Philippine Independence Day in Dubai: 7 reasons to go

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7 reasons you shouldn’t miss Kalayaan in Dubai

 

DUBAI – Filipinos in the UAE will be celebrating Philippine Independence Day one month early this May 12, with plenty of activities in store for visitors at the Dubai World Trade Center.

This year’s Independence Day celebration in Dubai has been moved to May since June 12, the actual Philippine Independence Day, falls during Ramadan in the UAE, according to Philippine Consul General Paul Raymund Cortes.

Filipino expatriate leaders in the emirate, led by FilClub and in cooperation with the Philippine Consulate General in Dubai and Northern Emirates have teamed up to create an exciting day-long celebration, said FilClub chairman Tata Dayot.

 

Here are 7 reasons why you shouldn’t miss this event:

 

1. Filipino pride

It’s an event for the Filipino and by the Filipino. What better time to rub elbows with kababayans from all walks of life than at this special event at the Dubai World Trade Center? Entrance is free so grab your family and friends and celebrate Filipino pride from 7am to 6pm, and don’t miss cultural shows, contests and freebies from your favourite Filipino brands. And let’s not forget those 20 airline tickets to the Philippines to be given away!

2. Battle of the Bands





Enjoy a musical showdown as finalists of Battle of the Bands rock and roll on stage. Clap your hands hard, shout your lungs out and see which band will be hailed the best Filipino band in the UAE.

3. Hairstyle competition

Watch the best Filipino hairstylists battle it out in a unique hairstyle competition that will put even Edward Scissorhands to shame with Philippine-inspired haircuts and hairstyles. Definitely a mane attraction you can’t miss.

4. Mr & Ms Teen PID

Watch the prettiest and brightest Filipino teens strut on the catwalk in Philippine-inspired costumes. Don’t forget to root for your favourite pair!

5. OPM Singing Competition

It’s not a Filipino event without some singing! Watch talented amateur Filipino singers hit the high notes and shine on stage at the OPM Singing competition and discover some hidden talents of kababayans in the UAE.

6. On the spot painting competition

Watch UAE-based Filipino artists compete in a Philippine-inspired on the spot painting competition that’s going to remind you why it’s fun to be Filipino!

7. Celebrity spotting

FilClub chairman Tata Dayot said they’ve invited a popular Filipino artist to grace the event. So while you’re checking out the stage, or the stalls, who knows you might just bump into this mystery celebrity!


Don’t miss it

What: Kalayaan 2017
When: May 12, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Where: Zabeel Hall 1, Dubai World Trade Center
Tickets: Entrance is free


Read also:

Your hour-by-hour guide to independence day events

20 airline tickets to Philippines to be given away in Dubai

Philippine Independence Day in Dubai: 7 reasons to go

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