The Philippines says “Thank You” to the world for Yolanda recovery efforts

Manila, Philippines - The Department of Tourism (DOT) launched today, February 8, 2014 a global campaign expressing its gratitude to the world for super typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) recovery efforts. In a 1-minute video, the Philippines says 'Thank You' for the outpouring support of other countries.

The Philippines says Thank You to the world

Exactly three months after Typhoon Yolanda hit the Central Philippines and South Luzon, the country is still recovering but want to show a big 'thanks' to the world.

Triggered 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 gratitude is received by everyone, the Philippine Department of Tourism unveiled nine (9) #PHThankYou billboards around the world, specifically in the following places:

  • Times Square, New York, U.S.
  • Piccadilly Circus, London, U.K.
  • 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.

Filipinos are encouraged to download one of the templates in itsmorefuninthephilippines website, and write a "thank you" note to the world for the volunteers, donations, pledges, and every thing in between. Then, post the image to DOT Facebook page or tag @TourismPHL on Twitter.


Typhoon Haiyan is recorded as the strongest typhoon to hit the planet in recent history. Last November 8, 2013, it devastated the central region of the Philippines. Typhoon Yolanda left more than 6,200 dead according to reports.

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