Folk Dances: the Lost Prestige of Philippine Culture

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Folk Dances: The Lost Prestige of Philippine Culture
Cymond Calalo, Margot Lobendino, and Ollie Magsino
De La Salle Lipa Integrated School

Author’s Note
Cymond Calalo English 10 De La Salle Lipa – Integrated School, Margot Lobendino English 10 De La Salle Lipa – Integrated School, Ollie Magsino English 10 De La Salle Lipa – Integrated School. Correspondence concerning this research should be addressed to Ollie Magsino, De La Salle Lipa – Integrated School, Lipa City, Philippines 4217. E-mail: olliemagsino_99@yahoo.com

Abstract

The study presents the current situation and benefits of folk dancing in the Philippines. Moreover, in order to further discuss and explain the study, the researchers used descriptive method and content analysis for the gathering of information since it made them gather present information, select existing instruments for verify a formulated hypotheses for the study about the revival and preservation of Philippine folk dances. Furthermore, the study showed that the influence of folk dances from our ancestors showed a high status of Philippine folk dance since it is the beginning and introduction of folk dances to our culture. The inheritance of these dances, that shows nationalism to the country, soon became part of our culture but the development of dances brought a dilemma that made Filipinos neglect folk dances. Through the research, it can be concluded that: folk dancing today are being forgotten by the Filipinos that did not made them realize the importance and benefit folk dances can give us.

The Lost Prestige of the Philippine Dance Culture

Folk dance is a form of dance developed by a group of people that reflects the traditional life of people of a certain country (Charles, 1998). In the Philippines, folk dances are considered as of profound significance that furnish the country’s history, tradition, sociology, psychology, religion and others which make the country a various example of cultural development. However, it is sad to say that young generation of today seems not to show eagerness and appreciation for these dances because of the rapid development of new dance trends. Youth today consider folk dances as long, monotonous and boring rather than entertaining. Thus, folk dances are slowly being neglected due to the rapid development of new dance trends in the Philippines. Hence, Filipinos need to realize and understand the importance of folk dances as an expression of nationalism and respect for our culture.

The study on the need to preserve and revive folk dances will present reasons why Philippine folk dances are essential to the culture of the Filipinos concerning the present status of folk dancing. Furthermore, this research study aims to answer the following questions:

1. What is the status of folk dance in the Philippines today?

2. What are the factors that affect the present status of folk dancing in the Philippines?

3. What is the contribution of folk dancing to the culture of the Philippines?

4. Why is there a need to revive folk dances?

The purpose of the research is to show the importance of the conservation of the Philippine folk dances for the development of the country’s culture and to raise the nationalism of the Filipinos. Moreover, it was conducted in order to critically evaluate and examine the status and role of folk dancing in our country. It also serves as instrument for enriching the cultural awareness of people, highlighting one’s heritage as well as demonstrating the nature of their own culture.

This study focuses on a brief analysis of the present status of folk dances. It also entails a discussion of the possible factors why folk dances are now being neglected by Filipinos. It also explains the significance of folk dances in the culture of the Philippines and how it can contribute as an expression of nationalism to our country. This...
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