World’s tallest building in Dubai displays Pinoy colors on Independence Day

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This is the first time the 828-meter-tall Burj Khalifa’s facade glowed in Philippine colors. Credits to Virgie Romuar.

The world’s tallest building in Dubai lit up with Pinoy colors to
celebrate the 121st Philippine Independence Day.

The 160-storey Burj Khalifa skyscraper shined in white, blue and red lights accentuated with the Philippines’ three stars and a sun at 9:40 PM on Wednesday, June 12.

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The Filipino community in Dubai erupted in cheers when the light and sound show started.

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This is the first time that the 828-meter-tall Burj Khalifa’s facade glowed in Philippine colors. The show was organized by the Philippine Consulate General in Dubai and the Northern Emirates.

“This monumental occasion manifests the collective pride and joy of the Filipino community in the UAE and their appreciation of the multi-cultural community in the country for welcoming them,” Consul General Paul Raymund Cortes in Dubai said.

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Dubai Festival City Mall’s facade was also seen displaying its own multimedia show as it celebrated Philippine Independence Day. Entitled “Imagine,” the show featured not just the Philippine flag but also the country’s icons.

The building was covered with LED lights and displayed the images of Filipino icons such as the Bahay Kubo, Philippine jeepney, indigenous peoples, festivals, Banaue Rice Terraces, and Chocolate Hills.

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“Imagine” also displayed the image of Filipino boxing champion Manny Pacquiao and the reigning Miss Universe Catriona Gray. The mall display will continue until June 15 with shows starting at 7PM.

Dubai Festival City Mall displays Philippine icons show. Credits to Virgie Romuar

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Consul General Paul Raymund Cortes thanked the Dubai Festival Mall, the Philippine Consulate General Office and the Philippine Independence Day 2019 Committee for the partnership and for the success of the event.

“It certainly gives all the Filipinos something to be proud of, something to be joyous about… at the end of the day, nobody is just Filipino or Emirati or Africans or Europeans but we’re ALL human beings,” Cortes said.

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Atom Pornel is a tourism and broadcast journalism major who loves local art and heritage and is passionate about anything good news from the Philippines. Born from a Bicolano-Odionganon father and Waray mother, he has grown appreciation of our diversity as nation.