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Fashion state of the nation
MA. GLAIZA LEE June 8, 2018
An overly abbreviated history of Philippine fashion
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House panel OKs resolution declaring June 12 as PH Traditional Wear Day
January 14, 2021 Charissa Luci-Atienza
“Designating June 12 as Philippine Traditional Wear Day would deliver a whole range of benefits. It could elevate national pride and unity among Filipinos regardless of subcultural backgrounds, whether you are Ilocano, Maranao, Bisaya, Chinese Filipino, mestizo, or Tagalog, We are all Filipinos and we all salute all our backgrounds using our traditional wears”


Pinoy Arts in Fashion!
GMA Public Affairs February 25, 2021

Mula sa sayaw, kanta at mga larawan, makikita ang kultura ng Pinoy. Pero ngayong umaga, ibinida ng UH Barkada ang Pinoy arts sa pananamit at fashion! Ano-anong damit at accessories kaya ang puwedeng gamitin habang ipinagmamalaki ang ating kultura?


Dec 24, 2020 NCCA Philippines

The National Committee on Literary Arts (NCLA) presents AGWAT-HILOM featuring “PAMPAN” (Mask) by Kragi Garcia.


Fashion forecast for 2021
Dec 29, 2020 CNN Philippines
With our stay at home set up because of Covid 19, many in the fashion industry have shifted to smart, comfy, and yet stylish outfits.
2020 is also the year when fashion brands quickly produced face masks, face shields, and even protective clothing to keep up with the times.
Will we see more of these in the coming year?
The Future of Philippine Fashion by Rajo Laurel
Aug 16, 2020 ANC 24/7
We sat down with multi-awarded designer Rajo Laurel to discuss what's next for Philippine fashion, how to hold virtual fashion shows, and why supporting local is crucial at this time.

Fashion Design - Medical frontliners

The Story of the Filipino: Fashion Designers
May 19, 2020 CNN Philippines

Medical frontliners continue to respond to the call of duty, but how can they take care of their patients when their lives are also at risk?
Facing a shortage of masks and PPEs, fashion designers Rajo Laurel, Michael Leyva, and Guela Ampong gathered their teams to create protective gear for our frontliners.
Find out how they made this difficult task possible on The Story of the Filipino

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The article: Caloocan mayor wants repeal of ordinance vs women wearing shorts
March 28, 2019

Incumbent Mayor Oscar Malapitan says women should have the freedom to wear what they want when in Caloocan
Mayor Oscar Malapitan on Wednesday, March 27, said he would push for the repeal of the ordinance prohibiting women from wearing shorts in public in Caloocan City.
The Video: Pagbabawal sa maiksing shorts, pinapalagan ng ilang residente sa Caloocan
The Video: SHORT SHORTS: Legs are the new abs?
June 09, 2021
Mahilig ka ba magsuot ng short shorts?
Ang pagsusuot daw kasi ng ganitong kaiksing shorts, uso na rin sa mga kalalakihan. Ito ‘yung tinatawag na “very short man pants” na five inches lang ang haba.
Bukod sa pasok na sa uso, dagdag pogi points pa nga raw ito at hindi na malaswa tingnan. Dahil sa fashion diversity, pasok din ito sa panlasa ng Gen Z’s at Millenials.
The article: Police tell girls: Don't wear short clothes to prevent sex crimes
Rambo Talabong June 16, 2020 - with Video
'Kayo naman mga ghErlsz, wag kayo magsuot ng pagkaikli-ikling damit at pag naman nabastos ay magsusumbong din sa amin,' says a now-deleted Facebook post of a police station in Quezon Province
The article: 'Inviting the beast'? #HijaAko trends as women call out victim blaming
Samantha Bagayas June 16, 2020 - with Video
Many on social media join Frankie Pangilinan in condemning the thinking that women's outfits are to blame for sexual assault
The Video: #HijaAko Harassment: Sino ang tunay na biktima?
GMA Public Affairs June 16, 2020
Trending sa social media ang #HijaAko na ginagamit ng ilan na naging biktima ng sexual harassment. Ito ay matapos ang tweet ni Kakie Pangilinan bilang pagsagot sa post ng Lucban PNP na ‘wag daw magsusuot ng maikling damit para ‘di mabastos na kinontra naman ni Ben Tulfo. Ayon sa mga biktima, hindi raw dapat turuan ang mga babae kung paano manamit para ‘di mabastos kundi turuan ang mga tao na ‘wag mambastos.
The Video: Frankie Pangilinan: Ben Tulfo's comments wouldn't be acceptable in other countries
Jun 17, 2020 ANC 24/7
Frankie Pangilinan, the daughter of Philippine Senator Francis Pangilinan and Actress, Sharon Cuneta sparks an online movement condemning rape and victim shaming against women after she traded barbs with broadcaster Ben Tulfo.
The Video: Kakie Pangilinan: #HijaAko and finding one’s voice
June 22, 2020
Kakie Pangilinan about #HijaAko, finding her voice, and her music

The Video: Justice Department Cybercrime Unit, NBI investigating rape threat against Frankie Pangilinan
Jun 23, 2020 ANC 24/7
Philippine authorities -- now awaiting a formal complaint from the Pangilinan family against the man who threatened to rape actress Sharon Cuneta's daughter, Frankie Pangilinan.

The Video: Sharon Cuneta, bumuwelta sa nambastos sa anak niyang si Frankie
Jun 22, 2020 ABS-CBN News

The Video: Sen. Francis Pangilinan: Rape stories ng netizens ikinuwento kay Frankie
Jun 22, 2020

The Video: DOJ locates person who threatened to rape Sharon's daughter
Jun 23, 2020 ANC 24/7
The Department of Justice already knows the whereabouts of the netizen who threatened to rape the daughter of Senator Francis Pangilinan and Sharon Cuneta.

Fashion and clothing in the Philippines
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The clothing style and fashion sense of the Filipinos in the modern-day era have been influenced by their native ancestors, the Spanish colonizers and the Americans, as evidenced by the chronology of events that occurred in Philippine history. At present, Filipinos conform their way of dressing, in addition to the above factors, as a result of the influence of what is shown by the media on television, fashion shows, among others.

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What you didn’t know about the ‘terno’– and no, it wasn’t Ramon Valera who invented it
Cheche V. Moral November 04, 2015
‘It’s not the ‘terno’ but the kind of ‘terno,’ declares Mark Higgins, who, with Gino Gonzales, authors a ‘photographic resource book’ published by Bench

FAST FACTS: Who invented the Philippine terno?
January 27, 2017
While former First Lady Imelda Marcos popularized the terno, it has long been worn by Filipino women and evolved from earlier traditional Filipino dresses.
“No one person invented it. It was a collective effort. The removal of the pañuelo (pañuelo: a square cloth folded triangularly and worn in the Philippines like a great ruffle or collar), which is usually attributed to Valera, happened way, way before [he removed it]. Women have been trying to remove it way before," Gonzales said in a 2015 interview.

Look 3 articles about terno in one pdf

Tweeters call out Maxine Medina for saying Imelda Marcos invented the terno
January 26, 2017
Netizens use #ImeldaIsNotTheTerno when PH's Miss Universe 2016 candidate erroneously credits the dictator's wife for inventing the national costume


Turning heads in terno
Nov 16, 2018

Remark these are albums in the album National & Traditional Costumes


This is the traditional clothing of the filipino, its one of the unique feminine and simply beautiful national costume in Asia.
Actually this is originally called as barot saya and because it is a philippine costume it was coined filipiniana. This dress is no where to be found because it can only be seen in the Philippines.
This filipiniana has different kinds - from the baro at saya, then evolved to María Clara, where the panuelo on the neck was added, then this María Clara evolved to traje de mestiza, where the half filipino half Spanish, simply called mestiza are the one whose commonly wearing it. This traje de mestiza has a featured of butterfly sleeves but remained its panuelo on the neck (look at the V-shape), then it evolved as terno the modern filipino dress where the panuelo was removed but maintained its butterfly sleeves. Now it can be seen with different kind of designs!

The traditional attire of the Philippines
by Fyrune
I notice that there are clips of other countries national attire and I've seen none from Philippines so why not make one. I made this so that others can appreciate the beauty of these dresses.


some people says that we are not asians because of how we dress. We are asian but we are westernized people because the Philippines was colonized by Spain for 300 years, that is why we inherited their culture and traditions even our religion and also our facial features.

The FAACT presents the old and modern Philippine costumes during the Philippine Cultural Heritage Festival on October 3, 2009


Terno Fashion Show

Filipino Terno Fashion Show, a fundraiser presented by Philippine Charities of America, Inc. at the Sheraton La Guardia Hotel in Flushing, New York Aug. 26, 2011.

Terno and The Ins and Outs of the Terno






A presentation of different elegant Filipina Dresses modeled by charming parishioners of St. John Neumann Parish Center, Las Vegas, NV - Sept 2008





Philippines Traditional Dress







Raquel's piece on The Philippines and Piña Cloth

The past and present of Piña cloth in regards to Philippine culture.


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Barong Tagalog

The barong Tagalog (or simply barong, from the word baro) is an embroidered formal garment of the Philippines.

look also HERE, HERE

History of Barong Tagalog

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Baro't Saya

Baro't saya is the unofficial national dress of the Philippines and is worn by women.

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IN PHOTOS: The 'modern' baro't saya
Alexa Villano May 30, 2018

After weeks of mentorship and consultation with the top brass of Philippine fashion, 15 budding designers showcased their interpretations of the baro't saya during the Balik Saya competition at the National Museum of Natural History.

Look all the photos by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler as Video or Slideshow


'Barong Tagalog' in modern times

Declared as a national dress of the Philippines, Barong Tagalog have evolved to modern times by redesigning its concept. Oct 5, 2013


Filipina designer gives barong a modern twist
CNN Philippines Jun 11, 2019
Barong with a twist, that's what a Filipina designer created in time for the celebration of the country's 121st Independence day.


Baro't  Saya


Barong Tagalog


Remark these are albums in the album "Barong Tagalog - Baro't Saya"

Pretty Women In Traditional Philippine Clothing from the different regions/provinces/states of the country.

The Philippine Traditional Costumes

also of so many Traditional Costumes of the Indigenous peoples and Tribes

Yahnessa Holth

So many wonderfull photos and descriptions

About Philippines thinks: one of the best site about costumes

Philippine Costumes
Camisa de Chino

Camisa de Chino descriptions and history

Maria Clara gown

The Maria Clara gown is a traditional gown worn by women in the Philippines. This Filipino dress takes its name from María Clara, the mestiza protagonist of the national epic Noli Me Tangere, penned in 1890 by Filipino national hero José Rizal.

The Maria Clara dress originated from the conventional baro't saya of early Filipino women.


a transluscent often embroidered blouse with extended sleeves worn over an inner garment

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is a Pre-Spanish clothing item or loose skirt worn by Filipino women particularly in the lowland regions of the Visayas.

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Evolution of Philippine Fashion

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Gender, nation and the politics of dress in 20th century Philippines
Photos of Mascota competition 2008

Zamboangueña women claim ownership of the Mascota

a formal gown with a fitting bodice, her shoulders draped demurely by a luxuriously embroidered, though stiff, panuelo and fastened at the breast by a brooch or a medal. The skirt tapers down from the waist but continues on to an extended trail called the "cola". The "cola may be held on one hand as the lady walks around, or it may likewise by pinned on the waist or slipped up a cord (belt) that holds the dainty "abanico" or purse.

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The different Filipino traditional dresses which reflects the diversity of cultures and heritage in the Philippines
Designers, Modern design & fashion - Etc.

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Fashion Designer Jontie Martinez - Santacruzan
CNN Philippines May 28, 2019
The colorful Flores de Mayo and Santacruzan held every May do not only speak of our country’s deep religious devotion to Mary, but it’s also a way of showcasing Filipino craftsmanship, design, and creativity.
Get to know Fashion Designer Jontie Martinez and see first-hand two of his gowns worn by Sagalas in Brgy. San Lorenzo Village’s Grand Santacruzan 2019.

Look also The fashion that made an 'Atomic Bang'
Tedrick Yau July 29, 2018
Fashion designer and stylist Bang Pineda shows off his collection, featuring some of the country's big stars
Final casting held Feb 25, 2012 at Festival SuperMall for Philippine Fashion Racks - Fashion Runway. 161 Finalists auditioned out of 1,500 participants for the Mossimo Fashion Shows on 3rd & 4th March 2012.
Mandaue Chamber of Commerce: Chamber Night featuring ECOWALK - September 7, 2011 OAKRIDGE PAVILLION - MCCI in partnership with Anthill and the University of San Carlos College of Fine Arts & Architecture will showcase the creativity and ingenuity of Cebu's young and rising designers with a runway walk of clothes, bags and accessories made of eco-friendly, and indigenous materials.
Look MUCH more about "Chamber Night featuring ECOWALK" as pdf HERE
at the (CICC) Cebu Int'l Convention center in Cebu, Philippines
See the creations of Cebu's top, talented dress designers, enthusiastically displayed on the catwalk by leading fashion models.
Aeropostale Fashion Show 2014
Ayala Cebu
Aéropostale is located at Glorietta 2, Robinsons Magnolia, Shangri-La Plaza East Wing, Robinsons Manila Midtown Wing, SM Lanang, Davao & Ayala Cebu
Miss Cebu 2015 candidates showcase creations of young Cebu designers.
The candidates wearing the creations of Rei Escario, Charmaine Chua, JP Cabigon, Mique Yapching, Bree Esplanada, Roni Yu, Joyce Maw and Mary Ty. Jan 13, 2015
Top Creative Fashion Designers, Cebu
Published on Jun 10, 2017
Cebu is widely known for creative fashion designs, often made with natural products. Fashion shows are extremely popular in Cebu but this particular one stood out for me. How do you feel about these beautiful creations?
It was an evening of beauty and elegance as Cebu's top designers showed off their fantastic creations at the MARCO POLO HOTEL PLAZA, Cebu.
Look more about Debutante
Bridal Fashion Show
Sun.Star Pilipinas July 2, 2014
Elegant Gowns by Malou Castillejos
a gown designer based in Manila, specialized in elegant embroidery and delicate hand beadworks.
some of her design sketches
Adorata Weddings
PT Square Bldg., 85 P. Tuazon St., Brgy. San Martin De Pores QC.
A look inside Kim Chiu's bridal boutique
Kapamilya star Kim Chiu has ventured into the clothing business via the bridal boutique Adorata Weddings - Jan 14, 2014
Adorata Weddings fashion show launch. Hollywood-inspired, affordable, and with a variety of choices for bride-to-be's and debutantes - Dec 15, 2013
Famous wedding gowns on exhibit

In the event's "Filipino Bridal Heritage Exhibit" sponsored by Champion Infinity, today's brides and fashion watchers saw not only how rich the country's bridal design heritage was, through several wedding gowns worn by prominent personalities. Video by's Ryan Leagogo.

Manila marveled in the latest fashion trends at the recent debut of Unica Hija in Philippine Fashion Week. The show featured the brand's Back-to-school and Holiday 2012 Collections that are ideal for the modern Filipina.

Look the full desription of the video HERE
Designer Lizanne Cua - profile and Philippine Fashion Week Spring Summer 2013

Lizanne Cua: "I'm always inspired usually by the future."
Jose "Pitoy" Moreno - "The Fashion Czar of Asia"

Throughout a career spanning 60 years, Jose "Pitoy" Moreno has continued to make the Filipino proud in terms of Philippine Fashion.

Look more about "The Fashion Czar of Asia" HERE and HERE
Dita Sandico Ong

Bringing out the Modern Filipina under wraps

Like iridescent butterfly wings, Dita Sandico Ong wraps the world with wonder!

Look also HERE
Jose Basil Malicsi
grew up in the small town of Los Baños in the Philippines where he was exposed to nature and the arts at an early age. Growing up in with a large extended family, Basil began successfully entering school-related art competitions. Influences of Filipino Culture in Fashion, LIVEWAY Runway, Colorful & Vibrant Collection, Spring/Summer 2012 collection

Look more HERE
Jun Escario
To mark his 20th year of being a significant name in the fashion industry, Jun Escario hosted yet another awe-inspiring gala featuring his latest collection. Cebu's fashion elites congregated at the Oakridge Pavilion on the evening of October 18, 2012, for the event entitled "Jun Escario: An Act of Fashion."
Pina and Abaca-made dresses
Designs from close to 80 Filipino designers.
Oliver Tolentino
El Paseo Fashion Show Palm Springs "The Philippines has been turning pineapple leaves and abaca plant leaves into fabric for hundreds of years"
Francis Libiran
studied Architecture at the University of Santo Tomas before pursuing a course in Fashion Design at the Fashion Institute of the Philippines.
Wedding gowns and suits, ramp Models and celebrities etc.
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in Philippine Fashion Week Summer - Spring Collection Kids Fashion 2013.

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SONA - Balls Fashion - Etc. Modern design fashion show - Etc.

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Sona dresses that can be worn more than once
Raoul J. Chee Kee August 02, 2021
‘Maybe they’re more conscious of what’s happening now and want what they wear to reflect that, as well’
Filipiniana was still the attire of choice at the President’s final State of the Nation Address (Sona) held Monday at the Batasang Pambansa.
The terno, with its distinct butterfly sleeves, was worn as tops paired with matching pants or in the traditional manner, as dresses accented with artful folds, beautiful embroidery or delicate beading.
ABS-CBN Ball 2018: Fashion review
Voltaire Tayag September 30, 2018

Voltaire Tayag lists down the looks that stood out during the fashion extravaganza that is the ABS-CBN Ball.
One of the biggest nights in Philippine entertainment dominated social media in its debut – the first ever ABS-CBN Ball held on Saturday, September 29 at the Shangri-La Makati. All the stars of the network graced the highly-anticipated red carpet event, which is the country’s equivalent to the Oscar’s.

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IN PHOTOS: SONA 2015 fashion
Lawmakers and personalities in attendance came dressed in their best, with many taking the opportunity to show off designs by prominent Filipino designers.
Stars were also at the SONA this year, along with politicians and other attendees. View the photos here.

Photos & Videos in the album Sona Fashion Statement

IN PHOTOS and Video: All the looks from the 2019 SONA
July 22, 2019
The yearly State of the Nation address isn’t meant to be a showcase of fashion moments but, for better or worse, it is!

IN PHOTOS: All the looks from the 2018 SONA
July 23, 2018
While the opening of the 3rd regular session of the 17th Congress and the SONA are political events – officials and their spouses make their fashion moments too

SONA guests told: It's not a party, dress simply
Mara Cepeda July 08, 2016
It's a red carpet affair, but expect more modest outfits at President Rodrigo Duterte's first State of the Nation Address

10 best dressed women of SONA 2015

IN PHOTOS: SONA Fashion 2014


SONA 2016 fashion

Heart Evangelista, Alfred Vargas, Dina Bonnevie, Philip Salvador, and more came. Check out what they wore!

in the album Sona Fashion Statement

Ben Farrales

or Mang Ben as he is commonly called, is considered a living legend in the Philippine fashion industry.

Born in Cotabato City on 01 July 1932, he is the youngest child of Salvador Farrales and Paulina Samio. He finished his early education at the San Beda College and acquired his degree in Fine Arts at the University of Sto. Tomas, under the tutelage of such legends as Manansala and Agoncillo.


Dexter Alazas
Fashion designer, Cebu

the video How to shoot fashion models
Jan 10, 2013
Photo shoot in progress here in Cebu. DEXTER ALAZAS, well known for his talents as a dress designer, shows a selection of his elegant gowns for a monthly photo spread.

