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Recently the DOT (Department of Tourism) launched its new campaign to attract more tourists to the Philippines. Just like two years ago they have brainstormed about a suitable slogan.

pinas_polandTwo years ago they have copied the colorful logo from an earlier and similar campaign in Poland. Much was said about this copying during that time. And I wrote part of a post about it. You can read it here: DOT campaign.
switzerlandThis time they copied again, not a logo but the slogan used in Switzerland in the 50’s of last century. And again many people on the Internet and in newspapers are talking about it. The slogan is: It’s more fun in the Philippines (without exclamation mark / point).


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At the same time many pictures appeared on the internet to promote the campaign, but also to show the real situation in the Philippines.
With this post I would like to show you MY WAY of how funny (or cruel) the Philippines sometimes is. Many of the pictures on the Internet have double meanings or make fun of the situation.
I have selected a few of those pictures, added new ones and publish them here to show you how I think about the campaign and what the government could improve to make the Philippines really worth visiting so tourists will say: It’s more fun in the Philippines.

With thanks to all the publishers of these pictures.
Click on one to see a larger one.


Between the pictures I will add a few comments so readers from abroad, who haven’t visited the Philippines yet, will get a good idea about the situation in the Philippines if they haven’t read my earlier posts and seen the pictures I published in the last few years.

First a few good ones that show the nice side of the Philippines:
waves

beautiful beaches, sun and clear water

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dancing traffic enforcers

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dancing traffic enforcers

staring-contest

staring tarsiers in Bohol

eat-a-filipino
chocolate bar called Filipino
christmas-treeimprovised Christmas Tree changing-address
an idea for relocation
wonderful-nature
beautiful nature all over the 7000+ islands
Some about Filipino politics:
senatorsMiriam Defensor Santiago is the only senator who dares to name names family-planning
Catholic Church against the RH-bill (reproductive health bill)
Now some (maybe) less attractive pictures, but still typical Filipino, FOOD
streetfood
a variety of street food
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a variety of street food
hot-chick
balut, a Filipino delicacy
planking
lechon, served on many Filipino parties
About transportation, typical Filipino and sometimes to laugh about, often not:
family-transportfamily transport public-transport-1
public jeepney transport
traffic-in-the-philippines
traffic in Manila or any other large city
urinalpublic urinal
Filipino way of life:
filipino-time
Filipino Time
funerals
funeral wake’s are fun with gambling, drinking and karaoke
24-7_service
24/7 service
crowd-surfing
crowd surfing = many wounded, even dead
forbidden-pee-ingpeeing in public is a common behavior child-pee
peeing in public is a common behavior, learned when they are young
pissing
peeing in public is a common behavior
taking-a-bathcan you take a bath in public and keep your clothes on?
For improvement by the population and the government are the next issues:
angry-birds
Cock fighting is cruel and should be forbidden
dirty-manila-bay
dirty Manila Bay during a storm
brown-out
brown-out is not funny and takes too much time
legal-age
gambling and drinking is a big problem in the Philippines
housing-for-poor
Housing of the poor
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Slum areas where the very poor live
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People are relocated by the government, but they keep on coming back
And a few others I found, worth showing you:
new-generation-youth
new generation Youth needs to be told about respect
noontime
noontime shows have almost naked women
not-nice-waterfun
flooded roads looks like fun, but is NOT
sleeping-together
overcrowded hospitals
working-together
searching for plastics and other waste for recycling
real-fun-in-the-philippinesand a really funny to close this series

There are many more pictures on the Internet, some nice and many with a critical tone. Judge for yourself.