Pilipinas Kay Ganda

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The controversial logo for the advertisement campaign.

Pilipinas Kay Ganda (lit. Philippines, So Beautiful) was a short-lived advertising campaign made by the Department of Tourism to promote tourism in the Philippines. Launched in 2010, it replaced the WOW Philippines campaign that was launched in 2002.

The tourism slogan used in the campaign was controversial and received mostly negative reception from the Filipino public, even leading to the resignation of the country's then-Tourism Secretary, Alberto Lim. Pilipinas Kay Ganda was eventually replaced with "It's More Fun in the Philippines".[1][2]

Conception[edit]

The advertising agency Campaigns & Grey had advisory capacity over the campaign. The agency design the campaign's logo and theme line.[1] The agency designed the campaign materials free of charge in support of the President Benigno Aquino III's administration. The agency claimed that the released logo was just a study and was released prematurely by the Department of Tourism.[2]

Alleged plagiarism[edit]

Logo of the Polish tourism campaign, Polska. The Pilipinas Kay Ganda's logo was allegedly lifted from its Polish equivalent.

The Pilipinas Kay Ganda campaign logo design was criticized for alleged plagiarism. Discussions on social media pointed out and suspected that the campaign logo was plagiarized from Poland's own tourism campaign, "Polska" (lit. Poland). The logos of Polska and Pilipinas Kay Ganda's font were similar. Both the letter "L" of the campaign slogans were stylized into trees. The difference is that Pilipinas Kay Ganda's letter "L" was stylized into a coconut tree with a smiley face as opposed to Polska's "L" which was stylized into generic tree.[1]

Tourism Secretary Alberto Lim acknowledged that the Philippine campaign slogan bare some similarities with the Polska logo and commented that the Philippine campaign logo was more colorful. Tourism Undersecretary Enteng Romano, in a text message forwareded by Palace Spokesperson Abi Valte, denied that the Philippine campaign logo was plagiarized and that the logo has enough elements to be distinct from Poland's campaign logo.[1]

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