Department of Tourism puts up "Thank You" messages for Yolanda aid in New York and other foreign cities

Showing gratitude never goes out of style.

Marlon Tano of Agence France-Presse (via reports that several electronic billboards in different parts of the world flashed the phrase "The Philippines says thank you" on Saturday (February 8) as part of the Department of Tourism's (DOT) campaign to show Filipinos' gratitude "for the massive outpouring of international help" after typhoon Yolanda struck last November.

According to the report, "electronic billboards lit up with 'Thank you' signs at New York’s Times Square, Galeries Lafayette in Paris, Tokyo’s Shibuya Crossing, London’s Piccadilly Circus and five other cities at 2040 GMT Friday, exactly three months after Super Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) struck the central Philippines."


On its Twitter account, DOT explained that the campaign was the Philippines' way of saying "a big thank you to everyone who are helping us rebuild after Typhoon Haiyan." The hashtag #PHthankyou accompanied posts of the e-billboards’ photos.


<>Super typhoon Yolanda, which was known as the strongest storm of 2013, left more than 6,000 people dead. Last December, the United Nations launched an international aid appeal for $788 million "to finance the humanitarian effort" for typhoon survivors in 2014.


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