This is an open letter to the Philippine Government, especially the President, the Department of Tourism, DTI, the Department of Foreign Affairs, et. al.
I've noticed that the Philippines will participate in Venice Biennale in 2015, and yet it seems that it won't in Milan in 2015.
Milan is the bigger fish because Venice Biennale is an art exhibition; the World's Fair in Milan is a universal expo, although it's theme is about food and hunger and how to maximize food supplies and how to make it healthy.
Take a hard look at this map:
Did you noticed that of all the ASEAN countries, the Philippines is not included?
The time has passed for building a pavilion; as of April 10, 2015 the government of Korea, the one in the North, have announced to join the Expo in Milan. As they have not built a pavilion in time, they would do it in a joint pavilion.
I don't care if some big countries like Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa decided to miss the expo. They could not suffer the dignity of having to share a joint pavilion. The Philippines still can, and with pride.
Failing to have a pavilion is a disrespect to the Filipino diaspora in Italy, the largest in Europe. It is shameful for them if we do not participate.
I ask that until May 1, please reconsider the decision not to participate in the Milan Expo.
A Concerned Citizen