Tag Archives: philippines

DOT Philippines Invades London’s Waterloo Station

Do you ever wonder how people as far back as those from the United Kingdom find their way to the Philippines for a holiday? Of course, there is the ever reliable Google that most tech savvy people turn to when looking up for specific information. But what of the ordinary people who are far too busy to hit the Internet? How do they find out that the Philippines is even a worthy travel destination?

Philippine Tourism Invades Waterloo Station


Well, spreading information and disseminating to the rest of the world the beauty that is the Philippines is the job of our Department of Tourism (DOT). Our DOT is responsible for creating Audio Visual Presentations (AVPs) to market Philippine Tourism to the world. This year, our DOT Philippines mounted one of the biggest campaigns and introduced(or reintroduced) our beautiful island destinations to people in London. They mounted a month-long campaign called Visit Philippines Again 2016 at London’s Waterloo Station – the busiest train station in England’s capital. DOT Philippines has truly outdone themselves in creating this marvelous tourism campaign. The campaign at London’s Waterloo Station featured a special immersion zone. Here, commuters are made to taste and feel the country’s beauty and shown many things to have “more fun” overall experience when they visit the Philippines. To encourage participation from Londoners and visitors alike, commuters were given instant prizes and a chance to win a holiday to the Philippines. In order to win, Waterloo Station commuters took part in any one of the activities such as taking “foot selfies” using floor stickers mapped around the station course, taking part in the 3D selfie stand, and experiencing the Philippine islands in the virtual reality pods that features the 360 images of Philippine scenery taken by our very own Rommel C. Bundalian.

In addition to the experiential zone, the campaign also featured a month-long Philippine branding presence at the station including London Waterloo’s large motion digital screen, which is Europe’s largest digital motion display, floor media, large banners and showcase offers from Secret Escapes, Hayes and Jarvis, Explore, Dive Worldwide, Netflights and Philippine Airlines.

Can’t quite picture how DOT Philippines did the campaign? Well, check out this video from the YouTube channel of PDOT London.
Enjoy and be amazed at how awesome this Philippine Tourism campaign at London’s Waterloo Station is!

Now folks, you now know how Philippine Tourism is marketed to the people in the United Kingdom. What do you think of the campaign?

Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmailby feather

Making Fun of the “More Fun” Slogan

Here’s a list of funny localized adaptations of the “It’s More Fun in the Philippines” slogan that have gone viral.

REPOST: Since we already have the #itsmorefuninthephilippines, maybe we can also have some of these Philippines domestic tourism slogans:

– Boracay, You Sexy Beach!
– Haller, Baler!
– Bohol: Go To Hill!
– Be Cool, Bicol!
– Thank you, Camiguin!
– Maliit Navotas, Lumalaki!
– We Fly High In Capiz!
– Go Gaga In Naga!
– Kaibigan, Punta Na Sa Vigan!
– Virac, You Rock!
– Kamuning Get Me!
– Better Leyte Than Never!
– Whee! Tawi-Tawi!
– Walang Aayaw Sa Apayao!
– Maraming Gig Sa Taguig!
– Bongga Ka Day, Sa Norzagaray!
– I wanna dance with Zambales, I wanna feel the heat with Zambales!
-Magpabongga sa Zamboanga
-Lampake sa paranaque
-Mapapabow ka sa Cubao
-More than a family, we’re Aklan
-Sige pa! Sige pa! Sige! Pasig!
– It’s not new, it’s Antique!
– Not just a Pastor, but also Aparri!

A lot of “It’s More Fun…” photos have also mushroomed over the weekend. Below is my favorite (posted by Nicola Berbano at the It’s More Fun in the Philippines page in Facebook).

Gloria Cosplay

Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmailby feather

Virtual firecrackers for a safe new year celebration

While waiting at the carwash station, an old customer suddenly quipped about the continued practice of greeting the new year with firecrackers. I shared that government action through enactment of laws and their strict enforcement would have served to prevent the loss of life, limb and property due to firecrackers.

