Philippine Ambassador to the UAE Hjayceelyn M. Quintana, welcomed and gave a tour of the Philippines’ Bangkota Pavilion to His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai, at the World Expo 2020 in Dubai on 18 March 2022.
This marks the highest level visit from the UAE Government at the Philippines Pavilion in the World Expo to date.
Ambassador Quintana extended a warm welcome to HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum and top members of his cabinet during the visit. She said, “I thanked His Highness for the UAE’s wonderful support to the success and strong presence of the Philippines in the World Expo.”
The Dubai Media office tweeted this about the visit: “His Highness was taken on an immersive trip through the nation’s aquatic wonderlands, an imaginative coral village packed with artistic wonders which convey a powerful message about safeguarding marine life.”
The Philippines Pavilion received its one millionth visitor last week, another proof of the country’s strong presence throughout the five-month run of the Dubai Expo to date.
The message of “cultural sustainability” espoused by the Philippines Pavilion was very well-received by the Expo visitors. The Philippines also hosted a number of major activities that showcased Filipino culture, talent, and the government’s thrusts, thus creating a new appreciation of the Philippines and its people in the Expo’s global stage. Among these were the “Paskong Pinoy sa World Expo” on 03 December 2021, the Philippine National Day ceremony on 11 February 2022 capped by the Gala Night Performance “Daluyong ng Diwa”, and a host of activities at the Bangkóta showcasing the Philippines as the centre of world biodiversity, as a country pursuing space, artificial intelligence and advanced technology cooperation, as an exponent of cultural sustainability, and as an excellent destination for investment and tourism.