Dubai: As Filipinos around the world celebrated the Philippines' 120th Independence Day on Tuesday, a group of Filipino expatriates marked the day with their proudest rendition of the country's most popular song.
More than 40 Filipinos gathered in Dubai ahead of celebrations on Tuesday to sing their most passionate rendition of the Philippine national anthem Lupang Hinirang.
They showed up in various traditional Filipino wear to represent the country's diverse ethnic groups.
It's a musical celebration of more than three centuries of freedom from colonial rule. On June 12, 1898, the Philippines proclaimed its independence from Spanish colonisers.
Filipino celebrations in UAE
More events are planned on Tuesday and throughout the month to mark Philippine Independence Day.
Flag hoisting ceremonies will be held at the Philippine Consulate General in Dubai and the Philippine Embassy in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday morning.
On Friday, thousands of Filipinos are expected to gather at the Dubai World Trade Centre for a day-long cultural event. Here's what to expect in detail
Gulf News #Pinoy will be covering the event live. Watch this space for updates.
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