of his siblings died early and is said to have been Rizal’s ‘first sorrow’. Who was this sibling?

Concepcion

 

107. What island province is home to more than a thousand limestone hill formations collectively known as the Chocolate Hills?

Bohol

 

108. When Rizal excelled as a top student at Ateneo de Manila, a school administered by the Jesuit priests, he loved reading books and novels. Among other books, he read a novel by Alexander Dumas. This was the first novel that he really loved. What was it?

The Count of Monte Cristo

 

109. What island province is known for its production of quality marble?

Romblon

 

110. While at the Ateneo, Rizal met his first love. She was a pretty fourteen-year-old Batangueña. Who was she?

Segunda Katigbak

 

111. Which province is located near Taiwan and north of the provinces of Ilocos Norte and Cagayan?

Batanes

 

112. When Rizal decided to travel to Europe, specifically Spain, in order to study medicine he also had another aim. What is it?

To observe European culture

 

113. The Barasoain Church is located in which Philippine province?

Bulacan

 

114. When “Noli Me Tangere”, Rizal’s most famous novel, was first published, a priest masterminded its banning. This priest is the subject of Rizal’s “Por Telefono in Paris”. Who was this priest?

Fr. Salvador Font

 

115. The Philippine independence was proclaimed in Kawit. In which province can you find this town?

Cavite

 

116. During his exile at Dapitan in Zamboanga (following the publication of “Noli Me Tangere”) Rizal indulged what a biographer has called “his only vice”. What was it?

Lottery

 

117. What is the Philippine province of Zamboanga known for?

colorful vintas

 

118. During his exile in Dapitan, Rizal met someone claiming to a cousin or relative of his. He was actually a friar’s spy seeking a way of ruining Rizal legally. This spy has been identified as P.M. Given that M stands for Mercado, what does the P stand for?

Pablo

 

119. What is the Philippine province of Aklan famous for?

the white sand beaches of Boracay

 

120. While Rizal was still in exile, the Katipunan, an organization founded by Andres Bonifacio, planned a bloody revolution against the Spaniards. In order to inform Rizal, Bonifacio sent an emissary to Dapitan. Who was he?

Dr. Pio Valenzuela

 

121. Which Philippine province is known for Mount Arayat?

Pampanga

 

122. Rizal’s exile was over he was and turned over to the officials of Manila for his “last days”. Meanwhile, a Governor-General brought more mayhem to the Philippines than its predecessor. This Governor-General signed the order for Rizal’s execution. Who was he?

Gov. Gen. Camilio Polavieja

 

123. This former Manila street was named after a former Alcalde Mayor of Pasay in 1871. Later on he was one of the founder of Iglesia Filipinas Independiente (Aglipayan Church) in Pasay.

Vito Cruz

 

124. At the time Rizal’s final hours at Fort Santiago, a fortress near Pasig City, he handed one of his sisters a lamp that contained his last poem, “Mi Ultimo Adios”. He whispered to her in English, “There is something inside.” Who was this sister?

Trinidad

 

125. Name the country that was occupied by the Philippines during World War II?

Japan

 

126. The year in which the Philippines got its first female Prime Minister was?

1986

 

127. This street was named in honor of this Jesuit priest who founded a meteorological observatory located in Ermita, Manila during the Spanish era in the Philippines. The street is still a well-known landmark along Taft Avenue in Manila.

Federico Faura

 

128. The Independence Day of the Philippines is celebrated on?

June 12

 

129. Which Calabarzon province produces more coconut than any other place in the Philippines, making it known as “The Coconut Capital of the Philippines”?

Quezon

 

130. The Philippines is located in which continent?

Asia

131. On June 12, 1898, what memorable event took place at the balcony of Emilio Aguinaldo’s house?

The declaration of Philippine independence

 

132. How long is the Philippines ‘ coastline is?

36,289 kilometers

 

133. The first SM Mall in the Calabarzon region is located where?

Bacoor, Cavite

 

134. In which year Gloria Diaz won the Miss Universe contest?

1969

 

135. Where is the administrative capital of Calabarzon?

Calamba City, Laguna

 

136. The Filipino boxer that is known for his nickname as “Pac-Man? is”

Manny Pacquiao

 

137. Which municipality was declared as the Special Science and Nature City of the Philippines through the presidential proclamation?

