How to make your own “It’s More Fun in the Philippines” Meme

Hot Air Balloon Festival, Clark Pampanga (Every February of the year)

UPDATE VI: The DOT linked back to my tutorial from their official website!

UPDATE V: Lester Bambico has programmed and uploaded an “It’s More Fun” app into the Android Marketplace. More details here (with screenshots!)

UPDATE IV: Looks like some of my work is featured in SPOT.PH. Three of them. Including the tutorial.

UPDATE III: Someone made a DOT Philippines now has an official “More Fun” maker over the weekend. You can visit the site at http://www.morefunmaker.com/. It allows you to upload a photo, add a caption and choose whether to place it on top or at the bottom of the image. If you’re not comfortable using Photoshop or any other photo editing tool, this is the easiest way to get your “More Fun” meme out!

UPDATE II: The amazing Arnold Gamboa (@arnoldgamboa on Twitter) used his coding skills to build a living Twitter wall where you can view the crowd-made “It’s More Fun in the Philippines” photos. Nice one! The site is: http://www.itsmorefuninthephilippinespics.com/. To be included here, all you need to do is Tweet your photo + include the #ItsMoreFunInThePhilippines hashtag. The site grabs photos every 5 minutes.

UPDATE: Added an extra step to focus on SEO for image search and added more examples below. Enjoy!

It’s More Fun in the Philippines. You know the new DOT online campaign works because it really gets netizens involved. Most are using the hashtag (#ItsMoreFunInThePhilippines) but others are getting their creative juices flowing and making their own DOT-inspired images based on their personal experiences around the 7,000++ islands.

Now I’m pretty sure BBDO Guerrero will provide an easy to use web tool where anyone can upload photos and add text from the new It’s More Fun in the Philippines site. But in the meantime, here’s one way you can create your own “Philipp-FUN” memes.

Are you ready? Let’s go!

STEP 1: Find an image taken from the Philippines and make sure you’re given permission to use it. Better yet, use your own photos. In this case, here’s a shot of Jan Acosta during our Tubbataha live aboard trip last April 2011. This was taken at 15 ft in out last dive for the week-long expedition and we were really just goofing around in the sand.

STEP 2: Insert witty copy. Remember, if it takes too long to think about it, it probably isn’t witty. Brevity is the soul of wit.

STEP 3: Download the Harabara Font. It’s free. [DOWNLOAD HERE]

STEP 4: Open Photoshop or any editing software and let your creative juices unfold. If you’re on Photoshop, you may want to adjust the opacity of the font by a bit. This allows you to see through the text. You can do this by selecting the layer of text and sliding the opacity and / or fill between 50% – 90% depending on the image you’re using vis a vis the background of choice. You can find that option on the lower right hand side of Photoshop. BTW I’m not a Photoshop expert so if any of you know other ways to do this, please chime in!

STEP 5: Upload and have fun! Wait I am forgetting a very important step. For purposes of search in Google Images, you may want to rename your file with the location where it was shot and include “more fun in the Philippines” so for instance this photo of Jan running underwater is renamed as “diving more fun in the philippines.jpg”

Here’s why:

Here are other examples I made for the “It’s More Fun in the Philippines” meme:the ruins of bacolod

The Lacson Ruins in Silay, Negros (Bacolod)

Clownfish all over the Philippines

Common clownfish “nemo” found all over the Philippines (Taken in Anilao, Batangas)

Barrel Sponge

A rage face barrel coral in Tubbataha Reef, Sulu Sea

School of Jacks in Tubbataha

School of Jacks in Tubbataha Reef, Sulu Sea

Tubbataha, Topside.

Lobster apartment complex shot in Tubbataha, Sulu Sea.

Two of my buddies chasing a giant manta ray. Shot in Tubbataha, Sulu Sea.

This is my lens vs a very curious pipefish. Shot in Anilao, Batangas.

72 Responses to “How to make your own “It’s More Fun in the Philippines” Meme”

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  3. matt says:

    mahaha benta yung photo. galing!

  4. Ladyoutdoor says:

    thanks for this! I’ll create my own soon! and spread it as well! :-)

  5. [...] out Jayvee Fernandez’s tutorial on how to create your own “More fun in the Philippines” meme. I did this using GIMP (it’s like Photoshop but it’s free!). To add text and change the [...]

  6. Berniemack says:

    Thanks Jayvee!!:D

  7. zimatar says:

    “Floods. More fun in the Philippines.” <<not so keen on this…

  8. @zimstar yup i was hesitant to post this one but it is what it is — flooding is a natural process and our wetlands are really beautiful.

  9. [...] is the best I came up with. Tip: Use the Harabara font, which you can download for free! . Click here for further tips on how you can create your own “It’s More Fun in the [...]

  10. [...] numerous takes on this have sprouted all over Facebook and these are some samples I have taken from A Bugged Life by Jayvee Fernandez.  Aside from the pics, Jayvee has put up instructions on how Filipinos can make [...]

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  13. Leanne says:

    Hi can I borrow the anti aging photo for our travel agency’s fb page? thanks!

  14. [...] So I was inspired by  Jayvee’s post about the latest Department of Tourism slogan, It’s More Fun in The Philippines. Say whatever [...]

