MANILA - Single and ready to mingle but still without a date for Valentine's Day?
Fear not. The National Statistical Coordination Board (NSCB) has crunched down numbers on where single Pinoys and Pinays can possibly find "The One."
If you are a single female aged 20 to 29, the best region to find your "Romeo" of the same age bracket would be in Region VIII or Eastern Visayas (Northern Samar, Western Samar, Eastern Samar, Biliran, Leyte, and Southern Leyte), Jose Ramon G. Albert, NSCB Secretary General, said in the latest issue of Beyond The Numbers.
For 30- to 39-year-old single ladies, the best shot at finding your Mr. Right of the same age bracket would be in Region IV or MIMAROPA (Marinduque, Occidental Mindoro, Oriental Mindoro, Palawan, and Romblon).
But where will our Romeos look for their fated ones?
Albert said a single male aged 20 to 29 and those between 30 to 39 looking for his "Juliet" (of the same age bracket) will have to fly to the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (Lanao del Sur, Maguindanao, Sulu, and Tawi-Tawi) to do so.
Looking for "The One" but want to keep your prospects within your region? Don't worry, statistics showed that out of the 71.55 million Filipinos aged 10 years and above, 43.5 percent are still single.
Well, Albert noted the bulk or 45.4 percent of the population are already married, 5.4 percent are in a live-in relationship, 4.3 percent are widowed, 1.2 percent are divorced or separated, and 0.1 percent are unknown.
There may be more good news for females than males here, as there are more single guys out there (46.8% of the male population) than single ladies (40.3% of the female population). This is being counted against the 92.1 million household population of the Philippines, wherein 50.4 percent are males and 49.6 percent are females.
"Good news then for all the single ladies out there who are in search of partners from the opposite sex: aside from the fact that there are more males than women, in general, there are also more single males than married available for them!," Albert stressed.
It is interesting to note though, that this is in assumption that one prefers heterosexual relationships.
So better be quick on your feet when finding a date to do away with problems in booking a hotel because February is always a busy month for that industry.
Statistics showed that from 2009 to 2011, hotels had the highest occupancy rates in the months of February and November.
Moreover, hotel occupancy rate during the love month is at least 57 percent.
"It is probably safe to assume that February figures are partly due to the celebration for Valentine’s Day and perhaps even on account of the Chinese New Year. Occupancy rates are said to be strongly correlated with visitor arrivals," Albert said.
But what about November? Albert said the cold winter in other countries may be the one affecting tourist arrivals and occupancy rates during that month.
So are you ready to spend Valentine's Day yet? Whether you prepared a simple or grand date for your loved one, Albert said that the latest Philippine Happiness Index showed Filipinos are happiest when with their family, loved ones and friends.
"Women and men are both happiest in their love life, and friends!," Albert said.
He further stressed: "Both women and men ranked happiness from sex as 11th most important source of their happiness!"