At the Philippine Pavilion in Expo 2020 Dubai.


Filipino groups in UAE vow support for Bangkota at Expo 2020


DUBAI – Filipino groups in the UAE have expressed their full support by encouraging Filipino expatriates to be brand ambassadors of the Bangkóta, the Philippine Pavilion at Expo 2020 in Dubai.

Filipino Social Club (Filsoc) President Ericson Reyes said that the group will be participating in several activities.

“The Filipino communities here in the UAE will be actively participating in events in line with the Philippines Pavilion at Expo 2020. Several activities that the Filipino Social Club will be participating will put a spotlight in our talent in the arts, which will highlight cultural references in our efforts to promote the country and our pavilion,” Reyes said.

As a start, Filsoc is sending a 150-member choir to perform at the Philippine Pavilion opening ceremony on October 1. The group is also helping Philippine Department of Trade and Industry (PDTI) to sign up volunteers for the pavilion.

The Philippine Business Council-Dubai and Northern Emirates (PBC-DNE), which recently launched the official Bangkota song and unveiled the official vehicle of the Bangkota mascot, announced more ground activities.

“We have prepared several digital campaigns and ground activities to share the story of the Bangkóta, not just for fellow Filipino expats, but also for the UAE’s millions of residents and tourists who will bask in the immersive story of the Filipino diaspora spanning over 4,000 years,” said PBC-DNE President Bobbie Carella.

Working alongside PBC-DNE in promoting Bangkota are members of the United Architects of the Philippines (UAP)-Dubai.

UAP President Christian Vasquez commented: “The ‘Bangkóta’ is the Filipino architects’ testament to our keen eye for creativity, design, and flair. This pavilion alone, along with the intricate details within each of its areas, attest to the globally-recognised skills and talents.”

The Philippine pavilion is located in the Sustainability District of Expo 2020. It is considered the Philippines’ largest World Expo pavilion yet, with a total area of 3,163sqm. The pavilion was designed by architect Royal Pineda of Budji+Royal Architecture and Design.

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