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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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- Winter '09