20 reasons not to miss Bayanihan Festival 2017 in Dubai

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20 reasons not to miss Bayanihan Festival 2017 in Dubai

 

DUBAI – The Filipino community’s biggest event in the UAE is happening on Friday (December 15), from 7am to 8pm at the Dubai World Trade Centre.

Check out what organisers can reveal about the event, or scroll further below for our list of 20 awesome reasons why you shouldn’t miss Bayanihan Festival 2017.

1. A full day of family-friendly fun, for free!

Feeling homesick or just bored? Inject some Filipino fiesta into your Friday from 7am to 8pm. Entrance is free and entertainment is unlimited. This is the best way to spend your Friday with family and friends, without having to spend a fortune!

2. Watch Soul diva Jaya sing

Free concert? Yes, please. Soul diva Jaya is going to take the stage sometime during the day so be sure to watch out for her number.


3. Celebrity lookalikes in lip sync battle

Oh, you know this is going to be so much fun! Filipinos’ natural flair for singing plus a penchant for flawless imitation is going to make the Ka-Lookalike Lip Sync Competition a blast to watch!


4. Battle of the bands

Homegrown talents in the UAE are going to clash on stage for the title of best band. We’re thinking powerful vocals, cool guitar shreds and awesome drum solos. Bring on a School of Rock finale!


5. Win round-trip airline tickets

So you get to enjoy entertainment for free, and stand a chance to win round trip tickets to the Philippines. Who can refuse such an offer?


6. Clash of Pinoy DJs

Don’t forget to turn your party mood on. Pinoy DJs are going to spin that vinyl like there’s no tomorrow. This should be one big club party!


7. Parol competition

You don’t exactly need to be in the Philippines to watch our artisans create those colourful Christmas lanterns. The best of the bunch are going to be available right here in Dubai and you’ll also get to meet the geniuses behind each one.


8. Christmas Chorale Competition

Spending Christmas away from your family? Feel a little bit closer to home with Christmas renditions by some of the best Filipino choirs.


9. OFW Bayani Award

Meet outstanding Filipino expatriates in the UAE, find out what these modern-day heroes have been doing to deserve the title of OFW Bayani and be inspired by their stories.


10. Hair and makeup competition

Got skills in hair and makeup? This competition is for you. The best Filipino stylists are going to battle with their scissors and makeup kits to whip up the best hair and makeup styles of the year. If you just want to get a style tip or two, it’s also worth watching.

11. Hip Hop dance showdown

Filipinos have dominated hip hop dance around the world, and we’re going to see just how exceptionally good we’ve gotten at it as the best dance crews take over the stage for one hot showdown.


12. Medical mission

This event is also the chance for you to get a free medical check-up courtesy of our medical volunteers. Get your vital stats checked to make sure you’re in top shape.


13. Parade of the Philippine Fiestas

Ooh, we just love this one! Sinulog, Panagbenga, Pahiyas and so much more. Beauties and gentlemen are going to parade in their best costumes and traditional Filipino wear to give you a a taste of the Philippine fiestas you’ve missed.


14. On the spot painting contest

Love art? Don’t forget to bring your art kit and win some prize. This art contest is open to Filipino students aged 10 to 16.


15. Cheerdance competition

Bring on the cheerleaders! Here’s a competition that’s going to put Bring it On to shame. Clear the stage, folks, and get ready with the pom poms.


16. Drum and lyre showdown

If your high school crush was a member of the drum and lyre corps, then this should be right up your alley. We’re hoping to see something as smashing as this Despacito rendition:


17. On-the-spot photography contest

Get those cameras out and start clicking! If you’re a Filipino student between the age of 10 and 16, then you should sign up for this competition!


18. Fruit and vegetable carving contest

There’s nothing as satisfying as seeing the most skilled fruit and vegetable carvers create something extraordinary from the ordinary produce we see in our kitchens. Make sure you have your mobile camera ready because there’s going to be loads of things you can Instagram!


19. Your favourite Filipino products in one place

Some of your favourite Filipino restaurants, companies and brands are going to set up stalls so you can browse, shop or taste what’s on offer. All day long.

 


20. Freebies!

And last but not the least, generous companies are going to be giving away freebies! So get your bags on the ready! And don’t forget to drop by Expat Media’s booth for gift items that you can take home absolutely free!

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