Letters to the Editor

Independence Day celebration in the UAE

The Philippine Star

This letter refers to an opinion piece by Mr. Ramon T. Tulfo titled “An award for my father” published by The Philippine STAR online on 11 June 2022, which included information about the alleged decision of the Philippine embassy in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates to ban the celebration of the Philippine Independence Day in the UAE on 12 June 2022.

The UAE is currently observing a 40-day state mourning following the passing of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, former President of the UAE, on 13 May 2022. As such, the Abu Dhabi Department of Culture and Tourism (DCT) circulated an advisory note to relevant establishments in the Emirate stating that “...all musical and entertainment events must be cancelled immediately, including fireworks and celebrations till further notice...”

The Philippine Foreign Service Posts (FSPs) in UAE, as an expression of respect and sympathy, recommended the postponement and rescheduling of the independence celebrations. The events have been reset to comply with and accommodate all concerns of all parties involved, including the UAE Government.

The Department, as a member of the broader Philippine bureaucracy, remains steadfast in its commitment to uphold its mandate and extend public service in line with its purpose, and the directives of the government. Career and non-career officials of the Department are likewise committed to promote and protect Philippine interests in the global community.

The Department hopes that the above clarification would address the points raised in Mr. Tulfo’s opinion piece. – Eduardo Martin R. Meñez, Assistant secretary, Office of Public and Cultural Diplomacy, Department of Foreign Affairs


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