  15. Andre says:

    http://itsmoreFun.in/thePhilippines Create your own Ad Image easily, even use all the free images on Flickr. Easy to use Meme Generator.

  16. sure. just credit this site.

  17. [...] you’d like to join in the fun, Jayvee Fernandez has a how-to blog post, including a link to download the font used in the [...]

  18. Alvin Abas says:

    Jayvee
    Floood…very insensitive. 1000+ dead and 1000+ missing. 200T misplaced. The pictures are of dead kids, bloated and mangled. The whole city is in tatters and almost decimated. They never had a chance to celebrate christmas. Have a heart, man. Theres a million other catchphrases, please exclude flood for now.

  19. [...] it. I made one here from MoreFunMaker.com (If you have photoshop skills, check out Jayvee’s How to make your own “It’s More Fun in the Philippines” Meme. It is a photo I took of my husband and myself in Boracay where we were just enjoying ourselves, [...]

  20. thanks for sharing how to make my own meme. :)

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  22. [...] I encourage you to create your own food memes too that will fit in promoting the Philippines as a fun food destination. Feel free to post your food photos Facebook and Twitter with the hash tags #ItsMoreFunInThePhilippines #1ForFun so that it will automatically be collated. Feel free to share our post in Facebook. Check out this tutorial on How to Create Your Own It’s More Fun in the Philippines Meme. [...]

  23. [...] …Contributions from people like frequent diver and blogging superstar Jayvee Fernandez, who has written a step-by-step guide on creating your own #ItsMoreFunInThePhilippines images: [...]

  24. Rap says:

    I already downloaded the font, and now I dont know how to do it next… Gusto ko sanang ilagay sya sa Word and Powerpoint 2003 kaso hindi ako marunong. HELP!

  25. K says:

    thanks for the meme maker! I made one! hehehe The photo is by Sherwin Castillo (because I must give credit where credit is due) http://i43.tinypic.com/2h5v7kj.jpg

  26. [...] you need help, here’s Jayvee’s tuto­r­ial — he used Pho­to­shop, I used Pix­el­ma­tor (because Pho­to­shop for Mac is expensive!). [...]

  27. [...] + include the #ItsMoreFunInThePhilippines hashtag. The site grabs photos every 5 minutes. -> http://abuggedlife.comCheck out my own version belownuffnang_bid="7c0771e72af522fc3476ebfee32cb11f"; [...]

  28. [...] Stick to the text style: Pre-text is short, smart, witty. It’s laid-out to have same length as “Philippines”. Make “Philippines” as big as possible on the photos.  More tips here from Jayvee. [...]

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  31. Angela Palacio says:

    Share this in my fb status, thanks. I’ll be experimenting on my own meme too. Way to keep the fun and excitement rolling!!

  32. levyousa says:

    the pictures are awesome. I am looking for photos at my memory card now to create my own :)

  33. Arstrain says:

    Pa join ;)

  34. [...] on Pinterest’s most popular images. Diver and blogger Jayvee Fernandez has also posted useful tips on how to join in the fun and create your own “It’s More Fun in the Philippines” meme. The meme has also made it to Buzzfeed.com, with a [...]

  35. [...] on Pinterest’s most popular images. Diver and blogger Jayvee Fernandez has also posted useful tips on how to join in the fun and create your own “It’s More Fun in the Philippines” meme. The meme has also made it to Buzzfeed.com, with a [...]

  36. [...] on Pinterest’s most popular images. Diver and blogger Jayvee Fernandez has also posted useful tips on how to join in the fun and create your own “It’s More Fun in the Philippines” meme. The meme has also made it to Buzzfeed.com, with a [...]

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  38. [...] You can also do it like my image above. Try the MoreFunMaker.com (If you have photoshop skills, check out Jayvee’s How to make your own “It’s More Fun in the Philippines” Meme. [...]

  39. fba says:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TK_nEQXnYSc
    Share ko lang mga boss! App Generator para sa
    “It’s more fun in the Philippines”, salamat! check nyo n lang din dito http://apps.facebook.com/itsmorefunpilipinas

  40. useful site, was able to use the official font to do my version

  41. SLJayvie18 says:

    astig…. cool…
    pagpatuloy nui lang poh ang pag aadvertise ng ating bansa..

    pa2nay lang ne2 na marami pa ding magagandang anyo.. sa ating bansa kahit na madaming nangyayaring pangit sa anyo ng ating bansa,!!!

    PROUD TO BE PINOY..!!!
    I LOVE PINAS !!!

  42. jerome says:

    Thank you for giving me notion about my project..absolutely, sharing is more fun in the philippines.

  43. corkescrews says:

    Hey Jayvee. We updated the site a bit and point to this tutorial. Thanks a bunch for making it! :D

    > http://itsmorefuninthephilippines.com/

  44. Someone took your meme idea and turn a positive thing into something funny yet put the philippines in a bad light… check it out here… http://jokephotos.org/funny-photos-about-different-nationalities/philippines-funny-photos-about-different-nationalities/its-more-fun-in-the-philippines-joke-posters/

  45. yodi says:

    This is totally inspiring and Fun… I got here while browsing the official ItsmorefuninthePhilippines site.
    I’m a bit late in joining the morefuninthephilippines euphoria but thanks to this tutorial – will also upload my own posters soon.

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