As part of the celebration of the 12th year since Macau was handed over by Portugal to China, Filipinos in Macau performed Cebu's traditional Sinulog festival dance.
The Philippine Consulate General there said on Monday Macau-based Filipinos took part on December 20 in the "Parade through Macau, Latin City", which was part of commemorating the 12th anniversary of Macau's handover.
Macau is both the first and last European colony in China.Portuguese traders first settled in Macau in the 16th century. It administered the region until the handover on December 20, 1999.
The "Sino-Portuguese Joint Declaration" and the "Basic Law of Macau" state that Macau will operate with a high degree of autonomy until at least 2049, or 50 years after the transfer.
Filipinos comprise two percent of Macau's population, making them the number one minority group in the territory, it added.
"The Filipino group, donning colorful costumes and dancing to upbeat music, performed to the delight of spectators who watched the performance at the Ruins of St. Paul, São Lázaro and Tap Seac Square," a news release posted on the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) website said.
"Their participation in the event highlights the Filipinos' contribution to the economic and cultural vibrancy of Macau," it said.
The other participants in the celebration included artists from China, Portugal, Italy, France, and Latin American countries.
The Consulate General quoted organizers as saying the cultural presentations were meant to feature performances "from artists who cherish their native arts and culture."
They aimed to give the people a "profound experience of the City's multicultural charm," the consulate said.