The Philippines says "Thank You" to the World - Sydney billboard unveiled at 7.40am this morning

Thank you.jpgToday (8 February 2014) at 4:40am Manila time, exactly three months after Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines, the country launched a global campaign expressing its gratitude to the world, having received an outpouring of support following the devastating effects of the typhoon.

The Sydney billboard was unveiled at 7.40am this morning on the corner of William street and Darlinghurst Road, Sydney, to an excited crowd of Filipino-Australians (pictured below) who wished to share their appreciation with the world.
Philippines-thank-you.jpgTriggered by an overwhelming sense of appreciation, which has been strongly expressed in social media - for example, #PHthankyou, this groundswell of gratitude is captured in a Thank You campaign created by Filipinos from all over the world. Depicting different ways of expressing their heartfelt appreciation, various messages and images in social media showed the world that foreign support and encouragement has made, and continues to make, all the difference in the country's ongoing rehabilitation and rebuilding efforts.

Hoping to ensure this gratitude is received by everyone, the Philippine Department of Tourism has crafted a thank you message displayed through print ads and billboards in iconic places across the world, specifically:

- Times Square, New York, US
- Piccadilly Circus, London, UK
- Potsdamer Platz cor. Leipziger Platz, Berlin, Germany
- Lafayette Mogador, Paris, France
- Shibuya Crossing, Tokyo, Japan
- ION Orchard, Singapore
- Yonge-Dundas Square, Toronto, Canada
- Darlinghurst, Sydney, Australia
- Paiknam Building, Jung-gu, Seoul, Korea

All the people across the globe who have expressed sympathies and who have extended support, financial or otherwise, are invited to witness this message of appreciation from the Philippines and help share the country's profound gratitude to the rest of the world. Using the hashtag #PHthankyou, people around the world can continue to share their support and appreciation.

3 Comments

Confused said:

So our aid money was spent on a tourism campaign?

Don't be confused... said:

If it brings in more much needed money.

bryantpark said:

@Confused...The campaign was funded through the Tourism Department's own budget. You can check how your donations were spent at the Foreign Aid Transparency Hub (FAiTH) website. Google it.

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