Filipinos gather at the Dubai World Trade Centre on Friday to celebrate the Philippines’ 120th Independence Day. Philippine Independence Day is commemorated on June 12. Since the date falls during Ramadan this year, consulate officials and volunteers have organised celebrations on June 15.
Gulf News’ Irish Eden Belleza and Jobannie Tabada bring you the highlights from the Philippine Independence Day celebration in Dubai. Follow our live coverage here:
The crowds are gathering in earnest and it looks like we are set for a colourful celebration.
Here’s a look at the welcoming act.
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People are beginning to trickle into the Dubai World Trade Centre; the celebrations are expected to start soon.
Here are the highlights of the event
Hundreds of Filipino groups in the UAE are taking part in the opening parade to kickstart a full day of music, fun and entertainment.
For the first time, a motorcade comprising of vehicles with some of the best Philippine-themed designs makes its way from the Philippine Consulate General in Al Ghusais to the Dubai World Trade Centre.
Philippine singer Martin Nievera and actress Arci Munoz take the stage at 3pm for a musical performance to remember.
The daylong event includes a beauty pageant, a hip-hop dance competition, a battle of the bands, and food carving competitions.