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Indian, Filipino communities mark arrival of spring at Holi 2017

15 March 2017

Lively dancing, vibrant colored powder throwing, rich Indian cuisine, and a new venue marked the fifth year of the Holi Festival in Manila which took place last March 12, 2017. The Indian and Filipino communities came together, and welcomed other nationalities to dance the afternoon away to Bollywood and Holi Festival music, guided by the energetic performances by Indian cultural groups. The celebration was highlighted by the frenetic throwing of 'gulal' (colored powder) in the air during each color countdown. Henna Tattoo, Rangoli, photo, and food booths were also available for guests to commemorate the afternoon. 

Popular radio personalities Sam YG and Joyce Pring hosted the festival, which was organized by Asia Society Philippines and SM By the Bay, in partnership with the Embassy of India, Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce, Indian Ladies Club, and SingIndia Music of the Soul. It was sponsored by Air Asia, Incredible India, and Wipro, and supported by New India Assurance. Additional support was provided by Ambica, Bench, Greatvalueplus.ph, Havaianas, Jockey, and Royal Indian Curry House. ANC, GMA, Barangay LS 97.1, ClickTheCity.com, Malaya Business Insight, ManilaIndian.com, Namaste Magazine by Popular Publishing House, WhenInManila.com, ZEE Cinema, ZEE Sine, and ZEE TV served as media partners.