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?
2. Who was the ‘Great Dissenter’?
3. Who were the peninsulares?
4. Who is the former Senate President who came from Abra?
5. Pangasinan is found in what part of the Philippines?
6. Who is generally acknowledged as the first President of the Philippines?
7. What city in Pangasinan is famous for its milkfish (locally known as ‘bangus’)?
8. Who excommunicated Fr. Gregorio Aglipay?
9. Who was the mythical heroic princess who ruled a kingdom where Pangasinan is now located?
10. Where was the Rizal’s novel ‘Noli Mi Tangere’ published?
11. What do you call the native inhabitants of Pangasinan?
12. Who is the Filipino historian who claimed that there was no Philippine history before the execution of the three nationalists priests?
13. What is the capital of the province Abra?
14. What is the name of Filipino armed contingent that helped the Americans capture Aguinaldo?
15. What is the capital of Ilocos Norte?
16. Who is the highest American military official that was killed in action during the Filipino-American war?
17. What is the capital of Batanes?
18. Who was the chief advisor of Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo?
19. What is the capital of Bataan?
20. What is the pseudonym used by Pablo Faced?
21. What is the capital of Aurora?
22. Who was the first woman councilor of Manila?
23. What is the capital of Albay?
24. During the Japanese occupation of the Philippines, a Filipino president was appointed by the Japanese. Who was he?
25. What is the capital of Aklan?
26. What term was used for those women who were used by Japanese soldiers to gratify their lust?
27. What is the capital of Bohol?
28. In 1901, an institution was established by the Americans for aspiring educators. What is the present name of this institution?
29. What is the capital of Biliran?
30. From which language is the Filipino vernacular largely derived?
31. What is the capital of Basilan?
32. When did the original Edsa (People’s Power) Revolution begin?
33. What is the capital of Bukidnon?
34. What place in the Philippines is also known as the “walled city”?
35. What is the capital of Davao Del Norte?
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’?
37. What is the capital of Lanao Del Norte?
38. What is considered the earliest form of writing in the Philippines?
39. What is the capital of Lanao Del Sur?
40. Who first introduced the Islamic religion in the Philippines?
41. How many provinces are there?
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?
43. The Mayon Volcano is located in what province in Region V?
44. What province was in the earlier times became known far and wide as the ‘provincia de Comintang’?
45. Which Philippine hero was born in Ilocos Norte and was also known for his “Spoliarium”?
46. Who was the Supreme Being of the ancient Filipinos who, they believed, had created the universe?
47. What is the “world’s smallest commercial fish” that can be found in Bicol called?
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?
49. In which town is the “First Monument of Rizal” located?
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?
51. How many cities and municipalities does the National Capital Region (NCR) have?
52. Who led the longest revolt in the Philippines during the Spanish times
53. What are the official languages of the Philippines?
54. Who was the Spanish governor-general who ordered the deportation of Jose Rizal to Dapitan?
55. Who is considered the second president of the Philippines?
56. What was the name of the Filipino soldier who led the Cavite Mutiny of 1872?
57. What is the capital of the Republic of the Philippines?
58. Who wrote the “Kartilla”, considered the ‘bible’ of the Katipunan movement?
59. What is the “Summer Capital” of the Philippines?
60. Who created the designs for the Philippine national flag?
61. What is the oldest city in the Philippines?
62. Who was the last general of the Filipino-American revolution to surrender to the Americans?
63. What is the largest island of the Philippine Archipelago?
64. Who named the country ‘Islas de San Lazaro’?
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?
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?
67. Where is the highest peak in the Philippines?
68. Who was the hero of the Battle at Tirad Pass?
69. What is the longest river in the Philippines?
70. This former Senator, Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino was shot at Manila International Airport after seven years in exile. When did this assassination happen?
71. What is the provincial capital of Isabela?
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?
73. The Philippines is composed of approximately how many islands?
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?
75. What is the largest province in the Philippines in terms of land area?
76. The Hispanic Period had started in the Philippines in 1500s. Who was the first Governor of the Philippines?
77. What is the longest mountain range in the Country?
78. For how many years did Spanish rule last in the Philippines?
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?
80. Raja Lakandula and Raja Sulayman revolted against Governor Guido de Lavezaris, because of the abuses by the Spaniards. What is the revolt called?
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?
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?
83. Which ruler was the Philippines named after?
84. The Tejeros Convention happened in which Philippine province?
85. One of the Philippines delicacies is called balut. What is balut?
86. Between what years did the Orang Dampuans come to the Philippines?
87. What is the national language of the Philippines?
88. Who was credited with naming the Philippines “Felipinas”?
89. What is the name of the palace that Imelda Marcos built for the visit of Pope John Paul the Second in 1981?
90. When did Dr. Jose Rizal die?
91. Body language is very important in the Philippines. When you are talking to somebody, they raise their eyebrows. What does this gesture signify?
