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Sagayan: What Makes This Filipino Dance Special?

Sagayan Dance, Philippines

Sagayan is a unique ‘war dance’ in the Philippines. It is mainly performed by the Maguindanao and the Maranao tribal community. And so, the question that arises is, what exactly makes this dance style so unique, that it is worth writing about? Here is then presenting a few facts about this dance which will explain to you […]

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TINKLING- PHILIPPINES

TINKLING DANCE, PHILIPPINES

Developed during the colonial rule of the Spanish is a “Filipino” dance style known as Tinkling. This “folk” dance is said to have originated from an island called Leyte in the Philippines. This dance is said to be traditionally performed to “Rondalla” music.  Furthermore, this dance basically involves imitation of movements seen in a bird […]

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SUBLI- PHILIPPINES: Homage to the “Holy Cross of Alitagtag”

SUBLI DANCE, PHILIPPINES

Subli is a Philippines traditional dance and is extremely popular in provinces such as Batangas and Luzon. Apparently, this dance is performed to honour the “Holy Cross of Alitagtag” usually during the month of May. Furthermore, this dance at times also comprises of a chant to the “Holy Cross”. History/origin of the Subli: According to […]

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SINGKIL- PHILIPPINES: Dance of a Princess inspired from an epic folklore

Singkil Dance, Philippines

Singkil is a very unique Philippines traditional dance of the Maranao people in Southern Philippines. It is said to be inspired by the age-old Hindu epic “Ramayana” and another mythological epic from South East Asia called “Darangen“. This “folk” dance is said to have originated from the Lake Lanao region in the island of Mindanao […]

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SAGAYAN- PHILIPPINES: War Dance from Philippines

Sagayan Dance, Philippines

Sagayan is an “Extremely dramatic” dance form belonging to Southeast Asia. This “war” dance is said to have originated in Philippines, and is mainly performed by the Maguindanao and Maranao community. Apparently, this dance is performed to honour the Maguindanao and the Maranao communities, who were supposed to have been warriors. Furthermore, this dance comprises […]

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PANGALAY- PHILIPPINES: The Fingernail Dance

PANGALAY DANCE, PHILIPPINES

“Fingernail dance” is the sobriquet given to a South East Asian dance known as Pangalay. This “traditional” dance is said to have originated from Sulu islands located in the Philippines, and is said to have been created by the Tausug people. Apparently, this dance is said to be extremely similar to the classical Balinese and […]

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PANDANGGO- PHILIPPINES

PANDANGGO DANCE, PHILIPPINES

Pandanggo is a South East Asian dance style originating from the popular Spanish dance style “Fandango”. This folk dance originated in Philippines, and is popular in the rural areas of the country. Apparently, several versions of this dance style exist in the Filipino culture. Furthermore, this dance is mainly performed during religious rituals and processions. […]

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MAGLALATIK- PHILIPPINES

MAGLALATIK DANCE, PHILIPPINES

Maglalatik, also referred to as “Manlalatik or Magbabao” is a South East Asian form of dance. This “indigenous” dance style is said to have originated from the Philippines, and is performed mainly by men. Apparently, elements belonging to trapping and boxing are also included in this style of dancing. Furthermore, the dance has been created […]

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ITIK-ITIK- PHILIPPINES: A dance inspired by ‘movements of a duck’

ITIK, ITIK DANCE, PHILIPPINES

Itik-Itik is a Philippines folk dance form created by imitating the “movements of a duck” such as wading, flying, and short steps and splashing water on their backs like the ducks do. This “mimetic” folk dance is said to have originated from the province of Surigao in Philippines. Apparently, this dance form is said to […]

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CARINOSA- PHILIPPINES : Spanish-Filipino Romantic Dance

CARINOSA DANCE, PHILIPPINES

Carinosa a South East Asian dance style when translated literally means “Loving or affectionate one”. This “romantic” dance is said to have originated from Philippines, and is supposed to be heavily influenced by the Hispanic culture. A fan or a handkerchief is said to play a major role in this dance. Furthermore, this form of […]

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