Filipino and Timorese Artists Collaborate on a Mural at PH Embassy in Dili

The unveiling of the first-ever large-scale mural collaboration of Filipino and Timorese artists. The wall-sized mural (45 feet across & 12 feet at its highest point), unveiled at the Philippine Embassy in Dili, Timor-Leste on 06 August 2021, aims to evoke a sense of Filipino pride, culture, and nostalgia. (Dili PE photo)

The Philippine Embassy in Dili launched the first ever large-scale collaborative artwork between Filipino and Timorese artists on 06 August 2021 at the Embassy grounds.

The mural was designed by artist Ang Gerilya, the group behind Lagusnilad’s art project and other major projects in the Philippines. The design was then painted by Gembel Art Collective of Dili, a group of young and self-taught Timorese artists.

Timorese former President Dr. Jose Ramos-Horta and Philippine Chargé d’ Affaires, a.i to Timor Leste Laser Blitz B. Sumagaysay share a toast during the event. (Dili PE photo)

The event was graced by Dr. Jose Ramos-Horta, Timor-Leste’s former President, Prime Minister, Foreign Minister, and Nobel Peace Prize laureate. Also in attendance were officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, diplomats from the ASEAN Missions in Dili, IOM Chief of Mission Ms. Ihma Shareef, and was attended by more than 50 members of the Filipino Community and guests.

Filipino Community performance during the event. (Dili PE photo)

The event is part of the Embassy’s effort to promote Philippine culture in Timor-Leste, highlight local artists in the Philippines and empower artists in Timor-Leste, to strengthen people-to-people relations among Filipino, Timorese, and the ASEAN Community.

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