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Philippine Folk Dance History

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Philippine Indigenous and Folkdance
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Philippine Indigenous and Folkdance

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Philippine folk dances Philippine folk dances

mirrors the culture and tradition of the Filipinos. It has also been a source of culture identify of the people. In this diversified country, there are also great diversity of dances in different forms and dynamics that grow out of various times, situation and experiences.

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Traditional Dances CITY OF SAN JOSE’S Arts Express Program Presents:

Kaisahan of San Jose

Traditional Dances of the Philippines

Christmas Dances Philippine Christmas Dances

Philippine Christmas Dances are dances expressive of the Christmas season practiced in certain regions in the Philippines.

Aside from the Christmas carols most Filipinos are fond of during the yuletide season, there are also Christmas dances that are performed to celebrate this festive time of the year.

Rituals in Philippine Dance

by Ramon Obusan

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Philippine Artists (Dance)

This webliography consists of selected biographical websites, web pages and articles about Filipino artists in the field of Dance.

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Preserving Living Traditions Preserving Living Traditions in Live Performances: A Traditional Music and Dance Troupe of the Kalanguya of the Northern Philippines.

By Bagly Arsenio and Glenn Stallsmith

Dances of Hostility and Friendship Dances of Hostility and Friendship: Embodied Histories of Group Relations in the Agusanen Manobo Spirit-Possession (Yana-an) Ritual

by/Jose S. Buenconsejo

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Filipino Cotillion Traditions
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Cotillion - a Debut Filipino tradition

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Arielle's Debut - The Cotillion Dance

Karen's Debut - Cotillion with the Cotillion de Honor

Kathleen's Debut Cotillion

Kat's Cotillion

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Debut dance tradition

On their 18th birthday, Philippine women have a large party "The Philippine Debut"

Father-Daughter Dance

 Cherrie's Debut AUG 2010 - Look also the other videos from Cherrie's Debut HERE

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Amazing Father & Daughter Dance Exhibition

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PHILIPPINE DANCES Philippine Dances

Folk - Ethnic - Indigenous & Ritual Dances with photos and explanations about the dances

Hiyas Philippine Folk Dance Company

Many good descriptions of the dances, click on the 5 different photos and look:

Maria Clara - Mountain - Southern Islands - Barrio Fiesta - Lumad e.g.

Los Bailes de Ayer - Echoes of the Cordillera - Pakaraguian - Himig Sa Nayon - Forgotten Tribes

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Debutante’s Ball

Debutante’s Ball

A filipina girl celebrates "The Debutante" her 18th birthday by dancing with her cotillon court of 9 teenager boys and 9 teen girls in an elegant and rehearsed Waltz dance. Another traditional dance where the Debutante shares a dance with 18 men each one offering a rose.

Music & Songs - Traditional & Ethnic Musical Instruments

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Anthem - Folklore & "Traditions" - Literature - Arts - Ethnic groups etc. in Philippines

Culture - Anthem - Folklore & "Traditions" - Literature - Arts - Ethnic groups etc. in Philippines

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Sayaw Pilipinas Sayaw Pilipinas
(Filipino Folk Dances)
The dance of the Philippines uses movements and costumes to tell cultural stories. Learn about Filipino dancing in this free dance lesson videos from an award-winning Filipino dancer
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Filipino fingernails

are used to tell the story of Sari, a goddess that disobeyed her father. Learn to use finger nails in Filipino dancing with this free dance lesson video from an award-winning Filipino dancer. Expert: Potri Ranka Manis,  Contact: www.lotusmusicanddance.org - New York, USA, Bio: Potri Ranka Manis is an instructor at Lotus Music and Dance in New York City. A daughter of a Philippine Sultan, she has performed all over the world. Filmmaker: Paul Muller

Filipino fingernails are used e.g. in the videos HERE, HERE and HERE

PHILIPPINES (FILIPINO) CULTURAL AND FOLK DANCES

Full Guide to Philippines (Filipino) Cultural and Folk Dances, Traditional and Native Talents and Skills.

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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.

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Cultural Dances in the Philippines

Philippine History Project by/Professor Mallare - USF

Cordillera Dances
Cañao or “Kanyaw”

STRICTLY SPEAKING, there is no such term as cañao or “kanyaw” as has been popularized by lowland brethren which collectively refers to any ritual dancing by indigenous peoples of the Cordillera.

Idudu - Abra, Cordillera A tribal dance

This dance stages a common family life in the Itneg or Tinguian society. It illustrates the family as the main foundation of the tribe’s community. Several traits of an ordinary family are shown. It depicts a father plowing the field while the mother caring for the children. But as soon as the father finishes work, the mother takes over on planting, sowing and all the remaining chores to do in the field. At this time the father is left to take care of the kids. During the dance a Local singer breaks into an Idudu or lullaby to put the baby to sleep. Idudu, a dance taken from Idudu lullaby, obviously portrays the different roles in a Tinguian family.

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Idudu - Abra, Cordillera A tribal dance

This dance stages a common family life in the Itneg or Tinguian society. It illustrates the family as the main foundation of the tribe’s community. Several traits of an ordinary family are shown. It depicts a father plowing the field while the mother caring for the children. But as soon as the father finishes work, the mother takes over on planting, sowing and all the remaining chores to do in the field. At this time the father is left to take care of the kids. During the dance a Local singer breaks into an Idudu or lullaby to put the baby to sleep. Idudu, a dance taken from Idudu lullaby, obviously portrays the different roles in a Tinguian family.

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Muslim Dances - Mindanao
Pangalay

is the classical dance of the Tausug from the Sulu Archipelago. The dancer uses janggay or ornamented metal nails to enhance the graceful hand movements accentuated by the shoulder and sensuous hip movements. It is an indigenous Philippine folk dance that predates the coming of Christianity and Islam. Traditionally, there is no set choreographed movements in pangalay. It is important to note that the faster the kulintangan music the SLOWER the movements of the hands and footwork. Pangalay is a classical dance that is part of the Philippines Southeast Asian heritage.

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Pangalay

(also known as Daling-Daling) in 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. The male equivalent of the Pangalay is the Pangasik and features more martial movements, while a pangalay that features both a male and female dancer is called Pangiluk. Neighboring peoples call this type of dance, Umaral or Igal Igal, and they sometimes use bamboo castanets as substitutes for long fingernails

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Pangalitawo

Subanen Courtship Dance

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Color Carnival: Singkil, a Muslim Dance
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Singkil

SINGKIL - perhaps on of the oldest and truly Filipino dances originating from lanao del Sur, the Singkil recounts the epic legend of the Darangen of the Maranao poeple of the Mindanao. This epic, written sometimes in the 14th century tells the tale of prince Bantugan and Princess Gandingan was caught in the middle of a forest during an earthquake caused by diwatas , or fairies of the forest. The princess is accompanied by a wating lady who holds a beautifully decorated umbrella over the princess to this day in the Sulu archipelago are required to learn this difficult and noble dance.

Tribal Dances
Takik

The Takik is a Bontoc courtship dance performed by a man and a woman. At least 5 other male dancers accompany them, providing the music and rhythm for the dance. They line up, starting with the head gong-player, behind the male dancer. The line of dancers form circular or spiral dancers, with the head gong-player usually displaying more elaborate steps than the accompanists behind him.

Look MUCH more about "TAKIK (A Thanksgiving Dance of Mountain Province, Philippines)" HERE

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Takik

Tadian version of the takik dance

TAKIK (A Thanksgiving Dance of Mountain Province, Philippines) The video shows so many good details about the story behind the dance, the dresses, the music & the music-instruments

This tutorial video is part of the Cordillera Dance Powwow project initiated by Benguet State University in 2011. It features the Tadian version of the takik. Through their municipal officials, the people of Tadian have given their approval for the wide dissemination of this material for educational purposes.

