Philippine Ambassador to the UAE Hjayceelyn Quintana at the town hall meeting in Dubai.


Filipino artists wanted for Expo 2020 Philippine Pavilion


DUBAI – Filipinos in the UAE have been told to contribute to the Expo 2020 in Dubai through the Philippine Pavilion, with an official announcing job openings for volunteer mural artists based in the UAE.

Philippine Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Assistant Secretary Rosvi Gaetos announced at a recent town hall meeting in Dubai that the government agency will be requiring mural artists to participate at Expo 2020.

Volunteers can sign up through the Philippine Embassy and Filipino Social Club.

Meanwhile, Philippine Ambassador to the UAE Hjayceelyn Quintana urged Filipino expatriates for support to the Philippine participation at Expo 2020.

“I will be making consultations with you like focus groups and try to come up with what we can do to contribute. We are a very big group here so we have to show our strong participation,” she explained.

DTI Secretary Ramon Lopez, who was also present at the meeting, said Filipinos in the UAE will be “the ambassadors of our participation at the World Expo”.

Lopez said that DTI will create a communications program “so that all of us can explain the meaning of our participation, the meaning behind the Philippine Pavilion.”

This is the first time in nearly a decade that the Philippines is participating in World Expo 2020, organizers said.

Expo 2020 is set to take place from October 20, 2020 to April 10, 2021, with the Philippines preparing a special program at the pavilion on March 16, 2021 to “reset history”. The date marks 500 years after Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan arrived in the Philippines.


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Royal Pineda, CEO of architectural firm Budji Royal, which designed the Philippine pavilion, said 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,” Pineda said in April, adding, “we’re not going to bring the bahay kubo to Dubai.” ICA/Expat Media


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