In partnership with UNICEF, soccer icon David Beckham completed a two-day tour of the Philippines Friday posing for pictures later posted on his Facebook page, just over three months after the strongest super-typhoon to hit the planet devastated the archipelago.
“Very humbled to have spent the last few days in the Philippines with UNICEF meeting those affected by Typhoon Haiyan,” he said via his Facebook page. “A big thank you to everyone who donated all over the world – you have made a huge difference that I have been able to witness first hand.”
This was Beckham’s second visit with UNICEF to the storm-ravaged republic since 2011, when he visited a shelter in Manila even playing in an exhibition soccer game.
The UN said recently that close to 14 million people were affected overall.
Although the country has recovered quickly, much works needs to be done.
The Philippine Department of Tourism crafted a “Thank You” campaign on February 8 highlighted by billboards and print ads to be displayed in cities across the world as a thank-you from the Filipino people.
The ads will be displayed in several cities around the world including Yonge-Dundas Square in Toronto and New York’s Times Square.