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Rural Folks Dances - Doon Po Sa Nayon
Igorot Video Collection

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Subanen Dances

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Subanen Sacred Dances - Subanen Courtship Dance - Subanen Kids Dances - BUKLOG Subanen rituals

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Spanish Influence Dances
The Rigodon Dance - Rigodon de Honor -

is a traditional dance from the Philippines that evolved from dances brought to the Pacific islands by Spanish settlers in the sixteenth century (the Rigodon dance was also said to be popular in French and Spanish courts).

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Rigodon de honor

Originated from Spain, this dance is commonly performed at formal affairs like inaugural balls where prominent members of the government participate and enjoy.

 Video 1: Filipino-Spanish Quadrille Folk Dance Introduced by the French People Video 2: the Show dance at Mrs. Consuelo Borja's 90th Birthday Party. Choreo: Rigodon de Honor by Bernie Principe

Dugso

Dugso (meaning 'dance') is a ceremonial dance among the Manobo people in Bukidnon, Agusan and Misamis Oriental . The Dugso (also Dugsu) is usually performed during important occasions like kaliga (feasts) or kaamulan (tribal gatherings).

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DUGSO

Parangal Dance Company's 32nd Ethnic Dance Festival June 2010: Dugso

 (Sungko, Lantapan, Bukidnon) The Higaonon of Bukidnon province in Mindanao place religion in the highest regard.

Dugso (meaning 'dance') is a ceremonial dance among the Manobo people in Bukidnon, Agusan and Misamis Oriental . The Dugso (also Dugsu) is usually performed during important occasions like kaliga (feasts) or kaamulan (tribal gatherings). As a sacrifice dance rite, the dugso overlaps as a thanksgiving of a good harvest, healing of the sick, and the overall well-being of the community. As a supplication of the divine deities, it also dispels malevolent spirits while assuring sustenance, victory in battle, and the blessing of a newly opened field. The close association with the pagpagayok bird is representative of the colorful headdress and the bells around the ankle is regarded as the best music to the ears of the spirits.

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Mascota

is a beautiful couple dance performed during wedding celebrations among the Ibanag people of northeastern Philippines.

Marriage and wedding customs

The Money Dance

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Marriage and wedding customs

The Money Dance

The traditional Filipino money dance where the bride & groom dance while guests pin money to the bride's dress.

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Music & Dances of the Philippines

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Philippine Dances

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Mabuhay and Welcome to the online home of Philippines Dance, or Sayaw Pilipinas!

Directory of Filipino Dance Organizations & Clubs and Cultural Expression Around the World

Many good informations and links

Notable Filipinos Worldwide Folk Dances from Visayas and Mindanao
Balitaw

is an extemporaneous exchange of love verses between a man and a woman. Danced and mimed, it is accompanied by a song, or the dancers themselves sing, improvising the steps and verses. Balitaw is found mainly in the Tagalog and Visayan regions

Now What, Cat? Philippine Folk Dances and other Traditions

Many good links (also with video) to different dances presented according to categories as to places where they come from and their classification as to types

The Coconut in Filipino Dance Culture
Southern Philippine Culture Southern Philippine Culture: Exotic Southern Dances and Songs
Philippines Dances

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Sua Ku Sua - Tausug Traditional Song Dance

The dependence of the Tausug on the pomelo tree and its fruits have created a bond between the two which prompted the Tausug of Jolo, Sulu to make a dance honoring the latter. The Sua-Ku-Sua or "my pomelo tree" is a dance that likens the sua´s gentle leaves, attractive fruits, its fragrance and slender body to that of a lady. Performed by couples, the Sua-Ku-Sua dancers make use of two white fans that are swayed, as if to signify the swaying of the leaves of the sua tree while singing along with the music in their rice powder-covered faces.

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Sua Ku Sua - Tausug Traditional Song Dance

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History of the Sakuting Philippine Folk Dance

by Rianne Hill Soriano

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Sakuting

a dance from the Ilocos region - province of Abra It was originally an all-male dance performance presenting a mock fight between Ilocano Christians and non-Christian groups of the northern mountains using sticks. It is danced by children while striking together footlong sticks for rhythm when going from house to house to solicit gifts (Christmas)

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Tinikling is the most popular and best known of the Philippine dances and former honored as the Philippine national dance

The older people claim that the ‘Tinikling Ha Bayo’ from which the tinikling dance evolved is more difficult to perform. It was originally danced between ‘bayuhan’, two wooden pestles used to pound the husks off the rice grain.

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Tinikling (Philippine Folk Dance) - 1 video

Tinikling is considered the national folkdance with a pair of dancers hopping between two bamboo poles held just above the ground and struck together in time to music. Originated from Leyte Province, this dance is in fact a mimic movement of “tikling birds” hopping over trees, grass stems or over bamboo traps set by farmers. Dancers perform this dance with remarkable grace and speed jumping between bamboo poles.

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PAGGAWA Tinikling Dance - 1 video in a sub-album

 

Cariñosa

meaning the loving or affectionate one is a Philippine dance of Hispanic origin from the Maria Clara suite of Philippine folk dances, where the fan or handkerchief plays an instrumental role as it places the couple in romance scenario.

The Cariñosa replaced the popular Tinikling as the “National Dance of the Philippines” in 1992

lets dance the Cariñosa

by/Karen B. Velasco

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The Cariñosa

Cariñosa is a word that describes an affectionate, friendly and lovable woman. This dance is performed in flirtatious manner with fans and handkerchiefs to assist the dancers’ hide-and-seek movements.

Philippine Dance
The Itik-Itik dance is popular among the Visayan

At one baptismal party in the Surigao del Norte province, a young lady named Kanang (the nickname for Cayetana), considered the best dancer and singer of her time, was asked to dance the Sibay. She became so enthusiastic and spirited during the performance that she began to improvise movements and steps similar to the movements of itik, the duck, as it walks with short, choppy steps and splashes water on its back while calling to its mate. The people liked the dance so much that they all imitated her. There are six separate foot sequences in the series of Itik-Itik steps.

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Itik-itik (Philippine Folk Dance)

At one baptismal party in the Surigao del Norte province, a young lady named Kanang (the nickname for Cayetana), considered the best dancer and singer of her time, was asked to dance the Sibay. She became so enthusiastic and spirited during the performance that she began to improvise movements and steps similar to the movements of itik, the duck, as it walks with short, choppy steps and splashes water on its back while calling to its mate. The people liked the dance so much that they all imitated her. There are six separate foot sequences in the series of Itik-Itik steps.

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The Gayong-gayong

is a playful Muslim dance which originated from the province of Aklan on the island of Panay in Capiz. In most rural areas that have get-togethers, they opt to use this dance which gives so much joy and pleasure – both to the dancers and the audience.

