Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest tower, will illuminate in blue, red, and white tonight to honor the 126th Philippines Independence Day. The 828-meter skyscraper will exhibit the Philippines flag at 7:50 PM, displaying the emblem first raised on June 12, 1898, marking the Philippines' liberation from over 300 years of Spanish rule, establishing Asia's first republic. Last year, both Burj Khalifa and the Adnoc building in Abu Dhabi were illuminated in the Philippines' colors to 'celebrate the spirit, resilience, and rich culture of the Filipino people on their Independence Day.' The UAE hosts over 700,000 Filipinos, one of the largest expat groups in the country. Michael da Costa, Philippine Business Council (PBC) director for media and communications, expressed to Khaleej Times, 'The UAE's affection for the Filipino community is truly heartwarming, making us feel welcome and inspiring us to strive for excellence. The UAE has indeed become a second home for many of us.' Ericson Reyes, president of the Filipino Social Club, also stated, 'We are deeply thankful to the UAE for embracing us and demonstrating our importance in nation-building.' Over the weekend, more than 10,000 Filipinos convened at the Dubai World Trade Centre for a two-day festival featuring colorful cultural performances, energetic music, and various presentations celebrating Filipino heritage. This year also commemorates the 50th anniversary of UAE-Philippines diplomatic relations.