Cast, crew and supporters gather at the Philippine Consulate General in Dubai.


Filipinos in Dubai create song for independence day


DUBAI – Ahead of the 121st Philippine Independence Day celebration in Dubai, a group of Filipinos in Dubai collaborated on a special song for the occasion.

The music video was shot at the Philippine Consulate General grounds on April 12, and features the upbeat song composed by Dubai Musikahan Season 3 Champion, Exekiel Nuñez Jr. and Ralph Jay Cabusas.

“The song does not only lure you to common themes of the flag or how heroes fought for freedom. It tackles about ‘Kalayaan’ (Freedom) as an individual, as a family, or as a society,” Nuñez said.

“It is purely a song of ‘Tagumpay’ (Success) because we have already attained freedom, no reason for division or differences; we can be united and just celebrate,” he added.

The music video also features emerging Filipino singing talents in the UAE: Katrina Casia, Josh Labing-isa, Alvin Pancito and rappers Akuma and Audrey. It has the special participation of Philippine Consul General Paul Raymund Cortes.

“I want to emphasize in this video that each of us has the freedom but wherever this freedom may lead us, should have its limitations. I’ve added powerful visuals in this video through the youth and our fellow OFWs for better understanding of this project’s true essence,” said Patrick Fronda, who directed the music video.

The video also features Filipinos working in the UAE in various sectors, such as medicine, arts, engineering, hospitality, education and fashion.

The music video is set to be launched on May 14 through the Philippine Independence Day Facebook page.

The Philippine Independence Day celebration in Dubai will be held on June 14 at Zabeel Hall 5, Dubai World Trade Center. GAD/Expat Media


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