Pinoys celebrate Sinulog in UAE

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Dubai, UAE — United Cebuanos in Dubai celebrated their version of Cebu City’s Sinulog Festival in  February.

Kiwanis Club Dubai dancers-Photo Courtesy: PhotoClickerz

Filipinos here held their own version of  Sinulog Festival  an indoor activity,  everyone felt like they were among those who danced in the streets in Cebu City.

The DDS- UAE Dancing the Sinulog beat.-Photo courtesy “Photoclckerz

The annual Sinulog Festival was held last  February 16, 2018, Filipinos from across the emirates, converged to celebrate their devotion to Sto. Niño  at  Al Ahdaaf Spots Club in  Al Quoz Industrial Area.

The Davaenos group dancers performing their own version of ‘Halad’.-Photo Courtesy :PhotoClickerz

In Cebu City, Philippines, the  Sinulog Festival, an annual religious cultural festival held every  third Sunday of January. This year tourism authority said 3-million local and foreign tourists graced the festival.

In the UAE, the  Sinulog was strongly supported not just by Cebuanos but the whole Filipino community as well.

‘Queen Helen’ of the United Cebuanos group together with the contingents from St. Mary’s Church, Dubai.-Photo Courtesy: PhotoClickerz

The Philippine Consulate General in Dubai and the Northern Emirates, some prominent Filipinos in the community, and Filipino-owned companies like Philippine Airlines threw support to the activity.

United Cebuanos Dubai Chapter dancers–Photo Courtesy: PhotoClickerz

“This year, we have a lot of sponsor companies who happily given away free samples indoor prizes to our participants and spectators, which in my estimate have reached up to 800. And based on the feedback from those who also celebrated with us last year, the celebration is definitely more fun this year,” said Bonita Jumao-as, sponsorship committee head of ‘Sinulog sa UAE 2018’.

The sixth edition of ‘Sinulog sa UAE’, held a dance competitionwhich highlighted the affair.

The lead dancer from from the St. Mary’s Church group.Courtesy: -PhotoClickerz

The contingents magnificently  executed the traditional Halad (street dancing), with their drums, trumpet and xylophones.

The portrayal of UAE’s  Sinulog depicts a celebration of Faith and displays the Filipino culture.

Contingents showcased the  Filipiniana, ethnic and Hispanic inspired costumes made by UAE-based Filipino designers.

Kiwanis Club UAE dancer.-Photo Courtesy: PhotoClickerz

Aside from street dancing, this year’s ‘Sinulog sa UAE’ organizers came up with other competitions including a singing contest, photography contest, beauty pageant, and a mini bazaar.-Henri Abenis-Macahilo/

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