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Ten Interesting Philippine Folk Dances

Ten Interesting Philippine Folk Dances – The Philippines is rich in cultural heritage which includes a diverse collection of traditional dances. From well-known national dance of Tinikling, which pays homage to the movement of a much-loved bird dance that reflects the elements of everyday life of the Philippines, the folk dances offer a glimpse into history country.

Philippine Folk Dances:

1. Itik-itik

Philippines Folk Dance

The best description of the Duck – Duck are the steps to simulate the way a duck walk, as well as the way it splashes water behind it to attract a mate. According to popular tradition, the dance was created by a woman named Right choreographed steps while dancing at a baptismal party. The other visitors in the copied his movements and everyone liked the dance so much it has been passed along from the beginning.


2. Ang Tinikling

Philippines Folk Dance

The Airheads is considered by many to be the national dance of the Philippines. The dance is mimic the movements of the crane bird as it walks around by tall grass and among the tree branches. These people perform the dance with bamboo poles. The dance consists of three basic steps that include singles, doubles and hops. It looks like playing jump rope, except that the dancers take measures around and in between the bamboo poles, and the dance becomes faster until someone makes a mistake and the next set of dancers takes a turn.


3. Sayaw sa Bangko

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The dance is performed on top of a narrow bench. The dancers will requirements good balance as they go through a series of movements with some impressive acrobatics. The dance and came back to the area of ??Pangapisan, Lingayen and Pangasinan.


4. Binasuan

Philippines Folk Dance

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The ‘with an entertaining dance that is usually performed in the festive and social occasions like weddings and birthdays. The dancers must carefully balance the three half-filled glass of rice wine with their heads and hands as they spin gracefully while rolling on the ground. The dance originated in Bani in Pangasinan, and although it is usually performed alone, it has also become a competition between several dancers.


5. Pandanggo sa Ilaw

Philippines Folk Dance

The Pandanggo sa Ilaw is like a Spanish Fandango, but Umaga is performed while balancing three lamps with oil – one at the head, and one in each hand. It is a lively dance that originated in Lubang Island. The music is in 3/4 time and is usually accompanied by castanets.


6. Pandanggo Oasiwas

Philippines Folk Dance

The Pantomina Oasiwas is similar to the Light, and is usually performed by fishermen to celebrate a good catch. In this version, the lamps are placed in cloths or nets and swung around while the dancers nagbibilog and sway.


7. Ang Maglalatik

Philippines Folk Dance

Maglalatik is a mock war dance that depicts a battle inside the coconut meat, isang highly- prized na pagkain. Ang sayaw ay nasira sa apat na bahagi : dalawang mapagmahal sa ang labanan at dalawang mapagmahal sa reconciling . Ang mga lalaki ng sayaw magsuot ng coconut shells bilang bahagi ng kanilang mga costume, at sampal nila ang mga ito sa ritmo ng musika. Ang Maglalatik ay danced sa relihiyon magprusisyon sa panahon ng pista ng Biñan bilang handog kay San Isidro de Labrador , ang patron saint ng mga magsasaka.


8. Kuratsa

Philippines Folk Dance

The Kuratsa is described as a courtship dance and often performed at weddings and other social occasions. The dance has three parts. The first part, the pair performed a waltz. In the second part, the music sets a faster pace as the man pursues the woman around the dance floor in a chase. To conclude, the music becomes even faster as the man who wins over the woman in his mating dance.

9. La Jota Moncadeña

Philippines Folk Dance

La Jota Moncadeña was adapted from an old Spanish dance. It is a combination of Spanish and Ilocano dance set to Spanish music and castanets. A more solemn version of the dance is sometimes used to accompany a funeral procession, but it was also performed at the festival.


10.Kappa Malong-Malong

Philippines Folk Dance


The Kappa Malong – Malong is a Muslim – influenced dance. The sarong is a pantubong costume, and dance is essentially shows the many ways that you can get tired. There are also versions of the men's and women dance because they wear malongs in different ways.


11. Habanera Botolena

Philippines Folk Dance

The Habanera is a strongly Botolena -naiimpluwensyahan Flamenco dance originating from Botolan. It combines Filipino and Spanish steps, and it is a popular dance at weddings. It is also considered to be courting dance in certain situations.


12. Pantomina

Philippines Folk Dance

Kilala rin bilang ang Sayaw ng Doves , ang Pantomina mimics ang panliligaw sa pagitan ng doves at madalas ding panliligaw dance sa pagitan ng mag-asawa na isagawa. Sayaw na ito ay isang mahalagang bahagi ng Sorsogon Kasanggayahan Festival gaganapin sa bawat Oktubre, kung saan ito ay higit sa lahat na ginagampanan ng mga matatanda sa komunidad.

13. Cariñosa

Philippines Folk Dance

The Cariñosa is a dance made for flirting! The dancers will make a number of captivating movements as they hide likodn fan or handkerchief and peek at each other. The essence of the dance was the courtship between the two sweethearts.

14. Surtido

Philippines Folk Dance

Surtido literally means “assortment,” and it's a square dance to a composite of impact  of French, Spanish and Mexican dance. Traditionally the Surtido is performed by a head some accompanied by two other couples who led all the dancers through various formations that resemble an old-fashioned quadrille.


15. Singkil

Philippines Folk Dance

The Singkil dance is traditionally performed by single women to attract the attention of potential suitors. The dancers will perform a series of graceful movements as you step out from them and in between the bamboo poles rhythmically applaud together. Fans and scarves are often used to enhance the movements of the dancers.


16. Polkabal

Philippines Folk Dance

The Polkabal displays some European impact in its steps. The dance consists of nine different steps along the various movements like fluttering, stepping heel – to -toe, a copy of a bull fight, and even a slow walk.

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