Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 15 July 2020

The Burj Khalifa lights up with colours of the Philippine flag

The world's tallest building displayed the Asian country's flag on its LED panels

The Burj Khailfa displayed the Philippine flag for the country's independence day. Via @BurjKhalifa / Twitter
The Burj Khailfa displayed the Philippine flag for the country's independence day. Via @BurjKhalifa / Twitter

The world's tallest building lit up with the colours of the Philippine flag to celebrate Philippine Independence Day on Friday, June 12.

The 800-metre tall skyscraper LED panels showed the Philippines’ blue and red flag colours, as well as the symbols of the sun and three stars. The stars refer to the Southeast Asian country’s three major island while the sun’s eight rays represents the provinces.

Philippine Independence Day commemorates the end of Spanish colonial rule in the Southeast Asian country.

"Together, let us thank the UAE for honouring the Philippines and the Filipinos on our Independence Day," Hjayceelyn M Quintana, Philippine Ambassador to the UAE, said in a message for the community prior to the event.

The Burj Khalifa’s social media accounts posted an image of the display with the caption: “We wish the Filipino community progress and prosperity”.

The UAE has around 600,000 Filipinos residing in the country.

This year marked 122 years since Filipino revolutionary Emilio Aguinaldo proclaimed the sovereignty of the Philippines after years of uprisings as part of the Philippine Revolution in 1898.

Updated: June 13, 2020 10:53 AM

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