Sunday, 2 May 2010

Pavilion shows dynamic, future RP

By Cris Evert Lato
Cebu Daily News

Shanghai, China—A photographic montage of Filipino hands and a large Philippine map showing the country’s location to China highlights the Philippine pavilion in the World Expo 2010 which opened here yesterday.

Philippine pavilion curator Marian Pastor Roces said the photo montage of Filipino hands symbolizes the Filipino's extraordinary talents in the performing arts, in caring for people and in advancing new innovations.

"We are highlighting here both the Filipino genius in the performing arts and in areas of governance, fiscal management. We present a Philippines that is future-oriented instead of nostalgic; abstract instead of literal; cosmopolitan instead of nativist and robust instead of subliminal," she said.

The Philippine delegation headed by Vice President Noli de Castro said they hope to project a dynamic, urbanized and future-oriented Philippines for the duration of the six-month World Expo held at the renowned Shanghai Urban Planning Museum.

The launching of the Philippine pavilion attended by more than 100 Expo participants boasts of a spa, boutique, trade zone, travel cafe and live cultural performances among others.

The presentation centers on the theme “Urbanization With a Human Face.”

In an interview published on the Shanghai World Expo website, Tourism Secretary Joseph "Ace" Durano earlier said around 40,000 Filipinos visit Shanghai annually.

He said the expo can foster deeper ties and strong networking between the Philippines and the 200 countries participating in the Expo which is attended by about 70 million people.

Marisa Nallana, president of the Philippine Association of Convention and Exhibition Organizers and Suppliers, said the expo presents a ready market of tourists from all over the world to the country, particularly Cebu.

Since Philippine destinations are major highlights in the Philippine pavilion, Nallana said tourist arrivals in Cebu, a top island destination, is expected to increase.

"Cebu must likewise be ready to offer more to entice visitors to stay longer and have reasons to come back," she said. The World Expo closes on October 31.

1 comment:

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