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Love you, bestie! 1 out of 3 Filipinos confessed love for a friend – SWS

Lance Spencer Yu

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Love you, bestie! 1 out of 3 Filipinos confessed love for a friend – SWS

BOUQUETS. A few days before Valentine's Day, a shop at the Dangwa Flower Market in Manila comes up with unique bouquets such as onion, tomatoes, garlic and money on February 10, 2023.


Would you risk friendship for love? A Social Weather Stations survey says those who confess to a friend have a 50-50 chance of rejection.

MANILA, Philippines – In the mood for love this Valentine’s? Looking to ‘fess up to a friend? This just might be your sign.

Love you, bestie! 1 out of 3 Filipinos confessed love for a friend – SWS

The results of a Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey conducted in December 2022 but released only on Friday, February 10, shoed that 1 out of 3 – or 33% – of Filipinos have confessed love for a friend.

MORE THAN A FRIEND. A third of Filipinos have confessed love for a friend. SWS.

The survey – which sampled 1,200 adults nationwide – also found that men were more likely to make the move than women, with 40% of men confessing their love to a friend compared to 25% of women.

But for would-be lovers, it doesn’t always go according to plan.

FRIENDZONED. About half of those confessing to a friend experienced unrequited love. SWS.

Of those brave enough to confess their love for a friend, about half of them “experienced unrequited love” – in other words, they were friendzoned.

ALL BY MYSELF. About 30% of Filipinos have experienced unrequited love. SWS.

Being the romantics that they are, Filipinos continued to love – even if the feeling wasn’t always mutual. According to the survey, 3 out of 10 (30%) Filipinos reported feeling unrequited love.

WHAT IS LOVE? Most Filipinos are ‘very happy’ with their love life. SWS.

No love this Valentine’s day? You’re not alone – a quarter of Filipinos (25%) find their love life “could be happier” and about 17% of Filipinos say they have no love life.

It’s not all bad though. A majority of Filipinos (57%) actually describe themselves as “very happy” with their love life. –

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Lance Spencer Yu

Lance Spencer Yu is a multimedia reporter who covers the transportation, tourism, infrastructure, finance, agriculture, and corporate sectors, as well as macroeconomic issues.