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Pinoy Winter Festival: 112 reasons not to miss it in Dubai


DUBAI – Ahead of the holidays, Filipino expatriates in the UAE are gathering at Zabeel Park in Dubai in December for a winter festival that organisers say will be full of fun and activities.

Festivities open at 10am on December 7 at the Zabeel Park amphitheatre, and will continue until 9pm.

Here are 12 reasons you absolutely shouldn’t miss it:

1. Meet some giants

Like, literally! Prepare to be shocked and awed by the Higantes of the UAE and see some of the craziest mascots on land (they might just throw in a dance move or two!)


2. Watch Cinerama sa Pasko

In the mood for a move? Relax in the outdoors while watching some Christmas-themed movies for free!


3. All-you-can eat bibingka

Organisers have assembled the best Filipino chefs to create the most authentic bibingka you can sink your teeth into. Take on the popular Philippine rice cake in the bibingka eating challenge for an all-you-can-eat showdown!

4. Grab a freebie

Complete your Pinoy Winter Festival card to receive a surprise gift.


5. Join the winter light fest

Come sundown, collect your free tube light and let your light shine as you join hundreds of others in the winter light mini-festival


6. Get a selfie with Mocha Uson

If you’re a big fan of the brazen and beautiful celebrity, then that’s another check on your list! (Read our exclusive interview with Mocha)

7. Watch the Mocha Girls

Don’t miss a special entertainment number by the Mocha Girls. This should be interesting!

8. Meet the UAE’s most outstanding Pinoys

Give your warmest applause to the top Filipinos from each emirate in the Pinoy Global Achievers Awards


9. Dance to the beat of the drum and lyre

No Philippine fiesta is complete without the sound of the drum and lyre, but there’s going to be plenty of that to fuel your nostalgia from the best student groups in the UAE. And while waiting for December 7, get some cuteness overload from this clip:


10. Check out some Christmas hairdos

The best Filipino hairstylists in the UAE are going to battle it out for the best, wildest and craziest Christmas-inspired hairstyles they could snip up!

11. Listen to the Wishful 5

The Wishfuls will be performing a special number to put you in the mood for Christmas!

Wishfuls Wishful 5

12. Browse through the bazaars

Some of your favourite Filipino brands will be setting up in a bazaar at the venue! Look out for some special deals and offers!


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