Is ‘Philippines’ that hard to spell?
After the mistake of the ASEAN organizers in using “Philppines” in the posters welcoming ASEAN delegates to Manila, US President Donald Trump committed the same mistake and misspelled the name of the host country.
On November 12, Trump tweeted about his trip to the Philippines, but spelled it as “Phillipines.”
“Will be doing a joint press conference in Hanoi, Vietnam then heading for final destination of trip, the Phillipines,” he tweeted.
Trump visited Vietnam for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit as part of his 12-day tour to five Asian countries, with Philippines as his last stop to attend the ASEAN Summit.
Erroneous ASEAN posters
A few days ago, netizens caught the erroneous ASEAN 50 posters with “Philppines” in them, causing them to once again hit the government officials for not delivering on President Rodrigo Duterte’s promise of hiring the best and the brightest.
The latest report showed that the posters have been taken down on the same day they were put up all over Metro Manila. But the Committee on Media Affairs and Strategic Communications (CMASC) of the ASEAN denied printing or distributing the posters.
“These were neither printed nor distributed by the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO), Philippine News Agency (PIA), Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority (TIEZA), Metro manila Development Authority (MMDA), or the Department of Public Works and Highways,” CMASC said in a statement.
“We at the Asean 2017 committee on media affairs and strategic communications developed brand guidelines with an approved final outwork for rollout nationwide. We have directed the immediate removal of the subject tarpaulins or billboards,” it read.
Communications Assistant Secretary Kris Ablan said that the Department of the Interior and Local Government-National Capital Region was actually the one responsible behind the mistake.
The DILG-NCR already issued a statement [that] clarified that it was issued by them, it was posted by them and they already took them down and that they are replacing those posters with the correct spelling of the country, the Philippines,” he said.
As for Trump’s misspelled Philippines, the netizens were quick to tweet about their opinions, too.
One suggested the use of Google to get the spelling right.
Not patient and thorough enough?
Others lamented that some Filipinos could not even spell the name of their country right, referring to the ASEAN posters.
“Holy Molly!!!! Dahil hindi kayo marunong mag-spell ng PHILIPPINES, nilito nyo si Trump – di na nya tuloy alam ang tamang spelling (Phillipines),” a Twitter user said.
Trump arrived in the Philippines in November 12 in time to catch the ASEAN Summit Gala Dinner.
Sources: ( newsinfo.inquirer.net )