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dress, and its performance includes Spanish footwork with Filipino modifications such as bamboo castanets and Asian fans. Examples of Maria Clara Dances
Carinosa - is a flirtatious Philippine group dance in the Maria Clara suite of Philippine folk dances where the fan or handkerchief plays an instrumental roll as it places the couple in a hard-to-get romance scenario.
Aray- a dance whose words are sung in "Chabacano-ermitense," a hybrid of Spanish that was only spoken in the Ermita district before the turn of the century and today is extinct. The dance itself is a flirtatious one that involves graceful use of the pañuelo, or shawl, and tambourines. Alcamfor- is classified under Maria Clara dances because of the attire of the dancers which are Maria Clara and a barong Tagalog. It is so named because of the handkerchief the girl holds laced with camphor oil, a substance which supposedly induces romance. Havanera de Jovencita- a wedding party dance which originated in the town of Botolan in the Zambales Province. Typical sequences include the procession of the bride and groom's parents, lineup of the bridesmaids and groomsmen upstage, and a solo featuring the wedding couple. Rigodon de Honor or Rigodon Royale-was brought to the Philippines by the Filipinos who returned from their travels abroad during the Spanish era. This dance takes its name from its opening performances at formal affairs. Traditionally, a ballroom waltz dance would follow the Rigodon. Chotis- was one of the ballroom dances introduced by early European settlers. This dance, from Camarines Sur, has been adapted by the Bicolano people and is characterized by a brush-step-hop movement. Panderetas- was named after the jingle-less tambourines carried by the females and it originated from Tanza, Iloilo. From December 16 to January 6, a group of people in the Visayan regions go from house to house to sing Christmas called "Daigon." In some regions the song is usually followed by some dances, and "Las Panderetas" is one of those dances.
Philippine Folk Dance -Tribal Dances
The hillside and interior of Mindanao in the southern part of the Philippines are inhabited by non-Christian Filipino tribes whose culture and animistic beliefs predate both Islam and Christianity. Dance for them is a basic part of life, still performed essentially "for the gods." As in most ancient cultures, unlike the Muslim tribes in their midst, their dances are nonetheless closely intertwined with ceremonials, rituals, sacrifice, and life.
they are performed as an entertainment for the deities in fiestas organized for them. Udol Dance-it originated from the Tagakaulo tribe. It symbolizes peace and is represented by imitating the movements of a graceful dove. took upon wearing his armaments.Rural and Barrio Dances Perhaps the best known and closest to the Filipino heart are the dances from the rural Christian lowlands: a country blessed with so much beauty.Examples of Tribal dances Dugso. and camisa de chino and colored trousers for the men. mourning the loss of a relative. Tagabili. Sagayan. Dumadel. This is a ceremonial dance which portrays death and revenge. It was originally thought that this dance was performed only during harvest time or upon the birth of a male heir. They express a joy in work.is a festival dance performed by the Subanons to celebrate a good harvest. It opens with three women walking in with votive candles. and mythology. Karasaguyon. a love for music. a long wooden musical instrument. Performers. naturalness. Prince Bantugan. The jingling of beads and brass bells around their waists and ankles provide musical accompaniment.it originated from Lake Sebu. who is comparatively sophisticated in language. depicting fierce warriors would carry shield with shell noisemakers in one hand and double-bladed sword in the other attempting rolling movements to defend their master.it originated from from Cabugao. but dies as a result of the curse. "Karasaguyon" of the T'boli portrays a polygamous male in the process of picking his next wife from among four sisters vying for his attention. Typical attire in the Rural Suite include the colorful balintawak and patadyong skirts for the women. They are followed by men playing the udol. Examples of Rural and Barrio Dances Kalapati.is a Philippine war dance performed by both the Maguindanao and Maranao depicting in dramatic fashion the steps their hero. and pleasure in the simplicities of life. This narrates a story about a datu who is cursed for killing his brother in jealously over one of his wives. . To the Filipinos. The datu's daughter is to be wed by a likely suitor. Philippine Folk Dance. Ilocos Sur province. and shyness.is a dance of T'boli in southwestern Mindanao. these dances illustrate the fiesta spirit and demonstrate a love of life. South Cotabato. dress. They would step rhythmically around a bamboo arch decorated with newly-gathered palay and corn. It portrays the typical traits of the Ilokanos: simplicity.
