List of firsts in the Philippines

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The following is the list of firsts in the Philippines.

In order to be listed, each feat must be backed up by a third-party reliable source explicitly stating that the feat is the first. Corporate milestones, such as the first branch or property of a particular company in the Philippines is excluded, unless it is also a first in its industry.

Architecture[edit]

The following are the first buildings of their type.

Other

  • First installed elevator: at the Burke Building[5]
  • First installed air conditioning system in a office: at the Quezon Executive Office in Malacañang Palace – under the supervision of Mr. A.D. Williams in May 27, 1936[6]
  • First installed air conditioning system in a public structure: at the Crystal Arcade in Escolta, Manila – building built in 1932[7]
  • First installed air conditioning system in a hotel: at the Manila Hotel in along Manila Bay – building built in July 4, 1912[8]
  • First luxury box: Premier Suites at the Mall of Asia Arena[9]

Beauty pageants[edit]

Big Four pageants[edit]

Other pageants[edit]

National-level pageants[edit]

Education[edit]

Graduating students[edit]

Others[edit]

Energy[edit]

Exploration[edit]

Government[edit]

President[edit]

Vice–President[edit]

Senate[edit]

House of Representatives[edit]

Supreme Court[edit]

Cabinet[edit]

Others[edit]

Performing arts[edit]

Sangdugong Panaguinip, the first Philippine Tagalog-language opera.

Film[edit]

  • First films screened: Un Homme Au Chapeau (Man with a Hat), Une scene de danse Japonaise (Scene from a Japanese Dance), Les Boxers (The Boxers), and La Place de L’ Opera (The Place L’ Opera) at the Salon de Pertierra in Escolta, Manila – January 1, 1897[55]
  • First films shot: Panorama de Manila (Manila landscape), Fiesta de Quiapo (Quiapo Fiesta), Puwente de España (Bridge of Spain), and Esceñas Callejeras (Street scenes) by Antonio Ramos (also first Filipino motion picture producer) – 1898[55]
  • First hall exclusively for film viewing: Cine Walgrah at No. 60 Calle Santa Rosa in Intramuros, Manila – 1900[55]
  • First Filipino-owned movie theater: Cinematograpo Rizal established by Jose Jimenez along Azcarraga street in Manila – 1903[55]
  • First film produced in the Philippines: La vida de Jose Rizal by Rizalina Photoplay Company and directed by Edward Gross, an American – August 23, 1912
  • First film produced in the Philippines by Filipinos: Dalagang Bukid – September 19, 1919
  • First Filipino female feature film director: Carmen Concha – 1939[56]
  • First Filipino short film to win Best Short Film Award in Cannes Film Festival: Anino by Raymond Red – May 25, 2000[57]
  • First Filipino film director to win Best Director Award in Cannes Film Festival: Brillante Mendoza – May 23, 2009[58]
  • First Filipino Actress to win Best Actress Award in Cannes Film Festival: Jaclyn Jose – May 22, 2016[59]
  • First Filipino Actress with 2 movies that reached ₱800 million mark: Kathryn Bernardo (The Hows of Us and Hello, Love, Goodbye) – 2018 and 2019[60][61]

Other[edit]

Religion[edit]

Science and technology[edit]

The PRR-1, the first nuclear reactor in the Philippines.

Communications[edit]

Electric transportation[edit]

Medical science[edit]

  • First kidney transplant: Rainier Lagman by a 12-man medical team led by Dr. Jorge Garcia at the Makati Medical Center – May 28, 1994[82]
  • First pediatric liver transplant: Erica Buenaventura, a three year-old, by a 11-member surgical team led by Dr. Vanessa De Villa at The Medical City – January 7, 2011[83]

Nuclear physics[edit]

Space science[edit]

  • First satellites:
    • First satellite owned by a Filipino entity: Agila 1/Mabuhay – acquired as Palapa B2-P by Mabuhay Satellite Corporation from PT Pasifik Satelit Nusantara in 1996
    • First Filipino satellite launched to space: Agila 2 – launched in 1997
    • First satellite designed and built by Filipinos / microsatellite: Diwata-1 – launched and deployed in 2016[86]
    • First Filipino cube satellite launched to space: Maya-1 – launched and deployed in 2018[87]
  • First asteroids named after a Filipino: 6282 Edwelda – named after Edwin Aguirre and Imelda Joson in 1995[88]
  • First minor planet named after a Filipino: 13241 Biyo – named after Dr. Josette Biyo in 1998[89]

Sports[edit]

Teófilo Yldefonso, the first athlete to win a medal for the Philippines at the Olympics.

Football[edit]

Olympics[edit]

Others[edit]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ First built in 1872 as a wooden bridge. Reconstructed as a steel bridge in 1908.[4]
  2. ^ Abenojar was the first Filipino to reach Mt. Everest's peak who climbed from Tibet, China, two days earlier than Heracleo Oracion of the First Philippine Mount Everest Expedition (FPMME) who was earlier reported to have done the feat. Oracion is joined by fellow Filipinos Erwin Emata, and Romeo Garduce. The FPMME climbed from the Nepal side of the mountain.[45] A month earlier, Ronuel Aquino claimed to have climbed the mountain first but Nepalese authorities denied the claim. It was reported that Aquino climbed Island Peak instead.[46]
  3. ^ It was not specified in the source which clubs or teams participated in the match but the trophy of the tournament was won by Sandow football team which became a club in 1909.[90]
  4. ^ Bowling was just a demonstration sport at the 1988 Summer Olympics therefore the medal is not credited to the overall medal tally for the Philippines. There is yet to be a competitor for the Philippines to win a gold medal in a regular sport in the Olympics.[94]
  5. ^ Became woman grand master in 2016, title confirmed by FIDE in March 2017.[100]

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