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Manila pavilion opens in Shanghai

2010. 26 April

( Vice President Noli De Castro formally opened the Philippines’ participation at the 2010 World Expo in Shanghai, the largest exhibit on urban trends that will be held until October.

De Castro said the launch commenced the Philippine Fora Series which will feature discussions on the Manila’s experience in promoting urbanization with a human face and the opening of the Pavilion which will “highlight the nature of Philippine cities: Welcoming. Exuberant. And always in performance.”

The Philippine Fora series, which will be held for the duration of the Shanghai Expo from May to October 2010, will relate and share to the world, the Philippine experiences and success stories and challenges in promoting better cities and better lives, the theme of the 2010 Shanghai Expo.

“The Fora will utilize the five basic themes that provide structure to the National Urban Development and Housing Framework—urban competitiveness, poverty reduction, housing affordability and delivery, sustainable communities, and performance oriented governance,” said De Castro, also chairman of the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council.

Also invited to discuss how the urban and housing framework works at the horizontal and vertical level of governance are various stakeholders from the business sector represented by Arturo Corpuz of the Philippine Economic Society and Ayala Land Inc., the civil society represented by former Environment Secretary Elisea Gozun, and the local government represented by Taguig City Mayor Sigfredo Tinga.

The Philippine Pavilion in the World Expo revolves around the theme “Performing Cities!” drawing attention to the human dimensions of building a city toward urbanization. With 2,000 square meters, it is also the biggest pavilion the Philippines ever had.