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Look: Philippines’ Expo 2020 Dubai pavilion unveiled

 

DUBAI – After an eight-year break from the World Expo, the Philippines is back with a bang in Expo 2020 in Dubai.

Expat Media was given a preview of the pavilion design in April, with architectural firm
Budji Royal saying that the Philippines’ entry in Expo 2020 will “reset history” by presenting the modern Filipino.

“We don’t want it to be a museum… What we want to show is the mindset of Filipinos today,” pavilion designer Royal Pineda said, adding, “we’re not going to bring the bahay kubo to Dubai.”

Here’s all you need to know about the Filipino pavilion:

What is it?

The Philippine pavilion is a coral reef-inspired architectural showpiece that aims to showcase Filipino ingenuity, design, culture, food and more.

Philippine pavilion at Expo 2020 in Dubai

What is its claim to fame?

The pavilion is set to be the Philippines’ biggest World Expo pavilion yet, with a total area of 3,163sqm and 1,386sqm dedicated to the pavilion structure.

How much does it cost?

Philippine Department of Trade and Industry Secretary Ramon Lopez said that a budget of P1 billion (Dh71.5 million) has been allocated for the project.

Where will it be located?

It will sit in the Sustainability District of the Dubai Expo 2020 site, between the pavilions of Canada and Portugal.

Philippine pavilion at Expo 2020 in Dubai

What can visitors see at the pavilion?

The multi-tiered pavilion will house pockets of gardens featuring local flora and fauna. It will also have viewing decks, exhibit areas, and a winding walkway spanning 385sqm.

Philippine pavilion at Expo 2020 in Dubai

Any other interesting feature we shouldn’t miss?

Check out the special interactive area that allows visitors to walk through tropical rain without getting wet. And get your camera ready for a selfie in the forest of inverted trees.

Philippine pavilion at Expo 2020 in Dubai

What else can we do at the pavilion?

You can check out the gift shop featuring Filipino crafts, or eat at the restobar that serves modern Filipino cuisine.

Philippine pavilion at Expo 2020 in Dubai

When will it open?

The pavilion will open along with Expo 2020 Dubai on October 20, 2020 and will be available for public viewing until April 10, 2021.

Philippine pavilion at Expo 2020 in Dubai

Is there any special program at the pavilion during that time?

Yes. The Philippines has prepared a special program at the pavilion on March 16, 2021, which marks 500 years after Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan arrived in the Philippines.

What will happen to the pavilion after Expo 2020?

It will be dismantled and rebuilt at its permanent home in New Clark City, Philippines. ICA/Expat Media

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