Remark this is an album in the album Fashion Designers, their works & organizations and Fashion Shows


Bench Fashion Week 2019
CNN Philippines 22, 2019

The biggest stars, the most talented designers, and the latest collections from one of the country's biggest clothing companies come together for Bench Fashion Week


Enamorado de la moda filipina

fonsucu Jul 4, 2017


FDAP, Fashion Designers Association of the Philippines

This is the definitive history of the Fashion Designers Association of the Philippines or FDAP. Commissioned by 3-time FDAP President Edgar San Diego one of the original members on the occasion of their 25th Anniversary in 2006 and about coffee table book "Sagala".

Remark this is an album in the album Fashion Designers, their works & organizations and Fashion Shows


Pineapple Fashion in the Philippines


Weaving Tradition and Modernity together
Jul 8, 2020 ANC 24/7

Love Local, Wear Local. Let's get to know the art of weaving with Cebu-based social enterprise, Balik Batik's owner, Veronica Baguio.

Remark these are albums in the album Textiles - all types - & weaving

Bamboo - fibre - textile


Finding the right swimsuit for your body type
Apr 29, 2016

If you already planned out your summer outing but is still stressed out on what perfect summer piece to wear, this might be a big help for you.

Look also HERE


Old clothes, new fashion!
GMA Public Affairs Sep 25, 2019

Mga Kapuso, i-upgrade na ang inyong wardrobe gamit ang mga lumang damit! Alamin ang aming mga life hack para sa inyong bagong OOTD!


200-peso Fashion

Jan 5, 2015


D-I-Y Summer Fashion!

Apr 6, 2015


Waterproof Fashion

Jun 22, 2015

Skinny jeans could make you a fashion victim – doctors

Agence France-Presse

Academic dress - Etc.

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Academic dress or academical dress in the Philippines e.g. the Sablay

a traditional form of clothing for academic settings, primarily tertiary (and sometimes secondary) education, worn mainly by those that have been admitted to a university degree (or similar) or hold a status that entitles them to assume them (e.g., undergraduate students at certain old universities).

Look also HERE

Vico Sotto: Pasig schools will use 'sablay' instead of toga at graduations
JC Gotinga February 21, 2020

It's more Filipino and more affordable, says the Pasig mayor


'Sablay' sa graduation:

Recognition Rites Attire + How To Transfer Your Sablay

Wearing the UP Sablay

How the UP 'sablay' is meticulously made Talk of the Town

Academic regalia: Graduation Cap and Gown History

How to Wear a Graduation Tam and Which to Choose

To make a very long story short, the early academic dress in colleges and universities came from Medieval Europe. Sometimes also known as academical dress, academic regalia, and graduation cap and gown, it has its origins in the everyday dress of the medieval clergy.

The academic regalia: Origin and practice

Traditional Headgear - Etc.

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A salakot is a traditional wide-brimmed hat found in the Philippines. It is usually made of either rattan or reeds, and is one of the traditional hats worn by Filipinos besides the iconic conical Asian hat

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Sarok weaving - 1Cebu Expo 2011 - Consolacion Sarok Demo


is the famous hat made of dried bamboo and banana leaves. Cebu is famous for this skill of weaving the Sarok.

Remark this is an album in the album Philippine Handicrafts

Bamboo - fibre - textile

Consolacion women weave Sarok

Sarok Festival

Footwear - Etc.

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The National Historical Commission of the Philippines calls shoe brand out for using Philippine flag on sneakers
July 18, 2018

The red, blue, yellow and white sneaker doesn't only use elements of the flag. The shoe tongue is practically a replica of the flag.

RA 8491, Flag and Heraldic Code of the Philippines . Look more HERE

Stepping in Pinoy Style


in the album Philippine Handicrafts


Sapatos Festival sa Marikina!
Nov 12, 2019 GMA Public Affairs
Mura na, matibay pa! Tiyak na mapapabili ka talaga sa Sapatos Festival ng Marikina! Silipin ang mga ibinibida nilang produkto sa video na ito!
In an effort to boost the local shoe industry, Mayor Marcelino Teodoro urged Metro Manilans to patronize Marikina-made shoes with the opening yesterday of this year’s “Sapatos Festival.”
Teodoro said the festival showcases the ingenuity and craftmanship of Marikina shoemakers and manufacturers. The shoe festival will run until Dec. 29 in the city’s Freedom Park in Barangay Sta. Elena.
ABS-CBN News Jul 5, 2019
The video features the story of 70-year-old shoemaker Rolando Santos who helped revive Marikina's shoe industry by creating a pair of leather shoes for none another than Pres. Rodrigo Duterte. Marikina Shoe Industry Development Office (MASIDO) OIC Noel Box starts off by providing a brief history of Marikina's famed shoe industry.
Rolando 'Tatay Oly' Santos: Duterte's shoemaker
CNN Philippines Jul 18, 2019
A 72 year old shoemaker in Marikina made headlines after the President Rodrigo Duterte personally welcomed him in Malacañang and express his gratitude.
Tatay Oly has been making shoes for decades and the first time he created a pair for the President, he didn't even know the Chief Executive shoe size.

Marquina Shoemaker
San Antonio Village, Makati

the Video: Marquina's shoeroom, in the album "Philippine Handicrafts"
Jun 3, 2018
Welcome to Marquina's 'shoeroom,' where delayed gratification means receiving a pair of beautiful, handmade leather shoes.
Here’s where you can get handmade leather shoes from Marikina

Find your perfect Marikina-made shoe in this Makati 'shoeroom'
Vernise L Tantuco June 04, 2018

Marikina Shoe Museum

It's just fitting that Marikina City, being popularly known as the shoe capital of the Philippines , houses the Shoe Museum.

The shoe industry of Marikina City and the Video

Remark this is an album in the album Museums, Treasure of Ancestors, Art galleries - Etc.

Bakya is the Filipino version of the wooden clogs often used or worn by Filipino women in bygone days. Today it is rarely used although it is a common footwear used during cultural presentations or look the article HERE

THE HISTORY OF THE 'BAKYA and Ruben Tagalog's Bakya mo Neneng'  


Paano nagbago ang kahulugan ng bakya?

Sinasalamin ng bakya ang kultura nating mga Pilipino. Pero ngayon, naikabit na ang salitang ito sa pagiging baduy o mababang uri. Bakit kaya?
Ang tumatamlay na industriya ng bakya
Bago pa man dumating ang Kastila, ang bakya na ang pangunahing sapin sa paa nating mga Pilipino. Pero kasabay ng modernisasyon ang tila pagtamlay ng industriyang ito. Paano kaya ito muling mabubuhay?

Both GMA Public Affairs Jun 7, 2019




in the album Philippine Handicrafts

Leather art and craft

Django Handmade leathers

located in Station 2, PLAZOLETA , Boracay


For your fashionable sis or gal pal, Figlia, a premier ladies' shoe brand, presents smartly designed shoes that can take them from office to parties. from pumps to high-heeled sandals, stepping in style is a breeze with Figlia's great selection of footwear

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Mantones de Manila - Etc.

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The truth about the Manton de Manila - I would start calling the shawls,

Mantones de China via Manila!

Bea Zobel Jr."

Draped in Silk: The Journey of the Manton de Manila

The Yuchengco Museum


Mantones de Manila

Spanish Language

Remark this is an album in the album National & Traditional Costumes Look the history about the Mantones de Manila HERE

Fan - Paypay, Pamaypay, Abaniko (Abanico)

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Fans are called paypay, pamaypay, abaniko (abanico) in the Philippines

The abaniko, together with the baro't saya, was once a part of a lady's attire. Read about the various ways of using and holding the abaniko may convey different meanings.
Si la mujer escondía los ojos detrás del abanico, estaba diciendo a su interlocutor que lo quería.

If the woman hid her eyes behind the fan, she was saying to her would-be suitor that she loved him.

Si colocaba el abanico sobre la mejilla izquierda, la respuesta era: No; y si lo posaba sobre la derecha, la respuesta era: Sí.

If she placed the fan on her left cheek, the answer was: No; and if she placed it on the right cheek the answer was: Yes.

Si la mujer se abanicaba con rapidez, significaba que estaba comprometida; y si lo hacía lentamente, le transmitía que estaba casada.

If the woman fanned herself quickly it meant that she was engaged; and if she fanned herself languidly, she indicated that she was married.

The Art of Flirting With An Abaniko Fan: A Buwan ng Wika Feature
Serena Estrella August 13, 2018

The word “abaniko” was derived from the Spanish “abanico,” which means “fan.” As its origin suggests, the Tagalog term pertains to a hand-held fan that was and is often used to accessorize traditional Filipino women’s clothing, such as the terno or the baro’t saya.


Pamaypay - Paypay

Fans are called paypay, paipay, pamaypay, abaniko (abanico). Pamaypay - paypay is used to fan oneself when someone feels hot, but during the Spanish colonial, pamaypay or fan is used by filipinas to cover their face when they feel shy or when they have something to whisper to the person next to her.

Look MORE about how to use it as a "language" above

The Pamaypay and Abaniko Throughout Philippine History
Lawrence Garcia Oct 30, 2019
Look - download the article as pdf

Here’s how Filipino women made ‘landi’ using fans in the olden days
Kathreena Gabaldon February 26th, 2020


Abaniko, paano nga ba gawin?
GMA Public Affairs July 18, 2021

Sino nga ba ang hindi nakakaalam sa hugis dahon at makukulay na pamaypay ng mga Pilipino? Hindi man natutupi gaya ng ibang pamaypay, malakas na hangin naman ang dala ng abaniko. Kung paano ito ginagawa, alamin sa video!

The ‘abaniko’ transformed
June 5, 2012 KAREN GALARPE, GMA News
They are no longer Maria Clara’s abaniko.

Look the article as pdf and the Slideshow:

Rachy Cuna's abanikos - Photos courtesy

in the album Fans - paypay, pamaypay, abaniko (abanico)

Umbrella - Payong

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Dec 26, 2016
Umbrellas... Rain or shine... A common sight in the Philippines, even if there's no rain... It's protection from the harsh rays of the hot sun.... Also prepared for a quick downpour. Umbrella sales are brisk here.... Filipinas seem to prefer fair skin.

Sayaw Sa Payong - Umbrella Dance

This is a traditional dance from Philippines where the beautiful women carries umbrella of same color or different color and steps rhythmically with the folk music.

Carriers (Bags)

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Women’s group making money from water hyacinths in the Liguasan Marsh
You can bring these eco-friendly bags wherever you go
October 16, 2017

They're good for the environment, and your outfit!


Modern Bags - Philippine Handicraft

is the art of creating products using raw and indigenous materials. It develops the skills and creative interests of the workforce towards a particular craft or trade. The continuing process prepares the labor force to become competent craftsmen and artists who can contribute to the establishment of cottage industries, thus contributing to the economic growth of the country. Several cottage industries exist in its locality such as furniture, bolo, baskets, hand bags, trays, buri/anahaw hats & fan making; which are highly functional products. These extraordinary and environment-friendly products, makes them significant in the global market

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Livelihood program - RECYCLE BAGS - Rise Above Foundation Cebu, Inc.

Remark these are albums  in the album Modern Bags in the album Philippine Handicrafts


Django Leather art and craft

Handmade leathers

located in Station 2, PLAZOLETA , Boracay

Remark this is an album in the album Philippine Handicrafts

IN PHOTOS: These Pacsafe bags are the prettiest, safest bags for the street
July 19, 2017

Stylishly secure, the new Pacsafe line will take you to wherever you need to go.

Carriers of Tradition

This photograph collage displays a priceless collection of backpacks from Northern Cordilleras region of the Philippines. Running through early 2004 at the Hohenthal Gallery, Treganza Anthropology Museum at San Francisco State University, these bags, some estimated to be hundreds of years old, were exhibited by Charisse Aquino, the curator of the event.

Look the article as pdf HERE

Ancient Costumes (heritage)

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Filipino Traditional Costumes, Asia's Costumes, Philippine Costumes


Philippines from Ancient times to the early colonial period.

Remark this is an album in the album Ancient & Traditional - heritage - Costumes - Etc.


Filipino Costumes

Many images from a watercolour album from about 1841

Look the article with all the images as pdf HERE


Ancient Filipinos, Pre-colonial Philippines

Traditional Dress, Architecture and A Writing Systems

Remark this is an album in the album Ancient & Traditional - heritage - Costumes - Etc.


BARONG TAGALOG (Balitaw) - Ruben Tagalog

A Balitaw composition by Prof. Santiago S. Suarez as interpreted and recorded by Ruben Tagalog in 1963. Details from two famous mural paintings of costumes by National Artist Carlos "Botong" Francisco are featured in this video.

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Spanish Colonial Era:

Mestiza Hispana Filipina

Filipinas de la era española

El vestido tradicional de la Filipina

La Mujer Filipina
During the Spanish Colonial Era, settlers from the peninsula were mixed with the indigenous inhabitants of the Philippine Islands, giving a mixture between Spanish, Malay and Chinese people. From that union it came up beautiful women who were recognized throughout the Asian continent by their clothing and Western customs.

 Filipina Mestizas of the Past
Leona Lyn Oct 30, 2012
Mestiza in the Philippines primarily means a Filipina mixed with Spanish, though it could also mean "mixed with other races".

They were called The Spanish Ladies-Señoritas

El Hombre Filipino - Spanish Colonial Era
During the Spanish Colonial Era, settlers from the peninsula were mixed with the indigenous inhabitants of the Philippine Islands, giving a mixture between Spanish, Malay and Chinese people. From that union it came up Filipino gentlemen, who were recognized throughout the Asian continent by their clothing, customs and his intellectual character Western.

They were called The Spanish Gentlemen-Señores

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Relearning the Spanish language will tell us more about our history
Dec 9, 2020 Pippo Carmona
'Relearning Spanish is one of the first steps that Filipino historians can take in order to fully understand the secrets [historical texts] hold'

Manila Carnivals 1908-1939

Perhaps, no other event has piqued the interest and stirred a nation’s imagination more than the fabled Manila Carnivals. Held from 1908-1939, the 2-week fair was organized as a goodwill event to celebrate harmonious U.S.-Philippine relations and to showcase our commercial, industrial and agricultural progress. Spectacular parades, lavish shows, firework displays and the crowning of the Manila Carnival Queen highlighted the "greatest annual event in the Orient".


El Carnaval de Manila- Spanish Colonial Era

Manila Carnival was an event that aroused the jealousy of all Asia not only for your show, if not for the parade of your exotic queens. Beautiful young women of Luzon, Visayas or Mindanao arrived in Manila for be proclaimed the most pretty woman of the Philippines Islands.

The video shows also many kind of dresses of that time!

Remark this is an album in the album Intramuros & Manila During Spanish Time


Remark these are albums in the album Ancient & Traditional - heritage - Costumes - Etc.

1905 Luzon Lingerie
Produced in 1905, "Luzon Lingerie" goes on record as the first ever movie made in the Philippines. It's a documentary on the needlework skills of our beautiful great-great-grandparents.
Delicate garments made from pineapple fiber - Piña - 1918 - 1920
Luzon Lingerie - Silent film
Delicate garments made from pineapple fiber (Piña) are still made in the same old "handmade" way. The embroidery skill is passed on through generations of women. This movie is part of the collection: Prelinger Archives. Production Co: Burton Holmes Travel Pictures
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Ancient Armor

Moro armor

Pamalo: Baston, Garote & Olisi
Arabic On Moro Armor
Armors in Malay Peninsula
Moro Armor is Ottoman's
Moro Armor: Is it Moro?
The Re-Sanskritized Kalis
Uno-Dos-Tres Triangle Attack

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Costumes - Dresses Etc.

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Scam Alerts

Beware of bogus recruiters.

Want to be a model or a movie star? Beware of fake online recruiters because you might be putting yourself in danger. Watch Bistado to know how they operate the modus operandi.

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Festivals - Fiestas - Events - Etc.

IMPORTANT look also Catholic events e.g.:

St. John's - San Juan's Eve and Feast day

Sinulog etc. AND The Black Nazarene etc.

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How to Celebrate the Summer Solstice, Based on Your Zodiac Sign
Raven Ishak 7 June 2021

Whip out your bathing suit and pack up your suitcase, because the summer season is just around the corner, with the summer solstice occurring on June 20th.
If you're unsure of exactly how to celebrate the summer solstice this year, let the stars tell you based on your zodiac sign. Look the article as pdf

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St. John's - San Juan's Eve and Feast day


How this make-up enthusiast showcased the beauty of Philippine Festivals in one-minute?
Sep 20, 2020 Manila Bulletin Online

As the COVID-19 pandemic sweeps across the world, major celebrations are unfortunately cancelled. The sounds of revelry are also halted as the world grapples with the unprecedented crisis.
Here’s how this make-up enthusiast from Surigao showcased the beauty of Philippine Festivals in one-minute.

Look also: Young artist from Surigao helps promote local tourist festivals thru social media
September 20, 2020Hanah Tabios

Festivals in the Philippines

Links to the different festivals

Panagbenga opening moved to late March as precaution vs coronavirus
Frank Cimatu February 12, 2020

All towns in the Cordillera region have scrapped their festivals to avoid crowds, where the virus can easily spread


never again voices of martial law play festival
Sep 20, 2016

Video and editing by RYAN LEAGOGO

Remark this is an album in the album Ferdinand Emmanuel Edralin Marcos, Sr. - President, Dictator, Martial Law, Burial, Etc.

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Classic fiesta dishes
May 27, 2016

Remark this is an album in the album Filipino Food, Bread, Cakes, Desserts, Drinks - Status, Cuisine, Recipes, Etc.


Malay Festival Culture in the Philippines

Exquisite festivals throughout the Philippines. From Ilocos in the north, to Sulu in the south, to Palawan and the Spratleys in the West to Leyte and Samar in the East! MAGANDA ATING BANGSABAYAN!!

Filipino Heritage Festival
A month-long celebration of tangible & intangible Filipino Heritage presented through Cultural events deliberately utilizing heritage sites throughout the country as venues. May is Heritage Month, so it's the perfect time to take stock on how well we are taking care of the Filipino heritage.

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Our Lady of Peñafrancia - Festivals and Fluvial processions
Aliwan Fiesta
an annual event that gathers different cultural festivals of the Philippines in Star City Complex in Pasay City wherein contingents compete in dance parade and float competitions.

Aliwan Fiesta, which began in 2003, aims to showcase the different Filipino cultures and heritage not only to the people in Metro Manila but also to the rest of the world

The Videos: Aliwan Fiesta 2019


DAYAW 2015
Angeles City, Pampanga October 15-17.
2 videos Oct 16 and 28, 2015
Dayaw 2016
Dec 12, 2016
Quezon City Memorial Circle last November 22 to 24 2016
Ifugao's Punnuk Festival now in UNESCO heritage list

A traditional post-harvest festival held in Ifugao is now internationally recognized in the UNESCO Cultural Heritage list. This report tells us more about the festival and what it means for Ifugaos.

IN PHOTOS: Dayaw, PH’s indigenous peoples festival 2017
Rhea Claire E Madarang October 13, 2017

Philippine Festivals

Philippine Fiesta Celebrations
after date - month

Visayas - Visayan Festivals
Links to the different festivals

The Pagoda Tragedy of Bocaue, Bulacan

Pagoda Festival Bocaue
Bocaue's pagoda sails again

More that two decades have passed since a tragic accident that killed 266 people took place in Bocaue, Bulacan. This year, the town decided to continue the tradition by setting sail a new pagoda, hoping to make up for the lives lost in 1993.

