MANILA, February 14, 2006 (STAR) Many people will be thankful this Valentine’s Day.

Most Filipinos believe there is a person out there they are destined to be with for the rest of their lives, and a majority believe they have already found that person, according to a nationwide opinion poll.

Of the 85 percent who believe they are destined only for that special someone, 70 percent of them believe they have already found their one true love while 14 percent said they are still looking, results of Social Weather Stations’ December 2005 survey show.

Most of those who are still loveless said they were still hoping to find their soul mate.

On the other hand, 15 percent told the SWS they do not believe that there is a soul on the planet specially destined for them.

Belief in being destined for someone is strong across geographic locations, social classes, genders and ages.

Ninety percent of the population in Mindanao share that belief, which is also high in Metro Manila (84 percent), the rest of Luzon (84 percent) and the Visayas (82 percent).

Among social classes, the sentiment is highest in the classes A, B and C (90 percent), followed by class E (89 percent) and class D (83 percent).

Eight-seven percent of married couples and those living with a partner (83 percent) "tend to have stronger belief in destiny to be with one person for the rest of their lives, compared to those who have no spouse or partner (79 percent)," the SWS said in a statement.

Both men and women (86 percent and 84 percent, respectively) strongly believe that there is a special someone meant for them.

Among age groups, the youngest (18-24 years of age) are the strongest believers (92 percent), followed by Filipinos between the ages of 25 to 34 (89 percent) and those aged 55 and above (76 percent).

Of the 70 percent who said they had already found the person meant to be with them for the rest of their lives, 93 percent said it was their spouse or partner.

Others responded boyfriend or girlfriend (two percent); God or Mother Mary (one percent); immediate family (one percent); and other persons (one percent).

"Husband/wife/partner" were the top answers for both men (93 percent) and women (94 percent) as well as among those who are married (98 percent) or with a live-in partner (94 percent).

On the other hand, of the 14 percent who said they had not yet found their soul mate, eighty-two percent said they were "still hoping" to find that person someday while the rest said they had practically given up.

"This hopefulness tends to be higher among those with live-in partners (87 percent) and with no spouse/partner (86 percent) as well as the younger respondents (96 percent of those between 18-24 years of age)," the SWS said.

Both men (83 percent) and women (80 percent) expressed high hopes of finding true love.

The SWS survey, conducted from Nov. 27 to Dec. 4, 2005, interviewed 1,200 Filipinos nationwide. The poll had a margin of error of plus or minus three percentage points.

Chief News Editor: Sol Jose Vanzi

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