Los Banos

 

138. The geographical term that best describes the Philippines is?

Archipelago

 

139. President Elpidio Quirino issued an Executive Order regarding the restoration of which landmark building?

Patriot Jose Rizal’s Ancestral House

 

140. The national flower of the Philippines is?

Jasminum sambac

 

141. What city is home to the famous Rizal Park and is the capital of the Philippines as well?

Manila

 

142. The Philippines won how many medals in the 2016 Olympics?

none

 

143. Philippines national food is?

Lechon

 

144. What Philippine city is known for its shoe industry?

Marikina

 

145. The head of state in the Philippines is?

President

 

146. What city is the largest in the Philippines in terms of total land area?

Davao City

 

147. Name the radio station whose typical emissions symbols mean Four-frequency diplex telegraphy?

F6

 

148. Name the only surviving Spanish colonial city in the Philippines.

Vigan City

 

149. What coastal city, near Obando, is dubbed the “Fishing Capital of the Philippines”?

Navotas

 

150. What Philippine city borders the Lingayen Gulf and is the country’s top producer of milk fish?

Dagupan

 

151. What Philippine city, famed for its coastline and harbor, is known as the City of Golden Friendship?

Cagayan de Oro

 

152. This municipality is known as the Cradle of the Philippine Independence.

Kawit

 

153. Which municipality in Cavite is nicknamed the “Coffee Capital of the Philippines”?

Amadeo

 

154. What is by far the most populous municipality in Cavite?

Dasmariñas

 

155. In what place you can find the very famous Mt. Pico de Loro?

Maragondon, Cavite

 

156. What is the nickname of the Cavite Province?

Historical Capital of the Philippines

 

157. One of Cavite’s famous islands, which has become a tourist spot, is under the jurisdiction of Cavite City. What is the name of the island?

Corregidor Island

 

158. Palawan was colonized by which country in the 18th century?

Spain

 

159. Palawan is in which administrative region?

MIMAROPA

 

160. What do you call the native boat that is used by the people of Palawan?

Banka

161. On the island of Busuanga, there is a mountain that has a cross built on its peak. What is the name of the mountain?

Mt. Tapyas

 

162. What is the largest provincial capital in Luzon in terms of land area?

Ilagan City, Isabela

 

163. This island in Zamboanga City in Mindanao Island is famous for its pink sand beach. What is the name of this island?

Santa Cruz

 

164. This city is nicknamed as the ‘City in the Sky’. What is the name of this highly urbanized city?

Antipolo City

 

165. This body of water separates Guimaras island from Panay island. What is the name of this strait?

Iloilo Strait

 

166. This Philippine island is the 62nd largest island in the world. What is this island?

Negros

 

167. The world-famous island of Boracay is part of which municipality in the province of Aklan?

Malay

 

168. This bay is one of the most economically important bays in the Philippines and is famed for its very beautiful sunset. It is bordered by the provinces of Bataan, Pampanga, Bulacan, Cavite and the National Capital Region. What is the name of this body of water?

Manila Bay

 

169. This sea is considered to be one of the largest seas in the world. It is also one of the most storm-battered seas on Earth. Within this sea is one of the ten deepest trenches in the world, the Philippine Trench. What is the name of this sea?

Philippine Sea

 

170. This is the largest sea within the Philippines. It contains the UNESCO World Heritage Site – Tubbataha Reef. It shares the same name with an archipelagic Philippine province. What is this sea?

Sulu Sea

 

171. This sea is found north of Mindanao and south of the Visayan Islands. It entirely surrounds the island provinces of Camiguin and Siquijor. It is also named after an island province lying just north of it. What is the name of this sea?

Bohol Sea

 

172. This gulf is mostly surrounded by the provinces of Iloilo, Antique, Guimaras, and Negros Occidental. It is an arm of the Sulu Sea in Western Visayas. What is this gulf?

Panay Gulf

 

173. The island of Luzon has several bays and gulfs. One of which is this gulf which is found on the island’s northwestern part. This gulf is bordered by the provinces of Pangasinan and La Union. What is the name of this gulf?

Lingayen Gulf

 

174. This bay is found in southern Luzon and was named after one of the municipalities of Quezon province. On its northern coast lies the capital of Quezon province, Lucena City. What is the name of this bay?

Tayabas Bay

 

175. This body of water is named after a major group of islands in the Philippines. It is also considered as a rich fishing ground. It is surrounded by the provinces of Iloilo, Masbate, Leyte, Cebu and Negros Occidental. What is the name of this sea?

Visayan Sea

 

176. The modern name for the country can trace its roots to the explorer Ruy López de Villalobos. Who was he honoring when naming the country in 1543?

Philip II of Spain

 

177. Following which directions would lead you to the Philippines?

South from Taiwan

 

178. The Rice Terraces of the mountainous Cordilleras are the only form of stone construction in the Philippines uninfluenced by colonial cultures. What crop was grown before rice took over around 1600 AD?

Taro

 

179. Which term most accurately describes the native forests?

Tropical rainforest

 

180. Ninety kilometers northwest of the capital Manila can be found Lake Pinatubo, possibly the country’s deepest lake at 600 meters depth. How was it formed?

Volcanic eruption

 

181. Turning to energy, which renewable resource contributes the most to the Philippine power network?

Hydro

 

182. The Chocolate Hills of Bohol is a collection of more than 1,250 cone-shaped limestone hills spread over some 50 square kilometers. Why ‘chocolate’?

The mounds turn brown during the dry season

 

183. Going underground now, this Philippine tourist attraction on the island of Palawan was until 2007 considered the longest underground river in the world. Featuring stalactites, stalagmites, and large chambers up to 2.5 million cubic meters in size, what type of rock does the river pass through?

Limestone


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