Not Bare Anymore: Buddy Bears All Dressed Up

09.07.2018 - Article

The German Embassy Manila is proud to announce that the Buddy Bears in Manila have finally been dressed for the occasion as the unofficial ambassadors of Germany – promoting messages of peace and friendship.

Buddy Bear Friend
“Friend” by Colene Adrienne Tubu© German Embassy Manila

From the Buddy Bear design competition held early in 2016, nine outstanding artists have submitted their entries with various interpretations of German-Philippine relations and cooperation. From great landmarks to Dr. Jose Rizal (who is one of the most iconic figures that bridge Germany and the Philippines through his life and works), symbols of friendship, peace, and traditions were artistically put together to create masterpieces. The German Embassy Manila recognizes the incredible talent of the artists who participated in our competition.

In a panel of four jurors and through personal interviews, two of the top three entries were chosen as the winning designs to be painted on the new Buddy Bears. The panel consisted of former German Ambassador to the Philippines, Thomas Ossowski, Senator Loren Legarda, Goethe-Institut Philippinen Director, Dr. Ulrich Nowak, and German-Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GPCCI) President, Dr. Bodo Goerlich.

Buddy Bear A Festival of Two Worlds
Nina Patria Escaro and her decorated Buddy Bear entitled “A Festival of Two Worlds” with Mr. Thorsten Gottfried, First Secretary Cultural Affairs, German Embassy Manila© German Embassy Manila

Colene Adrienne Tubu and her “Friend” (see photo above) represent the common appreciation for art and music through her street art design with elements of the respective flags of the two countries. In “A Festival of Two Worlds” by Nina Patria Escaro, floral patterns, creatures of the sea, beer drinking and pig roasting (lechon) decorate the Buddy Bear expressing a celebratory feast of colors and friendships.

The Embassy congratulates the two winners and proudly presents the completed artworks on the Buddy Bears – one of which will be put on display in RCBC Plaza in Makati and the other one to be auctioned for charity.

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