Philippine Folkdances



The best known of Philippine folk dances and a great favorite of young dancers and audiences, Tinikling derives its name from the "tikling" bird which leaps and hops around the fields looking for grains of rice. The dancers imitate the movements of the bird.

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Tribes in the mountain provinces of Luzon preserve their
identity, customs and lore. Their dances celebrate important events in life such as birth, wedding, victory in war and thanksgiving. A Kalinga wedding dance is an important
celebration. The bridegroom offers the bride the protection and comfort of his blanket. The bride's friends are ready to help prepare the bride by offering "bangas" (earthen pots) filled with fresh water from the mountain spring.



In this dance, a number of ladies in colorful "Maria
Clara" gowns carry scented fans or "paypay" and flirt with young men with rattan canes and straw hats. The dance is a "Filipinized" version of a combination of European and Spanish folk dance steps.

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