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Something in the water in Manila?

They are a cheery bunch in the Philippines, judging from a survey by the splendidly named Social Weather Stations polling group - 92% will be going into 2009 in hope rather than fear. What's more, that is up a percentage point on 2007, and since polling began in 2000 the figure has never fallen lower than the 81% (2004).

In a rather distinct contrast, our German friends are filled with angst, or at least were last year as the 2009 results are not in yet. Half of them managed to be cheery when asked last year, while the high tide of weltschmerz was 69% in 2002. I think they are in with a shot at the title this time.

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Blogger Alan Douglas said... 12:41 am

The Philippine people are optimistic. I note when there that those who have literally nothing still give you something - a brilliant smile.

I am married to a Filipina, and can but highly recommend them as good people and good wives, or nurses, or carers, etc.

Several hundred years of Spanish occupation and Catholicism give them many shared values with the West.

Alan Douglas  



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