To prevent or at least reduce injuries, death and/or fires, the Department of Health rolled out a compilation of MP3s as substitute to the bang of firecrackers (You may download the DOH’s New Year album here: http://safestfirecracker.com/). This is still a far-cry from actual enactment and enforcement of policies to prevent the dangers posed by firecrackers.

When the clock hits 12AM, January 1, 2012, I’ll try out the Fireworks Symphony of the virtual firecracker audio compilation to welcome the year 2012!

Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmailby feather

Jump and shoot

Here are the preliminary shots of what the students dub as Jump High for Higher Education Budget ahead of the State of the Nation Address of President Noynoy Aquino this Monday, July 25.

Last year, the Aquino administration slashed more than PHP 1.3B ($30.24M) from the education budget further aggravating the crisis in the education sector. This year, the students are gearing up for a stronger campaign for higher state subsidy for the education sector.

Creative forms of protests have been resorted to by students to broaden support to their advocacy.












Below is the statement of University of the Philippines (UP) President Alfredo Pascual posted at the UP System website (http://www.up.edu.ph/features.php?i=344):

UP deserves increased budget appropriation
Statement of UP President Alfredo E. Pascual

21 July 2011
As the country’s national university, the University of the Philippines (UP) deserves to get sufficient funding from the national government. It must have the means to effectively play a leadership role in higher education and national development, and attain a competitive status in the regional and global arena. In my vision statement for UP, I already noted that “(n)ot enough funds are being appropriated annually to meet the rising cost of quality UP education, much less to sustain capital expenditures for upgrading the university facilities.”

The UP Charter of 2008 clearly states that “it is the policy of the State to strengthen the University of the Philippines as the national university” (Sec. 2) and that the national government is responsible “for the continued growth, operation and maintenance of the national university” (Sec. 28).

In this context, I issue this statement to fully support the call of concerned UP students, faculty, staff and alumni for greater subsidy for UP.

I also take this opportunity to express my solidarity with the Philippine Association of State Universities and Colleges (PASUC) in its “strong appeal for a sufficient budget increase for the qualitative functioning of public higher education.” I fully agree with the PASUC’s explanation that the stand for a budget increase for SUCs is “closely aligned with the call for national progress and development.”

On 26 November 2010, the UP Diliman University Council already issued a statement calling for greater subsidy for UP. It noted: “A low budget has a debilitating effect on UP’s capacity to fulfill its mandate as the national university. The underprivileged students’ access to quality tertiary education will be compromised. The sustained development of academic facilities and programs will also be hampered.”

This scenario is unacceptable. I therefore encourage our students, faculty, staff and alumni to make their voices heard in the call for increased budget appropriation for UP and other SUCs.


Creative protest. Last July 19, students of UP Diliman used planking to protest government inaction on the education crisis in the Philippines. Here’s a video from GMANews.tv (http://www.gmanews.tv/video/85077/saksi-planking-ginamit-na-uri-ng-student-protest-vs-pnoy)

Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmailby feather


Almost a thousand from the UP Cebu community took the streets to demand Dean Avila's ouster last March.

The news about the dismissal by the Cebu City Prosecutors’ Office of the libel case against me brought tremendous relief and inspiration to me. Truly, the vigilant watch of colleagues and students hand in hand with our highly committed and principled defense lawyers proved more powerful than the baseless libel complaint of UP Cebu Dean Dr. Enrique Avila.

While confident that the libel case will never progress, it had caused me undue stress, troubled sleep and financial distress. I thank the students from the Nagkahiusang Kusog sa Estudyante and League of Filipino Students who never faltered in their support to the UP Cebu 10 and the 5 job order workers. We clinched another victory and it is time to clinch more victories in the Avila Ouster Movement.

The moment has come to break the inertia brought about by the summer break; it is time to end the reluctance caused by the fear that came with the several charges leveled by the Avila camp. Let us invigorate the movement we ignited last March and bring UP Cebu to an autonomy guided by democratic governance, collegiality, genuine development and service.

