The Philippine Pavilion “Bangkóta” unveils in the World Expo 2021 Dubai, aligning with the theme "Connecting Minds, Creating the Future."
Marian Pastor Roces (ACC 2004) curates “Bangkóta” in collaboration with Architect Royal Pineda of Budji+Royal Architecture+Design. Jointly created by hundreds of construction workers, artists, and designers, the pavilion showcases specific spaces aurally defined by music composed by National Artist and ACC multi grantee Dr. Ramon P. Santos.
Also highlighted in the pavilion are exquisite visual works such as the mural “Super Past Time” by Dexter Fernandez (ACC 2014); the avian-motif sculpture at the bridgeway “Limokon and Timamanukin” by Riel J. Hilario (ACC 2012); and the dance video directed by Jae Hyung Wang, co-choreography by Denisa Reyes (ACC 1995) and JM Cabling to the music by Teresa Barrozo (ACC 2014).
The Bangkóta’s (coral reef) “natural, organic shape, draws the visitors into defined, free-flowing, open spaces, reflecting a culture that embraces openness, meaningful encounters, and connectivity,” as detailed in its online site.
top photo: the Philippine Pavilion
bottom photo: “Super Past Time” by Dexter Fernandez
photo of pavilion from website ; artwork from artist