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The Department Of Tourism Allegedly Copied South African Advertisement

The Department of Tourism (DOT) is now facing issues and controversies for allegedly copying the advertisement of South Africa.

Plagiarism is an act of copying someone else’s work and giving them no credits, it is also considered as a form of stealing. An act of plagiarism is punishable and has corresponding sanctions and penalties, which depends on the original owner.

On Sunday (June 11, 2017) before Independence Day, DOT released a one-minute commercial featuring the beautiful sceneries and different types of people here in the Philippines. It also shows the tradition and culture of the Filipino people.

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A Japanese tourist exploring the Philippines narrated the whole video saying: “Here, you don’t have to see the sun to discover radiance. You don’t have to see colors to experience vibrance. You don’t have to see smiles to know you are safe. You don’t have to see to feel you are home.”

The commercial video also shows the hospitality of the Filipinos and their love to other people even towards foreigners. In the end of the video, it was revealed that the man is blind while walking on Vigan’s cobblestone streets.

DOT Advertisement

The netizens immediately react and give negative feedback on the touching video. They were accusing DOT of plagiarizing the advertisement from the “Meet South Africa” commercial, which was released last year.

South African Advertisement

Reddit users were calling on Tourism Secretary Wanda Teo to be accountable for copying the advertisement from another commercial video. Some netizen also joked that director Brilliante Mendoza should be the one who directed the video.

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What can you say about this video? Do you really think that DOT’s advertisement was a copycat of South African’s commercial video? Just feel free to leave your comments and reactions for this article.

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