TRIVIA: US presidential visits to PH

Obama's visit to the Philippines is part of an Asian trip that includes Japan, South Korea and Malaysia in an effort to strengthen diplomatic and economic ties. It also happens at a time when tensions are high as a result of maritime and territorial disputes with China in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea).

Obama's visit will be the 8th time a sitting US president will be coming to the Philippines. The country has received 10 American presidents, 6 of them sitting presidents at the time of their visit.

Here are some interesting details about some of these previous visits by US presidents.

Dwight Eisenhower was the first sitting US president to visit the Philippines

Eisenhower was bestowed an honorary degree in the Philippines

Nixon praised Gloria Diaz for winning Miss Universe in 1960

The shortest visit of a US president in the country was only 8 hours

Bush’s had a heavy security detail

Some legislators walked out when Bush delivered his speech before the Philippine Congress

Protests were happening outside Congress when Bush was delivering his speech

US presidents stayed in the Philippines for 2 to 3 days

Bill Clinton visited the country twice as sitting president – the only US president to do so

Al-Qaeda plotted to assassinate Clinton on his trips to the Philippines

Four US presidents visited the Philippines outside their terms of office.

(Editor's note: An earlier version of this story inadvertently referred to the 41st president of the United States as George W. Bush. His name is actually George H.W. Bush. We regret the error)

Taft, during his term as Governor-General, had a controversial picture taken of him riding a carabao.

Agripino Luiz Mendoza III is a Rappler intern.