Every First Sunday of July, the town of Bocaue in the Province of Bulacan celebrates the fluvial Bocaue Pagoda Festival, the Pagoda sa Wawa, which commemorates the discovery of the miraculous cross floating on the Bocaue river 200 years ago. Jul 1, 2014
After 21 years, Bocaue's pagoda sails again

After a hiatus of 21 years, following the tragedy on the fluvial parade that claimed 266 lives, the town decided to continue the tradition by setting sail a new pagoda, hoping to make up for the lives lost in 1993. Jul 2, 2014


Kadaugan Sa Mactan 2019
Cebu Videos Apr 27, 2019

Kadaugan Sa Mactan 2019 (Full Performance) with Derrick Monasterio as Lapu-Lapu, Myrtle Sarossa as Bulakna, and Mark Neumann as Magellan.

the Videos: LAPU LAPU - datu of Mactan Lapu Lapu - and the Battle of Mactan


Hinulawan - Toledo City, Cebu

The First Hinulawan festival in Toledo City - Hinulawan Grand Champion CCTC

This is from Consolatrix Academy the declared winner of the mardigra.

Hinulawan Awihao

a practice at Toledo city arcade. afyer tribu bato. taken by Vicente Maravilla


Hinulawan CA rehearsal

2 days to go before the competition taken by : Vicente Maravilla


Compostela Fiesta 2016
Aug 1, 2016
Part of the Compostela Fiesta parade. This year the parade was too big to have on one day so it was split into 2 parts over 2 days.

Compostela Fiesta 2017
Jul 25, 2017
The 2017 Compostela Fiesta parade and part of the Queseo festival dance competition. In all, 17 barangays took part in the festivities over a period of 2 weeks.

Both by Peter White


La Milagrosa Grand Procession 2015

In celebration of the La Milagrosa Provincial Fiesta, a grand procession led by Governor Imee R. Marcos and participated in by the 23 candidates of Miss Ilocos Norte 2015 was held on May 2 in Laoag City. May 5, 2015


Taong Putik Festival, Bibiclat, Nueva Ecija

Filipinos in the town of Bibiclat, Nueva Ecija, mark the feast of Saint John the Baptist by transforming themselves into 'taong putik' or mud people.

IN PHOTOS: The 'taong putik' of Nueva Ecija
Rob Reyes June 24, 2018


Higantes Festival, Municipality of Angono, Rizal

The Higantes Festival is a local festival held annually In Angono, Rizal, where hundreds of giant papier-mâché puppets are paraded, representing the common people's mockery of the bad hacienda (land) owners of the past during Spanish colonial rule. It has evolved into also celebrating the feast of Pope St. Clement I, every 22 and 23 November

Higantes Festival: Angono honors frontliners during celebration of feast of Saint Clement
22. nov. 2020 ABS-CBN News
Video courtesy of Angono Municipal Government
The Municipality of Angono in Rizal pushed through with its annual celebration of the feast of Saint Clement through the Higantes Festival even amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Higantes Festival 2019
The Manila Times
Higantes Festival in the town of Angono, Province of Rizal in the Philippines to honor San Clemente, the patron saint of fishermen. The festival features a parade of hundreds of higantes, papier-mâché giants.


Tinagba Gayon - Bicol Festival

Remark 3 video-parts in this video. Aug 14, 2015.

Music, Dance, and Negotiations of Identity in the Religious Festivals of Bicol, Philippines
Marilyne Antonette Adiova 2014

Masskara Festival in the City of Smiles, Bacolod
a festival held each year in Bacolod
Bacolod is made more popular by this unique celebration that allows local and foreign visitors a chance to drink and be merry for 20 days. The Masskara Festival is an international-crowd drawer festival that brings out the rich and colorful heritage of the people of Bacolod.

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The Video: Masskara Festival October 27, 2019

IN PHOTOS: Turtle release, celebrations at Bataan's Pawikan Festival 2017
Rhea Claire Madarang December 02, 2017

Release of newly-hatched pawikans, sea turtle-themed performances and art exhibits, sand sculptures, and more.

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IN PHOTOS: Coconut in different forms at Quezon's Niyogyugan Festival
Aika Rey August 19, 2018

Since 2013, the Quezon provincial government has celebrated the Niyogyugan Festival, a feast held every August as thanksgiving for the bountiful harvest of coconuts, the province's main product.

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Camiguin marks Lanzones Festival, uses tech to boost harvest
Bobby Lagsa October 28, 2018

Camiguin is working to boost its lanzones harvest through macrosomatic cloning, cutting lanzones production to just 4 months from the usual one year

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IN PHOTOS: Camiguin's 40th Lanzones Festival
Bobby Lagsa October 26, 2019
Lanzones or buwahan as called here is the staple fruit produce of this pearl-shaped island blessed with cold, hot, and soda spring, waterfalls, white sand beaches and peace-loving people. Look ALL the photos as Slideshow in HD

Camiguin’s Lanzones Festival goes online
Jigger J. Jerusalem October 19, 2020

Amid threats posed by the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19), Camiguin province’s Lanzones Festival will still push through this year, according to the province’s tourism office.
NO STREET DANCE Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Camiguin goes digital for its 41st Lanzones Festival this year and lets go of major events such as street dancing. Photo taken during the 40th Lanzones Festival in 2019.

Guling-Guling Festival

Guling-Guling was introduced by the Spanish friars in the 16th century as a means for the religious sector to interact with its parishioners.
The annual Guling-Guling Festival in Paoay, Ilocos Norte is traditionally held the day before Ash Wednesday. While Catholics officially mark the fasting and penitence as start of the Lenten Season, it is the day of merry-making and street dancing for Paoay folks. The residents dressed in their Ilocano costume adorned with antique jewelries, dance and sing around the town while being given the sign of the cross where pounded rice is used instead of gray ash. Also, it is the town mayor who imprints the sign of the cross among the Paoay villagers instead of a priest.

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Pahiyas Festival

Pahiyas Festival 2017
Arjay Estefa May 19, 2017 - with video and many photos
See the colorful kiping and the festivities at Pahiyas 2017!
The annual festival is a showcase of the creativity and talent of the people of Lucban, Quezon.

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Take a look at Tuguegarao's vibrant 'fire' festival
Raymon Dullana August 13, 2016

People get together in Tuguegarao City to celebrate the week-long Pavvurulun 'Afi' or 'fire' Festival. Take a look at those beautiful fire-themed costumes!

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Basi Festival (Piddig)
Tan-ok ni Ilocano Festival of Festivals 2014
Nov 30, 2014

The Basi Revolt erupted as a result of the monopoly of the production, sale and use of basi, the famous wine of the Ilocanos.

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Dayaw sa Tacloban

Originally planned as a cultural celebration of indigenous people in November last year, the annual Dayaw has shifted its focus to crafting programs for healing and recovery of Super Typhoon “Yolanda” survivors.

Organized by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) and the Leyte-Samar Heritage Society Inc (LSHSI), an arts-as-healing event was held April 20-21 2014 in Eastern Visayas. “It was a program for Yolanda survivors by Yolanda survivors.”

The Dayaw program in Tacloban had two parts: Dayaw ha Pagbanhaw and Dayaw para sa Kalibotan.

The vibrant beauty of Davao's Kadayawan Festival
Henrylito D. Tacio August 18, 2016

More on the cultural significance of Kadayawan and what makes this week-long celebration unique

IN PHOTOS: Street dancing at Kadayawan 2016
Henrylito D. Tacio August 20, 2016
Check out the full list of winners for the street dancing event, too, and see the intricate costumes worn by the dancers!

IN PHOTOS: Pamulak sa Kadayawan 2016 - Flora Floats
Henrylito D. Tacio August 22, 2016
Stunning floats of various eye-catching designs show off local artistry and culture

34th Kadayawan Festival 2019:
The Videos choosephils Streamed live August 17, 2019:

THE FULL: Choose Philippines Livestream Coverage of the Kadayawan Festival 2019 : Indak-Indak sa Kadalanan Street Dancing Competition.

18 Videos Showing the different competitors

The Video choosephils Streamed live August 24, 2019:

Kadayawan Festival Pamulak Floral Float Parade

Your Super guide to Kadayawan 2019
Jesse Pizarro Boga August 11, 2019

Grand champion Sta. Ana wows judges of Indak Indak sa Kadayawan
THE Sta. Ana Performing Arts Guild emerged as the first grand champion of the Champions Circle category of this year’s Indak Indak sa Kadayawan street dance competition.

The Videos - etc.:
from 2015, 2016 and 2019 and all the Photos from 2016 e.g. as slideshow

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Ullalim Festival - Kalinga
Apr 18, 2015

The center focus of activities is the repeat of the spectacular “Awong Chi Gangsa” or the Sound of a Thousand Gongs, this time doubling the participants to two thousand or more with special participation of schools, the different municipalities and this city.

Palu-palo Festival of Basco Batanes

Palu-palo (Palo-palo) means sticks or arnis that were used by the native Ivatans to fight the forces of the colonizers such as Spaniards and the Dutch. The natives wear the traditional suit made of indigenous materials from the bark of trees which were flattened.

The video from the site can also be looked HERE

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Aswang Festival in Roxas City, Capiz

The town people celebrate their Annual Festival or called it the Aswang Festival is celebrated every 29th and 30th day on the month of October. This includes the parade of participants donning the foremost dreadful costumes like “kapre”, “wak-wak”, and “tikbalang”.


Ati-Atihan Festival 2012

The Ati-Atihan is a festival in honour of the Santo Niño, celebrated in the third week of January. During the last three days of this week-long festival (fiesta), a parade is characteristic. A colourful happening with celebrants who paint their faces in many different ways and who are dressed in the most exceptional costumes. The dancing on the rhythms of the drums makes this festival comparable with carnival in Rio in Brazil! The fiesta is celebrated in Kalibo on the island of Panay (Visayas).

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Flores de Mayo and Santacruzan festival

is a popular religious festival held in many towns and cities throughout the Philippines as the highlight of the month-long celebration of Flores de Mayo during the month of May. It is usually celebrated with a parade of decorated floats and elaborately dressed characters, representing various aspects of the Virgin Mary and other figures. The festival was introduced to the country during the Spanish period and continues to be celebrated by Filipinos all over the world.

the Video Santacruzan 2014, May 27, 2014


in the album Fashion Designers, their works & organizations and Fashion Shows

Santacruzan: Fashion Designer Jontie Martinez - Etc.
CNN Philippines May 28, 2019

The colorful Flores de Mayo and Santacruzan held every May do not only speak of our country’s deep religious devotion to Mary, but it’s also a way of showcasing Filipino craftsmanship, design, and creativity.
Get to know Fashion Designer Jontie Martinez and see first-hand two of his gowns worn by Sagalas in Brgy. San Lorenzo Village’s Grand Santacruzan 2019.
For almost two decades, it has been a tradition for Leah Espinosa and the Blue Water Youth Organization to plan and organize the Santacruzan as a way of thanking the Lord for all the blessings they receive as well as giving back to their community.


Flores de Mayo, Quezon 2012

English: "Flowers of May" is a Catholic and Aglipayan festival held in the Philippines in the month of May. Lasting for a month, it is held in honor of the Virgin Mary. During the festival in May flowers are offered to the virgin Mary at the altar in the church. Young children, girls, dressed in white, will visit the church with cut flowers and baskets of petals in their hands. While walking to the altar, they sprinkle the petals in honour of Mama Mary. At the altar they leave the bouquet of flowers

But the procession is a pageant held in many cities and even in small villages.

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What is a Santacruzan?

Flores de Mayo

5 things you need to know about the Santacruzan
Krizia Dela Cruz, Mark Ferdinand Canoy May 12th, 2016


Sarok Festival Consolacion - Cebu - Feb 2012

Every year since 1920 on Valentines Day (Feb. 14th), Consolacion (Cebu) celebrates that it became a Municipality. On this day they have a festival called "Sarok". Sarok is the famous hat made of dried bamboo and banana leaves. Cebu is famous for this skill of weaving the Sarok. In this video you can see Students and teachers from the local Elementary-, High-School and College performing traditional + modern dancing, mostly related to the Sarok hat. Enjoy their beautiful colourful costumes, the joyful expressions of their faces and their inspiring dance moves.


Sarok Festival 2018
Feb 26, 2018 Peter White


Carmen Fiesta, Cebu

Carmen Fiesta Highlights
Peter White Sep 4, 2019
Annual fiesta in Carmen Cebu took place on August 28. I was able to get some clips of the preparation and got back the next day to shoot part of the competition and some other festivities.

Binirayan Festival

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Katigbawan festival in Catigbian - Bohol

The carabao beauty pageant is the highlight of the Katigbawan festival in Catigbian

Iloilo Paraw Regatta

Paraw Regatta Festival is an annual festival held in February in the Villa de Arevalo district, Iloilo City

Look the Video: Paraw Regatta Festival, Iloilo - 'Kampeon ng Karagatan,' and the article about the video

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Iloilo - City of Festivals Promotional Videos

Promotional Video about the Festivals in the City of Iloilo including: Dinagyang Festival, Paraw Regatta, Chinese New Year, Jaro Fiesta, Arevalo Fiesta etc. Requested from the City Government of Iloilo with permission from Mr. Benjamin Jimena, City Tourism Office.


Jan 28, 2018

Iloilo's Dinagyang Festival 2019
Streamed live January 27, 2019

IN PHOTOS: 2019 Dinagyang Festival
Check out what happened during Iloilo's 51st Dinagyang Festival!

Dinagyang 2020
Live stream coverage of Dinagyang 2020 Festival on January 26, 2020

Dinagyang Digital 2021
COVID-19 transforms Dinagyang 2021 into online spectacle
Nestor P. Burgos Jr. November 16, 2020

Throngs of spectators would be out of the picture when the world-famous Dinagyang Festival goes digital to prevent the transmission of SARS Cov2, the virus that causes COVID-19 and which is carried by humans as its main hosts.
Organizers said Miss Universe Philippines 2020 Rabiya Mateo would host the event and be the official ambassadress of “Dinagyang Digital 2021.”

The Video: Virtual Dinagyang Festival keeps Ilonggos indoors
Jan 25, 2021 Manila Bulletin Online
Pandemic did not stop Iloilo from celebrating the annual Dinagyang Festival.
Instead of Ilonggos pouring out into the city streets, they were instead glued to their smartphones, laptops, and TV sets to watch a theatrical street performance in the festival that honors the Santo Niño.
It is believed to be the first major festival in the country that went digital due to the pandemic


Kannawidan Ylocos Festival

Kannawidan Festival of Ilocos Sur

Ilocos Sur, as a province, has its rich and spectacular cultures and traditions that the Ilocanos have and must be proud of, and as an annual festivity, the Local Government of Ilocos Sur has arranged an activity that would exhibit and promote products of ours and precious cultures of Ilocanos to entice and invite tourists to come and visit Ilocos which is now called the “Kannawidan Ylocos Festival.” Kannawidan Ylocos Festival is a week-long bustle of happiness for local and foreign visitors as more entertaining events are included in the festival, also, the festivity showcases the different products of the province which is the OTOP or the “One Town, One Product.”

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Catandungan Festival

in Catanduanes is an annual prime celebration of the island province. It is the anniversary celebration and tribute to its founders, to continuously remind the people of Catanduanes of the provinces' independence from the province of Albay. The main features of the festival are: Street Dancing - Pantomina Dance, Beauty Pageant, Agro-Trade Fair, Sports Fest, Guided Tour, Surfing Cup, Art/Photo Exhibits, Etc. It happens every 24th-26 October.

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Binmaley Sigay Festival 2012 - Civic Parade & Street Dancing

is a one week celebration from January 15 to February 2 which will give tribute to the aquaculture industry of the town, which is the number one source livelihood of the community of Binmaley. Sigay is a Pangasinan dialect word which means to harvest.

One of the Highlights of Binmaley Sigay Festival was the Civic Parade and Street dancing where participants be dressed in extravagant costumes and dancing the cultural dance using various dance choreography creating its own magnificent style and tradition. Binmaley is a 1st class municipality in the province of Pangasinan - Festival Capital of the North.

Mantawi Festival

Sandugo Festival - Bohol

Street Dancing 2011

The Sandugo Festival is an annual historical celebration that takes place every year in Tagbilaran City on the island of Bohol in the Philippines. This festival commemorates the Treaty of Friendship between Datu Sikatuna, a chieftain in Bohol, and Spanish conquistador Miguel López de Legazpi. This 16th Century peace treaty occurred on March 16, 1565 through a blood compact or "sandugo".

Sandugo Festival: Experience Bohol's past and future
Joshua Berida July 31, 2016

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Bambanti Festival: Booth Exhibit and Float Parade, Isabela Philippines / May 2011

Bambanti means "Scarecrow" Usually used by farmers to prevent the rice fields from the invasion of birds. See the booth of each town of the province showing their products. This festival is held in Ilagan, Isabela Philippines. Agritourism in Isabela good. Thanks to the Photos by "Isabela Aking Probinsiya" A Comunity Page in Facebook. Dedicated to all Isabelinos around the world!
Regards Pablo Bisquera.


Dance Showdown in Isabela Philippines May 2011

Dance Showdown of every town of Isabela with their costumes and local culture.

Isabela's Bambanti festival is not just about scarecrows
Alexa Villano February 05, 2018 - with many Photos and Videos
The Bambanti festival showcases the province's local products and produce


Butuan’s Abayan Festival

A celebration through the waves of the mighty Agusan River
By Erwin M. Mascariñas, Butuan City-based journalist August 3, 2016
Every year, Butuan City is reminded of the importance of the Agusan River; its historical influence and how it has sculpted its vast landscape by way of a religious event known as the Abayan Festival.
Celebrated since the late 1880s, the Abayan is an annual festive ritual of prayer culminating in a fluvial procession along the Agusan River in honor of the river patron Santa Ana

The Higalaay Festival
(formerly known as Kagay-an Festival, then to Higalaay Kagay-an Festival in 2014) is a festival held each year in Cagayan de Oro, every 28th day of August, celebrating the feast day of St. Augustine – patron saint of the city.


The celebration has grown not only as the customary day of thanksgiving but also as a rallying point for a campaign to promote Cagayan de Oro City and the surrounding areas globally as an investment and tourism destination.

Alle the Videos: Higalaay Festival 2019


Menajak Festival Calamba Misamis Occidental

Menajak is a Subanen word for love and the festivities is held every year however the street dancing and ritual competition is held every other year in Calamba, Misamis Occidental to preserve the cultural tradition of the lumads and as thanksgiving for a bountiful harvest and love of God.

Remark this is an album in the album Subanen Tribe  in the album Subanen Sacred Dances

Baragatan Festival, a wonderful time to visit Palawan
Rhea Claire Madarang June 23, 2015

Every year, in the two weeks leading up to Palawan’s Foundation Day, all the municipalities of Palawan gather at the capital to showcase the best of their locations

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Lars Krutak 2009

October is indigenous people's month in the Philippines and in the northern province of Kalinga local organizers in the city of Tabuk, the capital of the province, hosted a Diddiga ("pride") celebration to mark the accomplishments of the Kalinga people. This year's four-day event was themed "Pride of the Past - Hope for the Future" and showcased the beauty of Kalinga culture through a music and dance competition (Sallidummay), a Chico River rafting experience (the "river of life" in Kalinga), and on the final day a Batok (tattoo) Festival that tattooed Kalinga elder and provincial officer of the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) Miss Naty Sugguiyao suggested "expresses through individual talent, arts, prowess, and strength... the very best of Kalinga."

