'Emo' Pinoys signify resilience - Palace


Posted at Nov 25 2012 01:40 PM | Updated as of Nov 26 2012 09:11 PM

MANILA, Philippines - Filipinos are “emotional” in all the right places and this attitude can be used to signify the Philippines’ resilience as a nation, Malacanang believes.

In an interview with radio dzRB, deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said she sees nothing wrong with being tagged as the most emotional nation in the world.

She is reacting to a recent survey from United States pollster Gallup, which showed that the Philippines is the world’s most emotional nation. The survey, which first appeared in Bloomberg BusinessWeek, ranked a total of 152 countries to analyze how people feel about their lives.

The Philippines came out on top, beating El Salvador (No. 2), Bahrain (No. 3), Oman and Colombia (No. 4) and even the United States (No. 5, with other nations).

“This [just] goes [to show] how resilient we are as a people, na kahit po marami tayong mga unos na pinagdadaanan, talagang nakatawa pa rin po at tuloy pa rin po ang mga Pinoy,” Valte said.

She said Filipinos are naturally “passionate” in everything they do.

“To us, we view it as an advantage…Our being emotional also in the right place…and goes into our resilience as a people,” she added.

Gallup, which was used during the US Presidential polls, used straightforward questions such as: Did you feel well-rested yesterday? Were you treated with respect all day yesterday? Did you experience enjoyment, physical pain, worry, sadness, stress and anger?

The same article also named Singapore as “the world’s most emotionless society.”