An archived photo of the Philippine Independence Day celebration in Dubai.


Filipino expats in UAE set for Philippine Independence Day celebration


DUBAI – With the Philippine Independence Day celebration in Dubai just around the corner, the Filipino community in the UAE is gearing up for a full day of entertainment.

This year’s event celebrates the Philippines’ 121st independence day, and will be held on Friday (June 14) at Zabeel Hall 5 of Dubai World Trade Centre from 9am onwards.

What does this year’s celebration have in store for spectators? Here’s what to expect:

Philippine fiesta

Get your dose of Filipino culture with exceptional performances on stage for Piyestang Pinoy, featuring various Philippine festivals such as the Sinulog, Kadayawan, Pista sa Nayon, Karakol, and Igorot festival.

Fashion show

This year’s fest will also exhibit the world-class talents of Dubai-based Filipino fashion designers Izhcka Zeta, Garimon Escandor Roferos, Ryan Pacioles, Harvey Cenit, Benj Dela Rosa, and Angel Villar de Jesus. Their work will be showcased for the first time in a dazzling catwalk for Ystilo at Moda.


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Clown and magic show

Another pioneering segment set to entertain the crowd features the spectacular talents of the UAE’s clowns through magic tricks and applause-worthy skits for Pinoy Salamangka.

Stars on stage

Filipino star Zanjoe Marudo and R&B singer-songwriter Kyla will be sharing the fun and excitement with a special participation.

Cultural dances

Schools, teams and various organizations will be sending their best dancers to entertain the crowd with festive cultural dances through the segment Mga Sayaw Natin. These vibrant performances will feature students from Al Alfiah Private School, Far Eastern Private School, New Filipino Private School, The Philippine School, and United International Private School.

Games and more

The event will also feature family-oriented activities, with a kids’ activity corner to keep the little ones engaged. Plus, watch out for games and prizes for the crowd.

Winning performances

The event will not be complete without song and dance presentations of winning Filipino entertainers in various segments such as Himig at Awit and Indak. Filipino rock band Aswang de Makina will also make their debut stage performance in Bandigmaan. ICA/Expat Media


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