The Department of Tourism says it will not allow a single video dampen their efforts to prove that it is indeed more fun in the Philippines.
In fact, it is not affected by a now viral video of an expat who enumerated his reasons why he doesn't like the Philippines.
“If he has 20 reasons why he is not fond of our country, we can get 20 million reasons more why it is more fun in the Philippines,” Tourism Assistant Secretary and spokesperson Benito Bengzon told Yahoo! Southeast Asia.
A video titled “20 Reasons Why I Dislike Philippines” featured an American expat identified as Jimmy Sieczka. The video was apparently shot in Cebu City as a Robinsons Cebu sign is visible in one of the scenes.
The video was originally uploaded on Youtube but it was later taken down and now can be seen on the Channelfix website. As of this writing, the video was viewed 54,693 times, according to the website.
“Hi, I'm Jimmy. I've been living and working in the Philippines for three and a half years. In that time, I've seen and experienced all the beauty and wonders that this country has to offer. I've also seen and experienced all the fucking bullshit that this country has to offer,” Sieczka said in the introduction of his video essay.
Sieczka's “hate list” includes: a gigantic hole on the sidewalk temporarily covered up by a trash can, street vendors who sell sexual performance enhancer, the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, the lack of proper sanitation in market food stalls, Pinoys' obsession with whitening products, pollution, plastic bags on the street, drivers who ignore traffic laws, lazy security guards, and so on.
Bengzon said the DOT listens to all the comments on the country, whether positive or negative, and calls the attention of the government to act on these matters.
He added that though the department recognizes the issues depicted in the video, it is not at all worried that it could affect the country’s tourism campaign.
“We are not worried. Mas marami pa rin ang positive factors,” Bengzon told Yahoo!
He added, “The important thing to remember here is that this is a one-man opinion against the millions of Filipinos who still love the Philippines."
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