Thursday, November 26, 2009

10 Philippine-related Wikipedia articles that surprisingly don't exist

You would think-- five years after Wikipedia exploded into our consciousness as the online encyclopedia that has everything-- that by this point there would simply be no more articles to create. Incorrect!

Here are 10 potential articles that somehow slipped through the cracks.
  • Rizal Day. National holiday commemorating the anniversary of Jose Rizal's execution. Currently redirects to Jose Rizal.
  • Expanded Value Added Tax. The centerpiece of President Arroyo's economic reform agenda, both extremely controversial yet praised for averting potential financial disaster.
  • Quirino Grandstand. Site of presidential inaugurations, independence day parades, and a bunch of other epic events. Currently redirects to Rizal Park.
  • Divisoria. The market district in Manila renowned for its assortment of cheap stuff. Currently redirects to Manila.
  • Mr. Chips. Also Chippy, Piattos, Nips, Skyflakes, Cream-O, Dewberry, Cloud 9... The best we have is the long list of products at the Universal Robina article.
  • Jollibee Foods Corporation. The current article for Jollibee is a hybrid that interchangably talks about the fast food chain and the company that also owns Chowking, Greenwhich, and Red Ribbon.
  • Harry Stonehill. American businessman said to have most every Filipino politician in his pocket in the 1960s, whose name was synonymous with corruption. Read more.
  • San Miguel Beer. The beer making company has a 95% market share in the Philippines, yet there's no article on the beer itself. Currently redirects to San Miguel Brewery.

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