Survey: Filipinos Most Charitable

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The Philippines may not be the paragon of prosperity in the Asia-Pacific region, but when it comes to charity, Filipinos are second to none, according to the latest MasterCard Survey on Ethical Spending.

In the survey, the Philippines topped the most charitable category at 68 percent. It was followed by Hong Kong, 66 percent; Malaysia, 63 percent; and Indonesia, 62 percent. The survey, conducted from Sept. 13 to Nov. 11, 2010, involved 10,502 consumers from 24 countries in Asia and Africa. This result may come as a surprise: Respondents from most of the countries covered by the survey may be considered better off than those in the Philippines.