Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte.
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Rodrigo Duterte to visit Dubai for Philippine pavilion Expo 2020 launch
DUBAI – Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte will be visiting the UAE for the unveiling of the Philippine pavilion at the Expo 2020 in Dubai, a senior aide said.
“The president is going there,” said Department of Trade and Industry, Department of Trade and Industry undersecretary Abdulgani Macatoman at the launch of the Expo 2020 countdown in Makati City, Philippines.
After an eight-year break from the World Expo, the Philippines is back with a bang in Expo 2020 in Dubai, with architectural firm Budji Royal saying that the Philippine pavilion 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 to Expatmedia.net in April , adding, “we’re not going to bring the bahay kubo to Dubai.”
Expo 2020 is set to take place from October 20, 2020 to April 10, 2021, and Pineda said that the Philippines has also prepared a special program at the pavilion on March 16, 2021, which marks 500 years after Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan arrived in the Philippines.
“It will be a reset of the mind,” Pineda said. “We chose that day because we will cancel that. This will be the Philippines’ boldest move to cancel its wrong history.”
“The idea is to announce to the world that we are now people of innovation,” Pineda added.
The Philippine pavilion is located in the Expo 2020 site’s Sustainability area. The multi-tiered pavilion will sit on a 3,000-square metre area and will house pockets of gardens featuring local flora and fauna, a plaza, a restobar featuring modern Filipino cuisine, viewing decks, exhibition areas, interactive sections and a gift shop.
Pineda said the pavilion design is inspired by the bangkota, an ancient Filipino word for coral reef. The modern pavilion will transport visitors through an “outdoor while indoor” experience where nature, technology and Filipino creativity combine to deliver a unique visitor experience.
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