MAGLALATIK- PHILIPPINES

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MAGLALATIK DANCE, PHILIPPINES

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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 to provide the performer with an ideal platform to display his skills to the public. In addition, this dance style literally when translated means “latik maker” i.e. latik is a local coconut product.

History/origin of the Maglalatik:

Apparently, this dance was created to represent a fight between the Moros and the Christian community over latik i.e. a product obtained after the coconut milk has been boiled. Furthermore, this dance is supposed to be performed during festive occasions such as feasts and religious processions.


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Costumes used in the Maglalatik:

The costumes used in this dance style will depend on the community (i.e. Moros or Christian) the performer is representing, and so the attire worn is as follows:

For the performer representing the Moros community:

The dress worn will include a white vest and red trousers.

1. For the performer representing the Christian community:

The dress worn will include a white vest and blue trousers.

2. Music involved in the Maglalatik:

The music produced for this dance form is through the use of coconut shells held by the performers (males) while performing.

Training availability and technique involved in the Maglalatik:

In terms of technique, this dance is basically divided into four parts namely baligtaran, palipasan, paseo and escaramusa. In the first two parts of this dance i.e. baligtaran and palipasan basically movements showing a performer engaging in a battle is used. Furthermore, in the last two components of this dance i.e. paseo and escaramusa movements showing performers reconciling and making peace is used. In addition, coconut shells are generally used as a musical instrument by the performers while dancing. As for training centres and schools, there are none available around the world since this “indigenous” dance is mainly performed in the Philippines.


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