The Department of Tourism is beaming with pride at the moment as a new photo is going viral around the world right now! It's Fil-Am American Idol star Jessica Sanchez as she poses for "It's more Fun in the Philippines." The slogan which has already received outstanding viral exposure has been seen in different parts of the world -- on buses, walls, t-shirts, and even spoofs!
DOT’s Ren Sapitan in a text to ABS-CBNNews.com said, "Sanchez agreed to have the picture taken with the sign without hesitation to help promote the country’s tourism efforts."
Sapitan also said the picture was taken while the 16-year-old half-Filipina was waiting for President Aquino during her courtesy call in Hilton Hotel, Los Angeles Airport last June 8.
“I showed her the placard and told her that the Tourism Department is promoting its new tourism campaign so I asked her if she would mind having me take her photo with the sign. Without hesitation, she said sure and smiled,” Sapitan said.
A magnet of the logo was also given to Jessica's mom, a Filipina, as a souvenir.
Jessica has never been outside the United States says that she is happy that her first trip out of the U.S. if to her Mom's native country.
Jessica, together with the rest of the Season 11 "Idol" stars, will be in Manila on September 21 for a concert.
“I’ve never been out of the country before. To go to the Philippines for the first time, it must be amazing. I can’t wait,” she said.
So, are you guys excited? Any songs you might want to request from her? Share it! Who knows we can just find a way to let her know. Toink! :o)