Philippines tourism website pulled after porn confusion

Philippines tourism website pulled after porn confusion

Plus: Why their new tourism tagline isn't going down so well
A screenshot of www.beautifulpilipinas.com. Athough the website was taken down, screenshots can still be found on blogs such as www.newmedia.com.ph.

The Philippines' government has been forced to take down a re-branded tourism website after many enraged Filipinos pointed out that its domain was almost identical to that of a porn website.

The site, www.beautifulpilipinas.com, is only two letters different from a website that features hardcore porn images on the home page. “Pilipinas” is the local spelling of the country’s name.

The site was pulled down on Tuesday, a day after it went live amid much fanfare, a Philippine Department of Tourism spokesperson in Hong Kong confirmed.

Ministry spokeswoman Evelyn Macayayong said the government took down the website because the content was not edited thoroughly and that there were allegations of plagiarism from other websites, according to a report in the Inquirer Global Nation. She did not say when a new website will be put back up.

The website was introduced alongside a new tourism slogan, “Pilipinas kay Ganda,” which is also drawing ire from the Filipino public. The phrase is Tagalog for “Philippines, What a Beauty.”

“We are trying to entice foreigners to come here. How are they going to understand? First of all, why not in English which is the universal language of the globe today?” Filipino senator Miriam Defensor- Santiago told The Philippine Star.

Netizens slammed the slogan as unimaginative and called for their old slogan, “Wow Philippines,” to be reinstated.

The criticism comes less than a month after the Filipino government pledged P100 million for a new media public relations blitz to revamp the country’s image after a bungled bus hostage rescue in Manila in August that left eight Hong Kong tourists dead.

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