LOVE OF LIFE AND COUNTRY
This is the one thing that separates us from the rest of the world - our colorful and lively culture that makes us distinctly Filipino. This includes traditions, language, arts, etc. which are found in museums, churches and galleries, found within the heart of the key cities.
Most provinces have their own identifying folk dances too wherein they showcase the elegance and beauty of the way we do things, the way we dress, the way we see things as shown in different paintings, as we have been influenced by events that happened in our history.
That’s not all. When you have lived in the Philippines long enough, you’ll know that it’s not an exaggeration to say there is a town that’s celebrating its fiesta every single day. TRIBAL SUITE
Pockets of cultural minorities live in the style of their forebearers in the hills and mountains throughout the Philippine Archipelago. The hillside and interior of Mindanao in the southern part of the Philippines are inhabited by non-Christian Filipino tribes whose culture and animistic beliefs predate both Islam and Christianity. Dance for them is a basic part of life, still performed essentially "for the gods." As in most ancient cultures, unlike the Muslim tribes in their midst, their dances are nonetheless closely intertwined with ceremonials, rituals, sacrifice, and life.
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The Mansaka are a group in Davao for whom music and dancing remain primary sources of entertainment. Their dances are characterized by the rhythmic movement of the knees, feet, arms, and hands. In this dance, from Samal Island, a male spirit healer and a female medium preside over a complex healing ritual, which includes the sacrifice of a chicken. This healing ritual assumes an aura of pageantry, evident in the waving of palm fronds and rhythmic movements of flickering lights. Binaylan
The Bagobo tribe from the central uplands of Mindanao originated this dance which imitates the movement of a hen, her banog, or baby chicks, and a hawk. The hawk is sacred, and it is believed that the hawk has the power over the well-being of the tribe. The hawk tries to capture one of the chicks and is killed by the hunters. Blit B'laan
A courtship dance of the Bilaan of Davao del Sur imitating forest birds during the mating season. Two richly-plumed male birds eye three female birds. The females scurry to safety, burying their heads under their wings (represented by the malong, a tubular cloth), but the aggressive males follow them wherever they go. Dumadel
A festival dance performed by the Subanons to celebrate a good harvest. Dugso
The Bukidnon from northeastern Mindanao perform this dance as an entertainment for the deities, to make them feel more comfortable during the fiesta that has been organized for them and consequently more open to the requests of the celebrants. It was originally thought that this dance was performed only during harvest time or upon the birth of a male heir. Women would wear colorful feathered head dresses, plaid costumes and anklets. They would step rhythmically around a bamboo arch decorated with newly-gathered palay (rice stalks) and corn, and their movements are emphasized by the tinkling sounds from the anklets. Mandaya
The Mandaya (from man = "man", daya = "upriver") live in the southeastern uplands of Davao and form the largest ethnic group in southeastern Mindanao. Sociopolitical organization is headed by a headman belonging to a warrior noble class called bagani, whose power and authority are mitigated by a council of elders called angtutukay. In one dance, the Mandaya, swooping to a drum beat, imitate the movements of eagles. Kadal Tabaw
A bird dance performed by the T'boli during planting and harvesting which simulates the flights and hops of the tabaw bird. Pandamggo
The Talaingods are a group...
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