Look the article as pdf HERE


Diddiga festival

apatnaalon wrote on May 24, 2009: heading towards us is MAYOR Camilo T. Lammawin of TABUK, KALINGA to everyone who is viewing this video they will notice that two nights before this festival he already got tattooed by us the traditional way that is why he got a tribal BRACELET BAND and he is wanting another to match his other wrist and is asking ELLE to do another one referring to the ancestors or the Mana on the other side and other ideas.. with ELLE on the table is LARS from the show TATTOO HUNTER (Discovery Channel's SHOW/ National Geo guy also and other photographers for his upcoming book) and tribe members of TATAK NG APAT NA ALON TRIBE like L.A. chapter o.g. member GYROE and stretcher, Zel apprentice and philippine tribe member from Ifugao KUYA FERNAN.

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Mam-eh Aeta Forest Foods Festival
Held April 28-29, 2011 in Barangay Sta. Juliana, Capas, Tarlac, this was the first festival held in the Philippines that celebrated indigenous knowledge of wild foods. More than 400 Aeta from Capas attended the festival. The festival was made possible by a grant from the Foundation for the Philippine Environment.

The video tells also a lot about Aeta life and culture.

Aeta Festival Subic Bay, Philippines April 2011

Mark Vickers´ Visit to the Aeta Indigenous People Festival in Subic Bay Philippines

Remark these are albums in the album The Aetas

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Mid-Autumn festival Makati Shangri-La


Mooncakes galore at Makati Shangri-La
For most Pinoys, the month of September signals the beginning of the Christmas season. But, before Christmas actually comes around, the Chinese celebrate the Mid-Autumn festival to celebrate love and family. Sep 8 & 14, 2015


La Hermosa Festival commonly called the Fiesta Pilar

October 12 marks the Zamboanga La Hermosa Festival commonly called the Fiesta Pilar. This fiesta celebrates Zamboanga City's Patron, Nuestra Señora del Pilar (Our Lady of Pilar). This tradition is tied up with the long, eventful history of Zamboanga City and it's entwinement with Spanish history. One of the main highlights of the festival is Regatta de Zamboanga, a race of the colorful sails called vinta. The Regatta in Zamboanga City started in 1974. Historically, the colorful sailboat was designed by old tribes in the peninsula to show to the world the very rich culture and heritage of Zamboanguenos.

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the video Regatta In Zamboanga City


KAMAHARDIKAAN SIN TAWI-TAWI - Agal-Agal Festival also known as Seaweeds Festival

The industry of Agal-Agal gave birth to Agal-Agal (Seaweeds) Festival in Tawi-Tawi. It highlights the annual celebration of the province's "Kamahardikaan." Celebrated every September 25, these festivities were unique because of the inclusion of seaweeds as materials for costumes and props. Agal-Agal seedlings were displayed while food products made with seaweeds like leche flan were a hit. Add to this a Knotting contest that used agal-agal as props highlighting the prominence of seaweeds as a major source of livelihood in the province. Seaweeds are "pot of gold at the end of a rainbow" for the locals.

Shariff Kabunsuan Festival in Cotabato City
December 12, 2019
celebrates the arrival of the Arab missionary believed to have introduced Islam to southern Philippines and contributed to the area’s growth

The Video: Selebrasyon para sa ika-22nd Shariff Kabunsuan Festival, nagsimula na. Dec 26, 2019 ABS-CBN News

Lemlunay - also known as T’Boli Tribal Festival

is an annual celebration staged at Lake Sebu, South Cotabato in Philippines. It is celebrated every third week of September

The T'boli: Songs, Stories and Society

and much more about T'Boli

Through the Bukidnon Highlands

Every year the Kaamulan festival (the harvest gathering) brings the 7 ethnic Talaandig, Matigsalug, Manobo, Tigwahanon, Higaonon, Umayamnon and Bukidnon tribes from the region together.

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IN PHOTOS: Kaamulan, a colorful indigenous festival in Bukidnon's highlands
Rhea Claire Madarang April 07, 2018

Colors, stories, and dances from the age-old cultures of seven ethnic groups are the stars in this indigenous festival


KAAMULAN FESTIVAL - ceu tourism festival 2011

Centro Escolar University, School of Nutrition and Hospitality Management. Association of Tourism Students, Grand Tourism Festival Islands Philippines, Reviving the Cultural Festivals.

Kaamulan festival dances

Inaul Festival 2019: The vibrant colors of Maguindanao’s traditional weave
thelighttraveler February 18, 2019

Spreads upon spreads of Inaul for sale in different stalls in one fair. These same colorful indigenous woven textiles worn and waved around as part of the steps in a street dance.

The Videos: Inaul Festival in Maguindanao

IN PHOTOS: Annual mango festival in Zambales pays homage to rich harvest
Randy Datu April 01, 2019

The Dinamulag festival celebrates the thriving mango industry

IN PHOTOS: Zambales Mango Festival 2017 street dance parade
Randy Datu April 06, 2017
See the bright costumes at the 2017 festival


Mango Festival in Guimaras
May 27, 2018

The program presents the Mango Eat All You Can at the Manggahan Festival in Jordan, Guimaras.


5th Tam-Awan International Arts Festival 2014

In tandem with the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) celebration of National Heritage Month (TAOID) in a bid to preserve local heritage, the 5th Tam – Awan International Arts Festival (TIAF) came to life, themed, "Cordilleran Stories: Rituals and Beliefs" last May 2014.

27 Aug 2014


Jeepney Arts Festival

Look the full descriptions of the videos


Festivals - Kalesa (Calesa - Karitela) - Tartanilla & Carromata (Karomata)

Kalesa festivals and preparation

Horse Festival sa Bulacan, dinayo ng UH barkada!
December 29, 2016


Obando Fertility Festival - Ritual - Music and Dance of Bulacan

Every year in Obando, Bulacan, many Filipino childless couples seek the intercession of patron saints San Pascual Baylon and Santa Clara for a child to be born. This is part of their town fiesta which is held from May 17 to 19. This tradition dates back before the Spanish colonization of our country which lasted over 3 hundred years. Of course, when the Spaniards came, the folk practice intermixed with the religious practice. Filipinos these days, especially those wanting a child, usually wear the attire worn during the Spanish times and dance the pandango in the streets as part of the ritual. Look more and the full description of the video

‘Sayaw ng Pag-asa,’ a documentary on Fertility Rites in Obando

Sta Clara Pinung - pino - Fertility Ritual - Music and Dance of Bulacan - NAMCYA 2012 - CCP

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Panagbenga Festival
English: Flower Festival is a month-long annual flower festival occurring FEB 1 to First Sunday of March in Baguio, the summer capital of the Philippines

PanagbengaPlus - Baguio Flower Festival who have produced many of the videos,

the Videos - Photos Panagbenga 2017, Panagbenga Float parade 2018, 24th Panagbenga Festival 2019

IN PHOTOS Nurturing nature: Panagbenga 2017 street dance parade
Ivan Jim Layugan February 25, 2017
See all the colorful costumes at Baguio's annual flower festival!

IN PHOTOS: Stars at Panagbenga Festival 2017
February 26, 2017
Bea Alonzo, Enchong Dee, Jericho Rosales, Kylie Verzosa and more take part in the annual flower festival in Baguio

IN PHOTOS: Panagbenga 2017 grand float parade
Ivan Jim Layugan February 26, 2017
Every year, the grand float parade is among the most awaited events at the Panagbenga Festival. Check out this year's lineup of floats!

Videos & IN PHOTOS (as slideshow) - etc.: Panagbenga Festival 2017

IN PHOTOS: Baguio Panagbenga Festival 2018 street dance competition
Mauricio Victa February 24, 2018
See all the beautiful, colorful costumes at 2018's Flower Festival!

IN PHOTOS: Baguio's 24th Panagbenga Festival
Mau Victa February 02, 2019
All photos by Mau Victa. The City of Pines' annual flower festival is in full bloom this year

IN PHOTOS: Panagbenga festival 2019's colorful floats
March 03, 2019
Stars participate in Baguio's annual flower festival


La Trinidad Strawberry Festival 2017 (36th Strawberry Festival) - Street Dance, Drum & Lyre, and Float Competition Parade
by Panagbenga Plus - Baguio Flower Festival Vlogs, Published Mar 29, 2017
Theme: "Sustaining the fruits of La Trinidad's agro-eco tourism"

Strawberry Festivals – Fruitful Events in Benguet
The people of La Trinidad and Baguio City do not only celebrate during the Panagbenga Festival each year.


Ifugao: Banaue's Imbayah Festival

BANAUE IFUGAO april 15, 2008


Baguio, Ifugao Tribe Cultural Festival
Feb 17, 2018 by globalvideopro1

Love to watch and shoot the traditional Ifugao dances.... So visual.... Notice how they cook the wild pig... Complete! Nothing wasted....

Remark this is an album in the album Ifugao Mountain Tribe


Ifugao Village Festival - Baguio

A spectacular festival of food, song and dance, high in the mountains of Ifugao territory, Baguio. Native dances and cooking a pig the traditional way.

Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta - with Videos

the Facebook also with many videos

Overview Feast and Festival from January to December

Descriptions of the different events.

Theater - Musical Instruments - Music - Songs - Dances

Most of the videos about music etc. in the album

Music, Instruments and The Anthem, Opera, Songs, Choirs and Music ensembles

Music and Songs - general and MUCH more

Theater, Opera and Choirs

Music Ensembles

Traditional and Ethnic Musical Instruments and the music

Music Education

Traditional - Folk - Ethnic - Indigenous - Ritual Dances

Etc. Dances - Balls e.g. Dance and Ballet Companies - Ensembles - Schools - Dancesport - Etc.

Church: Organs, Music, Songs, Hymns, etc.

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Music and Songs - general and MUCH more

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Constructing a National Identity Through Music

Traditional Forms of Music

There are two distinct repertoires in Philippine oral traditions: 1) musical forms that evolved from Southeast Asian cultures, usually referred to as indigenous traditions, and 2) musical forms that developed in rural Christian communities, more commonly known as folk music. They may be further categorized into vocal, instrumental or a combination of both.

both articles: Ramon P. Santos


Philippine Graduation March a.k.a. Martsang Pandangal
Mar 28, 2015 by Infinitri Creatives

This audio is commonly used in school year-end recognition and graduation events in the Philippines. It is based on the second act of grand opera of Giuseppe Verdi, "Aida".
The piece also influenced the composition of the Philippine National Anthem  - according to its composer, Julián Felipe

Filipino Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, Inc., FILSCAP

a non-stock, non-profit association of composers, lyric-writers and music publishers established to administer the public performance, mechanical reproduction and synchronization rights granted by law to creators and owners of original musical works.

The Video What is FILSCAP?

Southern Philippine Culture Exotic Southern Dances and Songs
Philippine music awards
Runthru Dance Magazine
Music of the Philippines
(Filipino: Himig ng Pilipinas) include musical performance arts in the Philippines or by Filipinos composed in various genres and styles. The compositions are often a mixture of different Asian, Spanish, Latin American, American, and indigenous influences.

MANY good informations

Philippine Music and Instruments

A Historical Overview
Corazon Canave-Dioquino

Look the slide-descriptions HERE

Look it as pdf HERE or as Video

Philippine Ethnic Musical Instruments

Look it as pdf HERE or as Video
About Philippines thinks: Some of best descriptions of the ethnic musical instruments

Why Philippine Music Is So Deeply Embedded in The Culture: Notes on Filipino History
Paul de Guzman March 20, 2020
Are we Filipinos because we love music, or do we love music because we are Filipinos?
Because music is valuable, our cultural heritage has become rich, colourful, and vibrant⁠ - just like the people who create it. But few of us can truly claim to having a fine understanding and appreciation of our cultural heritage.
Early Philippine music: Indigenous/Ethnic Music

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Philippine Music - Song - Dance History

Look it as pdf HERE or as Video

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The evolution of the Filipino love song
Alyana Cabral Feb 9, 2017 with Videos
From kundiman to Manila Sound to OPM, the history of the Filipino love song is one marked by a bevy of influences, all captive to the fluidity of sound and feeling.
It is nearly impossible to chronicle an accurate history of Filipino love songs, because doing so entails putting into words the history of at least two things that comprise the subject.

OFW Theme Song - Ang Kantang Nakakaiyak at NakakaTouch, PUSONG OFW

Remark this is an album in the album Being - getting a filipino Worker, OFW, Balikbayan

NCCA recognizes UP Diliman ‘outstanding’ musical artists
February 11, 2021 Ellalyn De Vera-Ruiz
Musical artists from the University of the Philippines Diliman (UPD) were among those recognized at the “1st Sudi Awards” of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA).
The award recognizes “outstanding contributions of Filipino musical works, creators, institutions, and researchers across genres and modes of productions with the highest standard and artistic excellence” be known as such.
UPD College of Music (CMu) professor Josefino “Chino” Toledo, and performing groups UP Singing Ambassadors (UPSA) and UP Madrigal Singers (MADZ), received the special recognition.
Filipino Musicians

Filipino Folk Music
Ryan Osal

Music of the Philippines

ETHNIC TRADITION 9th to early 16th century of Filipino Music
SPANISH COLONIAL TRADITION 1521 – 1898 of Filipino Music
Musical Composers of Filipino Music

Filipino Folk Music

Indigenous Music and all the musical instruments

Philippine musical traditions evolved over many centuries. A small minority of Filipinos, perhaps less than 10%, continue to practice these traditions, managing to exist outside the influence of the Spanish colonial campaign to convert to Catholicism.

Music in the Philippines since 1898
Corazon C. Dioquino

Videos, Lyrics, MIDI files, Sheet Music of Filipino Folk Songs

Various aspects of Philippine culture e.g.:
dances, songs & music

Ben&Ben on using music for good
Nov 15, 2020

The band talks to Rappler about their fundraising platform Puhon, and how they use their music to help others
Even in a pandemic, Ben&Ben has managed to keep making music, giving their listeners a sense of peace and comfort in an increasingly exhausting world.

These are some of the most beautiful songs in Philippine languages
August 30, 2020 Amanda T. Lago

From Tagalog rap, to Vispop, to a Pangasinan folk song – here are just some of the tracks that show the beauty and diversity of Philippine languages - just play all the tracks -
We all love our K-pop and our Western music – but there's something especially touching about hearing a song in a Filipino language, whatever language that may be.


Profiles: Protest Music
Sep 20, 2018

As we mark the anniversary of the declaration of martial law under the Marcos regime, we talk to millennials about their views on martial law then and today, and what they’re doing to fight oppression in this day and age.
Meet young activists and musicians – blues rock band The General Strike and raptivist BLKD - who are using their soulful beats and powerful words to speak up for those who cannot. Listen and learn how they’re showing people power.


Kids perform musical on martial law
Feb 12, 2017

The Raya School, a progressive school based in Quezon City, wanted their students to understand the good and the bad that happened during the martial rule through various projects and activities.

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National Children's Month Song, Oct 26, 2015


Children's Songs and Nursery Rhymes



Tunog Pinoy, Likhang Pinoy.

Video Feature about bands that use indigenous musical instruments.
The project is a web video feature about Filipino bands that use indigenous Filipino musical instruments in their music that seeks to encourage appreciation for original Filipino music specifically for the urban youth by showing how indigenous musical instruments are used to create contemporary music.

Look the full description of the video


Street Musicians
Jun 1, 2016 Peter white

We are occasionally entertained by singers and musicians who make a living by playing and singing as they walk along the road. They will stop anywhere they find groups of people who might appreciate their art. I heard this trio singing and playing for my neighbors and grabbed my camera before they disappeared.


Bayan Ko

Patriotic song that portrays love to the Philippines with paintings of Fernando Amorsolo y Cueto


Nuestra patria / Bayan ko . O.V. in Spanish
fonsucu Mar 23, 2018


The songs of old
Baragatan sa Palawan

Every year, in the two weeks leading up to Palawan’s Foundation Day, all the municipalities of Palawan gather at the capital to showcase the best of their locations

Remark this is an album in the album Baragatan sa Palawan

SALIDUMAY, Lyrics and Recordings

Salidumay is an indigenous folk song associated with the Igorot and Kalinga natives of the Cordillera Mountains. It is traditionally not sung in Tagalog, but in the popular modern interpretation by Filipina singer Grace Nono, the lyrics are translated into Tagalog.
Among the Itneg people, salidumay is the response song of young women to the kalkalimusta songs of men during the weaving season. The salidumay are sweet melodies and expressions of gratitude. Serving as indicators of acceptance or rejection, the songs play an important role in the lives of young people of courtship age.

The below Video

Cebuano Music and Songs
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Traditional Music of the Southern Philippines: ETHS 545

Perhaps the best exhibit on this website is "Traditional Music of the Southern Philippines" perhaps one of the most comprehensive websites about Kulintang culture on the web.

Kababayang Pilipino


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What is a Rondalla?

refers to the native string ensemble, and it consists of plectrum instruments such as the bandurria, laud, octavina, mandola, guitarra, and bajo de uñas supplanted today by the regular double bass.

Filipino folk songs in tagalog, cebuano and ilongo for download

Journal of Philippine Music

Blog about Filipino culture, traditions and music which includes awiting Filipino, tula, parabula, bugtong, salawikain atbp. Hatid sa inyo ni cathy.
Many filipino songs both with text and chords

Blog about Filipino music and instruments

The Sagada Song - IGOROT Lyric

Look music notes HERE

Existing Music on Customs and Traditions of the Indigenous Filipinos Before the period of Christianization.

an extemporaneous exchange of love verses between a man and a woman. Danced and mimed, it is accompanied by a song, or the dancers themselves sing, improvising the steps and verses. Balitaw is found mainly in the Tagalog and Visayan regions



A Balitaw composition by Prof. Santiago S. Suarez as interpreted and recorded by Ruben Tagalog in 1963. Details from two famous mural paintings of costumes by National Artist Carlos "Botong" Francisco are featured in this video.

Remark this is an album in the album Barong Tagalog - Baro't Saya


16 tagalog classic folk songs

different artist


Medley of Most Popular Visayan/Cebuano

MATUD NILA, Visayan/Cebuano Folk Song 2 versions
In 1941, at the outbreak of the second World War, a guerilla fighter from Cebu in central Philippines named Ben Zubiri composed the song Matud Nila "They Say" in English. Pilita Corrales born also in Cebu was only two years old then, a mestiza of Spanish and Austronesian ancestry. It was Pilita's impeccable rendition of the song in the 1960's that made it so popular and labeled by some as the cultural anthem of the Cebuanos.

look MATUD NILA text and chords
It Is More Fun In Cebu
CEBU - song in Visayan and English versions 2012

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Porque - Chavacano love song

Remark this is an album in the album Chabacano varieties & Spanish language in the Philippines in the album Languages

Spanish influences in song traditions


My heart will go on - Ibaloi version

Remark this is an album in the album Languages, Heritage & Future

Mandegan Mandegan Ballade
Top Graduation Songs
Lubi-Lubi Lubi-Lubi

a Waray folk song. Although Waray is a language spoken only  in the Visayas region, this song is taught in elementary schools because the last lines serve as  a useful memonic for the months of the year.

The Video

Remark this is a video in the album Opera and Choir ensembles with performance of the Mabuhay Singers


KALESA Original version + Sylvia La Torre

Kalesa was composed by A. Del Rosario and its lyrics were written by Levi Celerio. Later on, Levi Celerio collaborated with Prof. Ernani Cuenco and produced another version, which gained much publicity due to the Professor's popularity and status in the society.