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The Gayong-gayong

is a playful Muslim dance which originated from the province of Aklan on the island of Panay in Capiz. In most rural areas that have get-togethers, they opt to use this dance which gives so much joy and pleasure – both to the dancers and the audience. The story behind the dance states that “Gayong” is a pet name given to Leodegario. The legend and the words of the song tell us that Maisong (pet name of Dalmacio) and Gayong went to a feast which celebrates the death of a townsmate. Masiong was known to have a healthy appetite. He found himself choking on a piece of Adobo and cried out: “Gayong! Gayong!” He was calling out to his friend for help. He needed Gayong to remove the bone of the Adobo that was stuck in his throat. The dance depicts Maisong’s fondness for feasts in his province. The result of his gluttony, however, was help up to a lively ridicule. This dance contributes to so much merriment in representing to the feast-goers’ effort to try and find aid for the choking Maisong. - Remark 2 videos in the album

Sayaw - Filipino Folk Dances & the Fighting Arts
Cordillera Cultural Heritage
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by/ CARIDAD B. FIAR-OD, PhD
College Vice President, MPSPC
Council of Elders, Igorot Global Organization
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Cordillera Cultural Heritage
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by/ CARIDAD B. FIAR-OD, PhD
College Vice President, MPSPC
Council of Elders, Igorot Global Organization

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The SAOT Project
(Sound Archive of Oral Traditions)

Gallery of Photographs from Mindanao e.g. Music and Dance

Pilipino Folkdance Glossary
DANCE EDUCATION THROUGH POETIC NARRATIVES DANCE EDUCATION THROUGH POETIC NARRATIVES
Ethnic and Non-native Philippine Folk Dances

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Philippine Dances
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Association of Ballet Academies, Philippines

For over two decades, the Association of Ballet Academies, Philippines (ABAP) has been on the forefront on the development of dance in its various forms through its affiliated members around the country. Founded in 1993, ABAP has gained grounds in the upgrading of classical ballet education through workshops, performances, tours, workshops and other related activities.

Ballet Schools Directory of Ballet Schools in the Philippines
Ballet Philippines (BP)

synthesizes diverse dance and movement forms, from classical ballet to avant-garde choreographies, from traditional to modern dance, from martial arts to aerial movements, into distinctively Filipino contemporary expressions.

Ballet Philippines is the resident dance company of the Cultural Center of the Philippines, and has earned critical and popular acclaim at home as well as throughout the world, showcasing the Philippines' rich cultural heritage of music and dance on the international stage. The company has been cited for its strong dance foundation, flexibility of style and exciting sense of theater. Their repertoire consists of over 250 works accumulated over the past 34 years, the most prominent of which are Filipino works translating western technique into Filipino movement, theme, design and inspiration to produce a distinctly Filipino dance form.

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Ballet Philippines (BP)

Ballet Philippines ... A Day in the Life

Ballet Philippines with the FEU dance troop

Ballet Philippines Triumph at the First Boston International Ballet Competition

Explore People Ballet Philippines

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The Philippine Ballet Theatre

is the pre-eminent classical ballet company in the Philippines. The Philippine Ballet Theatre was founded in 1987 out of an alliance of leading dance groups; it quickly won recognition as a resident ballet company of the Cultural Center of the Philippines.

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The Philippine Ballet Theatre

is the pre-eminent classical ballet company in the Philippines. The Philippine Ballet Theatre was founded in 1987 out of an alliance of leading dance groups; it quickly won recognition as a resident ballet company of the Cultural Center of the Philippines.

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Ballet Manila

The most prolific and sought-after ballet company in the Philippines today - Ballet Manila is based in Star and Aliw Theaters in Star City, Roxas Boulevard, Pasay City.

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Ballet Manila

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Ballet Manila 15th Anniversary AVP - Uploaded on Aug 17, 2010

Ballet Manila celebrates its 15th anniversary with "Halo-Halo ni Juan" a dance concert featuring classical, neo-classical, modern, and OPM numbers!

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Ballet Manila in London! (remark 3 videos)

June the 30th to the 2nd of July, 2011 at the Shaw Theatre London

Ballet Manila Opening night London

Ballet Manila Gala Night in London

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PHILIPPINE BALLET

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Filipino ballet is born. This is a fusion of philippine cultural dances and ballet. Performed by the Leyte Dance Theatre, this fusion is the first of it's kind, a category by itself.
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A Pinoy Christmas Ballet Concert

Christmas ballet concert by Steps Dance Project, directed and choreographed by James Laforteza (with excerpts from The Nutcracker choreographed by Jeffrey Espejo, not shown here).

Philippine Baranggay Folk Dance Troupe

For the past 65 years, the Philippine Baranggay Folk Dance Troupe (PBFDT) has traveled to the different stages of the world across Asia, Europe and North America, providing a window to the complex and culturally rich history of the Philippines.

The troupe continues to research, preserve and showcase the diverse multi-cultural Philippine life, with its customs, traditions, various religions, depicting the gaiety and friendliness of its people through its performances of the native arts in their authentic form. The folk-like and unaffected atmosphere of the performances have won the world over as they present the story of the Philippines through a panorama of songs, dances and music.

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Philippine Baranggay Folk Dance Troupe

Mini Documentary

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Bayanihan Philippine National Folk Dance Company

is the oldest dance company in the Philippines. A multi-awarded company, both nationally and internationally, Guillermo Gomez Rivera has called it the "depository of almost all Filipino dances, dress and songs."

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The Integrated Performing Arts Guild (IPAG)

is a leading Philippine dance and theatre company whose world-acclaimed productions integrate the dance, music, and arts traditions of the South where it is based. IPAG has represented the Philippines in over 100 cities worldwide, and is today Philippine Theatre's most-performed and most-traveled performing group

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La Salle Filipiniana Dance Company
Philippine Folk Dance and Music - LIKHA Pilipino Folk Ensemble

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LIKHA Pilipino Folk Ensemble

The mission of LIKHA Pilipino Folk Ensemble is to educate and propagate the practice of Philippine folk dance and music traditions. LIKHA was established in May 1992 by a collective of twelve (12) individuals who came together to celebrate Philippine dance and culture. Under the artistic direction of Rudi C. Soriano, former dance soloist with the premier Bayanihan Philippine Dance Company, LIKHA has nurtured a generation of young community dance enthusiasts and now boasts an active membership of over 45 dancers and musicians. All are passionate about LIKHA's mission to educate community members and diverse audiences about Philippine culture through music and dance. LIKHA (pronounced "lick-ha") is a Tagalog root word meaning creation or creativity.

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Lemuhen Cultural Dance Troupe

was organized in 2007 by Lyn Lambago.

Forming a unique T'Boli cultural performing arts group coming from the town of Kiamba, Sarangani Province was inspired by former Mayor Rommel Falgui. Lyn was later introduced to Mr. Allan de Lima that also extended support and technical assistance.

ECD Dance Company

was established in 2002, but the artistic knowledge and experience of its members span several decades

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ECD Dance Company

Different Photos about the different folk dances of the Philippines

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Parangal Dance Company

Parangal means tribute. Our mission is to give tribue to our motherland, the Philippines, by preserving and promoting its culture and tradition through dance, music, and costumes

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Parangal Dance Company

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Kontra Gapi - a ethnic dance music ensamble

The Kontemporaryong Gamelan Pilipino draws inspiration from this ancient and profound source nurtured and sustained by the depth, wealth and cultural diversity of the Philippines and her Asian roots. Widely identified by its acronym Kontra-GaPi, the group strives to express music and kindred arts from indigenous well-springs, reaping from the people and giving back to them in new form “as magical as the moonlight and constantly changing as water”.

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Kontra Gapi - a ethnic dance music ensamble

Professor Edru Arbaham formed the Kontra gapi, a group of ethnic dance music ensamble that is active in bringing to life the old Filipino tradition of music, fused with different various cultural styles mostly from South east asian heritage. Most of the performers are college students on University of the Philippines.

Documentary by: Arnel Alarcon, Frances Falgui, Hans Melvin Ang, Hiyasmin Bisoy, Jeffrey Dublado, Mars Sajorda, Rowie Gutierrez, Dmitri Valencia

Under Mr. Milo Paz's documentary workshop at UPFI January to Feb 2009 Post production in Blue Crest Arts

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Kathara Dancetheater Collective, INC.

is a twenty-one year old repertory company founded and organized by Elenita Boots Cruz Dumlao, the Artistic Director. The company hopes to facilitate opportunities for learning and understanding of the Mindanaoan Culture, Arts and History according to the perspective of its multi-ethnic population.

