LEGO dances the singkil

Published October 10, 2021, 1:00 AM

by Manila Bulletin

Denmark and the Philippines commemorate 75 years of diplomatic relations

DANCE! Philippine Ambassador to Denmark Leo M. Herrera-Lim (left) with the LEGO model Singkil (Copenhagen PE photo)

‘The dance is a courtship ritual…similar to our struggles as Filipinos and Danes overcoming our hardships to continue to have a strong relationship.’

The Philippine Embassy in Copenhagen has proudly unveiled the LEGO model singkil designed and built by Lee Magpili, Filipino senior model designer of the LEGO Group.

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 presented the installation during the diplomatic reception at the Sølyst, Klampenborg, Denmark end of September.

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.

FINDING CONNECTIONS LEGO model Singkil designed and built by Lee Magpili, Filipino senior model designer of the LEGO Group (Copenhagen PE photo)

Magpili shared that his creation was inspired by Filipino folk dances 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 create…and I hope these stories will inspire Filipinos and Danes to continue working together,” 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.

 
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