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5
Aug

Do you think President Aquino is doing a good job with the Philippine economy?

Politics can be a tricky or even polarizing topic, but there is one aspect of it that’s always in style. The economy. What’s happening with it and are you happy with the way it’s trending?

President Benigno S. Aquino III was sworn in four years ago with a significant mandate in his election. Son of legendary leaders in Filipino democracy, Benigno Aquino Jr. and Corazon Aquino, he probably has had enough time on the job for some opinions to be formed about his government’s handling of the economy of the Philippines.

Aquino’s government has pursued legislation reforms to build up investment opportunities and some reports reflect inflation at around 3.1 percent.

But Xoom, a global money transfer leader, wanted to know more. Xoom wanted to know how you feel, so Xoom conducted an exclusive survey of its Filipino-American customers recently and asked whether they thought President Aquino is doing a good job with the Philippine economy.

Aquino is doing a good job, according to 32 percent of the respondents in the survey. While 20 percent who took part in the survey said that Aquino is not doing a good job with the Philippine economy, the highest percentage of those who took the survey, 48 percent, said they had no opinion.

29
Jul

How many Facebook friends do you have?

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Friends, how do you count them? The number and quality of your friends is one of the biggest aspects of socialization. We like to know what our friends are up to and in return, they’re fond of keeping track of your activities as well, which is the sort of circle of friendship that we’re all searching for.

These days, one of the most popular ways to track friendship is with Facebook, the social media giant, where giving a ‘like’ is giving a thumbs-up to your friend.  And who doesn’t enjoy writing (or seeing) a new status update?

Xoom, a leader in the global money transfer business, found the whole issue of Facebook compelling. So Xoom conducted an exclusive survey of its customers recently and asked about Facebook: How many Facebook friends to you have?

The most popular answer was one to 99 Facebook friends, which is what 30 percent of the respondents in the survey said. The next highest percentage, 24 percent, said they had somewhere between 100-299 Facebook friends. Some 14 percent in the survey answered they had anywhere from 300-499 Facebook friends, four percent who responded said they had from 500 to as many as 699 Facebook friends.

And 13 percent said they had 700 or more Facebook friends; while 15 percent answered that they were not on Facebook.

21
Jul

How often do you text your loved ones in the Philippines?

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How do you correspond with others, especially family members far away? Keeping in touch and staying in touch with friends and family has changed a lot thanks to our digital and mobile devices. Texting has evolved into a major new way to stay in touch, especially with your loved ones back home in the Philippines.

News, sometimes important news, travels fast, and the need to know that news has probably never been greater.

That’s why texting has taken on such great importance. To find out just how important, global money transfer powerhouse Xoom conducted an exclusive survey of its customers recently. Xoom asked this question: How often to you text your loved ones back home in the Philippines?

The numbers were revealing. Texting daily was the answer from 35 percent of those in the survey. A full 19 percent of the respondents said they text their loved ones in the Philippines a few times a week. Texting a few times a month was the answer from 10 percent who took part in the survey; four percent said they texted once a week and two percent said they texted once a month. And 29 percent had some other answer.

16
Jul

Do you plan to buy a home in the next 12 months?

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Keeping up with what’s happening in the real estate market can be confusing and also a bit of a chore. The interest rates go down, the interest rates go up, or they look like they’re going up or going down. And meanwhile, your cash flow can sometimes be just as unpredictable.

Renters and homeowners each have their own sense of pluses and minuses, but for those who don’t own, it’s not easy to make such an important decision as whether or not to buy a house.

Sure, it’s one of the most personal choices you can make in your life, and much of that decision is based on finances, another very personal issue.

So Xoom, a global leader in the money transfer business, conducted a survey of its customers recently and asked this very important question: Do you plan to buy a home in the next 12 months?

The results of the survey showed an overwhelming majority, 67 percent, answered no. Some 18 percent of the respondents in the survey said maybe they would buy a house while almost as many, 15 percent of those who answered the survey, said yes, they intended to buy a house in the next 12 months.

7
Jul

Which Filipino languages do you speak?

