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.”
The Philippine pavilion is a coral reef-inspired architectural showpiece that aims to showcase Filipino ingenuity, design, culture, food and more.
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.
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.
It will sit in the Sustainability District of the Dubai Expo 2020 site, between the pavilions of Canada and Portugal.
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.
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.
You can check out the gift shop featuring Filipino crafts, or eat at the restobar that serves modern Filipino cuisine.
The pavilion will open along with Expo 2020 Dubai on October 1, 2021 and will be available for public viewing until March 31, 2022.
It will be dismantled and rebuilt at its permanent home in New Clark City, Philippines. ICA/Expat Media
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