It’s More Fun in The Philippines

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ASEAN Tourism Forum, Manado, Indonesia

The Philippines Department of Tourism unveiled its new slogan a couple of weeks ago – “It’s More Fun in the Philippines” and while there is some controversy (The Swiss say they had it first) and some bickering on their official Facebook fan page (some images may not be suitable for minors), they rocked it during the dinner they hosted for the ASEAN Tourism Forum (ATF2012) delegates at the Sutanraja Hotel in Manado on January 13th, 2012.

Scrumptious food, splendid entertainment, and speeches just the way we like them – short and with oomph, were the order of the night.

The Honorable Ramon Jimenez Jr., Tourism Secretary for the Philippines, said the campaign highlights the country’s edge over other tourism destinations — the Filipino people.

Manado Indonesia TRAVEX ATF2012 ASEAN Ramon Jimenes Jr. Philippines Department of Tourism

“Our strategy is simple: while other countries invite you to observe, Filipinos can promise a more heartfelt and interesting experience. Wherever you go, whatever you do in the country, it’s the Filipinos that will complete your vacation and will make your holiday unforgettable,” he said.

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His speech capped off a delicious meal of local Filipino food and desserts. Too bad they ran out of the shrimp though – but I guess that was a testament to how good it was.

Manado Indonesia TRAVEX ATF2012 Philippines shrimp dish

Manado Indonesia TRAVEX ATF2012 Filipino food

Manado Indonesia TRAVEX ATF2012 Philippines hosted dinner

Manado Indonesia TRAVEX ATF2012 desserts at Philippines hosted dinner

Manado Indonesia - Sutanraja Hotel - Philippines Department of Tourism delegates at ASEAN Tourism Forum 2012

The speech ended with stellar performances from Filipino artists.

Manado Indonesia TRAVEX ATF2012 entertainment Philippines hosted dinner

Including an outstanding performance from “show violinist” Jake Gacang — one of the finalists for Pilipinas Got Talent

Manado Indonesia TRAVEX ATF2012 Philippines hosted dinner -- Jake Juleous Gacang show violinist performing -- filipino violinist

The Philippines certainly showed its hospitality this night.

If you have a moment, check out the It’s More Fun in The Philippines website and their Official Facebook fan page where you can submit your memes on what’s fun in the Philippines for you.

Here’s an example of what you’ll see over there…

philippines department of tourism planking it's more fun in the philippines

And just for even more fun, here’s the original brochure from the campaign for It’s More Fun in Switzerland. Oh, and it’s from 1951.

it's more fun in switzerland brochure 1951

So I’d like to hear from you!

Do you think “It’s More Fun in the Philippines” is a rip-off of “It’s More Fun in Switzerland”?

I am a travel blogger and freelance travel writer. I left behind my cubicle-shaped cell to see the world. Now I inspire others to shake the shackles and escape through travel. This is my blog.

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