PHILIPPINES (FILIPINO) CULTURAL AND FOLK DANCES PHILIPPINES (FILIPINO) CULTURAL AND FOLK DANCES INTRODUCTION AND DANCES
Countries in the world have their own cultures made more colorful, beautiful and vibrant because of Folk Dances that are reflection of who they are. In the east, the Chinese have their symbolic Dragon Dance, the Japanese have the ancestral dance Bon Odori. In the west the Americans have their Square Dance. On the other hand, the Philippines will not be left behind. "The Pearl of The Orient" boast of a varitey of Filipino Folk Dances.
The Philippines consist of 7107 islands, and is broken down in three groups of islands. The Luzon, Mindano, and Visayas. Each of these regions contain different languages,history, regligon, and traditions. With each region having different influence in thier arts, crafts, and ancestorical dances. Lets take a trip through each region and explore the different styles, costumes, Dances and Talents from Each Region.... As we explore each of the regions and styles, please remember alot of these Cultural and Folk dances represents hardships and daily back breaking tasks, that has turned into a art form. Many of the dances you will read about here were actuall activities or chores that the Filipino endured to survive the poor economy and state of the nation..... We Shall Never Forget our Heritage
LUZON -- Consisting of the tribes such as Ifugao, Benquet, Kalinga, Bontoc, Apayo, Kalinga, sometimes these are call Igorot. " But sometimes that is considered degrading ." Cordillerea name also used for some parts the Luzon Region... Northern most region of the Philippines, Luzon gets its Cultural influence from Hindu-Buddist, Spanish and many ethnic regilous tribes. All with differences and beliefs. But in all the Cultural and Folk Dances from this region represents all different factions in one way or the other. Dances of Luzon ( see side bar for pictures of many of the dances ) * Dance: Idaw
This dance sometimes has many names and different versions. Most common is this dance depicts the hunting ritual performed before a tribal war. The tribes men would go out and look up and watch for the scared Idaw bird. Which is said to lead the tribe to victory. Also look at the clothing, Philippines being a very hot climate, plus the use of as little material as possible, the traditional clothing was not made to cover much of the body.... Idaw
(Kalinga) The Idaw dance is a hunting ritual performed before tribal wars. The warriors listen for the sacred Idaw bird that is said to lead the tribe to victory. This traditional dance called Idaw is named after a pugnacious and strong bird. The Igorots from the Bontoc region view the Idaw as an allegory for war. This dance symbolizes the beginning of war. The warriors from varying factions take part in this dance. If the warriors were successful in their combat, a ceremonial rite begins. This ritual is often violent, with chieftains of various tribes beheaded. Movements of this dance are both undaunted and intrepid. This traditional dance called Idaw is named after a pugnacious and strong bird. The Igorots from the Bontoc region view the Idaw as an allegory for war. This dance symbolizes the beginning of war. The warriors from varying factions take part in this dance. If the warriors were successful in their combat, a ceremonial rite begins. This ritual is often violent, with chieftains of various tribes beheaded. Movements of this dance are both undaunted and intrepid.
* Dance : Banga
This dance displays the Igorot women on their way to the river to fetch the daily water supply for thier familys. It shows the skill and strength of the women as they would carry heavy laiden clay pots (Banga) full of water. Their grace and agility while balancing the heavy pots, sometimes stacks 5 high, is a testiment of the Filipino and how hardships become a art form and talent. As a young girl you would start with only one pot. Of course as you become...
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