fishermen of Lingayen would celebrate by drinking wine and by dancing. They imitate the pulling of the stalks.an imitation of the legendarily fast and graceful movements of the tikling birds as they dodged bamboo traps set by rice farmers. a young woman named Kanang (short for Cayetana) was the best dancer in that province.it originated from Bohol. Gaway-Gaway. Laguna. All dancers are male and are naked to the waist except for the coconut shells attached to their chests.is a mock war dance between the Muslims and the Christians that originated from Binan. Bulaklakan . The dance is about a fight for the latik or coconut meat during the Spanish era. The Muslim dancers wear red trousers while the Christian dancers wear blue. Because of its unusual steps and fascinating interpretation. Tinikling. Pangasinan. Pandanggo Sa Ilaw . this dance is performed in honor of the town's patron saint. or oil lamps. backs and hips. This unique and colorful dance calls for skill in balancing an oil lamp on the head while circling in each hand a lighted lamp wrapped in a porous cloth or fishnet. is danced for Santa Cruz de Mayo.a lovely and attractive dance.is native to the barrio of Pangapisan. This particular pandanggo involves the presence of three tinggoy. Visayas but it has also a version in the Ilocos Region which is popular at Ilokano festivals. An alternative explanation says that the dance originated from Spanish colonization. It is performed in a moderate waltz style. This dance commands a sense of improvisation which mimics a young playful couple's attempt to get each other's attention. which is a dance characterized by lively steps and clapping that varies in rhythm in 3/4 time. swinging and circling a lighted lamp. where field workers who worked too slowly were punished by jumping over two bamboo poles clapped together against their ankles. and demands skill from its performers who must dance on top of a bench roughly six inches wide.depicts dancers balancing oil-lit lamps while dancing gracefully to the music. At one baptismal celebration. San Isidro Labrador. bamboo or rattan so that the garland will arch when held overhead. Maglalatik .according to the story. Today. .The term pandanggo comes from the Spanish word fandango. Lingayen. After a good catch. The girls in this dance each hold a garland of leaves and flowers attached to a wire.Kuratsa . balanced on the head and the back of each hand. Itik-Itik . She imitated the movements of the ducks or itik. Philippines. the audience began imitating her. she introduced new steps which were improvisations of the dance Sibay.depicts children's celebration of a beautiful harvest of the Gaway root crop. Wasiwas . hitting their elbows in a movement called Siko-Siko. Sayaw Sa Bangko .
depicting fierce warriors would carry shield with shell noisemakers in one hand and double-bladed sword in the other attempting rolling movements to defend their master.Philippine Folk Dance -Muslim Dances The Muslims in the Philippines. They dance to appease their ancestors and gods to cure ailments. Apayao. Sagayan." the maglangka is used to mold the adolescent girls into ladies of good breeding and accomplished dancing skills. they were able to preserve the Islamic lifestyle that markedly differs from the majority of the Philippine population. or branches swaying in the air while remaining in the confines of a square cloth. Examples of Muslim Dances Singkil -is a famous Philippine dance of the Maguindanao people. to . They prefer to be called by their respective tribal names rather than the collective term Igorot. The dances are characterized by vivid colors and rhythmic movements which reflect the influence of Arabian and Indo-Malaysian cultures. Kasingkil refers to the art of moving one·s feet in and out of two clicking bamboo poles in imitation of Putri Gandingan who gracefully avoided the falling trees brought about by an earthquake. and Bontoc.is performed in wedding celebrations among the affluent families. Maguindanao. They may last for several days or even weeks depending on the financial status and agreement of both families. Asik . Pangalay. The girls are strictly taught to gracefully execute movements imitating birds in flight. Ifugao. and Tausug. fish swimming in the sea. Performers.A solo slave dance performed by the umbrella-bearing attendant to win the favor of her sultan master.meaning "to dance. also known as Moros include the the Maranao. but was popularized by the nearby Maranao people. Because they were able to resist Spanish colonizations.is Philippine war dance performed by both the Maguindanao and Maranao depicting in dramatic fashion the steps their hero. Maglangka. It serves for self-edification of the performers and entertainment for the spectators. Dance continues to be an expression of community life that animates the various rituals and ceremonies. Kalinga. Prince Bantugan. Philippine Folk Dance-Mountain-Igorot Dances The mountainous Central Cordillera region of Northern Luzon includes six ethno-linguistic tribes known as the Ibaloy. Samal. these movements require intense concentration and innate style as the ladies express emotions and entertain guests. Kankanay. Asik usually precedes a performance of Singkil.
Dinuyya. Accompanying the dance are three gangsa or gongs: the tobtob played by beating with open palms. strutting. the dance is also performed in February. In this dance. and to mark milestones in the cycle of life. followed by male dancers. Instrumentalists lead the line. Data. Ragragsakan . and the ceremonial blanket worn by the woman is lightly wrapped around her. similar in purpose to that of the raincalling ceremony of Native American tribes. They display not only their grace and agility. and April. These wild and colorful birds gave rise to the tarektek dance.or toward off bad luck or natural calamities.is performed by the Ifugao men and women during a major feast. or peace pact. and flying-off-the-ground gestures.came from the name of the birds that populated the world famous Banaue Terraces. Examples of Mountain-Igorot Dances Apayao Courtship Dance .the couple raise and wave their arms and hands like the wings of a bird in flight.is part of the headhunting and war ceremonials inciting feelings of strength and courage as the warriors prepare to stalk their enemy. Pattong or Bantoc War Dance. Tarektek. March. Lumagen . the Ifugao farmers give thanks to their sakpaya "gods" by donning traditional costumes and imitating their flight in this dance. Banga.is an adaptation of a tradition in which Kalinga women gather and prepare for a budong. to implore the god Lumawig to send rain. but also their stamina and strength as they go about their daily task of fetching water and balancing claypots full of water on their heads. one tarektek male manipulates a colorful tribal blanket representative of the birds's iridescent plumage while the other playfully beats on a brass gangsa representing impressive bird calls as they battle for the attention of three tarektek females. In Central Bontoc.It originated from Benguet where woodpeckers known as tarektek inhabited Mt. while the female dancers bring in the rear.basic step consists of a stamp by the left foot and a light. High-flying sakpaya birds swoop and hover over the terraces as the Ifugao toil. They also dance to insure bountiful harvests.is a dance performed at Kalinga festivals to celebrate Thanksgiving. The man's movements resemble those of a fighting cock in the preening.insure successful war-mating activities. . and the various hibat or gongs played by beating the inner surface with a stick of softwood. In times of plenty. Bindian.shows the Igorot maidens go to the river and prepare for a marriage ceremony. favorable weather. Sakpaya. forward movement by the right.
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