Tourism Secretary Frasco's "Bisita Be My Guest" Program Draws Flak Online

Tourism Secretary-designate Christina Frasco made some headlines on social media after Duterte and even Marcos supporters took to social media criticizing her brainchild program "Bisita Be My Guest."

In a Facebook post, veteran blogger and prominent Duterte supporter Mark Lopez asked politely the Department of Tourism Secretary to drop the name she coined for the program her department will introduce to usher the reopening of Philippine tourism, with more focus in the island of Mindanao. 

The said Tourism program of Secretary Frasco dubbed "Bisita Be My Guest" provides monetary incentives to all OFW's who can invite relatives, friends and tourists to visit the Philippines. 

DOT's "Bisita Be My Guest" which could be translated as "BBM Guest" draws flak from social media influencers and users who criticized the Tourism Secretary for using the name BBM despite the huge victory during the last presidential election. 

Mark Lopez appealed to the Secretary of Tourism, Sec. Christina Frasco to scrap the name and better yet, come up with a much better name for the said program. 

Lopez raised the questions about the program, although he noted that he understands the good Secretary mean well but to call it BBM (Bisita Be My) Guest is just too much. 

The veteran blogger and radio host argued that since we are talking about tourism, definitely it will have wide international exposure. Therefore, the program should focus more on the country not about BBM and should go beyond BBM's term and continue working regardless who is the sitting President. 

Mark Lopez added further with confidence that President Bongbong Marcos wouldn't approve it because it smacks of EPALISM. 

The veteran blogger who supported both former President Rody Duterte and President Bongbong Marcos vocally on social media ended his FB Post by reiterating his appeal to drop the program name and replace it with pronto:

Read the Complete Statement of Mark Lopez:

Naku Secretary Christina Garcia Frasco of the Department of Tourism - Philippines…

Huwag po! Please lang, scrap the name please!!!

Maybe you mean well and all, pero to call your latest tourism campaign as “Bisita Be My (BBM) Guest” program is too much!

Mawalang galang na Madam Sec, pero bukod po sa napaka plain speaking and redundant (Bisita na, Guest pa), yung pagpilit na gawin BBM ang acronym ng nasabing toursim campaign eh so contrived and masyado pong pilit.

We are talking of tourism here, and it will have wide international exposure. It should be about our country, and not about the President, regardless of who is the sitting one at the moment. 

Si President Bongbong Marcos mismo siguro unang aayaw jan as it smacks of EPALISM.

Please Madam Sec, discard the program name and replace it immediately.

For the sake of PBBM and our country

Netizens who were also supporters of both Duterte and Marcos joined the converasations as they shared their reactions and sentiments regarding the controversial slogan and program of the Department of Tourism. 

Here's Some of the Comments Posted on FB:

Lola Angie: I think the Sec of Tour is so excited of everything "BBM BaBangonMuli", sa pamamagitan nang tourism, nothing wrong with passion and love of tourism "Bisitahin Bansang Minamahal", maybe she can ask school kids, to come up with idea with a price to tour the tourist spot and be the image inviting images and welcoming pilipino people of all ages.

Darryl Yap: anchaka hahahaha naku, VP’s aide pa naman si mam pero sorry. anchaka haha

Joshua Javier: mas okay na sa akin yung "It's more fun in the Philippines" slogan, it already worked that way pero kung sa tingin nila ay talagang bubunga ng maganda, then they can proceed; pero syempte iisipin kasi ng iba na ginagalingan lang ng ating mga government official para matuwa si PBBM sa kanila; pwede naman gamitin uli ang BBM acronym pero something more creative

or allow the Filipino people to make a program and creatively think of a better tourism slogan with initiatives or system reform to boost our tourism in the country

Mae Theresa: ganito ang dapat pag puna ng nasa gobyerno dahil kong d nating sila pupunahin.. hndi magiging matagumpay ang hinahangad nating lahat na pag babago

Richard Salocin: WOW Philippines! or It's More fun in the Philippines is MORE attractive slogan.Make it easy for them(tourist)to remember.

Tessa Roines: I agree, stop promoting the name, its about the PHILIPPINES now not the Marcoses, tapos na Election..!

Lee Chen: Hindi nga basta nagpapamedia c PBBM kc Di sya Epal gagawin NYO nmng epal Yung nananahimik... huwag masyadong sipsip madam at ang pangit pong tingnan...Hindi kelngan ang pagpapabango s pangulo s gnyang paraan matino at tapat n trabaho LNG po pra tulungan c PBBM n maiangat ang Bayan yon lng po sapat na.

Source: Mark Lopez FB Page

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