Philippine Folk Dances Volume I-5 by Francisca Reyes Aquino
KONAN : Philippine Folk Dance from Pangasinan
Tinikling: The National Dance of The Philippines with Bamboo Poles
Wondering how this type of dance got its name? The Tinikling is said to be named after the long-legged bird called the tikling in the Philippines. This bird belongs to a number of rail species, but the name typically refers to the slaty-breasted Rail Gallirallus striatus , the buff-banded Rail Gallirallus philippensis , and the barred rail Gallirallus torquatus. Someone who dances the Tinikling imitates the movements of a tikling bird hence, tikling-like as the bird walks over the grass or dodges bamboo traps set by Filipino farmers on vast rice fields. According to historical accounts, the Tinikling dance originated during the Spanish occupation in the Philippines—particularly on the island of Leyte.
The history of Philippine folk dancing incorporates influences from immigrants and conquerors while at the same time maintaining distinctly Filipino roots. Philippine folk dancing is a true reflection of daily life in past centuries while enchanting modern audiences at the same time.
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Why is the dance called Tinikling?
As the world continues to evolve and change, younger generations are slowly taking over, leaving many of the old traditions behind. The Philippines' multifaceted history from years of colonization paved the way for the peculiar and beautiful traditional dances in the country, with hints of Hispanic, European, and Asian cultural influences. Each region has its own unique dance variations that are staged during festivals and local shows. Filipino folk dances are colorful, beautiful, and vibrant. Their movement, dress, and music reveal the unique Filipino culture and are important in building a national Filipino identity.
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Tribe: Kalinga. The Banga or pot dance is a contemporary performance of Kalinga of the Mountain Province in the Philippines. Pandanggo sa Ilaw. This famous dance of grace and balance originated from Lubang Island, Mindoro. Balse was a popular dance in Marikina, Rizal during the Spanish times. Balse valse in Spanish means waltz.