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Hiays Philippine Folk Dance Company

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Hiays Music Ensemble

Lyceum Dance Troupe

Lyceum of the Philippines University, Intramuros, Manila

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Lyceum Dance Troupe

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Kababayang Pilipino

cultural performing arts group - Celebrating the Philippines through Dance and Music

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The INTERNACIONAL TEATRO SILENCIO FILIPINAS, INC. (ITSF)

is a cultural dance group composed of talented Deaf artists who have proven that “artistic expression knows no disability”. Though unable to communicate with sound, the members are very creative and imaginative, conveying messages through dance, dramatic arts and mime.

The ITSF may be reach c/o the Philippines Federation of the Deaf, Inc.

BALLET The 3 Major Ballet Companies in the Philippines
Ballet Philippines, Philippine Ballet Theater and Ballet Manila
UPLB Street Jazz Dance Company

is the duly recognized hip-hop dance varsity under the Department of Human Kinetics College of Arts and Sciences of the University of the Philippines - Los Baños.

The group has been performing inside and outside UPLB for over 14 years.

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Melengas Dance Ensemble

we are the pride of Zamboanga del Sur National High School as far culture and Arts is concerned. We also are the official Dance Troupe of our institution.

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Melengas Dance Ensemble

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FCU Silak Dance Company

is the official dance company of Filamer Christian University

Roxas Avenue, Roxas city, 5800 Roxas, Capiz

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Folklorico Filipino (Canada) Dance Company.

In 1973, a group of young, newly arrived Filipino immigrants met and soon began to socialize with Filipinos living in Toronto. From this small social club came the desire to form a dance group, showcase the cultures and traditions of the Filipinos. In 1974, the Province of Ontario issued a letter Patent incorporating Folklorico Filipino (Canada) Dance Company. Founding members of the company were either former dancers, professional entertainers or artists. In retrospect, the merging of the different creative backgrounds of each individual made Folklorico unique and diverse. Now, for over 34 years, Folklorico has delighted their audience with enjoyable and exciting programs a´round in many many countries

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Traditional - Folk & Indigenous - Ethnic Dances

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Kaamulan festival dances

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Abaruray

Abaruray is a contraction of the words Aba and Ruray. Aba is an exclamation which is equivalent to “Hey!” or “Hi!” in English. Ruray is a nickname for Aurora.

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Alcamfor

Its name is derived from the plant of the same name having a peculiar hot and aromatic smell. Female dancers hold handkerchiefs scented with the "alcamfor" (naphtalene balls) believed to induce romance. The dance came from Leyte

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Alitaptap

Alitaptap is the firefly. This is a very simple dance that is taught to children.

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Aray

is a dance whose words are sung in Chabacano Ermitaño - "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. Aray means "ouch" in Tagalog.

The song sung to accompany the Aray dance is entitled "Pasacalle."

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Areuana

from Negros Occidental, is lively and interesting like the other "Areuana" found in Janiuay, Iloilo.

This video is "Areuana Folk Dancing DMMMSU CIT Intramurals 2012" Published on Aug 23, 2012

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Asik

In the Muslim area in the Philippines the dance is usually performed by the lady-in-waiting to the daughter of the Sultan - Bayanihan Philippine Dance Company

This is performed by a solo madien, adorned with fine beads and make up, long head scarf. She would dance to win the favor of her Sultan master. Many time the girls would dance to win the hearts of her master or to make up for a wrong she had done. She would give her whole heart and soul into this performance to soften the heart of her master to accept her.

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Atin Cu-Pung Singsing

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Bagobo and Ifugao tribal music-dances - NAMCYA 2009

Ethnic Tribal Music-Dance of the Philippines

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BAGOBO : Philippine Folk Dance from the Bagobo People

The Bagobo are a tribe in Davao province on the island of Mindano. The dance is a demonstration of footwork with the music provided by a unique instrument called "tagungguan" which consists of a series of small gongs suspended by ropes from a triangular rack. The dancers wear bells around their legs.
All movements of the Bagobo are done in any direction. Each figure maybe repeated a number of times.

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Bahay Kubo

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Bakya

Philippine Folk Dance - Bakya Dance is a very interesting and lively dance. In this dance, young girls and boys are supposed to be teasing each other rhythmically with their bakya (wooden clog, a traditional footwear)

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Banga-Salidsid

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Bayluhay

ECD Dance Company

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Bellydance - Filipina examples

Manila bellydance teacher - artist Jill Ngo performs "Yearning" in Lucena City Oct 16 2010. The "Goddesses of Bellydance" had an outdoor bellydance concert at Quezon Premier Hotel in Lucena City. It rained in the middle of the concert, so they decided to continue the show in the hotel's indoor restaurant.

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Bellydancing to Entrance of the Stars on a 18th Birthday Debut. Dance as taught by Patpat Kong and performed by the LCB Performing Arts Dance Company, in Davao City.

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Bendian

Bendian (Bendiyan) is performed for many reasons. Some of which are to heal a prolong illness, relieve natural calamities such as famine and drought, and to celebrate a bountiful harvest. However, the biggest Bendian is to celebrate a victory in war and a successful headhunt. The arrival of succesful head takers, called "ulul" is met with great festivities by the entire village. The Bendian festival celebrated by the Benguet, Ibaloy, and Kankanay is always big and extraordinary. It involves the village circling and dancing around the ulul leader while executing various arm movements. Lasting until the wee hours of the night, the bedian ritual ends on the sound of the loudest oway or war cry. This version of Bendian centers around the maiden's part of the circle.

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Binasuan

Originated in Pangasinan Province “meaning with the use of drinking glasses”, this vibrant dance basically shows off balancing skill of the performers. Glasses filled with rice wine are placed on the head and on each hand carefully maneuvered with graceful movements. This dance is common in weddings, fiestas and special occasions.

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Binatbatan

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Binislakan

(Almazin, Lingayen, Pangasinan) The municipality of Lingayen in Pangasinan was derived from the Chinese word "Li-King-Tung," meaning to look backward and forward, by the Chinese settlers in the area long ago. The binislakan dance was performed to commemorate the stay of Limahong, a Chinese pirate who built his kingdom in Lingayen. Binislakan, meaning "the use of sticks," imitates two chopsticks used by the Chinese for eating.

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Binoyugan

A dance originally from the Ilokano region of Pangasinan. Binoyugan  (beeh-noh-YOOH-gahn) features women balancing on their heads a banga or clay pot which they use to fetch water from the river or well, or in which to cook rice. The dance culminates with the women laying stomach down on stage, and rolling from side to side, all while balancing the pot.

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BLIT-B'LAAN : Philippine Dance from the B'laan People

Courtship dance of the B'laan of Davao del Sur imitating forest birds during the mating season. All movements of the Blit-B'laan are done with the knees slightly bent.

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Bulaklakan

is a lovely and attractive dance performed during the celebrations of Santa Cruz de Mayo in front of a processional altar. Videotaped and edited by Alan Geoghegan, Aug. 2009. Premiered at the Filipino-American Association of Greater Columbia, SC's 19TH Annual Gala on Aug. 29. 2009

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Bumayah and Uyauy dances

Culture and traditions of Ifugao

Bumayah

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Uyaoy / Uyauy

This Ifugao wedding festival dance is accompanied by gongs and is performed by the affluent to attain the second level of the wealthy class. Wealthy people (Kadangyan) who have performed this dance are entitled to the use of gongs at their death

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Dagit-Dagit

is performed during festival for a good harvest in Yabton, Ivisan, Capiz performed by/FCU Silak Dance Company

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Danza

Danza is a folk dance of Cuban origin which became popular in the late 19th century, also known as habanera or danza habanera. The habanera is a social dance in duple time and performed in a ballroom or on a stage.

