KNOWING ASEAN | Exhibit lets people take selfies vs backdrop of famous landmarks

April 23, 2017 - 10:25 PM
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Officials of the PIA and PCO open the mall exhibit on ASEAN on Sunday (April 23). PNA PHOTO

MANILA – In a bid to promote awareness of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, two government agencies have teamed up for a travelling mall exhibit featuring things ASEAN, which marks its 50th anniversary this year and will hold its 30th Summit next week in the Philippines.

The Philippine information Agency-National Capital Region office partnered with the Presidential Communications Office
for the mall exhibit and Info Kiosk, which opened Sunday (April 23) at the Trinoma Mall in Quezon City. Organizers then plan to move around the exhibit to other malls.

The exhibit features 10 famous landmarks in the ASEAN member countries, featured in giant photos 6 feet high.

People are encouraged to have their pictures taken against the backdrop of the landmarks, as some sort of make-believe travelogue through the region. And, as expected, mall-goers who passed by the exhibit took “selfies” and “groupies” by the giant images.

Here are the attractions the exhibit featured from the 10 ASEAN member states:
Brunei – Sultan Omar Ali Saiffudin Mosque
Cambodia – Angkor Wat Temple
Indonesia- Borobudur Temple
Myanmar – Shwedagon Pagoda
Philippines – Rizal Park

Lao PDR – Pha That Luang (Great Sacred Stupa)
Malaysia – Petronas Twin Towers
Singapore – Merlion
Thailand – Wat Yai Chai Mongkol Ayutthaya
Viet Nam- Ha Long Bay

PIA’s NCR Director Riza Baldoria explained the exhibit was meant to foster unity and cooperation among ASEAN peoples.

Undersecretary Harold Clavite, PIA director general, said they meant to showcase the beauty of ASEAN, the hospitality of its people, and its tourist spots.

Besides the traveling exhibit, the officials are lining up barangay forums, university tours, and flashmob performances in order to expand understanding of the regional bloc as it marks its 50th year milestone.

TO LEARN MORE ABOUT ASEAN, ALSO TRY THIS INTERAKSYON QUIZ THAT TESTS YOUR FAMILIARITY WITH THE ASEAN COUNTRIES’ FLAGS: