Philippines and Indonesia - Expo Sevilla 1992

Philippines and Indonesia at the Exhibition Expo Sevilla 1992
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Architect(s) : Fernando Mendoza Castells

The Philippines, an archipelago of 7107 islands, stretches from southern China to the tip of Borneo. The varied influences that have enriched our heritage were on display in this pavilion.

Our pavilion resembled a 19th century house with its bamboo roof, although there were three murals that took the viewers on a visual and colourful tour of our history. The foyer featured a map of the Philippines showing the main commercial and tourist areas. The exhibition hall depicted the diverse influences starting with gold and silverware dating back to the 10th century and an array of brightly coloured traditional Muslim clothing. Then there was an exhibition of pottery introduced by the Chinese. The discovery of the Philippines by the Spanish in 1521 and their legacy of Catholicism was evoked by the church facades. At the back of the hall, a dramatic allusion to the skyline of Manila Bay symbolised the modern American influence. Your walk ended with a visit to the "Fiesta Filipina" handicraft shop and the Manila restaurant to sample its cuisine.

© Official Guide Expo'92