Folk Dances of the Philippines
Traditions and Heritage - Luzon Region
We Shall Never Forget our Heritage
LUZON -- Consisting of the tribes such as Ifugao, Benquet, Kalinga, Bontoc, Apayo, Kalinga, sometimes these are call Igorot. "But sometimes that is considered degrading." Cordillera name also used for some parts the Luzon Region... Northern most regions of the Philippines, Luzon gets its Cultural influence from Hindu-Buddhist, Spanish and many ethnic religious tribes. All with differences and beliefs. But in all the Cultural and Folk Dances from this region represents all different factions in one way or the other.
Dances of Luzon
* Dance: Idaw
This dance sometimes has many names and different versions. Most common is this dance depicts the hunting ritual performed before a tribal war. The tribes’ men would go out and look up and watch for the scared Idaw bird which is said to lead the tribe to victory. Also look at the clothing, Philippines being a very hot climate, plus the use of as little material as possible, the traditional clothing was not made to cover much of the body.
This dance displays the Igorot women on their way to the river to fetch the daily water supply for their families. It shows the skill and strength of the women as they would carry heavy laden clay pots (Banga) full of water. Their grace and agility while balancing the heavy pots, sometimes stacks 5 high, is a testament of the Filipino and how hardships become an art form and talent. As a young girl you would start with only one pot, of course as you become older and more experienced, along with the fact that you could provide more water for your family in one trip. Pots could be stacked as high as 5 or 6. The more pots you could carry showed your skill and also you standing among the women of that area. They would all gather and march to the river each day, singing a native song which is represented by the flute and banging of bamboo on iron pots in the dance.
The family is the basic structure of family life among the Itneg / Tinggian people. The caring for the Children is shared by both the mother and father. While the men are clearing the fields, breaking the soil with bamboo and their feet, the women watch the children. Soon as the men are done, they take care of the children while the women do back breaking work. You can see in the dance how the women will take the bamboo baskets in a shaking fashion like drying the rice, while the men are going in circles in background like they are toiling the land. Then you will see the women put down the baskets fold the cloth into a baby while the husband stands aside. Then the women will turn over the baby to the husband, pick up the bamboo and start toiling the land while the men hold and cradle the babies.
The word means “Merriment". This dance would be performed after a successful headhunt and also for a peace pact between warring tribes. The colourful hand woven blankets "blankets of life" are worn around the neck while baskets to carry produce or rice are worn upon the head. Some versions of this dance use the "Banga" instead of the basket. Pride and Honour - Mindanao Region
Filipino is Worth Dying For
MINDANAO -- This is the southernmost region of The Philippines. Being the second largest island in the Philippines, its Culture consists of mostly Muslims or "Moro" people, also composed of other ethnic groups such as the Maranao, Tausug, Banguingui, and indigenous tribes known as Lumad. You will see a lot of Arabian, and Middle Eastern influence in their costumes and dances.
Dances of Mindanao
Sinkil dance takes its name from the bells worn on the ankles of the Muslim princess. Perhaps one of the oldest of truly Filipino dances, the Singkil recounts the epic legend of the "Darangan" of the Maranao people of Mindanao. This epic, written sometime in the 14th century, tells the fateful...
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