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Philippines Pavilion At Expo 2020: 5 Things You Must Know Before Visiting

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Updated 13 October 2021

The Expo 2020 Dubai has the world's attention right now, as it is one of the first major global events open to visitors since the coronavirus pandemic. The event kicked off this October with over 192 participating nations, each having its own dedicated pavilion representing what its country stands for.

The Philippines Pavilion, also called the Bangkóta, joined the rest of the 192 participating countries in the World Expo's that opened 1 October.

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The Philippines Pavilion

The Philippines coral-reef inspired pavilion Bangkóta is located at the Expo's Sustainability District. The pavilion's structure evokes the coral reef and makes it the central metaphor for the country and its people. It was designed by the renowned Filipino architectural firm Budji Layug+Royal Pineda.

The concept highlights Philippines natural resources

The Philippines pavilion has a unique façade featuring an intricate mesh pattern around the building to present the idea of connectivity. This complete steel structure is three-storey high and includes a water feature, external elevator tube and spiral ramp. This pavilion is divided into eight areas.

The Filipino facility features exhibitions focused on the country's history, merchandise sales, a garden, performance areas, and food and beverage spaces.

The idea of the overall pavilion is for an individual to commence on a journey of discovery. Its natural, unorganized shape brings you to a halt, exhibiting the variety of natural resources that the Philippines has to offer and the architectural character on the coral reefs native to the archipelago while inaugurating precepts like nature is peace.

Experiencing the Filipino culture and identity

The pavilion, organically shaped like the Bangkóta-the ancient term for "coral reef" in the language Tagalog- calls attention to coral reef-like qualities of Filipinos, such as an inclination for hyper-connectivity. It also offers clues into people who can build vibrant communities anywhere and everywhere in the world.

The Philippines pavilion seeks to showcase the Filipino identity and its creative industries such as architecture, landscape architecture, content curation, arts multimedia, music, dance, film, fashion, animation, game development, artisanal objects, food, photography and performing arts. Visitors will be looking at spectacular scenes of flying sculptures, bird-like motifs and murals. These will evoke the images of Filipino contract and overseas workers moving all around the world who play an essential role in the community.

Mini on-ground activities will take place and an entire area dedicated to experiencing the country's natural heritage with depictions of the past, present and future of the Austronesians who have progressed by way of 65,000 years of genetic mixing sustained for 4,000 years.

It aims to represent a "creative and compassionate" nation through an authentic Filipino architecture that draws visitors into defined and free-flowing open spaces while also reflecting on nature and culture sustained over the years.

Showcasing the Philippines past, present, and future

The pavilion presents contemporary expressions in architecture, art, and design that links the deep past with the future of connectivity for the Filipino community. It brings together an ensemble of the finest artists and a 4,000-year journey of cultural sustainability as their Austronesian ancestors spread throughout the islands of Southeast Asia and then embarked across the Pacific; they were and still are connected by the oceans of the world.

The Philippines pavilion evokes this hardy, travelling people in the Sustainability district of the Expo, emphasizing cultural sustainability through the millennia. Philippine Ambassador to the UAE, Hjayceelyn Quintana, who led the opening of the Bangkóta pavilion, stated, "The Bangkóta finds its place in the World Expo, teaching us new ideas, creating new images that will help us face the future with confidence".

You can explore the Philippines pavilion virtually on its official website.

A packed calendar of events and business opportunities

An entire calendar of business-to-business events has been planned for the next six months, highlighting most of the Philippines' most vital industries. Some of the upcoming events will include special forums, delegations and a series of events, including the most awaited Philippine Food Festival, Philippine National Day, participation at the Global Business Forum ASEAN (GBF ASEAN) and Gulfood 2022.

The Philippines pavilion at Expo 2020 will offer enormous opportunities for business and trade. It will act as an ideal platform to attract key investors from various sectors, including food, tourism and hospitality, marketing, logistics, investments and information technology, to enhance the Philippines' relations with the United Arab Emirates; and the rest of the world.

The Philippines pavilion is open daily

The Philippines pavilion is based in the Sustainability District at Expo 2020, and it will be open from 10 am - 10 pm every day.