The Philippine flag lights up the Burj Khalifa (left) and Dubai Festival City.
PHOTO BY EXPAT MEDIA
DUBAI – Thousands of Filipinos gathered at Burj Khalifa and Dubai Festival City on Wednesday (June 12) as two of Dubai’s popular landmarks put out a spectacular show to mark Philippine Independence Day.
At the base of the Burj Khalifa, crowds cheered as the Philippine flag flashed for the first time on the façade of the world’s tallest tower. Mobile phones went up in the air as the tri-color display took over the Burj Khalifa for more than a minute.
“We wish it could have been longer but it was a good start. I’m glad we read about this on Expat Media. I would not miss this for anything,” Melanie D., one of the spectators, told a journalist from Expat Media, which first broke the news.
At the Dubai Festival City, Philippine pride was at an all-time high as the entertainment venue prepared a livelier light and sound show that started with the Philippine flag projected onto the DFC building as the Philippine national anthem played.
This was followed by a light and music show that flashed scenes from the Philippines and featured landmarks and icons such as the rice terraces and the jeepney. The image of the Philippine sun also floated above the water canal as part of DFC’s Imagine laser show.
As Expat Media reported, the show will have an extended nightly run until June 15, every hour from 7pm.
Sarah (full name withheld), a Filipina married to an Emirati, told expatmedia.net that it was a special moment for Filipinos, not just in the UAE but around the world.
“It’s a lovely gesture to have our flag flashed on the tallest tower in the world,” she said in Filipino.
AK Mansoor, founder and chairman of Chicking, greeted Filipinos a “happy and great independence day”. Chicking, a global fast food chain that started in Dubai, is a Filipino favourite in the UAE.
CL Frost, a Dubai-based hip-hop dance artist and choreographer, said he was excited to witness the historic occasion.
“I’ve never been prouder as a Filipino,” he said, wearing a jacket in the colours of the Philippine flag. PIA/LKA/Expat Media
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