92. When was Manuel L. Quezon inaugurated?
93. What is the national flower of the Philippines?
94. When did Corregidor fall into the hands of the Japanese?
95. This island province is the smallest province in the Philippines in terms of land area and population.
96. When did the Japanese attack the Philippines?
97. What province is nearest to Sabah, Malaysia?
98. When did Bataan fall into the hands of the Japanese?
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.
100. Who was the third and last military governor of the Philippines?
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.
102. When did a civilian government replace the military government?
103. The San Juanico Bridge connects the island province of Samar to another island province. What island does it connect Samar to?
104. Who proposed the idea of the Philippine Autonomy Act?
105. What island, once a sub-province of Iloilo, became an independent province in May 1992?
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?
107. What island province is home to more than a thousand limestone hill formations collectively known as the Chocolate Hills?
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?
109. What island province is known for its production of quality marble?
110. While at the Ateneo, Rizal met his first love. She was a pretty fourteen-year-old Batangueña. Who was she?
111. Which province is located near Taiwan and north of the provinces of Ilocos Norte and Cagayan?
112. When Rizal decided to travel to Europe, specifically Spain, in order to study medicine he also had another aim. What is it?
113. The Barasoain Church is located in which Philippine province?
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?
115. The Philippine independence was proclaimed in Kawit. In which province can you find this town?
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?
117. What is the Philippine province of Zamboanga known for?
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?
119. What is the Philippine province of Aklan famous for?
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?
121. Which Philippine province is known for Mount Arayat?
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?
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.
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?
125. Name the country that was occupied by the Philippines during World War II?
126. The year in which the Philippines got its first female Prime Minister was?
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.
128. The Independence Day of the Philippines is celebrated on?
129. Which Calabarzon province produces more coconut than any other place in the Philippines, making it known as “The Coconut Capital of the Philippines”?
130. The Philippines is located in which continent?
131. On June 12, 1898, what memorable event took place at the balcony of Emilio Aguinaldo’s house?
132. How long is the Philippines ‘ coastline is?
133. The first SM Mall in the Calabarzon region is located where?
134. In which year Gloria Diaz won the Miss Universe contest?
135. Where is the administrative capital of Calabarzon?
136. The Filipino boxer that is known for his nickname as “Pac-Man? is”
137. Which municipality was declared as the Special Science and Nature City of the Philippines through the presidential proclamation?
138. The geographical term that best describes the Philippines is?
139. President Elpidio Quirino issued an Executive Order regarding the restoration of which landmark building?
140. The national flower of the Philippines is?
141. What city is home to the famous Rizal Park and is the capital of the Philippines as well?
142. The Philippines won how many medals in the 2016 Olympics?
143. Philippines national food is?
144. What Philippine city is known for its shoe industry?
145. The head of state in the Philippines is?
146. What city is the largest in the Philippines in terms of total land area?
147. Name the radio station whose typical emissions symbols mean Four-frequency diplex telegraphy?
148. Name the only surviving Spanish colonial city in the Philippines.
149. What coastal city, near Obando, is dubbed the “Fishing Capital of the Philippines”?
150. What Philippine city borders the Lingayen Gulf and is the country’s top producer of milk fish?
151. What Philippine city, famed for its coastline and harbor, is known as the City of Golden Friendship?
152. This municipality is known as the Cradle of the Philippine Independence.
153. Which municipality in Cavite is nicknamed the “Coffee Capital of the Philippines”?
154. What is by far the most populous municipality in Cavite?
155. In what place you can find the very famous Mt. Pico de Loro?
156. What is the nickname of the Cavite Province?
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?
158. Palawan was colonized by which country in the 18th century?
159. Palawan is in which administrative region?
160. What do you call the native boat that is used by the people of Palawan?
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?
162. What is the largest provincial capital in Luzon in terms of land area?
163. This island in Zamboanga City in Mindanao Island is famous for its pink sand beach. What is the name of this island?
164. This city is nicknamed as the ‘City in the Sky’. What is the name of this highly urbanized city?
165. This body of water separates Guimaras island from Panay island. What is the name of this strait?
166. This Philippine island is the 62nd largest island in the world. What is this island?
167. The world-famous island of Boracay is part of which municipality in the province of Aklan?
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?
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?
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?
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?
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?
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?
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?
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?
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?
177. Following which directions would lead you to the Philippines?
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?
179. Which term most accurately describes the native forests?
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?
181. Turning to energy, which renewable resource contributes the most to the Philippine power network?
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’?
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?