The Emirate of Dubai is gearing up to host the upcoming Expo 2020, a massive, six-month-long celebration that aims to take participants into a melting pot of international cuisine, world-class architecture, innovative landscapes, and diverse art and culture.
Three Filipinos are helping mount one of the world’s greatest shows — Dominique Villafuerte, JonJon Catapia and Jude Valderrama.
Villafuerte migrated to Dubai from the Philippines in 2010 to find a new life for herself and her family. Two years before joining the Expo 2020 team, her 19-month-old daughter was diagnosed to be severely deaf. The baby got free medical treatment from the government. Now Villafuerte serves as Expo 2020’s administration officer for marketing.
Catapia, an assistant manager business support for operations of Back of House, was the eighth person to join the Expo 2020 team. Catapia, 38, has been promoted for an impressive third time and now manages a team of eight people.
Meanwhile, Valderrama is a senior graphic designer for The Narrative Lab, who played a crucial part in designing and creating branding material for various projects under the event. He helped design the logos for the Expo 2020 volunteers department and the sustainability pavilion.
Running from Oct. 20, 2020 to April 21, 2021, Expo 2020 Dubai welcomes 192 vibrant participating countries and treats 25 million guests around the globe. Expo 2020 aims to promote global prosperity through youth empowerment, innovation, friendship and business opportunities.
The theme for Expo 2020 Dubai — “Connecting Minds, Creating the Future” — is also supported by three key subthemes: opportunity, mobility and sustainability.
The three Thematic Districts will feature 192 country pavilions, a first in the 168-year history of World Expos.