A tall order lies ahead. We shall persist in defending the remaining nine professors and workers still facing a libel complaint and the job-order workers in their perjury case. Most importantly, we shall vigilantly keep watch of the upcoming marathon hearings on the administrative case against Avila, Sharif and Pineda and support the process toward their eventual dismissal.

Padayon sa militanteng pakigbisog hangtod sa kadaugan!

Oust Avila, Sharif and Pineda!
Bring back democracy in UP Cebu!

Chito Patiño
Instructor, UP Cebu College

Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmailby feather

Pinoy jokes (Fish edition)

The best past time for lazy moments is to answer jokes, pinoy-style:

1. Anong tawag sa isdang hinati sa dalawa?

2. Anong tawag sa isdang hinati 5 times?

3. Anong tawag sa pinakamatandang isda?

Got this from a thread in Tristan Cafe Pinoy Forum (http://www.tristancafe.com/forum/12606)



[Credits to Wikimedia Commons for the image above. Accessed at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Georgia_Aquarium_-_Giant_Grouper_edit.jpg on 03 July 2011]

Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmailby feather

PHL vs Sri Lanka Game 2 today, 3PM

Game will be aired later at 3PM over Studio 23.

Azkals in high spirits, all set vs Sri Lanka

Posted at 07/03/2011 1:17 AM | Updated as of 07/03/2011 7:14 AM

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Azkals are ready to go for their home game against the Sri Lankan Brave Reds at the Rizal Memorial Stadium on Sunday as they tangle for the right to advance to the next round of the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifiers.

The Nationals are positive that the hometown advantage will give them the needed boost to get past Sri Lanka, which held them to a 1-1 draw last Wednesday.

Filipino-American Nate Burkey, who scored the team’s lone goal against Sri Lanka, said some of his supporters from the United States will be in the Philippines to watch the game.

“We’re in high spirits as of the moment. We’re gonna give 100% on tomorrow’s (Sunday) match,” said Azkals team captain Aly Borromeo.

For his part, player Anton del Rosario said, “Going home makes a huge difference.”

It would be a historical feat for the Azkals if they get past the Brave Reds as this would mark the first time that the Philippines will advance in a FIFA qualifier.

If they beat Sri Lanka, the Nationals will face higher-ranked Kuwait next.

“Iba ‘yung preparation dito, hindi lang para sa Sri Lanka pati para sa Kuwait,” said team co-captain Chieffy Caligdong.

Asked if they are pressured by their fans’ expectations, Azkals coach Hans Weiss said, “There’s no pressure. The pressure is they could not eat out of excitement and happiness.”

Azkals fans to come in full force; Sri Lankans unfazed

Thousands of Filipino fans are expected to come in full force to the refurbished Rizal Memorial Stadium on Sunday.

Among them are Richard “Ebong” Joson of the Azkals’ fan group “Kaholeros” (Barkers), who assured the Nationals their full support.

“The biggest difference now when they (Sri Lankans) come over here is that the Kaholeros and the rest of the nation will be behind the Azkals,” he said in an interview on ANC’s “Hardball.”

The Philippine Football Federation (PFF) even announced that there will be hundreds more tickets available to accommodate more Azkals fans.

The tickets will come from Sri Lanka’s share as the PFF’s supply has already run out.

Sri Lankan football team captain Rohana Ruwanthilake, however, said they don’t mind playing in front of a hostile crowd.

“It doesn’t matter…we want to win the match tomorrow,” he said.

Sri Lanka’s South Korean coach, Jang Jung, for his part said his team’s morale is high owing to their success in suppressing the Azkals during their last match.

He refused to reveal if they will make changes in their strategy on Sunday.

“Why would I say [it] here? You come tomorrow then you’ll know,” Jang said, laughing.

“Their morale is so high, I think they are ready,” he said of the Brave Reds.

Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmailby feather

Acid test

Ready to Strike

The upcoming search for the cluster heads in UP Cebu will be the acid test of the OIC leadership. UP Cebu, as per the structure approved by the BOR, will consist of four clusters namely: Sciences (NSMD and DCS), Social Sciences (SSD and PED), Humanities and Management.

Nominations will start this Monday.