The Argentine writer Carlos Vega (1898-1966) traces its origin to the English contra dance or square dance, which was then assimilated into Spain as contradanza or danza. Around 1825, it was brought to Cuba in this form where it was combined with Afro-Cuban rhythms; and around 1850, it was transformed into the habanera.

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DAYANG-DAYANG

A Muslim dance from Mindanao province. A colorful and glittering costume composed of many dancers with one very pretty STAR DANCER as DAYANG-DAYANG, the Princess. (Sorry not shown in these videos: The highlight of the dance is the sitting of the princess in two bamboo poles placed in the male dancers shoulder, and while she is sitting, she moves her body and her hands to the music and the fast beat continues until it lasts.)

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Dinuyya

is a festival dance from Lagawe, Mt. Province. This is performed in social gatherings and other festivities celebrating important events like the canao, a thanksgiving or a wedding.

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Esperanza - filipino folk dance

Esperanza is a lively dance from Camarines Sur. It was supposedly named after a lovely maiden called Esperanza. The steps of this dance are simple but interesting. For costume, the girl wears "balintawak" or "patadyong" and the boy "barong tagalog" with white trousers. Music is divided into two parts: A and B. Formation: Partners stand side by side about three feet from each other, facing the audience. The girl stands at partner's right. Any number of couples may take part.

Thanks to Arjie Mendoza for the description

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ESTUDIANTINA (Philippine Folk Dance)

The Abaknon Estudiantina is one of the three available versions of Philippine Estudiantina dances, popular in its broken Spanish name, "Estudiantina de Capuleño". The proper term should have been "La Estudiantina Capuleña". This dance is simply called Estudiantina in the other towns in Samar where it is also popular.

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Gaway-gaway

is a harvest dance that celebrates the bountiful harvest of the gaway - a plant of the taro family that is grown both for the vegetable and its roots. The female dancer hold a nigo (bilao in Tagalog) laden as she dances. The music is a fast 3/8 melody and the steps are simple but beautiful.

This particular dance came from the town of Jaro in Leyte Province, where planting the gaway is the predominant occupation of the barrio folks.

During harvest season, the customary participation of the children in harvesting gaway is seen. Gaway is harvested by pulling the stalk off the ground. Hence, the pulling of the stalks leads to the unavoidable hitting of each other’s elbows, which has been adapted into a peculiar characteristic of the dance called siko-siko.

After a bountiful harvest, young boys and girls celebrate by imitating the harvesting of gaway. In their merry-making, dancers tease each other by finishing the dance with a parayao (showing off).

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Habanera Botolena (Philippine Folk Dance)

It originated from Botolan, Zambales. This dance is a combination of Spanish and Philippine steps with flamenco influence. This is a social popular dance in the North among the Ilocanos. It is a courtship dance but sometimes it is also performed during weddings and other social gatherings.

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Habanera de Jovencita

A dance typical of a woman's debut or even her wedding. The accompanying love ballad was written by Maestro Nitoy Gonzales when he was courting Jovita Friese, who then choreographed the graceful and beautiful habanera dance that accompanies it. - Bayanihan Philippine Dance Company

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Higaonon Mandaya Tribal Dance Offering

Eugene & Natalie Wright, Michael & Robin Smith, Chris Smith & Melissa Kempf after attending Sunday Worship Service at Buclad General Baptist Church in Asuncion, Davao del Norte, Philippines last May 1, 2011 watch Mandaya Tribal Dances which were later on joined in by Eugene, Melissa and Robin themselves. The church was blessed with their joy and enthusiasm.

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Idaw - Kalinga

The Idaw dance is a hunting ritual performed before tribal wars. The warriors listen for the sacred Idaw bird that is said to lead the tribe to victory.

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Ifugao Native Dance - Gong music

Apr 27, 2012 cshallag wrote: This was taken during the thanksgiving of the Lagguy family at Likud, Haliap, Asipulo, Ifugao last April 6, 2012 .The lady who is beating the gong is Mrs. Maria Tayaban of Haliap together with the old folks of that barangay. Enjoy dancing!

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Igorot wedding dance

Newly weds dancing a native Igorot wedding dance during their wedding reception

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Imunan

Imunan (San Jacinto, Pangasinan), a courtship dance, means jealousy. The dance depicts a love triangle; two girls and one boy. In this dance, the boy tries to please the girls who are trying their best to get his attention and favor. The boy shows an admirable attempt to please both girls by paying attention, flirting, and dancing with them, one after the other. The attempt is successful and at the end of the dance, all is sweetness and harmony among the three dancers.

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Inalimango

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Itneg - Tinguian Tadok dance, Luzon, Philippines 1960s

The Itneg are one of the Austronesian tribes based in the mountainous region of northern Luzon island, the Philippines. Their alternate name is "Tinguian" which comes from the Malay term "Tinggi" meaning "highlands". Here's the traditional "Tadok" dance (related to other highland Luzon tribes dances such as the "Tadek" of the neighboring Bontok tribe). This video gem was filmed by anthropologist Robert Garfias in the 1960s.

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JANGGAY (Philippine Folk Dance from the Sulu archipelago)

The Janggay dance of the Badjao people takes its name from the metal fingernails worn by the women on special occasions.

The Janggay or 'Igal Janggay" is one Badjao dance that is performed to the tradition of the Pangalay. Pangalay being a predominant dance form favorite among the gentle people of the Sulu archipelago. Janggay refers to metal fingernails or claws that the dancers wear on their hands as the sinuous movements of pangalay figures are executed. To the Sama de Laut people it is called "solengkengkeng". The janggay is supposed to enhance or magnify the dancer's hand twists and wrist flicks because it serves like a sort of an extension. From the usual starting position, the Sinalayan, the dance progresses to different pangalay postures moving to a dampened sound of local gongs. Emphasis is however, not moved away from the janggay, the object of the dance. Ref.: e.g. Hiyas Philippine Folk Dance Company

Bernard1981 on Jul 9, 2008 - Tambuli Cultural Dance Troupe - wrote: Contrary to popular belief, there is no such thing as a "janggay" dance found among the Tausugs and Sama Dilaut (bajau). Ramon Obusan created the dance based on his research of dances from the Sulu Archipelago. Pangalay is the classical dance that is part of the Philippines Southeast Asian heritage.

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Jotabal

Jotabal is a lively festival dance in Camohaguin, Gumaca, Quezon.

It is derived from the words Jota and valse (means waltz, a step or a dance in three-four time). The male wears barong tagalog and black trousers and female wears Maria Clara dress.

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Jota Cabangan - Philippine Folk Dance

The Jota Cabangan is a courtship dance from Cabangan, Zambales, which is performed by the bride and groom at the traditional feast on the eve of the wedding day, called sinadag. The dance depicts the usual actions that were done by the groom in courting his bride, like whispering by the window, touching the girl's feet secretly under the table, and following the girl around.

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Jota Echagueña

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Jota ha Kalipay - Dance of Happiness

Jota ha Kalipay is a popular festival dance among the towns and barrios of Western Samar, especially in the coastal towns of Catbalogan, Zumarraga, Villareal and Talalora. It is a native version which the common folks have adapted from the original jota. At present, it is still danced as an amenudo in fiestas, weddings and other socials and has often been called Dance of Happiness.

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Jota Isabela

A fine example of a filipinized spanish jota, but unlike other jotas this dance does not use elongated bamboo castanets. This Ilocano dance was first performed by the Ilocano settlers of the woodlands of old Isabela.

