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Feb 13, 2014
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Slowly but surely, our kababayans in Tacloban are getting back on their feet after being hit by the mother of all typhoons, Yolanda. The Filipino spirit is waterproof, indeed.

Aside from our bayanihan and never-say-die attitude, we also have the whole world to thank. Without foreign aid, we'd have found it really hard to gather all the necessary funding and support to get back on track. So it just makes sense that we holler out a resounding "Salamat!" to the whole world.

Leave it to the Department of Tourism to take care of the job. Check out the #PHThankYou video below that has gone viral:

                                    

Uploaded to the DOT's YouTube account last Friday, the clip has garnered over 230,000 views in just five days. Whoa! And we tell you, the comments section is filled with heart-warming messages from viewers! Nakakataba ng puso, mga pre!

We couldn't stress this enough: we owe the world big time. According to the government's FAITH (Foreign Aid Transparency Hub) portal, our country has already received almost P650-million in cash from Yolanda-related donations. And that's aside from the pledges other countries have promised.

Gudjab, DOT! The video is a great start, but we feel we can do more to express our appreciation. We list down below several ideas you can use to show the Good Samaritans of the world your appreciation!


REVEAL THE BEST ADOBO RECIPES

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Ah, adobo. The oily vinegar-a-toyo-based dish that has grown to be so popular, even folks from other countries like it! Still, no matter how hard they try, the best adobo will always be made by a Pinoy, thanks to our years of experience making and eating it.

So how about saying "Thank you, world!" by teaching our foreign friends how to make the best chicken or pork adobo? Share the dish, share the love, share the busog-lusog ligaya! Check out these recipes from Yummy.ph for awesome ways to cook adobo.


RINGSIDE TICKETS TO THE PACQUIAO-MAYWEATHER FIGHT

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Okay, okay, a fight between the Pacman and Money May will likely remain an unchecked item in our bucket list. However, if the boxing gods finally smile upon us and the match pushes through, we say offer a few ringside tickets so that they'll know up-close how much of a beast our Pambansang Kamao truly is.


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TOUR OF VIGAN...IN A KALESA!

                                   


Vigan is known for longganisa and bagnet. But for us, the real draw of the place is its kalesa rides and old-school architecture. Nothing like a ride on a horse-drawn carriage through a place that seems stuck in the glory days of the Spanish rule to relax the senses. Our bros and sis from other nationalities will surely find it worthwhile.

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AN ATV RIDE ON THE SLOPES OF MOUNT MAYON

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The almost-perfect cone of Mayon Volcano isn't just for postcards, it's also used as a venue for off-road ATV (All Terrain Vehicle) fun! Ride one of these bad-ass dirt buggies up Mayon's slopes to get your outdoor adrenaline fix. Sounds like an epic adventure, no?


WATCH A MANILA CLASICO GAME

                                   


Forget adobo and kalesas; if there's one thing we want the world to know, it's that we're crazy about hoops. And what better way to show just that by inviting them to the Smart Araneta or MOA Arena to witness the next Manila Clasico match between Barangay Ginebra and San Mig Coffee! Over 20,000 rabid fans and heart-stopping plays should be enough to show the world we've got passion and talent for the sport.

So again, thank you rest of the world! The help you offered Yolanda victims is very much appreciated!

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