“It’s more fun in the Philippines.”
This is the newest slogan of the country’s tourism campaign. But a foreigner has seen more than fun in the Philippines, but also hope and giving. So for Jeremy Smith, the Filipino nation is a face of happiness and optimism, that despite all the difficulties and lack, there are always reasons to celebrate life.
Jeremy Smith is a 22-year old guy from Albuquerque, New Mexico. Back in 2010, he sold his construction business and then purchased a ticket to Singapore. In 2011, he came to the Philippines on vacation and instantly fell in love with the people.
In his bus ride to Masbate, he saw kids carrying what he thought were gas cans, only to find out that they were really delivering water. That scene touched him and he witnessed the same thing in Tacloban a week later.