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National Heritage Month: Filipino Folk Dances to Know

Celebrate Filipino culture by relearning some of the most popular traditional dances in the Philippines

Filipino folk dance must be preserved and continuously celebrated among the next generations to come. These dances aren’t merely choreography but a representation of our people’s history. These beautiful creations are a spectacular part of our identity.

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“Unlike other art forms, dance can only survive in performance, in rites, on stages, in fiestas, and in occasions. It can’t be hung, put on a shelf or simply be heard,” writes Basilio Esteban S Villaruz in his book, The Role of Dance in Nation-Building.

The viral video of students modernising Tinikling is fantastic for as far as it goes, but it takes more than liking and sharing videos to sustain the art form.

Read on to brush up on your knowledge of dance to reflect on our past and further carry the culture:

  1. Tinikling
    The late National Artist for Dance, Francisca Reyes-Aquino once described the Tinikling as a mimetic dance that imitates tikling birds. Flying and walking between grass stems, the tikling bird is mostly found in Asia, including the Philippines.

The dance requires bamboo sticks, also known as Tinikling sticks, which are at least six and a half feet long. There are two clickers sitting on their knees on the ground while holding the poles while two dancers are standing.

  1. Cariñosa

From 19th to 20th century, the Cariñosa gained popularity. So much so that it replaced Tinikling as the National Dance of the Philippines in 1992. But many objected, saying that the country’s National Dance must represent the emotions and identity of Filipinos. Moreover, it was influenced by Spanish folk dance. 안전한카지노사이트

Like the waltz, Cariñosa is performed by two people. It is one of the dances from the Maria Clara Suite, a collection of dances with the theme of love and courtship in the Spanish colonial Philippines. The courtship-festival dance has three versions.

  1. Sayaw sa Bangko

While some are wearing blindfolds, dancers perform on the increasingly tall structures of narrow wooden benches. The dance, a native dance from Pangasinan, is known as Sayaw sa Bangko. The dancers must keep their balance while gracefully doing their routine on top of benches.

  1. Pandanggo

Another Filipino folk dance that needs steadiness and grace is the Pandanggo. Popularised during the Spanish period, the Pandanggo is performed with castanets or tambourines.

There are different types of the Pandanggo dance, namely: the famous Pandanggo sa Ilaw (Fandanggo of Lights), Pandanggo sa Paño (Fandanggo of Kerchiefs), and Pandanggo sa Sambalilo (Fandanggo of Hats). It’s much like the waltz, however, the dancers must balance lighted oil lamps on their heads and on the back of each hand. 카지노사이트 추천

  1. Itik-Itik

Itik-Itik is believed to be created by Kanang, a young Filipina dancer from Surigao del Norte. Kanang, who was asked to dance the Sibay at a baptismal party, improvised a routine that was similar to the movements of a duck (itik in Filipino).

Imitating the movements of ducks, performers of the popular Visayan dance move in short, choppy steps, while swaying hands and wading.

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