The Philippine pavilion in Dubai.


Philippine pavilion in Dubai to feature ‘flying OFWs’


DUBAI – “Flying overseas workers” will be among the artworks featured in the Philippine pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai, the Department of Trade and Industry revealed.

The contemporary sculpture by Charlie Co will be among several masterpieces by globally-recognised Filipinos handpicked to showcase their art at the Philippine pavilion in Dubai.

This is the first time in years that the Philippines in participating in the World Expo, which opens in Dubai on October 1, 2021.

The Department of Trade and Industry has dedicated the Philippine pavilion space as a re-imagination of the Philippines through architecture, music and visuals.

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“The artists each have an already-developed aesthetic language that lends quickly to making imaginative reflections of scientific and humanistic data about the Philippines,” said art curator Marian Pastor Roces.

The pavilion space will feature music from Ramon P. Santos, Laureate of the Order of National Artist for Music.

Santos’ music “blends indigenous instrumentation and use of traditional vocal techniques with a striking sense of the contemporary”.

The Philippine pavilion will also feature the sculpture of Lee Paje and the wildlife photography of Scott “Gutsy” Tuazon and Ivan Sarenas.

A filigree boat by Patrick Cabral will also feature in the pavilion, along with a tall helix etched with Filipino names by art duo Baby and Coco Anne.

Another room will feature a commissioned video called “Our Gift to the World”, the Philippines’ call to end racial divisions.

The video centers on contemporary dance choreographed by Denisa Reyes and Japhet Mari “JM” Cabling, to music by Teresa Barroso.

Sculptures mark pivotal spaces: a giant mythological figure by Duddley Diaz, a techno-mythological suspended piece by Dan Raralio, human-bird forms by Riel Jaramillo Hilario, and an explosion of bird forms by Toym Imao. The Philippine pavilion will also feature a vibrant mural by Dex Fernandez. ICA/Expat Media

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