El Paipay de Manila circa 1920

Fans are called paypay, paipay, pamaypay, abaniko (abanico). Once a part of a lady's attire. Del álbum Nostalgia Filipina. Canta Guillermo Gómez-Rivera Música: Rondalla del maestro Roberto Buena.


La flor de Manila / Sampaguita
Nov 18, 2009

Mabuhay Singers - Sampaguita
May 13, 2012


Mariposa bella / Paruparong bukid

Original version in Spanish. From the album Nostalgia Filipina, Mariposa bella, 1890. Many years later (1939) translated into Tagalog as Paruparong bukid.
Singer: Guillermo Gómez-Rivera.
Música: Rondalla del maestro Roberto Buena.


Los Bailes de Ayer, Traditional Filipino Music

Interpreted by Leopoldo Silos and his orchestra. Audio from a vintage phonograph recording by Columbia records.


Tayo-Tayo Rin MDG music video

27 Filipino artists worked together to promote the MDGs through music. 'Tayo Tayo Rin Sa 2015 - Sing the Songs.


‘Pinoy K-Pop’
GMA Public Affairs Aug 19, 2019

Aired (August 17, 2019): From K-Pop fans to Pinoy K-Pop idols? Bukod sa mga Pinoy na gumagawa ng dance covers, alam n’yo ba na may all-Filipina K-Pop group na nag-debut sa South Korea? May isa ring boy group na nagte-train sa ilalim ng isang Korean entertainment company! Kilalanin sila sa video na ito!

They move, sound and look like K-pop idols. For most of them, they started out as fans but the need for artistic expression has bred a new generation of Filipino supporters that are starting to penetrate the K-pop universe. Look the full description in the article


K-Pop idol trainees, ibinahagi ang kanilang mga karanasan sa pag-eensayo
GMA Public Affairs Jul 19, 2017

Maaaring hinahangaan natin ang ilang mga Korean group na mahuhusay hindi lang sa pagkanta kundi na rin sa pagsasayaw, ngunit alam n'yo ba na matindi pala ang mga pagsasanay nila bago magamay ang kanilang mga performance? Ang karanasan ng ilang mga Pinoy K-pop idol trainees, alamin sa video na ito.


How to be a K Pop Idol
ABS-CBN News Sep 15, 2019

“Rated K” gets to know the members of K-pop-inspired Filipino boyband SB19, and learns how they trained under the so-called Korean training system. Academy director and trainer Adelaide Hong gives information about her simple training system.


K-pop concert

Filipino K-pop fans flocked to the Philippine Arena and witnessed the successful "Best of Best Kpop" concert, which featured Super Junior, Girls' Generation, BTOB, and Red Velvet. Apr 15, 2015.


Korean Pop Culture - K-Pop in the Philippines

An Ethnography of Korean Pop addiction. This features stories of Filipino K-Pop fanatics, how they got interested in K-Pop and how this has changed their lives.


Korean Cultural Center brings back 'Pinoy K-Pop Star' competition
Jul 22, 2021 CNN Philippines
The Korean wave has completely taken the Philippines by storm.
Pinoys just can't get enough of everything Korean, and most especially K-Pop.
And this year, the Korean Cultural Center in the Philippines is bringing back the country's biggest K-Pop competition.
This time, it's all about dancing.
To tell us more about the '2021 Pinoy K-pop Star Transcend' we have here KCC Public Relations Officer Maureen Belmonte


Songs - Karaoke

Remark many videos in the album


WE CAN BE ANYTHING - Official Video

WeCanBeAnything is an education advocacy campaign, a partnership between the Foundation, AdAF and the Ninoy and Cory Aquino Foundation, NCAF.

Look description on the video and the full description

links to so many videos with Visayan songs on metacafe

Theater, Opera and Choirs - Etc.

Look also Theater - general - Etc.

Remark most of the videos in this section are albums in the album Opera and Choir Ensembles

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Koro Filipino, The Philippine Choral Guild
Philippine Choral Directors Association
PH choirs dominate int'l competitions in Europe, Japan
July 29, 2017

Philippine church-based choirs Imusicapella and Kammerchor Manila win top prizes in international choral competitions

Repertory Philippines
The vision for Repertory Philippines was the late Zeneida Amador’s dream for Philippine Theater - to make theater-going a social habit in the Philippines and to build a theater industry that would enable talented Filipinos to work at what they love.

In line with this vision, Repertory Philippines Foundation, Inc. , a professional theater company, has for 50 years constantly produced plays and musicals of universal interest, in English, and has set standards of artistry for both production and performance in the industry.

Philippine Opera Company

the only opera company that produces regular opera productions.

The Video Philippine Opera Company's Harana

Look the full description of the video HERE

Filipino Choirs Filipino Choir Directory

Look more HERE

Philippine Vocal Ensemble, PVE

With an enviable position as one of finest and most versatile choral groups, the PVE enjoys an elite membership composed of seasoned choral artists from illustrious institutions of learning and esteemed citadels of faith from various denominations.

The Video

Jose Emmanuel D. Aquino, Musical Director - Anima Christi - Cayabyab, March 16, 2013 - Church of the Risen Lord.

Philippine Madrigal Singers

University of the Philippines Madrigal Singers, UPMS, Madz, is one of the major cultural groups based in the University of the Philippines, Diliman.

Look also HERE

The Videos:

Philippine Madrigal Singers, Mar 21, 2013

Philippine Madrigal Singers performs at Inquirer
Streamed live 03 April 2017

Mabuhay Singers

the Philippines’ Ambassadors of Culture through music, are one of the pioneers of the Kundiman genre. The group’s unwavering passion has kept the Kundiman flame burning.

The Video

Dung-dungwen Canto, Ilocano


Lubi-Lubi a Waray folk song - Look lyrics and more below HERE

University of the Philippines Manila Chorale, UPMC

the official performing group for choral music of the University of the Philippine Manila. Its aim is to produce excellent performances in order to uplift Filipino music and culture through choral music.

Look also HERE

The Videos

UP Manila Chorale AVP

UP Manila Chorale Through the Years

UP Manila Chorale's Time of our Lives promotional video


UP Concert Chorus, UPCC, simply Korus

the official choir of the University of the Philippines. As an internationally-competitive performing group, Korus has perfected versatility in singing classical, folk, pop and Broadway musical genres.


the blog of the alumni of the University of the Philippines Concert Chorus

Ateneo Chamber Singers, ACS

formed in 2001 by graduating members of the Ateneo College Glee Club who had then just completed a very successful tour of Europe, bagging top prizes in Italy, Ireland, Slovenia, France, Germany and Hungary. Since then, the ACS has established itself as a formidable presence in the musical landscape.

The Video

Polytechnic University of the Philippines Laboratory High School Chorale, PUPLHS Chorale

one of the major performing musical groups based in the Polytechnic University of the Philippines in Manila.

The PUPLHS Chorale has won numerous accolades and citations, locally and internationally, including diplomas from the 4th Voyage of Songs International Chorale Festival and 1st Vietnam International Choir Festival and Competition.

A Cappella Manila, ACM

one of the most respected vocal ensembles today. In its almost twenty years of existence, the group has concertized extensively in the Philippines under the auspices of the Outreach Program of the Cultural Center of the Philippines.

The Video

A Cappella Manila performance on June 11, 2010. Roermond, Netherlands, Charity event for Help Filipino Children Foundation, HFC.


Kao ka
Nov 8, 2019 ABS-CBN News

"Local Legends" explores the colorful and once-famous world of kao ka, or Hokkien-style Chinese opera. Kao ka scholar Percy Ng discusses what the opera is all about, saying that it was considered as one of the major forms of entertainment for the Filipino-Chinese community in the old times.

Music - Ensembles in the Philippines

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Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra, PPO

the nation's leading symphony orchestra and a resident company of the Cultural Center of the Philippines.

The Video

Manila Symphony Orchestra, MSO

one of the oldest orchestras in Asia. Founded by Dr. Alexander Lippay in 1926, the orchestra has played a major role in Philippine history, including acting as a symbol of resistance during the Second World War. Today, the Manila Symphony Orchestra provides a showcase for young Filipino musical talent.

Look also HERE and HERE

The Video Music: The Planets by Gustav Holst

University of Cebu, Rondalla and Symphonic Orchestra

The UC-RSO is divided into 3 groups - the Rondalla, the Strings and the Symphonic Band. Anyone who has the talent to play any musical instrument and who knows how to sing can be a member and is given a scholarship grant.

Kababayang Pilipino

cultural performing arts group - Celebrating the Philippines through Dance and Music

Below HERE

Kontra Gapi, ethnic dance music ensamble

The Kontemporaryong Gamelan Pilipino draws inspiration from this ancient and profound source nurtured and sustained by the depth, wealth and cultural diversity of the Philippines and her Asian roots. Widely identified by its acronym Kontra-GaPi, the group strives to express music and kindred arts from indigenous well-springs, reaping from the people and giving back to them in new form “as magical as the moonlight and constantly changing as water”.

Look also HERE and the Videos:

Mr. Milo Paz's documentary workshop at UPFI January to Feb 2009 Post production in Blue Crest Arts
#MoveSessions featuring Kontra GaPi
September 24, 2017
#MoveSessions is an online live jam that showcases the talent of up-and-coming artists from communities and schools. Kontemporaryong Gamelan Pilipino is the resident ethnic music, and dance ensemble of the College of Arts and Letters of the University of the Philippines (UP) Diliman, and the Commission on Human Rights (CHR).
The group perform 3 pieces namely, Sayaw Pagdiriwang, a couple of chants, and Sayaw Pinoy Sayaw

Preserving Living Traditions Traditional Music and Dance Troupe of the Kalanguya

Preserving Living Traditions in Live Performances
Bagly Arsenio and Glenn Stallsmith

Traditional and Ethnic Musical Instruments and the music

Look also more about the tribes' music and musical instruments

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Philippine music instruments

idiophones, aerophones, chordophones, and membranophones

‘Sound of science’: Gov’t researchers create PH’s digital indigenous instrument sounds database
June 4, 2021 Charissa Luci-Atienza
The legacy of indigenous Filipino instruments and artists should be preserved.
With this in mind, state researchers have created an “open-source digital database” that serves as repository of audio recording of more than 100 indigenous musical instruments found in the country, the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) said Friday, June 4.
Museo Musiko

The music and the instruments in this virtual museum come from a private collection displayed in a little museum.

List of Philippine musical instruments

To the ancient Filipinos and even to our present cultural communities, music is used to communicate feelings and emotions. It is used as part of their daily activities, rituals, ceremonies, festivities, and other celebrations.
The Philippines is rich in different kinds of musical instruments or sound-producing instruments made by its ethnic groups. These group discovered that different sounds are produced by various sources. The differences lie in the manner of construction, the style of playing, and their size.

Music instruments from the Philippines
Music instruments from various ethnic groups with illustrations and many links

Musical instrument classification

Native Filipino Stringed Instruments

How do a "buktot - bamboo violin" look like?

Ni Tang Olanio Biteng, violinist... but he opted to use his bamboo violin

one of the Philippines' old musical instrument

Look also HERE, HERE and HERE

Kulibit - kollitong - saluray - togo or takumbu and many more local names

The kulibit is a type of an idiochord tube zither. Narrow lengthwise cuts are made on the surface of a bamboo tube. A wedge is inserted under the cuts forming two strings out of the bamboo itself. The player holds the bamboo tube vertically in front of the body, supporting it with the palms of both hands. The thumb, middle and index fingers pluck the strings in alteration to produce short melodic ostinati.

It is the zither played by the Kalinga people

. The instrument consists of a long tube of bamboo which has been slit to allow five or six strands of the bamboo husk to be played as "strings". The instrument is also played by the Bontoc and Tinguian people who call it the kollitong, and the Manobo and Tiruray people, who call it the saluray, togo or takumbu.

Look also HERE

Philippine Folk String Ensemble

How to play to banduria, laud, octavina

Many examples - explanations with music-notes

Filipino Stringed Instruments
photos and descriptions of banduria, laud, octavina, kudlung/kudyapi/fagelung/faglung, kitara


14 Strings! Cornell Filipino Rondalla

Examples of rondalla music with 14 Strings!

Cebu Guitar Foundation of the Philippines, Inc.



Cebu Famous Guitars

How does a Cebu guitar sound like? - and - Jerry's Guitar, Cebu Philippines - Luvy Playing The Guitar

Cebu - Filipino Guitar Factories

The process of hand made guitar production in Cebu from the block of wood to the final product.

Cebu’s Famous Guitars
Guitars especially made from Cebu are famous throughout the Philippines because of their affordable price, world-class quality and durability.

Susing's Guitar - Cebu
has become a popular guitar brand here and abroad. They are currently exporting guitars and ukulele products to some states in the US, Europe and Asia, aside from the high demand from tourists who visit Cebu and the local market.

Lumanog Guitars

Behind The Strings

Interesting info on Lumanog guitars..


a guitar-shaped Filipino instrument with large Spanish influence from the 16th to the 19th century

The Philippine bandurria (banduria)

a 14-string bandurria used in many folkloric songs, with 16 frets and shorter neck than the 18 string bandurria. This instrument probably evolved while the Spanish occupation occurred, from 1555 to 1898. The Filipino bandurria is used in an orchestra of plucked string instruments called rondalla.

The original bandurrias of the Medieval period had three strings. During the Renaissance they gained a fourth string. During the Baroque period the bandurria had 10 strings (5 pairs). The modern bandurria has 12 strings (6 pairs). The strings are tuned in unison pairs, a major-third above a standard guitar, to G#, c#, f#, b, e and a


Angel of Banduria

Angeli is a 10 y.o. student of New Era University, NEU, member of the NEU Rondalla group and famous in the Philippines


Pampanga's Bandurria
ABS-CBN News May 3, 2019
"Local Legends" features the story of bandurria maker Dante de Guzman. He recalls how he learned to build bandurria and how he started working at Bandilla Musical Instruments Company. Then, he shows the process of building a bandurria. Later, he talks about the health risks associated with his job that caused his brother's death and why China poses a threat to the local musical instruments market. Finally, he shares how his town's guitar-making tradition is being passed on to the next generation.


Music At The Mercado
4 Sep 2016 by Peter White

We buy fruit from a family-owned stall at the Danao Public Market. The daughter of the owners is often there and we saw her playing a musical instrument a few weeks ago. I had never seen anything like it before. It had 14 strings and looked a bit like a mandolin. I shot a short clip of her playing and asked if we could make a longer video. The instrument is a Filipino variation of the Spanish bandurria.



Featuring the Paintings of Maestro Fernando Amorsolo

Jul 30, 2014

Sit back relax and enjoy this playlist and the paintings.

Traditional Musical Instruments

Palawan: Indigenous Musical Instruments

Jedi Santos Nov 3, 2015

The dabakan

a single-headed Philippine drum, primarily used as a supportive instrument in the kulintang ensemble. Among the five main kulintang instruments, it is the only non-gong element of the Maguindanao ensemble.

Also called a dbakan, debakan (Maguindanao), dadabuan, dadaboon (Maranao), libbit (Tausug), tibubu (Poso) and a tiwal (Kulawi and Minahasa).

Many Forms of Slit Drums


Bamboo Musical Instruments

Filipinos make a wide variety of musical instruments, wind, string or percussion. Among the wind instruments are the kalaleng (Tinggian flute), bansik (Zambales Negrito flute), lantuy (Visayan bamboo clarinet), tulali (Sulod flute), sahunay (Tausug flute), diwdiw-es (Abra-Tinggian panpipe), nose flutes called baliing (Apayao) or kipanaw (Abra Tinggian) and budyong (Hanunuo Mangyan flute) and not to forget Las Piñas Bamboo Organ

The Role of Bamboo on the Social, Cultural and Economic Life of the Filipinos
Anneth R. Ramirez
Gregorio Araneta Social Development Foundation
Look page 78 to 90 incl.

Corazon Dioquino
The Bamboo Instruments of the Panay Bukidnon
Maria Christine M. Muyco


a musical instrument made of bamboo tubes attached to a bamboo frame. The tubes are carved to have a resonant pitch when struck and are tuned to octaves. The base of the frame is held in one hand, whilst the other hand strikes the instrument. This causes a repeating note to sound. Each of three or more performers in an angklung ensemble play just one note or more, but all together complete melodies are produced.

Can You Shake It?

What is Angklung? or as pdf HERE


Cordillera Musical Bamboo Instruments

watwatworld wrote May 24, 2012: Video taken at Tam-awan Festival During the Cordillera Song and Dance Workshop. Native mountain bamboo musical intruments.

Cordillera's Musical Instruments


Bamboo Xylophone

Xylophone made of Bamboo played during the celebration of Chinese New Year 2011 at Binondo, Manila


Philippine Bamboo Orchestra in Beijing
Bamboo flute - Indigenous Musical Instruments

also known as balaleng


a native bamboo wind instrument, which is a variation of the well-known panflutes or panpipes. It is made of bamboo with one of its end closed via the node of the bamboo. It also does not have finger holes or tone holes which is unlike popular aerophones like flutes that have finger holes or tone holes to play different pitches on the instrument. But Diwas compensate on this by grouping pipes of graduated length together.

Other names: Dad-ayu (Balangaw), Diwdiwas (Bontoc), Saggeypo (Kalinga), Dewdew-as (Tingguian)

Bontok diwdiw-as - Pan flute

Look also HERE and more about the different bamboo flutes


Remark these are albums in the album about Music - Bamboo flute


lip valley flute a Kalinga instrument made of bamboo. It's main function are for courting women, self-entertainment and recreation. May 7, 2014


Tongali Nose Flute

a four holes nose flute one hole in the back played by the Kalinga and other peoples of Luzon.


Kristine Ursua of Pasay City, Metro Manila plays the song Kailangan Kita using a Maestro Bamboo Flute accompanied with a grand piano by Ferdz Bautista. Performed at the Church of the Holy Trinity, Makati City on June 7, 2009.

The tumpong also inci by Maranao

a type of bamboo flute used by the Maguindanaon, half the size of the largest bamboo flute, the palendag.

The Palendag

also called Pulalu (Manabo and Mansaka), Palandag (Bagobo), Pulala (Bukidnon) and Lumundeg (Banuwaen) is a type of Philippine bamboo flute, the largest one used by the Maguindanaon

The Video

The melancholic sound of the Palendag

No music captures the essence of the Kutawato Plains and the Liguasan Marsh better than the melancholic sound of the Palendag.

Remark this is an album in the album about Music - Bamboo flute

Pasiyak – most common etniko instrumental of Visayas

Bamboo whistle flute with closed end and no finger holes

Pinatubo Ayta

Bamboo Jaw harp or mouth harp, often referred to as jew's harp

Found all over the Philippines, the mouth harp is called Kubing or Kumbing among the Mindanao trives, Maguindanao and Maranao, Kulaing in Cotabato, Subing in Visayas, Barmbaw among the Tagalogs, Kollibaw among the Negritos, Kinaban among the Hanunoo Mangyans, Afiw, made of metal among the Bontocs, and Coding among the Ibaloys and Kalingas

Look also HERE and HERE

The Videos

Bungkaka, the clapper.

Look photos HERE and the Video

Bungkaka - Balingbing

yehoseff wrote on Nov 17, 2009: The bamboo buzzer Bungkaka /Balingbing from Kalinga, Cordillera. Taken during my lecture/workshop on Philippine traditional music as part of the British International school music festival held in Manila, November 13-15, 2009.

