FilCom Moves to National Theater For Biggest PH Independence Day Celebration in Abu Dhabi
Foreign Affairs Assistant Secretary for Middle East and African Affairs Hjayceelyn M. Quintana, was the Guest of Honor during the Philippine Independence Day celebration by the Bayanihan Council in Abu Dhabi. (Abu Dhabi PE photo)
ABU DHABI 05 July 2018 — The Bayanihan Council, the umbrella group of Filipino organizations in Abu Dhabi, in cooperation with the Philippine Embassy in the United Arab Emirates, organized the biggest Philippine Independence Day celebration ever organized in the UAE capital, culminating in a festival-themed extravaganza on 29 June 2018.
For the first time, the event was held at the 2,250-seater National Theater Abu Dhabi through the kind facilitation of the U.A.E. Ministry of Culture and Knowledge Development.
Foreign Affairs Assistant Secretary for Middle East and African Affairs Hjayceelyn M. Quintana was the Guest of Honor during the event. In her speech, she took cognizance that 2018 is the Year of Zayed, and said that “Filipinos in UAE need not look very far for inspiration because the UAE itself provide numerous examples of sterling achievements in terms of how the country grew from a pearl trading nation into a bustling urban powerhouse that it is today.”
The Assistant Secretary also exhorted Filipinos in UAE to transcend their differences and take to heart that “we are all Filipinos, first and foremost.”
The grand culminating event of the month-long Philippine Independence Day celebration in Abu Dhabi featured Mutya ng Kasarinlan 2018 pageant, highlighting Philippine festivals in their production numbers.
Cultural songs and dances by the various Filipino Community groups and Philippine Schools in Abu Dhabi, performances by guest artists, Indak Pinoy, Himig Pinoy and Guhit Pilantik competitions, and medical missions were also held. END
Mutya ng Kasarinlan 2018 pageant highlights Philippine festivals in their production numbers. Cultural songs and dances by the various Filipino Community groups and Philippine Schools in Abu Dhabi, and performances by guest artists (Abu Dhabi PE photo).