For a nation of big sports fans, it seems like public support for local designs to be used in the 2019 Southeast Asian Games is not quite there.
When the official logo for the sporting event was introduced late last year, netizens wasted no time in spoofing—and criticizing—the design. The infamous circle logo, as well as the Philippine SEA Games Organizing Committee (PHISGOC), drew even more flak for pushing through with the design. This despite calls for a new logo and submissions of alternatives.
Once again, the committee is in hot waters with the reveal of the official mascot.
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🔸 Meet "PAMI" – "Pami" is the official mascot of the 2019 SEA Games. "Pami," short for the Filipino word "pamilya,"or "family" is a smiling sponge ball-type figure. pic.twitter.com/9jvAJjWgJZ
— SEA Sports News (@sea_sports_news) January 8, 2019
Pami, as described in the post, is a “smiling sponge, ball-type figure.” The name is a shortened term for the Filipino word pamilya or family.
Netizens quickly unleashed their humor on Twitter.
— jhun carl (@jhuncarlll) January 9, 2019
The eternal queen making her presence felt.
— Chell 🐚 (@chellataizaa) January 9, 2019
Ooops, no offense meant.
Kapatid ba ni Rainbow King si Pami? pic.twitter.com/na8ntWkVPo
— architect (@arki_is_life) January 9, 2019
Rainbow King might’ve found his long-lost brother.
We’re not sure if it’s a glow up or the other way around, though.
Pamilya nga raw.
Annalise’s facial expression says it all.
We were not aware that this type of eye drop exists.
Water could do the job for others.
yall better wake up we need quality content pic.twitter.com/obHTx7lwBQ
— j e m (@hopescreaming25) January 9, 2019
Would the housemates eliminate Pami if it was in PBB?
Lol i love how they themselves dont even know what Pami is, is it a sponge? Is it a ball? Or baka naman kwek kwek o fishball yan. Dissappointed in our country
— bahista (@SupImZach) January 9, 2019
We’ll keep you posted.
Jokes aside, others were more straightforward in expressing their disappointment over the design.
"Pami" is short for "Nakakahiya. We can do wayyyyyyyyyyyyy better than this" https://t.co/PTZLF0IrqI
— danilo (@danieltaojo) January 9, 2019
That’s quite the translation.
Yung mascot ng 2019 SEA Games na si Pami, sa Microsoft Paint na Windows 98 ginawa. pic.twitter.com/6dJN6VvmbE
— Cardi Batungbakal (@johnebora) January 9, 2019
Adobe to the rescue.
Pami… pamisting disenyo. Nasaan ang artistic side niyan? Wala.
— GreenRanger (@VerseBott2585) January 10, 2019
This tweet is #SorryNotSorry.
What are your thoughts on Pami?
Featured Image by Madel Crudo
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