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Cultural dances


Native dance, originally uploaded by Bethski.
There are traditional and tribal dances all over the Philippines. Do you have your own? Sometimes it's a regional thing, this performance was held at an Igorot Convention held in Misouri. It's one of the Cordilleran performance. Cordillera is composed of the provinces of Ifugao, Benguet, Abra, Kalinga, Apayao, Bontoc. And each of these provinces have their own very unique tribal dances. Each of them have a certain dance during weddings, during harvest, during burial, engagements. And they also have their own distinguished practices and rites performed during these ocassions.

I was lucky to grow up and actually experience and witness some of these traditional dances and songs in school and in my home town growing up as they perform them during town fiesta and school events. I am sure that there are a lot more of these traditional dances and rites performed in some other areas of the Philippines like the Southern part of the Philippines. If I have the chance I would like to visit the Southern part, the Visayas and Mindanao area.

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