Did You Know These Pinoys Were Hailed the Happiest in the Country?
By Kyzia Maramara
The Filipino spirit of positivity, resilience, and happiness should be celebrated. We are simply a happy, smiling bunch and everywhere you look there’s laughter! In the midst of problems and tragedy, we look for something to make us smile and it’s truly this characteristic of Filipinos that charm the rest of the world. But although all of us are happy, there are some who rise above the ranks better.
1. The Philippines was ranked 3rd in the world’s happiest
Gallup International was founded in May 1947 and is the oldest and most known global polling organization. During their 41st Annual Global End of Year Survey on Happiness, Hope, and Economic Optimism, Philippines ranked the third happiest country in the world. This was a result of global surveys conducted which revealed that Filipinos exude a positive outlook in life in spite of economic uncertainties and financial upheavals. We are resilient, alright.
2. Even foreigners love our country!
Tomorrow I am flying back to Thailand to start heading West (stopping in like 5 more countries) and eventually end up in New York City.
I’ve been to 45 countries so far, yet I’m amazed by what I discovered here in the Philippines. From the bottom of my heart, thank you.
This past month, I’ve never worked harder, I’ve never been more honest, and I’ve never had more fun in my life. And when you say both “work”, “honest”, and “fun” in the same sentence, that’s how you know you’re on the right path. Thanks for helping me realize that. These videos help me as much as they help you!
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Posted by Nas Daily on Saturday, February 11, 2017
Filipinos have a powerful and indomitable spirit of positivity. Throw us into a typhoon, we come out smiling, even waving at news cameras and having fun in the flood. This does not mean we treat even calamities as a joke, it just means we choose to be happy despite it all. For Pinoys, laughter and smiles can help you through problematic times. On top of us being hospitable, foreigners love this attitude of Pinoys!
3. The search for the happiest Pinoys
What makes for a happy Pinoy? Is it purely the ability to dazzle everyone around with a beautiful smile? Cebuana Lhuillier, the country’s largest microfinancial services company, has been searching for the Happiest Pinoy since 2009. Their goal is to celebrate Pinoy’s culture of happiness and resilience, to give honor and recognition to outstanding Filipinos that best represent those values.
Their search has granted them thousands of names of Filipinos who are indeed in varying degrees of happy. There’s something so encouraging in knowing that there are literally thousands of Filipinos out there who are living their happy live in poverty, wealth, sickness, health, in foreign land, in provinces, employees, PWDs, elderly, and many more!
Ultimately their search gave them three of the happiest Pinoys.
4. Winston Maxino
“Life is not about what we have been suffering… but how suffering transforms us into better and happier human beings.” (Maxino, 2009)
Winston Maxino is the 2009 Happiest Pinoy winner who was diagnosed with painful Ankylosing spondylitis or chronic inflammatory arthritis that required him to take various medicines and treatments. He also had a daughter with Down’s syndrome who was at the time only 4 years old.
He never let his condition stop him from living his life. He chose to live with and manage his sickness and at the same time empower kids with Down’s Syndrome by contributing to the Down Syndrome Association.
Winston is the first recipient of the Happiest Pinoy award and a continuous inspiration to all Pinoys.