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Jota de Paragua

(Cuyo, Palawan) - Named after he old name of Palawan province, this dance retains the fiery flavor of the Jota, coming from the once popular Spanish capital of Seville and adapted by the local dancers of Palawan. The ladies wave their manton, or decorative shawl, while the egentlemen keep brisk pace with bamboo castanets.

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Jota Quirino

Maria Clara - Folkdance

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Jota Rizal

Jota Rizal is a version of jota dance from Batangas. This was very popular during the time of Dr. Jose Rizal. Female dancers wear Maria Clara dress while male dancers wear barong tagalog and black trousers.

Thanks to Arjie Mendoza for the description

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Kakawati

Kakawati dance glorifies the beauty of kakawati, marikakao, or madre de cacao. Only girls perform this dance. Dancers are dressed in balintawak style. They hold a twig of kakawati blossoms in each hand, about a foot in length.

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Kalapati

is a lovely dance patterned afteer the characteristic movements of the kalapati or doves as they court--bowing, billing and cooing. It depicts the typical traits of the Ilocanos (simplicity, naturalness and shyness). It originated from Cabugao, Ilocos Sur.

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Kappa Malong-Malong

Maranao Muslim Tribal Dance

Maranao Muslim Tribal Dance, Cotabato. This Maranao dance is performed with women wearing malong and shawl, mantle or head piece, whereas men wear sash or waist band, shorts or bahag and head gear or turban traditionally worn in the fields.

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Kasanduayan

This dance came from Marawi City, Lanao del Sur. Maranao women living near the shores of Lake Lanao walk nobly with their distinctive movements, most particularly their graceful sway. Girl wears tight long-sleeved blouse in royal colors such as golden yellow, green, pink , violet and velvet red.

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Kataka-Taka

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Kalatong (video-example)

The Kalatong is a rural dance that is named after the 3-foot bamboo object that the dancers wear around their necks or waists. They beat this object in a fast rhythm, believing this will bring luck and drive away evil spirits.

Kalatong or Karatong (general)

Kalatong or Karatong have dancers use kalatong or bamboo tube about a yard long, tied horizontally below the waist and struck by two sticks to tap the rhythm of the dance. there are two dances:

The Tobong Kalatong, from Pangasinan, which is a ceremonial dance performed to frighten the evil spirits away.

Bunga Mangga, from Cuyo, Palawan, is a part of the Karatong in which dancers collect flowers from the mango tree - thus the bunga mangga contraption.

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Kini Kini

Kini means the Royal Walk. Maranao women performed this dance with scarves. The beauty of the scarve and the talent and grace in which it is displayed. Their small steps, or "kini-kini" is a sign of good upbringing and shows their elite social upbringing.

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Komintang or kumintang

The kumintang or komintang is the name given to several distinct styles, techniques and forms in music and dance probably originating in the areas used by early Spanish cartographers and chronicles to denote a large province centering around what is known as Batangas. Early 19th-century travelers' accounts often mention the kumintang as a Tagalog "chant national", describing them as dance-songs performed by pairs of men and women, with texts concerning love and courtship. All accounts mention a glass of coconut wine passed from hand to hand by the dancers as they sing. Look more about kumintang or komintang HERE

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Konan - Philippine Folk Dance from Pangasinan
The name of the dance is derived from the old Spanish-era silver coin the "conant". It is notable that Pangasinan folk and traditional dances are fond of dance props. Popular among these props are the bangko, coconut shells with lighted candles inside, fans, wine glasses, sticks, takuko, and even earthen pots filled with water or camote. And for these dance- a coin! The konan is in fact a game for children played in the same way as the 'cookie snatch game' where a small cookie placed in the forehead must reach the mouth by making all sorts of facial contortions. The dance could have been derived from this game.
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Kundansoy

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Kundiman

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Kuratsa Binisaya from Tacloban Leyte

The Kuratsa is highly favored by the Visayan people especially the Waray people of the Eastern Visayan region in the Philippines.

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La Jota Lalloqueña

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La Jota Manileña

It is a dance named after the capital city of the Philippines, Manila, where an adaptation of Castilian Jota afloats with the clacking of bamboo castanets played by the dancers themselves. The costume and the graceful movements of the performers noticeably inspired by Spanish Culture.

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La Jota Moncadena

La Jota Moncadeña is one of the most famous interpretation and adaptation of the Aragonese Jota dance. People of Moncada, Tarlac, call it rather by a different name: Jota Florana. The Jota Folrana was danced to the Ilocano/Yogad bamboo musical instrument ensemble called tallelet. Dance anthropologist Ramon Obusan said that the Jota Florana was danced to accompany a bereaved family to the burial of a loved one. The high pitched clicking of the bamboo clickers are supposed to represent melancholy wails. The slow portion of the dance is in fact named patay (death) or desmayo (fainting) that is performed to a very slow marcha funebre. The same dance figure is found in another Ilocano dance, the Ti Liday (which in Ilocano means 'sorrow' or grief-stricken') The Jota Moncadeña similar to other Filipinized versions of the Spanish jota is literally mixe-up in flavor. The dance combines Spanish and Ilocano dance steps and music.

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Lanceros de Tayabas

(Tabayas, Quezon) - Lanceros takes its name from the chivalrous knights and lanciers of King Arthur's fame. Taking off from the tournament grounds, the lanciers was reinterpreted into a form of dance performed in great ballrooms of majestic palaces where noble gentlemen crossed lines with graceful ladies. In Tayabas, the dance came to be known as Lanceros de Tayabas, noted as a divertissement for the comedia stage-play, also a Spanish import.

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Lapay Bantigue

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Lapbad - Scarf Dance (Lap-bad)

performed by a group of Arumanon Manobo girls from Midsayap, Cotabato

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La Simpatika

Simpatika (Pangasinan) means demure, charming, and lovable; qualities of a senorita deeply in love. The flavor and context of La Simpatika centers on love exploits of gentlemen suitors who are after the love of their life. In the Philippines where moral rules are strict and binding, society calls for the ladies to be impeccably demure and gentlemen to be prim and proper.

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LAWISWIS KAWAYAN

A Waray folk song that has become popular throughout the Philippine archipelago. The dance is probably a late choreography to the folk song. There are four versions to the Lawiswis Kawayan dance: one from Kolambugan, Lanao performed by the Waray settlers in that place. Another version from Eastern Samar uses a "bangko/puruk-anan" as an implement to the dancing. The male dancers have a mango leaf on their mouth in one figure of the dance.

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Leron, Leron Sinta

Leron, Leron Sinta is a festival dance adapted from the popular folk song, "Leron, Leron, Sinta". This is a favorite dance of the old people of Parang, Marikina. The female wears balintawak style, tapis, soft panuelo around the neck, and chinelas as footwear. On the other hand, the male wears camisa de chino or barong tagalog, white trousers and chinelas as footwear.

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LULAY (Philippine Folk Dance)

The Philippine dances which can be classified as a "national" folk dance.

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Madrileña folk dance

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Maglalatik - also called Magbabao (Philippine Folk Dance)

This mock-war dance - The maglalatik -, originating from the Spanish Regime is a four part war dance telling a story between a battle between the Muslims and the Christians. Maglalatik depicts a fight between the Moros and the Christians over the latik. The first two parts of the dance, the Palipasan and the Baligtaran, show the heated encounter between the two groups. The last two parts, the Paseo and the Sayaw Escaramusa, show their reconciliation. Instead of being armed with sticks, the dancers wear a harness of coconut shells on their hands, chest, back, hips, and thighs.

The name of the dance comes from the Filipino word "Latik", which means "fried coconut milk curd" (residue left after the coconut milk has been boiled), a coconut product that is used in Filipino cooking, particularly in snacks.
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Maglangka - Philippine Folk Dance

Tausug dancers are trained by highly-skilled dance trainors that strictly adhere to traditional style of their dances. The Maglangka (means 'to dance') rehearses young [girls] trainees to the correct posturing or hand movements and placements which are in turn very basic in learning more elaborate Tausug dances like the Pangalay.

