Secretary Ramon Lopez delivering his speech at the site of
the PH pavilion.
DTI chief leads
international launch of PH Pavilion at the Dubai Expo 2020
December 13, 2019
DUBAI – Trade
Secretary Ramon Lopez led the international launch of the Philippine
pavilion last 12 December for the upcoming Expo 2020 Dubai. Located
at the Expo’s Sustainability District, the Philippine pavilion is a
1,300 square-meter structure housed in a 3,160 square-meter lot. It
will be the biggest ever in the history of the country’s
participation in World Expos and the first time the Philippines is
building from the ground up.
"We take pride in bringing
the reality the vision of our beloved President Rodrigo Roa Duterte
to take part in Expo 2020 Dubai, now being referred to as the
World’s Greatest Show of our time," said Sec. Lopez.
Sec. Lopez shared that
Expo 2020 Dubai is a timely platform to enhance Philippine presence
in the global marketplace and promote commercial and public interest
in the Middle East, Africa, and South Asian Region.
“With the theme,
Connecting Minds, Creating the Future, the Expo 2020 Dubai offers an
environment for creativity, exploration, and global cooperation,
which will contribute to our goal of vigorously advancing science,
technology, and innovation as a strategy for long term growth,
consistent with the Philippine Development Plan of 2017-2022,” said
He also sees the Expo as a
way to cement the Philippines’ reputation as a progressive nation
rich in natural resources and skilled manpower; a beautiful country
of panoramic destinations and proud heritage and culture spanning
4,000 years; and a nation of creative, compassionate, and caring
people deeply connected in communities worldwide.
The Philippine pavilion is
themed “Bangkota,” the ancient Filipino word for coral reef, the
world’s biggest organism made up of smaller organisms and which is
symbolical of the Filipinos. There are over 12 million overseas
Filipinos in the world and around 700,000 of them are in the United
“With over 190 countries
participating and the biggest presence of OFWs in UAE and the Middle
East region, it is therefore a very wise decision for the President
Rodrigo Duterte to have the Philippines participate in Dubai Expo
2020, and bring pride and inspiration to all the Filipinos in the
region, and even worldwide,” said Sec. Lopez.
The World Expo is a
six-month expo held once every five years, where different countries
showcase the best of what they have to offer. The Expo 2020 Dubai
will run from 20 October 2020 to 10 April 2021.
The Philippines is not a
regular participant of the World Expo, but it has been present in 12
World Expos since 1962. Its last participation was in the 2010 World
Expo in Shanghai China, a specialized Expo in South Korea.
L-R: Archt. Budji Layug, Archt. Royal Pineda, Alternate
Commissioner General and DTI Asec. Rosvi Gaetos, PH
Ambassador to UAE Hjayceelyn Quintana, DTI Secretary and
Commissioner General Ramon Lopez, Expo Bureau Executive
Director Najeeb Al Ali, Consul General Paul Raymund Cortes,
Marian Pastor-Roces, DOST Asec Leah Buendia, DOLE Director