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Watch your language. Which one? Someone added them up and found that there are more than 6,500 spoken languages in the world. That, of course, is a whole lot of words. But did you know that there are more than 170 spoken languages in the Philippines?

One of the most culturally rich nations in the world, the Philippines is diverse in both ethnicity and language.

That prompted Xoom to dig deeper. Xoom, a global leader in the money transfer business, conducted a survey of its Fil-Am customers recently and asked them about language. Xoom asked this question: What Filipino languages do you speak?

The vast majority, 69 percent, said Filipino/Tagalog. Cebuano, spoken by about 20 million Filipinos, was identified by 19 percent of the respondents in the survey. Some 10 percent of those surveyed about what Filipino languages they speak answered Ilokano, the main language of the Northern Philippines and spoken by about eight million. Ilonggo, which is spoken in several provinces, and Kapampangan, spoken by about 2.8 million, showed up in the survey with eight percent of those who responded.

About 15 percent in the survey said they spoke other Filipino languages while 20 percent said they spoke no others.

30
Jun

Where is your next vacation destination?

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Talking about a vacation is one of life’s great pleasures. The planning, the anticipation, the expectations, the excitement, that’s all so much fun it should probably be included as part of the trip.

If nothing else, taking time off and enjoying a vacation experience is a great opportunity to sharpen up your picture-taking skills. But of course, there’s so much more to a vacation, starting with figuring out where to go.

So Xoom, a global leader in the business of money transfer, conducted a recent survey of its Fil-Am customers and asked this question: Where is your next vacation destination?

Visiting family and friends was the choice of 30 percent of the respondents in the survey. Hitting the beach, that was the answer from 14 percent of those who took part in the survey. And nine percent wanted to get away, choosing a vacation in a foreign city such as Paris or Rome.

On the opposite end of the spectrum, five percent answered that they preferred a ‘staycation’ as their next vacation. The roller coasters and raging waters at an amusement park were chosen as their next vacation by two percent in the survey.  And a full 29 percent were undecided. Maybe too many choices.

23
Jun

Which is your favorite Filipino dish?

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Just talking about food is usually enough to make everyone hungry. Sometimes you can envision a great dish on a plate and if you close your eyes, you can just about smell the aroma.

Most everyone has a Filipino dish that they like the best, their go-to favorite whenever they prepare it themselves or see it on the menu at a restaurant. Xoom, a global leader in the money transfer business, conducted a survey of its Fil-Am customers recently and asked ‘What is your favorite Filipino dish?’

As you might expect there were many answers and a lot of favorite dishes.

The survey found that 13 percent said the staple Adobo marinade was their favorite Filipino dish. Nine percent of the respondents said the stew Kare-Kare rated tops with them. Pancit, noodles that are also popular on birthdays, was the favorite of eight percent of those who answered the survey.

Lechon, the roast pork dish, attracted seven percent of the votes in the survey and Lumpia, the Philippines’ take on egg rolls, was chosen by five percent of the voters.

But the Filipino dish that was favored by the majority of the voters in the survey?  Everything, said 51 percent. Just one more question. When’s dinner?

9
Jun

How much do you spend per week commuting?

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Too many people spend too much time not doing too much when they’re commuting to work. Certainly, traveling to and from work is not the most pleasant part of most workers’ days. Some commuters may have an easier trip than others, but that doesn’t mean it’s free.

Commuting to work costs money, sometimes plenty of it, which is part of the reason that commuting is not generally regarded as such a great experience.

The cost factor cuts across all lines of commuting and simply can’t be ignored.

So how much do you spend every week traveling to and from work? Global money transfer company heavyweight Xoom wanted to find out, so it conducted an exclusive survey of its Fil-Am customers recently and broke down the issue into something we all understand: Money.

Up to $25 every week was the answer for 53 percent of the respondents and 27 percent said their commuting costs were from $26-$50 a week.

As it turns out, those costs were on the low end. A full 11 percent who answered the survey said they paid between $51-$100 a week to commute to work. And four percent said they paid between $100-150 or more than $150 a week.