Philippines - according to international surveys, though...

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Philippines If you see the part that says Negros we can assure you, it's not what you think it means. A former Spanish, then US colony, the Republic of the Philippines ( Republika ng Pilipinas ) is a democratic state in the Western Pacific. This chain of 7,107 islands (divided into three main island groups - Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao) is the third most-populous English speaking
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country and its Malay population is 83% Roman Catholic, making this the largest Christian country in Asia. Became independent in 1946, after a brief independence from 1898-1901. The country has had two female presidents: Corazon "Cory" Aquino and Gloria Macapagal- Arroyo, who was replaced by Benigno S. "Noynoy" Aquino III, the highly popular son of the former and the latest in line amongst a politically-influential clan in 2010. The Philippines is still a developing country, plagued by political instability and Islamic insurgency in the south (along with the longest running Communist rebellion in Southeast Asia), but people are rather optimistic
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Unformatted text preview: according to international surveys, though this is subjective (both Time and Readers' Digest have published articles trying to rationalize why Filipinos are relatively happy in comparison to more successful and industrialized countries). It relies on a lot on foreign remittances from the 11% of its people who live overseas. That's right, one of the country's biggest exports is Filipinos, who make up a major proportion of the merchant shipping crews of this world, as well as its hotel staff. Filipino maids or au pair are pretty common in Malaysia, Singapore and Hong Kong (they speak English for a start). It also is a major exporter of nurses and Roman Catholic priests. Those into boxing may remember the 1975 contest between Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier in the country's capital, dubbed the "Thrilla in Manila". And boxer Manny Pacquiao, of course....
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