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