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An artist's rendering of the Philippine Pavilion at the much-awaited Dubai Expo 2020. The design is inspired by “Bangkota” (ancient Tagalog term for “coral reef”). Image Credit: Supplied

Dubai: The Philippine Consulate-General in Dubai and its partner agencies will launch a series of community events starting next month to generate interest and get them more involved in the country’s participation in the Expo 2020 Dubai, a top diplomat announced on Tuesday.

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The Philippine pavilion concept was developed by Budji+Royal Architecture+Design. Original content will be created by Marian Roces & Digital Content Creators, who will be responsible for the film and exhibit installations, literature, history, and music. Image Credit: Supplied / Budji+Royal Architecture+Design

Paul Raymund Cortes, Philippine Consul-General, said they have begun tapping into various segments of the community — from the arts and music scene to the business sector and now from the field of sports — to drum up support for the World Expo happening next year from October.

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The Philippine pavilion will be under the “Sustainability” category of the Dubai Expo 2020

It will be located near the national pavilions of Canada and Portugal

The design highlights the country's diverse natural resources

Expo 2020 Dubai will host the world for 173 days with 190 participating countries.

The expo's theme "Connecting Minds, Creating the Future" aims to create a meaningful legacy that will “benefit generations to come spanning everything from innovations and architecture to friendships and business opportunities”.


area of Philippine pavilion at Dubai Expo 2020.

The Philippine Pavilion at the Expo is a coral reef-themed facility called ‘bangkota’ sprawled across a 3,000-square-metre space. It reinterprets the country’s history and beyond.

Community events

“We want to create buzz a year before the actual opening of the Expo. Every month we will come up with community events so that the people are able to understand [what the Expo is about] and generate a sense of heightened awareness about the Filipino participation in the Expo,” Cortes said.

The year-long calendar of activities being finalised by the Organising Committee in Manila will kick-off with the ConGen’s Cup, a basketball tournament for non-professional players from August 9 to September 20.

Winners of the league will get a chance to play with GMA Pinoy TV All Star Team.

Other events are aimed at the grass roots level so that every Filipino in Dubai and the Northern Emirates would own and support the Expo.

'We are all part of it'

“Everyone will be part of the Expo one way or the other. Trade and Investment Secretary Ramon Lopez has emphasised that the reason why President Rodrigo Duterte approved our participation in the Expo is because of the huge presence of Filipinos in the UAE and the region. We are all part of it,” Commercial Attache Charmaine Yalong said.

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Design of the Philippine pavilion at Dubai Expo 2020: It is designed to encapsulate the journey of a Filipino nation from the 16th century to the present. It will feature five exhibit areas, an artisanal care and 'Go Lokal' shops. Image Credit: Supplied

Yalong said aside from sports activities, they will hold various events highlighting Philippine history and heritage, cuisine, creative industries including fashion and Philippine textiles, agri-products and others.