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    Compilation of Folk Dances

    Ethnic and Non-native Philippine Folk Dances

    Countries of the world have their own cultures made more colorful, beautiful and vibrant because of folk

    dances that are a reflection of who they are and what they are.

    In the East, the Chinese have their symbolical dragon dance; the Japanese have the ancestral dance Bon

    Odori. In the West, the Americans have their Square Dance. The Scottish people have their world-famous

    dances (Highland and Country Dance, Jig and Reel). On the other hand, the Philippines will not be left behind!

    The Pearl of the Orient boasts of a variety ofPhilippine folk dances.

    The Filipinos pay tributes and owe itself to cultural heritage. One way of showing such love and respect for

    the country gave birth to the development of Philippine ethnic folk dances. And there are several of these;

    namely, Binasuan, Subli, Itik-itik, Tinikling, Maglalatik, Cariosaetc.

    Binasuan is a native dance of Pangasinan. This dance literally means dancing with glasses. The steps are

    executed with glasses filled with rice wine balanced on the head and the hands of the dancers. Danced to

    show balance and to reflect rural gaiety, Binasuan is performed usually in wedding ceremonies and occasions

    in the barangay.

    Subli owes its meaning to native words subsub meaning to fall with the head and bali or broken. This

    meaning is reflected in the dance steps. The dancers move feebly and tortuously as if without vigor. This

    dance, however, traces its roots to Batangas where it was originally played as a ritual dance which evolved

    into a symbol of religious tradition performed during town fiestas.

    Itik-Itik is one of the Philippine folk dances which have an interesting origin. According to stories, a Filipina

    maiden-dancer of Surigao del Norte was asked to perform a native dance in one special occasion. She started

    to improvise new steps and imitate the courtship movements of a local species of duck known as itik. The

    spectators began to imitate her and that is how the dance came to be.

    Tiniklingis another Philippine folk dance that is inspired by an endemic bird called tikling. The steps of this

    dance are an imitation of the movements of a tikling bird that hops and escapes the traps set by hunters.

    Moving with poise and grace, the dancers skip in-between two bamboo poles that are held to pound

    rhythmically against each other. This dance is a specialty of Leyte.

    Maglalatik is danced to mimic the early battle against Christians and Moros to win coconut meat or latik

    during the time of Spanish colonization. This is also performed to pay homage to the town saint of Bian,

    Laguna San Isidro Labrador. This dance is divided into four parts: baligtaran, palipasan, paseo and

    escaramusa. This is performed by all-male dancers who wear blue pants to represent the Christians and red

    pant for the Moros. All dancers, however, have coconut shells mounted on their body parts.

    Pandanggo sa ilaw. The word pandanggo is taken from the Spanish word fandango. The dance is

    characterized by the lively steps performed in conjunction with the clapping while the dancers are following

    the beat. Again, this dance calls for graceful balancing acts so that the lights held by the hand will not fall.

    This dance is originally from Oriental, Mindoro.
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    These aforementioned Philippine folk dances are ethnic in nature and origin. On the other hand, there are

    several Philippine folk dances that were influenced by some Western countries as some of these had

    colonized Philippines in the past. One such country is Spain. Some of the so-called influenced Philippine folk

    dances are the following: Pandango sa Ilaw, Cariosa, Balitao andRigodon.

    To conclude, these folk dances whether ethnic in origin or not reflect the lively culture that the Filipinos have.

    These dances may be diverse but through these cultural forms, the Filipinos are unified and proud by way of

    having Philippine folk dancesthat are truly one of the bests in the world.


    Countries in the world have their own cultures made more colorful, beautiful and vibrant

    because of Folk Dances that are reflection of who they are. In the east, the Chinese have their symbolic

    Dragon Dance, the Japanese have the ancestral dance Bon Odori. In the west the Americans have their

    Square Dance. On the other hand, the Philippines will not be left behind."The Pearl of The Orient" boast

    of a varitey of Filipino Folk Dances.

    The Philippines consist of 7107 islands, and is broken down in three groups of islands. The Luzon,Mindano, and Visayas. Each of these regions contain different languages,history, regligon, and

    traditions. With each region having different influence in thier arts, crafts, and ancestorical dances. Lets

    take a trip through each region and explore the different styles, costumes, Dances and Talents from

    Each Region.... As we explore each of the regions and styles, please remember alot of these Cultural and

    Folk dances represents hardships and daily back breaking tasks, that has turned into a art form. Many of

    the dances you will read about here were actuall activities or chores that the Filipino endured to survive

    the poor economy and state of the nation.....

    Traditions and Hertitage - Luzon Region

    We Shall Never Forget our Heritage

    LUZON --Consisting of the tribes such as Ifugao, Benquet, Kalinga, Bontoc, Apayo, Kalinga, sometimes

    these are call Igorot. " But sometimes that is considered degrading ." Cordillerea name also used for

    some parts the Luzon Region...

    Northern most region of the Philippines, Luzon gets its Cultural influence from Hindu-Buddist, Spanish

    and many ethnic regilous tribes. All with differences and beliefs. But in all the Cultural and Folk Dances

    from this region represents all different factions in one way or the other.

    Dances of Luzon

    * Dance : Idaw

    This dance sometimes has many names and different versions. Most common is this dance depicts the

    hunting ritual performed before a tribal war. The tribes men would go out and look up and watch for the

    scared Idaw bird. Which is said to lead the tribe to victory. Also look at the clothing, Philippines being a

    very hot climate, plus the use of as little material as possible, the traditional clothing was not made to

    cover much of the body....
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    * Dance : Banga

    This dance displays the Igorot women on their way to the river to fetch the daily water supply for thier

    familys. It shows the skill and strength of the women as they would carry heavy laiden clay pots (Banga)

    full of water. Their grace and agility while balancing the heavy pots, sometimes stacks 5 high, is a

    testiment of the Filipino and how hardships become a art form and talent. As a young girl you would

    start with only one pot. Of course as you become older and more experienced, along with the fact that

    you could provide more water for your family in one trip. Pots could be stacked as high as 5 or 6. The

    more pots you could carry showed your skill and also you standing amoung the women of that area.

    They would all gather and march to the river each day, singing a native song which is represented by the

    flute and banging of bamboo on iron pots in the dance......

    * Dance : Idudu

    The family is the basic structure of family life among the Itneg / Tinggian poeple. The caring for the

    Children is shared by both the mother and father. While the men are clearing the fields, breaking the

    soil with bamboo and their feet, the women watch the children. Soon as the men are done, they take

    care of the children while the women do back breaking work. You can see in the dance how the womenwill take the bamboo baskets in a shaking fashion like drying the rice, while the men are going in circles

    in background like they are toiling the land. Then you will see the women put down the baskets fold the

    cloth into a baby while the husband stands aside. Then the women will turn over the baby to the

    husband, pick up the bamboo and start toiling the land while the men hold and cradle the babys.........

    * Dance : Ragsaksakan

    The word means " Merriment". This dance would be performed a