04 October 2021 – The Philippine Embassy in Copenhagen proudly presents the LEGO model Singkil designed and built by Lee Magpili, Filipino Senior Model Designer of the LEGO Group on 29 September 2021.
As part of the celebration to mark the 75th anniversary of Philippine-Denmark relations, Ambassador Leo Herrera-Lim and Director for Asia, Latin America and Oceania of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark Thomas Lehmann unveiled the installation during the diplomatic reception at the Sølyst, Klampenborg, Denmark.
Combining Filipino creativity and ingenuity with the world-famous Danish LEGO bricks, the installation is a symbol of the development of the relations between the Philippines and Denmark.
Mr. Magpili shared that his creation was inspired by dancing Filipino folk dances in the past and his passion for little toy bricks. The dancers were all animated using a motor and activated with a small robotics unit.
“The dance is a courtship ritual…similar to our struggles as Filipinos and Danes overcoming our hardships to continue to have a strong relationship. It is stories like these that inspire me to make creations…and stories like these that I hope will inspire Filipinos and Danes to continue to work together for a lifetime,” he said.
The reception was attended by more than 100 dignitaries, including a large gathering of ambassadors of foreign embassies in Copenhagen, Danish officials and business executives.
Text by DFA; Photos by Copenhagen PE photo