Topics: Provinces of the Philippines, Regions of the Philippines, Dance Pages: 3 (688 words) Published: March 9, 2013

This dance means the loving or affectionate one in Spanish. It is a Philippine group dance of Hispanic origin from the Maria Clara suite of Philippine folk dances, where the fan or handkerchief plays an instrumental role as it places the couple in a hard-to-get romance scenario. Despite popular belief, Cariñosa has always been the national dance of the Philippines.


This popular dance originates from Lubang Island, Mindoro in Visayas. Means 'Fandango with light'. The term pandanggo comes from the Spanish word fandango, which is a dance characterized by marking time with a clack of castanets, snapping of fingers, and stomping of feet in triple-time rhythm. A dancer of this grace dance is called 'pandanggera', and dances with three oil lamps (tinghoy), or candles in glasses instead, balanced on her head and on the back of each hand.


At one baptismal party in the Surigao del Norte province, a young lady named Kanang (the nickname for Cayetana), considered the best dancer and singer of her time, was asked to dance the Sibay. She became so enthusiastic and spirited during the performance that she began to improvise movements and steps similar to the movements of itik, the duck, as it walks with short, choppy steps and splashes water on its back while calling to its mate. The people liked the dance so much that they all imitated her. There are six separate foot sequences in the series of Itik-Itik steps.


This is a contraction of the words Aba and Ruray. Aba is an exclamation which is equivalent to “Hey!” or “Hi!” in English. Ruray is a nickname for Aurora.


Origin: Bayambang, Pangasinan
This colorful and lively dance from Bayambang in the Pangasinan province shows off the balancing skills of the dancers. The glasses that the dancers gracefully, yet carefully, maneuver are half-filled with rice wine gracefully who whirl and roll on the floor. Binasuan, meaning "with the use...
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