DOST commits to preserve gong-making tradition in Cordillera
July 9, 2021Charissa Luci-Atienza
The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) is committed to ensure that the gong-making tradition in Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR), especially among the youth, will be preserved.
DOST Secretary Fortunato “Boy” T. de la Peña said the department through its Metals Industry Research and Development Center (MIRDC) provided equipment and trainings in Benguet to involve the youths in honing and mastering the craft.

not to be confused with the Balinese musical instrument with the same name is indigenous to the cultures found in the mountain regions the Cordillera. Look it as pdf HERE

A symbol of unity in diversity – The Story of the Cordillera Unity Gong
September 20, 2018
The Cordillera Region is home to various groups with their own unique cultural practices, traditions, crafts, and dialects. The gong, or gangsa in the local dialect, has always been an important part of the Cordillera people’s culture that has been passed on from one generation to another. The gangsa is a single hand-held smooth-surfaced gong with a narrow rim. It comes in various sizes and metal components and is beaten with a padded stick


a set of two wide-rimmed, vertically-suspended gongs used by the Maguindanao, Maranao and Tausug people as a supportive instrument in kulintang ensembles

The Babendil

a single, narrow-rimmed Philippine gong used primary as the “timekeeper” of the Maguindanao kulintang ensemble

The Gandingan

a set of four large, hanging gongs used by the Maguindanao as part of their kulintang ensemble.

Traditionally, women were only ones allowed to play the gandingan


Bagobo Agung Ensemble, 1960's

The Bagobo are an indigenous Proto-Austronesian tribe of Mindanao. Here is a traditional Bagobo Agung ensemble taken by anthropologist Robert Garfias in Mindanao during the 1960s.


Kulintang performance
Photos of Kulintangs and Kulintang performance
Kulintang - Tidtu Sinabaysabay

As played by the SEA Music Kulintang Palabunibunyan Ensemble

Look the full description of Tidtu Sinabaysabay and the video HERE
Kulintang ensemble, Mindanao, 1966

This film footage was taken by anthropologist Robert Garfias in the village of Nuling now Simuay, Sultan Kudarat, Mindanao island in 1966.
Susie Ibarra Electric Kulintang at the UN

Philippine Cultural Society presents Susie Ibarra Electric Kulintang at the United Nations
Tagakaolo Kulintang instrumental

The Tagakaolo Kulintang is very lively and unique compare to other musical instruments. May 21, 2013
Historiography of the moro kulintang


Kulintang and talking gongs

Kulintang gongs are played in Mindanao. The Palabuniyan Kulintang Ensemble performs, and Executive Director and Master Musician Danny Kalanduyan tells about one particular set of gongs - gandingan - that are used for communicating without words.


Remark these are albums in the album T'boli - The People of Lake Sebu

The T'boli (Lemuhen) traditional Instruments


T'boli Kulintang and Hegalong performances, Lake Sebu, Mindanao

Private T'boli musical performance with Kulintang Gongs and an Impromptu Hegalong demonstration, 2-stringed T'boli guitar, on location in Lake Sebu, Mindanao. Videography and editing by Alan C. Geoghegan.


Also called:

Kutyapi, Kutiapi (Maguindanaon)
Kotyapi (Maranao)
Kotapi (Subanon)
Fegeren (Tiruray)
Faglong, Fuglung (B'laan)
Kudyapi (Bukidnon and Tagbanua)
Hegelong (T’boli)
Kuglong, Kadlong, Kudlong or Kudlung (Manobo, Mansaka, Mandaya, Bagobo and Central Mindanao)
Kusyapi (Palawan)

The kutiyapi is a two-stringed, fretted boat-lute, is the only stringed instrument among the Maguindanaon.


The Video

Kudyapi - Master Samaon Sulaiman

Mindoro's musical instruments Mindoro's musical instruments

Kalinga's Musical Instrument
Music of the Philippines A blog about Filipino music, telling a lot about the instruments

Tribal sounds

a 4 films serie on exploring tribal culture
by Vincent Moon

Look the full description of the videos HERE


Music of Aeta

Project in MAPEH II.

Nov 3, 2012



culturecebu wrote on Aug 27, 2009 KADANGYAN is one of Cebu's foremost ethnic bands, composing and playing in their own unique style. Most of their instruments are original and handmade from natural products.


Music of Oriental Negros

a video showing wonderful scenes of life and nature

May 6, 2015


Maguindanaon musicians play traditional music

on kulintang, gandingan and agong, assortment of gongs in Al Jamelah Weaving Center, Datu Odin Sinsuat, Maguindanao. Overshadowed by corruption and impunity currently magnified by the press. Maguindanao stands for a rich and proud centuries-old heritage that forms the multifarious fabric of Philippine culture.

Musical instruments of the Philippines

Many good photos and sounds of: Babendil, Dabakan, Gongs of the Philippines, Kulintang

M. A. Adiova Music, Dance, and Negotiations of Identity in the Religious Festivals of Bicol
by/Marilyne Antonette Adiova 2014

The Video "Tinagba Gayon" Bicol Festival - Aug 14, 2015.

Music Education

Remark videos in this section are albums in the album Music and Song education

Look also Art education general - Etc.

go to overview

College of Music

The Universidad de Sta. Isabel, USI

a private Catholic Vincentian university owned and run by the Daughters of Charity in Naga City


Center for Pop Music Philippines, Inc.

started in its own humble, unique beginnings from a mere garage to what it is today a 3-storey building complete with education, training facilities, music library and a concert hall.

School of Rock Philippines

the first Asian franchise of the School of Rock USA located at Connecticut Arcade, Greenhills Shopping Center, San Juan, Metro Manila

The Video

Turn the power up: School of Rock opens in the Philippines

The Academy of Rock

Level 3 Power Plant Mall Amorsolo Drive Makati City, Manila

a music school dedicated to teaching rock and popular music. With the aim of living by our fundamental principles of raising musicality, nurturing individuality, inspiring creativity and promoting appreciation through fun, we have a unique teaching setup that goes beyond that of a traditional music school.

Dances - Traditional - Folk and Ethnic Dances

also with these sub-sections

Dance and Ballet - Etc. Companies - Ensembles

Dances Etc.

We miss descriptions of many dances. Please help and send informations if you know about them.

Remark MOST of ALL logo-links about a dance(s) in this section go to the album

Cultural Dances and Dance and Ballet Ensembles etc.

where it´s a sub-album and in each sub-album, there can be several videos about the subject e.g. with different versions

Look also Indigenous peoples - Life and Culture - Etc.

go to overview


Dance Xchange on Air 2020
NCCA Philippines

“Dance Xchange on Air” is a dance concert series participated in by 250 different groups around the country, Luzon, Visayas, Mindanao and the National Capital Region. There will be a total of 23 shows from October 24, 2020 to January 23, 2021. The project aims to provide the dance groups opportunity to dance again. This project is basically educational and informative in nature and helps in the understanding the plight of the artists and also of some sectors in the society on the impact of COVID 19 pandemic.

‘Dance Xchange on Air’ in full motion
Marge C. Enriquez March 02, 2021
The dance sector has been most productive in these unusual times, performing Filipino ethnic and Western dances in open spaces, and shown online
Just before the world came to a halt due to the pandemic, Shirley Halili-Cruz gathered 10,000 dancers to perform “Unity Dance” in a bid for the Guinness World Record’s Largest Dance Contingent category.

5 women who pioneered Filipino folk and modern dance
Alexa Villano April 27, 2019

These women have put Filipino folk and modern dance on the map


Role of women in development of dance in the Philippines
Mar 18, 2021 CNN Philippines

We speak to National Artist for Dance Alice Reyes.

Philippine Indigenous and Folkdance

Look as pdf HERE

Philippine Music - Dance History

Look as pdf HERE or Video

Philippine Folkdance

Dance form - Classification of dance. Look it as pdf HERE

Philippine Folk Dance History

Sayaw - Filipino Folk Dances and the Fighting Arts
  Pilipino Folkdance Glossary
Look the whole glossary Suites: Maria Clara, Mountain/Igorot, Rural/Barrio, Southern Mindanao, Tribal

Philippine Dances

Rituals in Philippine Dance
Ramon Obusan
A very informative article


Look e.g. about the dances Areuana from Negros Occidental, is lively and interesting like the other Areuana found in Janiuay, Iloilo in the Video

Philippine folk dances
the culture and tradition of the Filipinos. It has also been a source of culture identify of the people. In this diversified country, there are also great diversity of dances in different forms and dynamics that grow out of various times, situation and experiences.

Kaisahan of San Jose
Traditional Dances

Folk - Ethnic - Indigenous and Ritual Dances with photos and explanations about the dances

Hiyas Philippine Folk Dance Company
Many good descriptions of many dances etc.

Christmas Dances
Philippine Christmas Dances are dances expressive of the Christmas season practiced in certain regions.
Aside from the Christmas carols most Filipinos are fond of during the yuletide season, there are also Christmas dances that are performed to celebrate this festive time of the year.

Dances of Hostility and Friendship
Embodied Histories of Group Relations in the Agusanen Manobo Spirit-Possession Yana-an Ritual
by/Jose S. Buenconsejo

Sayaw Pilipinas
Filipino Folk Dances

Philippines Dances
questions - answers


If you can help with more e.g. links photo, video etc. please Send a Mail


a Visayan occupational dance in Tolambugan, Lanao. It depicts in pantomime all the stages of tuba gathering such as sharpening the scythe, cleaning the bamboo containers, climbing coconut trees, getting tuba, pounding, squeezing and straining the sap of the mangrove bark, mixing and then tasting the finished product.

Cotillion - a Debut Filipino tradition

Video-examples of different Cotillions:

Arielle's Debut - The Cotillion Dance

Karen's Debut - Cotillion with the Cotillion de Honor

Kathleen's Debut Cotillion

Kat's Cotillion

How to Plan a Filipino Cotillion

Filipino Cotillion Traditions

and look MUCH more about the Debutante - and ALL the Debut tradition and dances

Dance on Fire, Cebu

If you ask me what’s Cebu’s most sucessful sport, you’ll get a surprising answer. Basketball? Football? Mountain-biking? Chess? Arnis? None of the above. It’s Dancesport.

Dance Floor
ABS-CBN News Aug 28, 2019

The video features the rhythm of life of dancers Sebastien Ranchez and April Antonette Tamon.
Ranchez is a street dancer who is willing to groove his time for education and pursue his passion.
Tamon is a professional dancer and choreographer who dances for the fulfillment of doing what she loves.

Filipino fingernails

are used to tell the story of Sari, a goddess that disobeyed her father. Learn to use finger nails in Filipino dancing with this free dance lesson video from an award-winning Filipino dancer. Expert: Potri Ranka Manis,  Contact: - New York, USA. Potri Ranka Manis is an instructor at Lotus Music and Dance. A daughter of a Philippine Sultan, she has performed all over the world. Filmmaker: Paul Muller

Filipino fingernails are used e.g. in the videos HERE, HERE and HERE


Full Guide to Filipino Cultural and Folk Dances, Traditional and Native Talents and Skills.

Look the main article as pdf HERE

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. The Philippines will not be left behind. The Pearl of The Orient boast of a varitey of Filipino Folk Dances.

Look the full description of the video and the dances HERE

Cultural Dances

Philippine History Project by/Professor Mallare, USF

Cordillera Dances

The Video: Philippine Cultural Dance - Dances of the Cordilleras
Jan 1, 2020 Cebu Videos
The Pasundayag Dinner Show at Skywaterpark Cebu featuring the cultural/folk dances of the Cordilleras and the Philippines

Cañao or “Kanyaw”

STRICTLY SPEAKING, there is no such term as cañao or kanyaw as has been popularized by lowland brethren which collectively refers to any ritual dancing by indigenous peoples of the Cordillera.

Idudu - Abra, Cordillera A tribal dance

This dance stages a common family life in the Itneg or Tinguian society. It illustrates the family as the main foundation of the tribe’s community.

Look also HERE

Muslim Dances, Mindanao

also known as Daling-Daling is the traditional “fingernail” dance of the Tausug people of the Sulu Archipelago and Sabah. This dance is the most distinctively Asian of all the Southern Philippine dances because dancers must have dexterity and flexibility of the shoulders, elbows, and wrists – movements that strongly resemble those of “kontaw silat,” a martial art common in the Malay Archipelago.

The Videos and HERE

videos with different versions of Pangalay in the album e.g. Lampa-Lampa Pisang and Pangalay-Jazlina (Jaslina)

Look more about the Pangalay Dance and HERE


perhaps on of the oldest and truly Filipino dances originating from lanao del Sur, the Singkil recounts the epic legend of the Darangen of the Maranao poeple of the Mindanao.

Look also HERE

Tadian version of the takik dance

A Thanksgiving Dance of Mountain Province. The video shows so many good details about the story behind the dance, the dresses, the music and the music-instruments

This tutorial video is part of the Cordillera Dance Powwow project initiated by Benguet State University in 2011.

Tribal Dances

Rural Folks Dances - Doon Po Sa Nayon
Subanen Sacred Dances - Subanen Courtship Dance - Pangalitawo - Subanen Kids Dances - BUKLOG Subanen rituals

Remark this is an album in the album Subanen Tribe


Parangal Dance Company's 32nd Ethnic Dance Festival June 2010

Sungko, Lantapan, Bukidnon - The Higaonon of Bukidnon province in Mindanao place religion in the highest regard.

Dugso meaning 'dance' is a ceremonial dance among the Manobo people in Bukidnon, Agusan and Misamis Oriental . The Dugso also Dugsu is usually performed during important occasions like kaliga (feasts) or kaamulan (tribal gatherings).

Look more HERE


a beautiful couple dance performed during wedding celebrations among the Ibanag people.

The Money Dance

The traditional Filipino money dance where the bride and groom dance while guests pin money to the bride's dress.

The Money Dance


Sua Ku Sua - Tausug Traditional Song Dance

The dependence of the Tausug on the pomelo tree and its fruits have created a bond between the two which prompted the Tausug of Jolo, Sulu to make a dance honoring the latter. The Sua-Ku-Sua or "my pomelo tree" is a dance that likens the sua´s gentle leaves, attractive fruits, its fragrance and slender body to that of a lady. Performed by couples, the Sua-Ku-Sua dancers make use of two white fans that are swayed, as if to signify the swaying of the leaves of the sua tree while singing along with the music in their rice powder-covered faces.

Video incl. the Sua Ko Sua Steps

History of the Sakuting Folk Dance
Rianne Hill Soriano

The Video

Sakuting a dance from the Ilocos region - province of Abra It was originally an all-male dance performance presenting a mock fight between Ilocano Christians and non-Christian groups of the northern mountains using sticks. It is danced by children while striking together footlong sticks for rhythm when going from house to house to solicit gifts

Tinikling is the most popular and best known of the Philippine dances and former honored as the Philippine national dance

The older people claim that the ‘Tinikling Ha Bayo’ from which the tinikling dance evolved is more difficult to perform. It was originally danced between ‘bayuhan’, two wooden pestles used to pound the husks off the rice grain.


considered the national folkdance with a pair of dancers hopping between two bamboo poles held just above the ground and struck together in time to music. Originated from Leyte Province, this dance is in fact a mimic movement of “tikling birds” hopping over trees, grass stems or over bamboo traps set by farmers. Dancers perform this dance with remarkable grace and speed jumping between bamboo poles.  It's a difficult yet entertaining dance because you have to pay attention to the timing and rhythm of the music. Many dancers add their creativity and grace to this dance as they compete based on their speed and how many bamboo poles they use to hop around with other dancers. The attire worn is what the village people of the islands use to wear.

Oct 10, 2019 Peter White
Traditional Tinikling dance of the Philippines performed by the girls of the Loboc River in Bohol. I have seen the Tinikling done many times by various groups, including many YouTube videos. This performance was easily the best I have witnessed.

PAGGAWA Tinikling Dance

Spanish Influence Dances
Rigodon de honor

Originated from Spain, this dance is commonly performed at formal affairs like inaugural balls where prominent members of the government participate and enjoy.

 Video 1: Filipino-Spanish Quadrille Folk Dance Introduced by the French People. Video 2: the Show dance at Mrs. Consuelo Borja's 90th Birthday Party. Choreo: Rigodon de Honor by Bernie Principe


meaning the loving or affectionate one is a dance of Hispanic origin from the Maria Clara suite of Philippine folk dances, where the fan or handkerchief plays an instrumental role as it places the couple in romance scenario.

The Cariñosa replaced the popular Tinikling as the “National Dance of the Philippines” in 1992

lets dance the Cariñosa
Karen B. Velasco

The Cariñosa

Cariñosa is a word that describes an affectionate, friendly and lovable woman. This dance is performed in flirtatious manner with fans and handkerchiefs to assist the dancers’ hide-and-seek movements.


The Itik-Itik dance is popular among the Visayan

At one baptismal party in the Surigao del Norte, a young lady named Kanang the nickname for Cayetana, considered the best dancer and singer of her time, was asked to dance the Sibay. She became so enthusiastic and spirited during the performance that she began to improvise movements and steps similar to the movements of itik, the duck, as it walks with short, choppy steps and splashes water on its back while calling to its mate. The people liked the dance so much that they all imitated her. There are six separate foot sequences in the series of Itik-Itik steps.

Incl. an Itik-Itik instructional video and examples of the dance

The Gayong-gayong

a playful Muslim dance which originated from the province of Aklan on the island of Panay in Capiz. In most rural areas that have get-togethers, they opt to use this dance which gives so much joy and pleasure, both to the dancers and the audience.

Kaamulan festival dances

a contraction of the words Aba and Ruray. Aba is an exclamation which is equivalent to “Hey!” or “Hi!” in English. Ruray is a nickname for Aurora.


Its name is derived from the plant of the same name having a peculiar hot and aromatic smell. Female dancers hold handkerchiefs scented with the "alcamfor" naphtalene balls believed to induce romance. The dance came from Leyte


is the firefly. This is a very simple dance that is taught to children.


a dance whose words are sung in Chabacano Ermitaño - Chabacano-ermitense a hybrid of Spanish that was only spoken in the Ermita district before the turn of the century and today is extinct. The dance itself is a flirtatious one that involves graceful use of the pañuelo, or shawl, and tambourines. Aray means ouch in Tagalog.

The song sung to accompany the Aray dance is entitled Pasacalle

Look more about the dance and song

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from Negros Occidental, is lively and interesting like the other Areuana found in Janiuay, Iloilo.

This video is Areuana Folk Dancing DMMMSU CIT Intramurals 2012 Aug 23, 2012


In the Muslim area in the Philippines the dance is usually performed by the lady-in-waiting to the daughter of the Sultan - Bayanihan Philippine Dance Company

This is performed by a solo madien, adorned with fine beads and make up, long head scarf. She would dance to win the favor of her Sultan master. Many time the girls would dance to win the hearts of her master or to make up for a wrong she had done. She would give her whole heart and soul into this performance to soften the heart of her master to accept her.

Atin Cu-Pung Singsing
Bagobo and Ifugao tribal music-dances - NAMCYA 2009

The Bagobo are a tribe in Davao province on the island of Mindano. The dance is a demonstration of footwork with the music provided by a unique instrument called tagungguan which consists of a series of small gongs suspended by ropes from a triangular rack. The dancers wear bells around their legs.
All movements of the Bagobo are done in any direction. Each figure maybe repeated a number of times.

