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Pangalay is a popular festival dance in Sulu. It is performed in wedding celebrations and at big social
affairs. Wedding celebrations among the rich families in Sulu are lavishly observed. They may last for
several days or even weeks depending on the financial status and agreement of both families. Well
known dancers perform the dance while others feast. Expert dancers use janggay, extended metal finger
nails made of gold or silver.
A pangalay native to the Badjao, sometimes known as the "Sea Gypsies." Pangalay is a dance that
emphasizes the agility of the upper body. The rhythmic bounce of the shoulder with simultaneous
alternating waving of arms are the basic movement of this dance. The pangalay is commonly performed
at weddings and other social gatherings.

Pangalay Tausug is the traditional “fingernail” dance of the Tausug people of the Sulu Archipelago
and Sabah. This dance is the most distinctively Asian of all the Southern Philippine dances because
dancers must have dexterity and flexibility of the shoulders, elbows, and wrists – movements that
strongly resemble those of “kontaw silat,” a martial art common in the Malay Archipelago.
The Pangalay is performed mainly during weddings or other festive events

English Translation:
The Pangalay, a traditional Tausug wedding dance and popularly known as the
fingernail dance is one of the most well-known dances, accompanied by a kulintang
ensemble. This dance is distinctive because dancers use metal or golden nail extenders
or janggay, which make the fingers stiff and set them apart from the thumbs. The
Pangalay imitates the mythical Sarimanok bird, a reincarnation of a goddess who
loved a mortal man, after the dance, she removes her nails and drops them to the
ground, hoping that a man will gather them and will claim her for his bride. A Tausug
marriage is usually arranged by parents, with the exception of the children of brothers,
first and second cousins are favoured spouses. Marriageable women are kept in
relative seclusion to protect their value to their family..