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People named Michael are most likely to leave 5-star reviews in the Philippines

It seems ‘Michaels’ often leave their hearts in the Philippines, as it tops the spot for the names of the most generous 5-star reviewers in the Philippines.

After analyzing around 15,000 reviews inside a travel site for the most popular restaurants, hotels, and attractions across the Philippines, a global remittance company has revealed the top 10 names that are most likely to leave 5-star reviews on the travel comparison website.


The data shows that people born with the name ‘Michael’ are usually the most generous with their 5-star reviews when visiting places in the Southeast Asian archipelagic country, leading them to be dubbed as the country’s ‘anti-Karen’.

Since gaining traction on social media in 2018, the name ‘Karen’ has become synonymous with privileged, middle-aged women who enjoy involving themselves in other people’s business, complaining, and asking to speak to the manager (every tourism and hospitality worker’s nightmare).

A “Michael” seems to be the antithesis of the ‘Karen’ meme, as Michaels have the tendency to leave glowing reviews where they praise the services they’ve received and the experiences they’ve had.

‘Marks’ and ‘Johns’ also tend to leave positive reviews quite often, coming in second and third place, respectively.

Men are also twice as likely as women to submit 5-star reviews, according to the study. Only one traditionally feminine name made the top ten list.

When looking at the top female names across the board, Maria takes first place, followed by ‘Jeans’ and ‘Michelles.’

“Positive reviews from happy customers can help build credibility and encourage others to visit, just as negative reviews can warn people off,” a spokesperson for the company who sponsored the study said.

“Taking a deeper dive into the data, it turns out that men are the more generous reviewers in the Philippines—our research shows that they’re twice as likely to leave a 5-star review compared to women,” he added.

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