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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.

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 aas 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.

Binaylan banog Tinikling

this higaonon dance is a reenactment of a mother hen caring for banot or chicks.She rhen has to protect her young as a hungry hawk attacks. The hunter quickly becomes the hunted as the hawk is attacked and by nearby hunters.

is 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.

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



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.

is a Higaonon and Agusanon Manobo tribal dance that depicts the movement of a hawk, a hen, and her banog or baby chicks. The tribe killed the sacred and powerful hawk which tried to capture one of the chicks.



is a circle dance, popularly called Bendian, of Ibaloi. This was long known as a dance to celebrate the arrival of successful headhunters. The circular movements of the dance symbolize unity and harmony among the Ibalois. Now a part of every Benguet festivity with the circles slowly giving way to other formations and interpretations. Bendayan is also performed with the festival hymn composed by Professor Macario Fronda during the Panagbenga Festival.

Palawan is a Muslim dance.It is during to the festival of San Agustine in the island of Cuyo, the celebration also includes the blossoming of mango trees. The parade starts from the church patio and ends at the town plaza with ladies waving their colorful props Bunga mangga that symbolize the flowers of mango tree, while men lively strike their karatong instruments, creating a scene of joy among reveling towns folk.

backgroud in formation meaning figures of the dance step