Bahay Kubo

a very interesting and lively dance. In this dance, young girls and boys are supposed to be teasing each other rhythmically with their bakya, wooden clog, a traditional footwear


ECD Dance Company

Bellydance - Filipina examples

Manila bellydance teacher - artist Jill Ngo performs Yearning in Lucena City Oct 16 2010. The Goddesses of Bellydance had an outdoor bellydance concert at Quezon Premier Hotel in Lucena City. It rained in the middle of the concert, so they decided to continue the show in the hotel's indoor restaurant.


Bellydancing to Entrance of the Stars on a 18th Birthday Debut. Dance as taught by Patpat Kong and performed by the LCB Performing Arts Dance Company, in Davao City.


(Bendiyan) is performed for many reasons. Some of which are to heal a prolong illness, relieve natural calamities such as famine and drought, and to celebrate a bountiful harvest. However, the biggest Bendian is to celebrate a victory in war and a successful headhunt. The arrival of succesful head takers, called "ulul" is met with great festivities by the entire village. The Bendian festival celebrated by the Benguet, Ibaloy, and Kankanay is always big and extraordinary. It involves the village circling and dancing around the ulul leader while executing various arm movements. Lasting until the wee hours of the night, the bedian ritual ends on the sound of the loudest oway or war cry. This version of Bendian centers around the maiden's part of the circle.


Originated in Pangasinan Province “meaning with the use of drinking glasses”, this vibrant dance basically shows off balancing skill of the performers. Glasses filled with rice wine are placed on the head and on each hand carefully maneuvered with graceful movements. This dance is common in weddings, fiestas and special occasions.


The municipality of Lingayen in Pangasinan was derived from the Chinese word Li-King-Tung, meaning to look backward and forward, by the Chinese settlers in the area long ago. The binislakan dance was performed to commemorate the stay of Limahong, a Chinese pirate who built his kingdom in Lingayen. Binislakan, meaning the use of sticks, imitates two chopsticks used by the Chinese for eating.


A dance originally from the Ilokano region of Pangasinan. Binoyugan features women balancing on their heads a banga or clay pot which they use to fetch water from the river or well, or in which to cook rice. The dance culminates with the women laying stomach down on stage, and rolling from side to side, all while balancing the pot.


Courtship dance of the B'laan of Davao del Sur imitating forest birds during the mating season. All movements of the Blit-B'laan are done with the knees slightly bent.


a lovely and attractive dance performed during the celebrations of Santa Cruz de Mayo in front of a processional altar. Videotaped and edited by Alan Geoghegan, Aug. 2009. Premiered at the Filipino-American Association of Greater Columbia, SC's 19TH Annual Gala on Aug. 29. 2009

Bumayah and Uyauy dances


Uyaoy / Uyauy

This Ifugao wedding festival dance is accompanied by gongs and is performed by the affluent to attain the second level of the wealthy class. Wealthy people Kadangyan who have performed this dance are entitled to the use of gongs at their death


performed during festival for a good harvest in Yabton, Ivisan, Capiz performed by/FCU Silak Dance Company

Look above about FCU Silak Dance Company above HERE


a folk dance of Cuban origin which became popular in the late 19th century, also known as habanera or danza habanera. The habanera is a social dance in duple time and performed in a ballroom or on a stage.

The Argentine writer Carlos Vega, 1898-1966 traces its origin to the English contra dance or square dance, which was then assimilated into Spain as contradanza or danza. Around 1825, it was brought to Cuba in this form where it was combined with Afro-Cuban rhythms; and around 1850, it was transformed into the habanera.


A Muslim dance from Mindanao province. A colorful and glittering costume composed of many dancers with one very pretty STAR DANCER as DAYANG-DAYANG, the Princess. Sorry not shown in these videos: The highlight of the dance is the sitting of the princess in two bamboo poles placed in the male dancers shoulder, and while she is sitting, she moves her body and her hands to the music and the fast beat continues until it lasts.


a festival dance from Lagawe, Mt. Province. This is performed in social gatherings and other festivities celebrating important events like the canao, a thanksgiving or a wedding.


a lively dance from Camarines Sur. It was supposedly named after a lovely maiden called Esperanza. The steps of this dance are simple but interesting. For costume, the girl wears balintawak or patadyong and the boy barong tagalog with white trousers. Music is divided into two parts: A and B. Formation: Partners stand side by side about three feet from each other, facing the audience. The girl stands at partner's right. Any number of couples may take part.

Thanks to Arjie Mendoza for the description


The Abaknon Estudiantina is one of the three available versions of Estudiantina dances, popular in its broken Spanish name, "Estudiantina de Capuleño". The proper term should have been "La Estudiantina Capuleña". This dance is simply called Estudiantina in the other towns in Samar where it is also popular.

Look more about La Estudiantina HERE


a harvest dance that celebrates the bountiful harvest of the gaway - a plant of the taro family that is grown both for the vegetable and its roots. The female dancer hold a nigo (bilao in Tagalog) laden as she dances. The music is a fast 3/8 melody and the steps are simple but beautiful.

Habanera Botolena

It originated from Botolan, Zambales. This dance is a combination of Spanish and Philippine steps with flamenco influence. This is a social popular dance in the North among the Ilocanos. It is a courtship dance but sometimes it is also performed during weddings and other social gatherings.

Habanera de Jovencita

A dance typical of a woman's debut or even her wedding. The accompanying love ballad was written by Maestro Nitoy Gonzales when he was courting Jovita Friese, who then choreographed the graceful and beautiful habanera dance that accompanies it. - Bayanihan Philippine Dance Company

One of the videos is a Instructional Video - HABANERA dance

Higaonon Mandaya Tribal Dance Offering

Eugene and Natalie Wright, Michael and Robin Smith, Chris Smith and Melissa Kempf after attending Sunday Worship Service at Buclad General Baptist Church in Asuncion, Davao del Norte, Philippines last May 1, 2011 watch Mandaya Tribal Dances which were later on joined in by Eugene, Melissa and Robin themselves.

Remark this is an album in the album "Higaonon Mandaya Tribe"

Idaw - Kalinga

 a hunting ritual performed before tribal wars. The warriors listen for the sacred Idaw bird that is said to lead the tribe to victory.

Ifugao Native Dance - Gong music

Apr 27, 2012 cshallag wrote: This was taken during the thanksgiving of the Lagguy family at Likud, Haliap, Asipulo, Ifugao last April 6, 2012 .The lady who is beating the gong is Mrs. Maria Tayaban of Haliap together with the old folks of that barangay. Enjoy dancing!

Remark this is an album in the sub-album "Ifugao Mountain Tribe"


San Jacinto, Pangasinan, a courtship dance, means jealousy. The dance depicts a love triangle; two girls and one boy. In this dance, the boy tries to please the girls who are trying their best to get his attention and favor. The boy shows an admirable attempt to please both girls by paying attention, flirting, and dancing with them, one after the other. The attempt is successful and at the end of the dance, all is sweetness and harmony among the three dancers.


This dance which originated in Capiz depicts the movement of crabs, alimango as they crawl, bite, wrestle, and break each ether’s claws.

Tadok dance - Itneg (Tinguian ) Tribe - Luzon, 1960s

The Itneg are one of the Austronesian tribes based in the mountainous region of northern Luzon island. Their alternate name is "Tinguian" which comes from the Malay term "Tinggi" meaning "highlands". Here's the traditional "Tadok" dance related to other highland Luzon tribes dances such as the "Tadek" of the neighboring Bontok tribe. This video gem was filmed by anthropologist Robert Garfias in the 1960s.


The Janggay dance of the Badjao people takes its name from the metal fingernails worn by the women on special occasions.

The Janggay or 'Igal Janggay" is one Badjao dance that is performed to the tradition of the Pangalay. Pangalay being a predominant dance form favorite among the gentle people of the Sulu archipelago. Janggay refers to metal fingernails or claws that the dancers wear on their hands as the sinuous movements of pangalay figures are executed. To the Sama de Laut people it is called "solengkengkeng". The janggay is supposed to enhance or magnify the dancer's hand twists and wrist flicks because it serves like a sort of an extension. From the usual starting position, the Sinalayan, the dance progresses to different pangalay postures moving to a dampened sound of local gongs. Emphasis is however, not moved away from the janggay, the object of the dance. Ref.: e.g. Hiyas Philippine Folk Dance Company

Bernard1981 on Jul 9, 2008 - Tambuli Cultural Dance Troupe - wrote: Contrary to popular belief, there is no such thing as a "janggay" dance found among the Tausugs and Sama Dilaut (bajau). Ramon Obusan created the dance based on his research of dances from the Sulu Archipelago. Pangalay is the classical dance that is part of the Philippines heritage.

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a lively festival dance in Camohaguin, Gumaca, Quezon.

It is derived from the words Jota and valse, means waltz, a step or a dance in three-four time. The male wears barong tagalog and black trousers and female wears Maria Clara dress.

Jota Cabangan

a courtship dance from Cabangan, Zambales, which is performed by the bride and groom at the traditional feast on the eve of the wedding day, called sinadag. The dance depicts the usual actions that were done by the groom in courting his bride, like whispering by the window, touching the girl's feet secretly under the table, and following the girl around.

Jota Echagueña
Jota ha Kalipay - Dance of Happiness

a popular festival dance among the towns and barrios of Western Samar, especially in the coastal towns of Catbalogan, Zumarraga, Villareal and Talalora. It is a native version which the common folks have adapted from the original jota. At present, it is still danced as an amenudo in fiestas, weddings and other socials and has often been called Dance of Happiness.

Jota Isabela

A fine example of a filipinized spanish jota, but unlike other jotas this dance does not use elongated bamboo castanets. This Ilocano dance was first performed by the Ilocano settlers of the woodlands of old Isabela.

Jota de Paragua

Named after the old name of Palawan province, this dance retains the fiery flavor of the Jota, coming from the once popular Spanish capital of Seville and adapted by the local dancers of Palawan. The ladies wave their manton, or decorative shawl, while the egentlemen keep brisk pace with bamboo castanets.

Look more about the Manton on the Video

Jota Quirino

Maria Clara - Folkdance

Jota Rizal

a version of jota dance from Batangas. This was very popular during the time of Dr. Jose Rizal. Female dancers wear Maria Clara dress while male dancers wear barong tagalog and black trousers.

Thanks to Arjie Mendoza for the description


glorifies the beauty of kakawati, marikakao, or madre de cacao. Only girls perform this dance. Dancers are dressed in balintawak style. They hold a twig of kakawati blossoms in each hand, about a foot in length.


a lovely dance patterned afteer the characteristic movements of the kalapati or doves as they court-bowing, billing and cooing. It depicts the typical traits of the Ilocanos, simplicity, naturalness and shyness. It originated from Cabugao, Ilocos Sur.

Kappa Malong-Malong

Maranao Muslim Tribal Dance, Cotabato. This Maranao dance is performed with women wearing malong and shawl, mantle or head piece, whereas men wear sash or waist band, shorts or bahag and head gear or turban traditionally worn in the fields.


This dance came from Marawi City, Lanao del Sur. Maranao women living near the shores of Lake Lanao walk nobly with their distinctive movements, most particularly their graceful sway. Girl wears tight long-sleeved blouse in royal colors such as golden yellow, green, pink , violet and velvet red.


a rural dance that is named after the 3-foot bamboo object that the dancers wear around their necks or waists. They beat this object in a fast rhythm, believing this will bring luck and drive away evil spirits.

Kalatong or Karatong

Kalatong or Karatong have dancers use kalatong or bamboo tube about a yard long, tied horizontally below the waist and struck by two sticks to tap the rhythm of the dance. there are two dances:

The Tobong Kalatong, from Pangasinan, which is a ceremonial dance performed to frighten the evil spirits away.

Bunga Mangga, from Cuyo, Palawan, is a part of the Karatong in which dancers collect flowers from the mango tree - thus the bunga mangga contraption.

Kini Kini

Kini means the Royal Walk. Maranao women performed this dance with scarves. The beauty of the scarve and the talent and grace in which it is displayed. Their small steps, or "kini-kini" is a sign of good upbringing and shows their elite social upbringing.

One of the videos with instructional

Komintang or kumintang

is the name given to several distinct styles, techniques and forms in music and dance probably originating in the areas used by early Spanish cartographers and chronicles to denote a large province centering around what is known as Batangas. Early 19th-century travelers' accounts often mention the kumintang as a Tagalog "chant national", describing them as dance-songs performed by pairs of men and women, with texts concerning love and courtship. All accounts mention a glass of coconut wine passed from hand to hand by the dancers as they sing. Look more about kumintang or komintang HERE


The name of the dance is derived from the old Spanish-era silver coin the "conant". It is notable that Pangasinan folk and traditional dances are fond of dance props. Popular among these props are the bangko, coconut shells with lighted candles inside, fans, wine glasses, sticks, takuko, and even earthen pots filled with water or camote. And for these dance- a coin! The konan is in fact a game for children played in the same way as the 'cookie snatch game' where a small cookie placed in the forehead must reach the mouth by making all sorts of facial contortions. The dance could have been derived from this game.


Learn how to dance KUNDAY-KUNDAY

Kunday literally means to move the hands gracefully somewhat like a kumintang. When adults want small children to show them some artistic and graceful hand movements then are asked to kunday. Nov 2, 2014

Kuratsa Binisaya

is highly favored by the Visayan people especially the Waray people of the Eastern Visayan region

La Jota Lalloqueña
La Jota Manileña

a dance named after the capital city, Manila, where an adaptation of Castilian Jota afloats with the clacking of bamboo castanets played by the dancers themselves. The costume and the graceful movements of the performers noticeably inspired by Spanish Culture.

La Jota Moncadena

one of the most famous interpretation and adaptation of the Aragonese Jota dance. People of Moncada, Tarlac, call it rather by a different name: Jota Florana. The Jota Folrana was danced to the Ilocano/Yogad bamboo musical instrument ensemble called tallelet. Dance anthropologist Ramon Obusan said that the Jota Florana was danced to accompany a bereaved family to the burial of a loved one. The high pitched clicking of the bamboo clickers are supposed to represent melancholy wails. The slow portion of the dance is in fact named patay (death) or desmayo (fainting) that is performed to a very slow marcha funebre. The same dance figure is found in another Ilocano dance, the Ti Liday which in Ilocano means 'sorrow' or grief-stricken' The Jota Moncadeña similar to other Filipinized versions of the Spanish jota is literally mixe-up in flavor. The dance combines Spanish and Ilocano dance steps and music.

Lanceros de Tayabas

Tabayas, Quezon - Lanceros takes its name from the chivalrous knights and lanciers of King Arthur's fame. Taking off from the tournament grounds, the lanciers was reinterpreted into a form of dance performed in great ballrooms of majestic palaces where noble gentlemen crossed lines with graceful ladies. In Tayabas, the dance came to be known as Lanceros de Tayabas, noted as a divertissement for the comedia stage-play, also a Spanish import.

Lapay Bantigue
Lapbad - Scarf Dance - Lap-bad

performed by a group of Arumanon Manobo girls from Midsayap, Cotabato

La Simpatika

Simpatika Pangasinan means demure, charming, and lovable; qualities of a senorita deeply in love. The flavor and context of La Simpatika centers on love exploits of gentlemen suitors who are after the love of their life. In the Philippines where moral rules are strict and binding, society calls for the ladies to be impeccably demure and gentlemen to be prim and proper.


A Waray folk song that has become popular throughout the archipelago. The dance is probably a late choreography to the folk song. There are four versions to the Lawiswis Kawayan dance: one from Kolambugan, Lanao performed by the Waray settlers in that place. Another version from Eastern Samar uses a "bangko/puruk-anan" as an implement to the dancing. The male dancers have a mango leaf on their mouth in one figure of the dance.

Leron, Leron Sinta

a festival dance adapted from the popular folk song, "Leron, Leron, Sinta". This is a favorite dance of the old people of Parang, Marikina. The female wears balintawak style, tapis, soft panuelo around the neck, and chinelas as footwear. On the other hand, the male wears camisa de chino or barong tagalog, white trousers and chinelas as footwear.

Madrileña folk dance
Maglalatik - also called Magbabao

This mock-war dance - The maglalatik -, originating from the Spanish Regime is a four part war dance telling a story between a battle between the Muslims and the Christians. Maglalatik depicts a fight between the Moros and the Christians over the. The first two parts of the dance, the Palipasan and the Baligtaran, show the heated encounter between the two groups. The last two parts, the Paseo and the Sayaw Escaramusa, show their reconciliation. Instead of being armed with sticks, the dancers wear a harness of coconut shells on their hands, chest, back, hips, and thighs.

The name of the dance comes from the Filipino word "Latik", which means "fried coconut milk curd" residue left after the coconut milk has been boiled, a coconut product that is used in Filipino cooking, particularly in snacks.


Tausug dancers are trained by highly-skilled dance trainors that strictly adhere to traditional style of their dances. The Maglangka (means 'to dance') rehearses young girls trainees to the correct posturing or hand movements and placements which are in turn very basic in learning more elaborate Tausug dances like the Pangalay.

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Magtanim Ay Di Biro

was a favorite dance of the people of Laguna and Quezon during the Spanish Era.

Manang Biday

Courtesy of II-Albert Einstein

Mantones de Seda

A strong poetic echo from the Iberian influenced past, danced to the rondalla. Like many other jotas, it has the usual stamping and the use of unstrung castanets. A special feature of the dance showcases the many ways of using the Manton de Manila

The Video


Maya is the filipino name for sparrow. This dance mimics the maya as they play in the rice fields and the sky. This dance is popular in the Samar and Leyte islands

Mazurka Boholana

A Traditional Ballroom dance very popular in Bohol.


a favorite festival dance of Dingras, Ilocos Norte and in Bohol.

Pagapir also known as Kapagapir

Riza dancing Pagapir - Pagapir is a traditional dance that depicts the royal manner of "walking" among the Maranao people, who live mainly around the Lake Lanao, Lanao del Sur, This dance is usually performed to commence an important affair. Dancers of this dance are usually from the royal court or high society group of Lanao Province. Ladies of the royal court perform this graceful, manipulating fans called "apir" while emphasizing their small steps kini-kini, which symbolizes their good manners and prominent family background - a sign of good upbringing.


Pagdiwata Origin: A ceremonial dance of the Tagbanua is a religious rite of the native - either of thanksgiving or of healing sick people possessed by bad spirit. (ref.: - Pagdiwata .. a healing ritual dance by the Babaylan when calling out the Diwata as part of her ritual on healing a sick person. Babaylan ...he/she is a religious leader among the tribes.. functions as a healer ..a shaman or oracle is a tradition among most of the filipino tribes to call upon the Gods through the babaylan to heal the sick or to perform rituals for thanksgiving and other sacred ceremonies.

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is a pot made up of clay use for cooking rice and others by the ancient Filipinos, and still being used until these days by some fish vendors, fish are boiled in this clay pot with salt and water until the salted water is converted to fish sauce. This dance using the "palayok" pot clay shows how to balance the clay pot on their heads.

Palo-Palo Dance of Batanes

Palo-palo (Palu-palo) means sticks or arnis that were used by the native Ivatans to fight the forces of the colonizers such as Spaniards and the Dutch. The natives wear the traditional suit made of indigenous materials from the bark of trees which were flattened. Photo by Ed Antonio - Palu-palo Festival of Batanes

The video with the dance Palu-palo Festival of Batanes by Ed Antonio


means pounder. It´s commenly used by a woman for washing clothes. It´s made in a wood. It shows the tradition of filipino in using a Palu-palo every time they´re washing clothes. It´s originated in Visayan Region

Pamaypay - Paypay

Fans are called paypay, paipay, pamaypay, abaniko (abanico). Pamaypay - paypay is used to fan oneself when someone feels hot, but during the Spanish colonial, pamaypay or fan is used by filipinas to cover their face when they feel shy or when they have something to whisper to the person next to her.

