Music and Dances of Philippines
Daily Life :: Music & Dance

  1. DANCE - The Philippines have a variety of cultural dances.

    • Tinikling - Bamboo Dance
      Tinikling (pronounced teeh-NEEHK-ling) - This dance originated from the islands of Leyte in the Visayas group. It got its name from the tikling bird - its legendary grace and speed in avoiding bamboo traps set by farmers among the rice stalks. Dancers step and turn between two long bamboo poles struck together rapidly to the beat of music. Tinikling is honored as the Philippine national dance.

    • Binasuan - Drinking Glass Dance
      Binasuan (pronounced beeh-nah-SOOH-ahn) - This dance originated from Bayambang in the Pangasinan province. Each female dancer dances with three glasses half-full of rice wine ... one on her head, and one in each palm of her hand. They show their balancing skills, particularly when they execute fast turns, sitting or rolling on the floor without spilling the rice wine or dropping any of the glasses.

    • Maglalatik - Fight over latik
      Maglalatik (pronounced mahg-lah-lah-TIHK) - This dance originated from Bin in Laguna province. It is a war dance depicting a fight between the Moros (in blue pants) and the Christians (in red pants) over "latik", a residue left after the coconut milk has been boiled. The male dancers wear coconut shells attached to their bodies. The dance has four parts. The first two portray their heated encounter. The last two parts show their reconciliation with one another.

  2. MUSIC

    • Kulintang Gongs
      Kulintang - This is an instrument made of eight knobbed gongs on a wooden frame and is usually accompanied by other percussion instruments. This ancient gong-drum ensemble music of the southern Philippines was once widespread throughout the islands during the mid-1500s. Kulintang is distantly related to gamelan music of Indonesia.

      The piece of music in the video is in the Duyog style.

    • Kudyapi (pronounced kood-JAH-pee) - A two-stringed lute native to the Mindanao islands