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Magtanim Ay Di Biro

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Malagueña

This dance was a favorite dance of the people of Laguna and Quezon during the Spanish Era.

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Manang Biday
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Manobo Udol Dance

The Manobo / Manuvu are a large group of Austronesian people from Mindanao. This is the Udol dance, named after the slit drum that accompanies it. The mesmering rhythm of the udol is believed to call the spirits of the deceased (fallen warriors) to show them (the dancers/performers) where their remains are so they could bring them home and have a decent burial. (daghang salamat SaiaoPinoi) The dancers provide the Udol, Utomay and the Patawagay rhythms themselves as they take turns to dance. This film was taken by anthropologist Robert Garfias in the 1960s.

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Mantones de Seda

A strong poetic echo from the Iberian influenced past, danced to the rondalla. Like many other jotas, it has the usual stamping and the use of unstrung castanets. A special feature of the dance showcases the many ways of using the Manton de Manila and - or look this Video

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Maya-Maya

Maya is the filipino name for sparrow. This dance mimics the maya as they play in the rice fields and the sky. This dance is popular in the Samar and Leyte islands

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Mazurka Boholana

A Traditional Ballroom dance very popular in Bohol.

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Nasudi

Nasudi is a favorite festival dance of Dingras, Ilocos Norte and in Bohol.

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Nilambay

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Pagapir (also known as Kapagapir)

Riza dancing "Pagapir" - Pagapir is a traditional dance that depicts the royal manner of "walking" among the Maranao people, who live mainly around the Lake Lanao, Lanao del Sur, This dance is usually performed to commence an important affair. Dancers of this dance are usually from the royal court or high society group of Lanao Province. Ladies of the royal court perform this graceful, manipulating fans called "apir" while emphasizing their small steps (kini-kini), which symbolizes their good manners and prominent family background - a sign of good upbringing.

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Pagdiwata

Pagdiwata Origin: A ceremonial dance of the Tagbanua is a religious rite of the native - either of thanksgiving or of healing sick people possessed by bad spirit. (ref.: www.likha.org/Pagdiwata) - Pagdiwata .. a healing ritual dance by the Babaylan when calling out the Diwata as part of her ritual on healing a sick person. Babaylan ...he/she is a religious leader among the tribes.. functions as a healer ..a shaman or oracle ..it is a tradition among most of the filipino tribes to call upon the Gods through the babaylan to heal the sick or to perform rituals for thanksgiving and other sacred ceremonies.

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Palayok - Remark 2 videos in the album

Palayok is a pot made up of clay use for cooking rice and others by the ancient Filipinos, and still being used until these days by some fish vendors, fish are boiled in this clay pot with salt and water until the salted water is converted to fish sauce. This dance using the "palayok" (pot clay) shows how to balance the clay pot on their heads.

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Pamaypay - Paypay

Fans are called "paypay", "paipay", "pamaypay", "abaniko (abanico)" in the Philippines. Pamaypay - paypay is used to fan oneself when someone feels hot, but during the Spanish colonial, pamaypay or fan is used by filipinas to cover their face when they feel shy or when they have something to whisper to the person next to her.

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Look also the Music - Song "El Paipay de Manila" HERE

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Pandanggo Sa Bulig

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Pandanggo Sa Ilaw (Philippine Folk Dance)

Pandanggo sa Ilaw (Candle dance) is a popular from Lubang Island, Mindoro in the Visayas region. This particular pandanggo requires skill in balancing three lighted oil lamps or tinghoy, one on the head and at the palms of each hand. It is characterized by lively steps and clapping that varies in rhythm in 3/4 time. The lights of the candles are said to represent fireflies that are fluttering in the night.

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Pandanggo Oasiwas (Philippine Folk Dance)

Pandanggo Oasiwas literally means the 'Fandango with the Light' in English language. And yes from the name itself, this dance is that dance that involved the manipulation of the lights. This dance is from the Lubang Island, Mindoro. The term 'pandanggo' which means 'fandanggo' in the Spanish language is actually dance that is characterized by marking time with the use of clack of castanets, the snapping of the fingers and the stomping of the feet in the triple-time rhythm. The person that performs this graceful dance is often called as the 'pandanggera'. The 'pandanggera' then dances holding three oil lamps which are called as the 'tinghoy'.

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Pandanggo Rinconada

Obviously the dance was an offshoot of the Spanish fandango that was introduced to the natives' repertoire of festival dances. The Pandanggo Rinconada derived its name from the sub-region of the Bicolandia where a distinct Bikol dialect is spoken. That subregion comprising the Camarines provinces is called Distrito de Rinconada. the other sub-regions of Bikol are Bikol Estandarte (Naga district), Bikol Albayano, Bikol Catanduanes, Bikol Masbatenyo and the Bikol Sorsogon also called Bisakol due to the heavy Bisayan influence in their language particularly Waray. In fact, some linguists classify the dialect spoken in Gubat, Sorsogan as Waray. The Pandanggo Rinconada is a staple among the Christmas veladas (evening programs or shows) in Nabua, Camarines Sur.

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PANDERETAS - "Las Panderetas" - Philippine Folk Dance

This dance is also called "Panderetas de Amor". Panderetas means "tambourines" in Spanish. This dance portarays a heavy Spanish influence. Of the two available versions of this dance, the first one is more Hispanic in execution. The dance is from Manila. - Bayanihan researches in the early 1950s discovered this dance in the capital city and has been included in their Maria Clara Suite since then.

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2. version

A second version of the Las Panderetas is the Yuletide folk dance, which used to accompany the Christmas carols called Daigon, is the traditional Christmas dance of Tanza, Iloilo. The music used in the later is a typical Visayan "daygon - daigon" similar to the pastores musics used in the pastores traditions in Bikol, Cebu, Leyte, Samar and some other places outside Visayan.

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Pantomina - Philippine Folk Dances

Meaning "Dance of the Doves", this dance is the highlight of Sorsogon’s Kasanggayahan Festival every third week of October. Groups of participants, mainly elderly in colourful costumes, dance to the tune of Pantomina song. It is a courtship dance originated from immitating the courtship and lovemaking of doves that then showed during the dance where men attempt to please the women.

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Pantomina Mayor

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Paru, Parung Bukid

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Paseo de Iloilo courtship and flirtation dance

This is one of the most sophisticated courtship and flirtation dances of the Spanish era. The gentlemen compete among each other to win the heart of the dalaga, or young lady, by exemplifying chivalry, grace, and confidence.

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PASIGIN

Capiz Folk Dance - This dance is about a fisherman trying to catch bangus, shrimps and sugpo with the use of a sibot (fish net), not knowing it has big hole in it. This gives him a difficult time because the fish keeps slipping out of the net. The movements of the girls imitate those of the bangus, shrimps and sugpo.

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Pasikat na Baso

Pasikat Na Baso (Pañgapisan, Pangasinan) Pasikat means to show off and baso means drinking glass. Dancers display good balance, graceful movements and unusual skill on the top of a bench with the use of four glasses half full of water or wine.

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Paso Doble

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Pastores Kawit

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Pastora sa Belen

(Sheperds of Betlehem), from the Bicol region, is the presentation of the shepherds singing and dancing from house to house and is dancers in groups of 6 or 10 performers.  They are the PASTORAS SA BELEN. They are clad in silk dresses in FUSCHIA, LAVENDER, YELLOW or WHITE with quaint bonnets, ribbons and sometimes wooden staffs wrapped in red or green crepe paper and garlands. They are accompanied by a 'manager' who accompanies them on a guitar. They sing PASTORAS SA BELEN, ALLI, ALLI VAMOS A BELEN! And they say they make good money - for their costume for next year

A Bicol Christmas tradition

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Pista

Rural Dance - the Pista, or preparation for a Fiesta (party). This is a Filipino tradition where lavish preparations, music, dance, food, games and traditional processions traditional occur for special occasions in Philippine villages.

