It has been dubbed as a "bright spot" amid a global slowdown and a "rising tiger" in Southeast Asia, and now the Philippines is also deemed the best in a criteria money can't buy: emotions.
This, as the Philippines is named "most emotional society" in over 140 countries surveyed by U.S. pollster Gallup, a Businessweek report Wednesday said.
Asked questions aimed at determining recently felt emotions, 60 percent of Filipino respondents answered "yes."
But that doesn't necessarily make most Pinoys drama queens, as it could also easily mean that they are the clowns.
Among the questions in the Gallup survey, Businessweek said, are: "Did you feel well rested yesterday? Were you treated with respect all day yesterday? Did you smile or laugh a lot yesterday?"
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Respondents were also asked if they experienced enjoyment, physical
pain, worry, sadness, stress or anger "during a lot" of the previous
Next to the Philippines in terms of feelings are El Salvador, where 57 percent admit to expriencing a lot of emotions; Bahrain, 56 percent; and Oman, 55 percent.
Tied at 55 percent "yes" are Chile, Costa Rica, Guatamala, Bolivia, Ecuador, Dominican Republic, Peru, Nicaragua and the U.S.
Singapore, meanwhile, emerged as the "most emotionless" society with only 36 percent of respondents saying they experienced a lot of feelings in the previous day.
It was followed by Georgia and Lithuania at 37 percent; and Russia, Madagascar, Ukraine, Belarus, Kazahkstan, Nepal and Kyrgystan, which are tied at 38 percent.
Earlier this year, the Philippines figured in the group of countries deemed "happy" in a separate global survey dubbed the "Happy Planet Index."
The country ranked 25th in the latest Happy Planet list, dropping from being 14th in 2009, with an index score of 52.4.
Meanwhile, official government measure of happiness was pegged at 66.2 index points in 2010, down from 67.24 in 2008.
Pinoys are happiest in the areas of education, love life, friends, family and work, data from the National Statistical Coordination Board showed.
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Filipinos think that the "most important" sources of happiness are
family, health, religion or spiritual work, work as well as peace and