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Restrictions are lifted, masks are no longer required in open spaces, which means that family reunion is back this holiday season. For singles, are you ready to hear the unsolicited words such as “Bakit ka single?” “Saan date mo?” “Kailan ka mag-aasawa?” and a lot more. 

No wonder, as we are counting down the days to holiday, a study conducted by Bumble, that Filipinos start to plan when and where to put up their Christmas trees, 56 percent of them have expressed they are looking for a long-term relationship after most pandemic protocols. Meanwhile, two in five Pinoys are looking for someone to spend the holidays with. 

The study further showed that 27 percent of people want a date to bring to family gatherings, while 12 percent would get in a relationship for gifts. 

Wala ka pa ring jowa?” (You don’t have a partner yet?) can be a hurtful remark for some people. Eleven percent of Filipinos expressed their desire to have a partner due to family pressure, with single male millennials being the most likely demographic (14 percent) to be susceptible to this trend,” Bumble says in a press statement. 

When asked about why they would bring a date to a family gathering, Filipinos cite family pressure and being the only single attending the gathering as their top reasons. 

“We know that dating in this post-Covid world can feel anxiety inducing, as people can feel out of practice and more self-conscious than they felt prior to the pandemic. Looking for love can also be stressful during the holidays when there are increased social and cultural pressures. The good news is that Filipinos still love love, with the majority wanting to make connections in the coming months. With so many people open to meeting someone, we are bound to see many Bumble success stories born from this holi-dating season. Apps like Bumble are a great way to get back into the dating scene, and we are excited to empower women in the Philippines to take control of their dating journey and make the first move,” APAC communications director of Bumble, Lucille McCart says. 

The holidays aren’t just prime dating season; it’s also the perfect time to travel. Seven in 10 Filipinos are likely to seek a holiday romance while traveling, with men (72 percent) being slightly more likely than women (68 percent) to do so. Ultimately, most Filipinos fall back on tourist activities (38 percent), followed by online or apps (35 percent) to find their holiday romance.

On the site of the poll, five percent of those who joined the study indicated that they do not want to date at all. This is despite 49 percent of those surveyed stating that they are more anxious to date now than as compared to before the pandemic. 

So, are you ready to find your holi-date?

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