7 reasons not to miss Philippine Independence Day in Umm Al Quwain


DUBAI – Are you proud to be a Filipino? Then you shouldn’t miss the 120th Philippine Independence Day celebrations in Umm Al Quwain on Friday (May 11).

The actual independence day is on June 12, but early celebrations in the UAE will be held in China Mall, Umm Al Quwain from 2pm to 10pm, and we’ve picked top 7 reasons why you should be there.

1. Create history

This is the first time that Filipino expatriate groups are holding the Philippine Independence Day celebration in Umm Al Quwain and you NEED to be there! So show up and help create history!


2. Longest boodle fight

Eat to your heart’s content at the longest boodle fight. If you don’t know what that is, then that’s another reason to check out the event. If you DO know what it is, well we have good news: We heard that participating restaurants have something interesting prepared, so make sure you’re pretty hungry and dig in! The spread is available to anyone with Dh20 to spare.


3. Best of Philippine Fiestas

Sinulog? Ati-Atihan? Panagbenga? Catch up on the fiestas you’ve missed and watch them all without spending a dirham on your airline ticket.


4. Win amazing prizes

Play the popular game Pera o Bayong and win some prizes. There are 15 woven bags containing mystery prizes, including an airline ticket, hotel stays, cash or appliances!


5. Check out Filipino muscle men

Guys with sexy biceps are going to battle it out in Bunong Braso (arm wrestling), so we’re sure it’s going to be super fun! Guys, there might also be women flexing their muscles so stick around!


6. March of Filipino pride

Guys and gals in traditional barong and Filipiniana are going to take the catwalk, while dance troupes are going to entertain the crowd with modern and folk dances. Time to bring out the pompoms!


7. Battle of the bands

The UAE’s best Filipino bands are going to rock the place during Bandang Pinoy. Get ready for a supercharged evening!


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