The first-ever Filipino festival in Saudi Arabia. Photo: Department of Foreign Affairs

The Saudi Arabian government has given its stamp of approval to the first-ever Filipino festival that was held in Jeddah earlier this month.

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said in a statement that on April 6, the Filipino festival entitled “Mabuhay Manila: Sama Saya sa Happy Land sa Jeddah” was held at Atallah Happy Land Park. It was the first all-Filipino event that was approved by the Saudi government.

The festival, which was spearheaded by the Philippine Consulate General in Jeddah, included the first-ever Filipino Food Festival, performances from Filipino rock bands, and a special guest appearance from famous Filipino actor Piolo Pascual.

“More than a thousand Filipinos and non-Filipinos trooped to Happy Land to take part in the historic event, which was made possible with the support of Atallah Happy Land Park and Filipino Community based group Amore Familiare,” the DFA said.

The DFA said the festival was a timely opportunity for the Philippines to promote Filipino cuisine, music, talent and culture in Saudi Arabia.

“Consul General to Jeddah Edgar B. Badajos said that the all-Filipino set of activities is a testament to how Saudi Arabia is starting to open and develop its tourism and entertainment industry to the world,” the DFA said.

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