Welcoming Guests and Visitors as they dance with colorful "Bumbong" ang Guarlands

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PITIK MINGAW

A courtship dance of a young woman and young man who fell in love at first sight. "Pitik" is a Visayan word that means "Miss".

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Polka Bal (Philippine Folk Dance)

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Polka Culebra

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Polka Sa Nayon

 means Polka in the Village. This dance comes from the province of Batangas in the Tagalog Region of the Philippine Islands. In the old days it was very popular and was usually danced at all the big social affairs and at the town fiestas.

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Polka sa Plaza

a grand parade of beautiful ladies in their traditional Spanish gowns called Maria Clara and parasols (umbrellas). With their partners, wearing their traditional Barongs, they gladly parade, beginning from the church yard going around the town

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Putungan

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Ragragsakan

is an adaptation of a tradition in which Kalinga women gather and prepare for a budong, or peace pact.
The Kalinga borrowed the beautiful word ragragsakan from the Ilocano, which means "merriment." The two biggest occasions for a ragragsakan in a Kalinga village are for the homecoming of successful head takers and the culmination of peace-pact between warring tribes. In this dance, Kalinga maidens balance labba baskets on their heads, wave colorful tribal blankets, and sing short salidumay songs as they snake through the terrace dikes and skip through breaks in the path.
This dance portrays the walk of the industrious Kalinga women, carrying water pots on their heads and wearing the colorful hand-woven "blankets of life" around their necks. Their walk imitates the climb up the Rice Terraces in the Mountain Provinces of the Philippines.
Ragragsakan was discovered by Ramon Obusan in Lubuagan, Kalinga province among the Kalinga people. Ragragsakan came from the ILOCANO word "ragsak" which means "happy".

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Salakot

The salakot is a wide brimmed hat which protects the Filipinos from the heat of the sun and rain. In this dance, the salakot is used to enhance the dance figure and hand movement. This (salakot dance) can be danced by boys and girls, or just girls. The girls wear a Balintawak costume and a pair of wooden slipper (bakya).

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Sala ti Mais

A festival and thanksgiving dance from Isabela where farmers pay tribute to corn as their main crop.

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Sampaguita

(folkdance from Ilaya, San Fernando, Cebu)

this video was taken during the sayaw sa Sugbo dance workshop at the Cebu provincial capital social hall - march 26-28, 2007 performed by the selected workshop participants coming from the district 2 - Cebu province

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Sapatya

Sapatya reveals traces of Spanish and indigenous Filipino. Sapatya originates in Pampanga, Luzon. The dance is presented to farmers as an offering for good harvest. The name is Sapatya may have originated from the Spanish term, Zapateado.

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Sarong Banggi

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SAYAW NG MGA ISDA - The Fish Dance

BY LEYTE DANCE THEATRE; Popular in the barangays (villages) of Samar-Leyte
islands of the Philippines. Conceptualized and choreographed by Jess De Paz and Jerry Morez

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Sayaw Panasahan

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Sayaw Sa Bangko - Philippine Folk Dances

Sayaw sa Bangko ("dance on a bench") is a folk dance from the Pangasinan province of the Philippines. Performers dance on top of a bench that is normally six inches wide.

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Sayaw sa Cuyo

Sayaw sa Cuyo is a mazurka danced by eight girls swaying small delicate handkerchiefs - hats to accent turns and twirls. The dance originates from Cuyo, Palawan. On the small island of Cuyo, Palawan's old capital, the feast day of St. Augustin is traditionally celebrated with parades, processions and small performances by groups coming from all over Cuyo Island and the nearby islets. Island dances, blended with strong Old Cuyo ethnicity and Spanish-influenced steps, are all brought out when Cuyo celebrates its festivals. Today, pretty young girls daintily swirl hats to the mazurka, waltz and other European steps designed to bring out the freshness and glow of the performers.

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Sinakiki

filipino-spanish dance - The Sinakiki is a lively and playful dance from Rapu-Rapu, Albay. It is performed during the island's colorful fiestas. In this dance, the actions of a courting rooster and his evasive ladylove are mimicked.

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Sta. Clara (Philippine folk dance)

Maria Clara is the main female character in Jose Rizal’s Noli Me Tangere -a literary piece that features the colonial situation of the Filipinos during the Spanish regime. She was characterized as a Filipina woman of virtue and nobility. This dance is a mix of Spanish gracefulness and customized native props, such as bamboo castanets and Asian fan. Female dancers wear Maria Clara dress that typifies the European style, while men are in barong tagalog, a traditional Filipino embroidered long-sleeve shirt made of pineapple fiber.

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Subli
Subli is a folkdance in the Philippines. It is considered a favorite of the people of the barrios of the municipality of Bauan, Batangas. It is a ceremonial worship dance performed in homage to the Holy Cross referred to in the vernacular as Mahal Na Poong Santa Cruz. It originated some three hundred years ago in the barrio of Dingin, Alitagtag, Batangas. Its name is derived from 2 Tagalog words "subsub" and "bali."
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Surtido (Philippine folk dance)

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Suwah suwah

A Tausug traditional suwah suwah dance

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Tadek

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Tawi-tawi Dances

Magtv de Atun este (Zamboanga) features many kind of Tawi-tawi dances

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T'boli - Tales, Tunes and Threads

Here are some excerpts from a performance of the HELOBUNG CULTURAL TROUPE from Lake Sebu, South Cotabato, Mindanao. It was organized by the MUSEUM VOLUNTEERS OF THE PHILIPPINES on the occasion of their 25th anniversary. You can see and hear the T'boli gong chimes klintang, hanging gongs blowon, drum tnonggong, boat lute hegelung, jaw's harp kumbing, singing and dancing, but there was much more. Time: November 24, 2006 Place: Francisco Santiago Hall, Equitable PCI Bank Tower 1 Please, NOTE: although this is a stage performance, these are real tribal people, it's not an urban high school or "folklore troupe" fake presentation.

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T'boli native dance

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T'boli - Kadal Tahaw - Philippine Folkdance

Kadal Tahaw originated in Lake Sebu, South Cotabato. This dance is performed by the T'boli during planting and harvesting which shows the flights and hops of the tahaw bird

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T'Boli

Lake Sebu, Mindanao

Courtship Dance

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TIKLOS

The Tiklos is a native peasant dance of Leyte. Tiklos (also called "pintakasi") is the Waray equivalent to the "bayanihan". Groups of people work for somebody without hoping for anything in return. They work odd jobs like clearing forests, digging the earth for wells, moving a nipa hut to a new location or even building a house! In all these for free. Of course grateful benefactors would offer drinks and food; but it is not always expected. The peasants cooperate for the social and economic progress of their community.

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Tiksiw

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Tinolabong

Tinolabong is dance of the mountain people of Panilan and Loctugan, Capiz. This dance named after a bird called tolabong in Capiz. Carabaos like the birds as they peck at the ticks, flies, mosquitoes and other insects. The danced imitates the movements of the birds. Girl dancer wares red or white skirt and white loose blouse with long sleeves and close neck like a chambra. Boy wares red or white trousers and white camisa de chino. Both are bare foot.

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Yakan Wedding Dance - muslim

This was during the Socialization party - Lantaka Hotel for the delegates of the 8th HRSD Conference

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Zamboanga

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