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‘Smart cities’ and selfies at The Great British Festival

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The TARDIS has landed again at Bonifacio High Street and in its immediate vicinity, a number other iconic pop culture references make for great selfie spots at The Great British Festival. Her Majesty’s Ambassador Asif Ahmad and his wife led the festival’s opening ceremonies, aided by GMA talents Barbie Forteza, Ken Chan, Jak Roberto, Ivan Dorschner, and Addy Raj. Ahmad in his speech at the kick-off discussed the concept of “Smart Cities” and making spaces more livable. “Cities are living organism—people, buildings, roads, things you can’t see buried underneath, the digital space…all of that creates a city and a living environment,” he explained.

“If you can’t get to A to B physically, how do you reach people? That’s where the digital world comes in and the Philippines is extremely well-positioned with the investment that it has made on virtual offices and BPOs,” he continued. The festival itself is one of the many steps taken by Great Britain to bridge the physical gap between itself and the Philippines. “People are [in the festival] because they want to partner with Philippine businesses and their objective is to make these great places in the Philippines not only livable smart cities, but great communities to live in, because you are part of a global system,” Ahmad said. Aside from showcasing British products, the festival also has booths that promote scholarships in top universities in Great Britain. The Great British Festival will welcome visitors until the wee hours of the morning of Sunday, February 26. The Great British Festival is at Bonifacio High Street, Bonifacio Global City in Taguig. —ALG, GMA News

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