We will see if there will be a credible search process and more importantly, a credible selection and appointment of cluster heads. Democratic consultation and respect to the voice of the majority must be the guiding rule. The UP Cebu community will no longer accept appointments made mainly on the basis of executive (i.e. dean’s) prerogative.

The All UP Academic Employees Union, All UP Workers Union, and the different student formations will be vigilantly watching the whole search process for the cluster heads.

Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmailby feather

The punching mayor of Davao City

An account from Engr. Mon Ramirez of Arkibong Bayan.

It now appears that:

1. On Thursday, Mayor Duterte had asked the court to delay the demolition because the residents were ready to fight back and she knew it would turn bloody. The lawyer of the residents had filed a petition for a TRO.

2. On Friday. the Mayor asked the demolition team to stay the execution of the order for 2 hours but the sheriff refused..

She probably knew that Judge Carpio, an uncle-in-law, had signed a document ordering the deferment of the demolition for 10 days, effective Friday,  “if only to defuse the social unrest and explosive atmosphere that presently pervade the area in controversy, and to avoid possible bloodshed.”

If the punches were not there and the demolition continued as insisted by the sheriff, one can imagine the bloody confrontation that would hve ensued.

That is the context of the punch in which one should judge the incident.

And here is Bob Marley’s song about a sheriff.



From the Inquirer report:

Duterte had rushed to Barangay Soliman upon being told that a police-backed team was preparing to demolish the shanties of 217 families in the face of angry residents armed with darts, other bladed weapons and hard objects.

In the initial confrontation between the demolition team and the residents, a policeman was hit by a dart in the buttocks.

Duterte arrived just as the demolition team was advancing.

Apparently exhausted from dealing with the floods that hit certain parts of Talomo district, Duterte told the team that she did not want bloodshed.

“I was in the middle of 13,000 people who were badly in need of assistance and here you are doing this?” she said.

She told the team that as early as Thursday, she asked the court to delay the demolition because the residents were ready to fight back and she knew it would turn bloody.

She asked the team to stay the execution of the court order for two more hours, but Andres refused.

“Is that difficult to do when I have successfully done it and I am a woman?” Duterte said, and then asked: “Where is the sheriff?”

Andres emerged and Duterte said: “Dali, sir (Come here, sir).”

As the sheriff was approaching, Duterte punched him twice in the face. When he tried to get away, she held him by the nape and continued punching him.

The mayor then told the stunned members of the team and the police not to proceed with the demolition. “Ayaw, ayaw (Don’t, don’t)!” she said.

The team dispersed and Andres was led away.

‘We’ll defend our rights’

Per the account of Minda Saison, vice chair of the United Settlers Association, the residents were being forced out of the lot claimed by a Jaime Uy of Davao Enterprise Corp.

They received a court order on June 23 telling them to vacate the area. The next day, their lawyer tried to file an appeal but it was not until yesterday that he was able to do so in Cagayan de Oro City.

They asked the demolition team to wait for the court decision but they were ignored.

“[We] will defend our rights. We will not allow them to demolish our properties while we are still waiting for the court’s ruling on our petition for the issuance of a temporary restraining order,” Saison said.

Duterte later admitted to reporters that she was angered by how the sheriff insisted on serving the notice for eviction.

“I was asking for only two hours. Two hours. Why can’t you give that to us? Why do you insist on serving the notice? Do you think the residents will just allow you to demolish their houses without them putting up a fight?” she said.

She added that she managed to convince the residents to agree to relocation after the incident.

Duterte said she was really upset, especially with Judge Carpio, a relative of her husband. She said she had been calling Carpio to at least suspend the demolition, to no avail.

10-day deferment

Carpio declined to comment, saying Duterte’s husband was his nephew.

But he showed the Inquirer a document he had signed ordering the deferment of the demolition, “if only to defuse the social unrest and explosive atmosphere that presently pervade the area in controversy, and to avoid possible bloodshed.”

The deferment took effect Friday and will last for 10 days.

More photos of the demolition here: http://ahs1961.net/agdao/agdaodemolition.htm

Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmailby feather