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Being a Filipino, it is a must

that we know the folk dances

of our country. It brings sense
of pride to have knowledge of
our own dances that represent
our cultural identity.
 Refers to the dances created and performed
collectively by the ordinary people.
 It divided into:
1. Regional- which refers to a particular or
local area
2. National-which refers to performed all
over the country.
 A related term is “creative folk dance” a dance
whose choreography uses folk steps and
 Philippine folk dances are diverse,
and include religious, ceremonial,
courtship, funeral, combative,
exorcism, torture, comic and
game dances.
 Christianizes Filipinos dance to
plead with, or to thank the Virgin
Mary or a patron saint.
 Activitiessuch as rice production,
broom making, gold panning,
fishing, tuba making, gathering of
sweet potatoes, clams or honey,
fetching of water, pot making,
corn planting, and communal
work have been reflected in
Philippine folk dances.
Sayaw ed Tapew na Bangko
-(dance on top of a bench), is a dance which
originates from Lingayen, Pangasinan and
researched by Jovita Sison. It is performed by a
couple on a narrow bench, inching and hopping
from one end to another. Dancer show skill in
staying up the bench as they exchange places by
moving their way around or the girl thrown in
the air while boy moves to the other end. They
do not compete but rather complement each
other so that no one falls. It is usually performed
during town fiestas.
 Binasuan is a folk dance that originated in
Bayambang, Pangasinan,. The word
“binasuan” means “with the use of drinking
glasses.” The dancers balance glasses on
their heads and in their hands as they
move. The glasses are filled with rice wine,
which makes any misstep a messy mistake.
People dance binasuan at weddings and
 Kuratsa or Curacha, a Filipino
traditional “dance of courtship”
where the male approaches and
courts a lady in a form of a dance,
is very popular in different parts
of the Philippines, particularly
among the Waray people in the
 The Dugso, of the Manobos in Bukidnon, is
danced during harvest time and upon the birth of
a male heir. Colorful costumes and ornaments
enhance the appearance of the participants:
women wearing feathered headdress and plaid
costumes steps rhythmically, some using bell
anklets as the sole accompaniment, to punctuate
their movements, others use bamboo drums, still
others, bamboo guitars. A fire is lit in the belief
that the smoke will carry the offering up to the
 Pandanggo sa ilaw / Oasis. This
popular dance of grace and balance
comes fromLubang Island, Mindoro in
the Visayas region.
 requires excellent balancing skill to
maintain the stability of three tinggoy,
or oil lamps, placed on head and at
the back of each hand.
 Singkil originated from the Maranao
people. Originally only women,
particularly royalty, danced
the Singkil, which serves as either a
conscious or unconscious
advertisement to potential suitors.
The dance takes its name from the
heavy rings worn on the ankles of the
Muslim princess
 Itik-itik is a mimeticfolk dance in the Philippines.
It originated in Cantilan, Surigao del Sur. Itik-itik
was discovered in this town by National Artist for
Dance Francisca Reyes-Aquino. The story was
told that an expert young dancer named
Cayetana at a barrio of Cantilan during a
baptismal party had become so carried away with
the rhythm that she began to improvise short,
choppy steps similar to ducks and then splash
water on their backs. The dance immediately
became popular in the province for stage
performances and social dancing
 Sakuting is a dance from the province of
Abra. It was originally an all-
male danceperformance presenting a mock
fight between Ilocano Christians and non-
Christians using sticks. The dance is
traditionally performed during Christmas at
the town plaza or throughout the town
 The name "tinikling" is a reference to birds
locally known as tikling,

 The dance originated in Leyte, an island in

the Visayas in the central Philippines. It
imitates the movement of the tikling birds as
they walk between grass stems, run over tree
branches, or dodge bamboo traps set by rice
farmers. Dancers imitate the tikling bird's
legendary grace and speed
 The dance is considered a favourite in
the barangays of Bauan, Batangas,
 It is a ceremonial worship dance honoring
the Holy Cross (or “Mahal Na Poong Santa
Cruz” in Filipino)
 The Maglalatik originated in the town
of Binan in the Laguna province of the Filipino
Islands and is also performed as homage to
the town saint, San Isidro de Labrador.
Maglalatik is an original native dance of the
Philippines in which the coconut halves are
attached to the torso of the dancer.
 The Bicol Region is home to
the Pantomina, a dance widely popular in
every town of Catanduanes. Pantomina is
Spanish for pantomime, movements imitating
the courtship movements of the rooster and
the hen. Pantomina Catanduanes shows the
ardent pursuit of a lover of his beloved.
 Answer page 126

Answer pages 129-130