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Pandanggo Sa Bulig
Pandanggo Sa Ilaw

Pandanggo sa Ilaw Candle dance is a popular from Lubang Island, Mindoro in the Visayas. This particular pandanggo requires skill in balancing three lighted oil lamps or tinghoy, one on the head and at the palms of each hand. It is characterized by lively steps and clapping that varies in rhythm in 3/4 time. The lights of the candles are said to represent fireflies that are fluttering in the night.

Pandanggo Oasiwas

literally means the 'Fandango with the Light'. And yes from the name itself, this dance is that dance that involved the manipulation of the lights. This dance is from the Lubang Island, Mindoro. The term 'pandanggo' which means 'fandanggo' in the Spanish language is actually dance that is characterized by marking time with the use of clack of castanets, the snapping of the fingers and the stomping of the feet in the triple-time rhythm. The person that performs this graceful dance is often called as the 'pandanggera'. The 'pandanggera' then dances holding three oil lamps which are called as the 'tinghoy'.

Pandanggo Rinconada

Obviously the dance was an offshoot of the Spanish fandango that was introduced to the natives' repertoire of festival dances. The Pandanggo Rinconada derived its name from the sub-region of the Bicolandia where a distinct Bikol dialect is spoken. That subregion comprising the Camarines provinces is called Distrito de Rinconada. the other sub-regions of Bikol are Bikol Estandarte (Naga district), Bikol Albayano, Bikol Catanduanes, Bikol Masbatenyo and the Bikol Sorsogon also called Bisakol due to the heavy Bisayan influence in their language particularly Waray. In fact, some linguists classify the dialect spoken in Gubat, Sorsogan as Waray. The Pandanggo Rinconada is a staple among the Christmas veladas (evening programs or shows) in Nabua, Camarines Sur.

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PANDERETAS - Las Panderetas

This dance is also called Panderetas de Amor. Panderetas means tambourines in Spanish. This dance portarays a heavy Spanish influence. Of the two available versions of this dance, the first one is more Hispanic in execution. The dance is from Manila. - Bayanihan researches in the early 1950s discovered this dance in the capital city and has been included in their Maria Clara Suite since then. 2. version

A second version of the Las Panderetas is the Yuletide folk dance, which used to accompany the Christmas carols called Daigon, is the traditional Christmas dance of Tanza, Iloilo. The music used in the later is a typical Visayan "daygon - daigon" similar to the pastores musics used in the pastores traditions in Bikol, Cebu, Leyte, Samar and some other places outside Visayan.

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Dance of the Doves, this dance is the highlight of Sorsogon’s Kasanggayahan Festival every third week of October. Groups of participants, mainly elderly in colourful costumes, dance to the tune of Pantomina song. It is a courtship dance originated from immitating the courtship and lovemaking of doves that then showed during the dance where men attempt to please the women.

Pantomina Mayor
Paru, Parung Bukid
Paseo de Iloilo courtship and flirtation dance

This is one of the most sophisticated courtship and flirtation dances of the Spanish era. The gentlemen compete among each other to win the heart of the dalaga, or young lady, by exemplifying chivalry, grace, and confidence.


Capiz Folk Dance - This dance is about a fisherman trying to catch bangus, shrimps and sugpo with the use of a sibot fish net, not knowing it has big hole in it. This gives him a difficult time because the fish keeps slipping out of the net. The movements of the girls imitate those of the bangus, shrimps and sugpo.

Pasikat na Baso

Pasikat Na Baso Pañgapisan, Pangasinan Pasikat means to show off and baso means drinking glass. Dancers display good balance, graceful movements and unusual skill on the top of a bench with the use of four glasses half full of water or wine.

Paso Doble

A heritage dance from the Spanish era

Pastores Kawit
Pastora sa Belen

Sheperds of Betlehem, from the Bicol region, is the presentation of the shepherds singing and dancing from house to house and is dancers in groups of 6 or 10 performers.  They are the PASTORAS SA BELEN. They are clad in silk dresses in FUSCHIA, LAVENDER, YELLOW or WHITE with quaint bonnets, ribbons and sometimes wooden staffs wrapped in red or green crepe paper and garlands. They are accompanied by a 'manager' who accompanies them on a guitar. They sing PASTORAS SA BELEN, ALLI, ALLI VAMOS A BELEN! And they say they make good money - for their costume for next year

A Bicol Christmas tradition

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Rural Dance - the Pista, or preparation for a Fiesta, party. This is a Filipino tradition where lavish preparations, music, dance, food, games and traditional processions traditional occur for special occasions in villages.

Welcoming Guests and Visitors as they dance with colorful Bumbong ang Guarlands


A courtship dance of a young woman and young man who fell in love at first sight. Pitik is a Visayan word that means Miss.

Polka Bal
Polka Culebra

A heritage dance from the Spanish era

Polka Sa Nayon

 means Polka in the Village. This dance comes from the province of Batangas. In the old days it was very popular and was usually danced at all the big social affairs and at the town fiestas.

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Polka sa Plaza

a grand parade of beautiful ladies in their traditional Spanish gowns called Maria Clara and parasols. With their partners, wearing their traditional Barongs, they gladly parade, beginning from the church yard going around the town


an adaptation of a tradition in which Kalinga women gather and prepare for a budong, or peace pact.
The Kalinga borrowed the beautiful word ragragsakan from the Ilocano, which means "merriment." The two biggest occasions for a ragragsakan in a Kalinga village are for the homecoming of successful head takers and the culmination of peace-pact between warring tribes. In this dance, Kalinga maidens balance labba baskets on their heads, wave colorful tribal blankets, and sing short salidumay songs as they snake through the terrace dikes and skip through breaks in the path.
This dance portrays the walk of the industrious Kalinga women, carrying water pots on their heads and wearing the colorful hand-woven "blankets of life" around their necks. Their walk imitates the climb up the Rice Terraces in the Mountain Provinces.
Ragragsakan was discovered by Ramon Obusan in Lubuagan, Kalinga province among the Kalinga people. Ragragsakan came from the ILOCANO word "ragsak" which means "happy".

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a wide brimmed hat which protects the Filipinos from the heat of the sun and rain. In this dance, the salakot is used to enhance the dance figure and hand movement. This salakot dance can be danced by boys and girls, or just girls. The girls wear a Balintawak costume and a pair of wooden slipper bakya.

Sala ti Mais

A festival and thanksgiving dance from Isabela where farmers pay tribute to corn as their main crop.


Ilaya, San Fernando, Cebu

this video was taken during the sayaw sa Sugbo dance workshop at the Cebu provincial capital social hall - march 26-28, 2007 performed by the selected workshop participants coming from the district 2 - Cebu


Sapatya reveals traces of Spanish and indigenous Filipino. Sapatya originates in Pampanga, Luzon. The dance is presented to farmers as an offering for good harvest. The name is Sapatya may have originated from the Spanish term, Zapateado.

Sarong Banggi
SAYAW NG MGA ISDA - The Fish Dance

BY LEYTE DANCE THEATRE; Popular in the barangays of Samar-Leyte. Conceptualized and choreographed by Jess De Paz and Jerry Morez

Sayaw Panasahan
Sayaw Sa Bangko

dance on a bench is a folk dance from the Pangasinan. Performers dance on top of a bench that is normally six inches wide.

Sayaw sa Cuyo

a mazurka danced by eight girls swaying small delicate handkerchiefs - hats to accent turns and twirls. The dance originates from Cuyo, Palawan. On the small island of Cuyo, Palawan's old capital, the feast day of St. Augustin is traditionally celebrated with parades, processions and small performances by groups coming from all over Cuyo Island and the nearby islets. Island dances, blended with strong Old Cuyo ethnicity and Spanish-influenced steps, are all brought out when Cuyo celebrates its festivals. Today, pretty young girls daintily swirl hats to the mazurka, waltz and other European steps designed to bring out the freshness and glow of the performers.


Sayaw Sa Payong - Umbrella Dance

This is a traditional dance from Philippines where the beautiful women carries umbrella of same color or different color and steps rhythmically with the folk music.


filipino-spanish dance - The Sinakiki is a lively and playful dance from Rapu-Rapu, Albay. It is performed during the island's colorful fiestas. In this dance, the actions of a courting rooster and his evasive ladylove are mimicked.

Sta. Clara

Maria Clara is the main female character in Jose Rizal’s Noli Me Tangere -a literary piece that features the colonial situation of the Filipinos during the Spanish regime. She was characterized as a Filipina woman of virtue and nobility. This dance is a mix of Spanish gracefulness and customized native props, such as bamboo castanets and Asian fan. Female dancers wear Maria Clara dress that typifies the European style, while men are in barong tagalog, a traditional Filipino embroidered long-sleeve shirt made of pineapple fiber.


It is considered a favorite of the people of the barrios of the municipality of Bauan, Batangas. It is a ceremonial worship dance performed in homage to the Holy Cross referred to in the vernacular as Mahal Na Poong Santa Cruz. It originated some three hundred years ago in the barrio of Dingin, Alitagtag, Batangas. Its name is derived from 2 Tagalog words "subsub" and "bali."


Batangueños offer a Subli prayer dance to calm down restive Taal Volcano
Jan 15, 2020

Subli musician Severino Cruzat talks about the traditional dance that's a form of prayer in times of celebration and desperation. They perform it at the Invencion dela Sta. Cruz in Alitagtag, Batangas, on January 15, hoping God would avert a feared explosive eruption of Taal Volcano.

This is a video in the album Taal Volcano Eruption in the album Taal Volcano and eruption in the album Volcanoes and WARNINGS about erupts in the album Mountains, Volcanoes, Lakes etc.

Suwah suwah

A Tausug traditional suwah suwah dance

Tawi-tawi Dances

Magtv de Atun este Zamboanga features many kind of Tawi-tawi dances



Learn how to dance the TIKLOS

The Tiklos is a native peasant dance of Leyte. Tiklos also called "pintakasi" is the Waray equivalent to the "bayanihan". Groups of people work for somebody without hoping for anything in return. They work odd jobs like clearing forests, digging the earth for wells, moving a nipa hut to a new location or even building a house! In all these for free. Of course grateful benefactors would offer drinks and food; but it is not always expected. The peasants cooperate for the social and economic progress of their community.


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a dance of the mountain people of Panilan and Loctugan, Capiz. This dance named after a bird called tolabong in Capiz. Carabaos like the birds as they peck at the ticks, flies, mosquitoes and other insects. The danced imitates the movements of the birds. Girl dancer wares red or white skirt and white loose blouse with long sleeves and close neck like a chambra. Boy wares red or white trousers and white camisa de chino. Both are bare foot.

Yakan Wedding Dance - muslim

This was during the Socialization party - Lantaka Hotel for the delegates of the 8th HRSD Conference

Remark this is an album in the sub-album "Yakan - The Treasure of Sulu"

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Zamboanga Peninsula's Cultural Pride
This video is a glimpse of the Zamboanga Peninsula's rich cultural diversity.

Remark this is an album in the album "Zamboanga City & Peninsula" in the album "Tourism - Great Places to Visit"


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Etc. Dances - Balls e.g. Dance and Ballet Companies - Ensembles - Schools - Dancesport - Etc.

Remark most of the videos in this section are in albums in the album Dance and Ballet Ensembles etc.

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ABS-CBN Ball 2018
Voltaire Tayag September 30, 2018

One of the biggest nights in Philippine entertainment dominated social media in its debut – the first ever ABS-CBN Ball held on Saturday, September 29 at the Shangri-La Makati. All the stars of the network graced the highly-anticipated red carpet event, which is the country’s equivalent to the Oscar’s.

UP Dancesport Society - UPDSS
is the official ballroom dancing organization in the University of the Philippines.
As a way of establishing a tradition that celebrates the organization’s milestones since 1994, UP Dancesport Society (UPDSS), the official ballroom dancing organization in the University of the Philippines Diliman, kick-started its pioneer anniversary event last February 14 with the theme: “TRANSCEND: Breaking the virtual barrier, dancing through the distance”.

UP Dancesport Society goes virtual with UPDSS 2021 Anniversary
February 16th, 2021

Sandiego Dance Company
79-D F. Ramos Extension, Capitol Site
6000 Cebu City
Its commitment to high artistic and professional standards enabled them to reap different awards from the various dance competitions it has participated in over the recent past. To enhance and develop young individuals talents and abilities through arts specifically in dancing. Every Summer, the Sandiego Dance Company offers Summer Dance Arts Workshop.

Keeping the passion for dance alive through online ballet classes
Jun 5, 2020 ANC 24/7

As the COVID-19 pandemic puts a halt to the performing arts industry, the sector carries on through online lessons and shows. Maritoni Tordesillas, Director of Danspace Ballet School, shares her experience in the shift to online classes.


Dancesport, Cebu
Aug 17, 2018

Learn the how the discipline of Dancesport is transforming the youth of today!


Young ballerinas win awards in Bandung International Dance Competition
Nov 13, 2019 CNN Philippines

Filipino talent takes center stage again.
Young ballerinas bring home top awards in the recently-concluded Bandung International Dance Competition in Indonesia.
Three of them now join us live. We have here Sophia Marie Lucito, Herbie Amber Bobier, and Nasia Mabelle Castillo.


Lisa Macuja gives tips to aspiring ballerinas
Admired for her elegance and delicate mastery of ballet, Lisa Macuja-Elizalde has graced many stages, breaking the stereotype of the typical ballerina worldwide.
A true believer of Filipino talent, after years of training in prestigious companies, Macuja-Elizalde has set a high and world class standard for Philippine ballet by putting up ‘Ballet Manila’, her own ballet school in 1995.
Sep 7, 2015
Association of Ballet Academies

For over two decades, the Association of Ballet Academies, ABAP has been on the forefront on the development of dance in its various forms through its affiliated members around the country. Founded in 1993, ABAP has gained grounds in the upgrading of classical ballet education through workshops, performances, tours, workshops and other related activities.

Steps Dance Studio
8465 Kalayaan Ave, Makati, Metro Manila
Ballet Philippines, BP

synthesizes diverse dance and movement forms, from classical ballet to avant-garde choreographies, from traditional to modern dance, from martial arts to aerial movements, into distinctively Filipino contemporary expressions.

Ballet Philippines is the resident dance company of the Cultural Center of the Philippines, and has earned critical and popular acclaim at home as well as throughout the world, showcasing the Philippines' rich cultural heritage of music and dance on the international stage. The company has been cited for its strong dance foundation, flexibility of style and exciting sense of theater. Their repertoire consists of over 250 works accumulated over the past 34 years, the most prominent of which are Filipino works translating western technique into Filipino movement, theme, design and inspiration to produce a distinctly Filipino dance form.

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Ballet Philippines ... A Day in the Life

How ballerinas dance through pain
November 17, 2017
A ballerina’s day starts by waking up to pain. Ballet Philippines’ principal dancer Denise Parungao shares how she powers through it.

Ballet Philippines with the FEU dance troop

Ballet Philippines Triumph at the First Boston International Ballet Competition

Explore People Ballet Philippines

Philippine Ballet Theatre

the pre-eminent classical ballet company in the Philippines. The Philippine Ballet Theatre was founded in 1987 out of an alliance of leading dance groups; it quickly won recognition as a resident ballet company of the Cultural Center of the Philippines.

The Videos and HERE

Ballet Manila

The most prolific and sought-after ballet company in the Philippines today - Ballet Manila is based in Star and Aliw Theaters in Star City, Roxas Boulevard, Pasay City.

and HERE, HERE and the Videos

Ballet Manila 15th Anniversary AVP Aug 17, 2010

Ballet Manila celebrates its 15th anniversary with "Halo-Halo ni Juan" a dance concert featuring classical, neo-classical, modern, and OPM numbers!

Ballet Manila in London

June the 30th to the 2nd of July, 2011 at the Shaw Theatre London

Ballet Manila Opening night London

Ballet Manila Gala Night in London




Filipino ballet is born. This is a fusion of philippine cultural dances and ballet. Performed by the Leyte Dance Theatre, this fusion is the first of it's kind, a category by itself.

Shirley Halili Cruz School of Ballet

The Halili-Cruz School of Ballet, HCSB envisions itself as a community of excellent artists and youth leaders with high self esteem, discipline, elegance, integrity, and initiative.

1227 Quezon Avenue, Quezon City, Metro Manila

The Videos


A Pinoy Christmas Ballet Concert

Christmas ballet concert by Steps Dance Project, directed and choreographed by James Laforteza with excerpts from The Nutcracker choreographed by Jeffrey Espejo, not shown here.

Kahayag Dance Company
Dumaguete City

The Video

Kahayag Dance Company Philippines Grand Champion IYF 2015 World Cultural Dance Festival. Jul 4, 2015

Philippine Baranggay Folk Dance Troupe

For the past 65 years, the Philippine Baranggay Folk Dance Troupe, PBFDT has traveled to the different stages of the world across Asia, Europe and North America, providing a window to the complex and culturally rich history of the Philippines.
The troupe continues to research, preserve and showcase the diverse multi-cultural Philippine life, with its customs, traditions, various religions, depicting the gaiety and friendliness of its people through its performances of the native arts in their authentic form. The folk-like and unaffected atmosphere of the performances have won the world over as they present the story of the Philippines through a panorama of songs, dances and music.

The Video: Mini Documentary

Bayanihan Philippine National Folk Dance Company

the oldest dance company in the Philippines. A multi-awarded company, both nationally and internationally, Guillermo Gomez Rivera has called it the "depository of almost all Filipino dances, dress and songs."

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the official dance company of the Lyceum of the Philippines University, Batangas

marks more than a decade of advocacy to the authentic Philippine arts and culture. Founded in 1995, the group is a duly accredited proponent of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts, NCCA

Gatzwal Dance Company
Osmeña Boulevard
Cebu City

The Video

Integrated Performing Arts Guild, IPAG

is a leading Philippine dance and theatre company whose world-acclaimed productions integrate the dance, music, and arts traditions of the South where it is based. IPAG has represented the Philippines in over 100 cities worldwide, and is today Philippine Theatre's most-performed and most-traveled performing group

Philippine Folk Dance and Music - LIKHA Pilipino Folk Ensemble

and the School of Philippine Dance

The Video

LIKHA Pilipino Folk Ensemble
The mission of LIKHA Pilipino Folk Ensemble is to educate and propagate the practice of Philippine folk dance and music traditions. LIKHA was established in May 1992 by a collective of twelve individuals who came together to celebrate Philippine dance and culture. Under the artistic direction of Rudi C. Soriano, former dance soloist with the premier Bayanihan Philippine Dance Company, LIKHA has nurtured a generation of young community dance enthusiasts and now boasts an active membership of over 45 dancers and musicians. All are passionate about LIKHA's mission to educate community members and diverse audiences about Philippine culture through music and dance. LIKHA is a Tagalog root word meaning creation or creativity.

Lemuhen Cultural Dance Troupe

was organized in 2007 by Lyn Lambago.

Forming a unique T'Boli cultural performing arts group coming from the town of Kiamba, Sarangani Province was inspired by former Mayor Rommel Falgui. Lyn was later introduced to Mr. Allan de Lima that also extended support and technical assistance.


ECD Dance Company

was established in 2002, but the artistic knowledge and experience of its members span several decades

Different Photos about the different folk dances of the Philippines

Parangal Dance Company

Parangal means tribute. Our mission is to give tribue to our motherland, the Philippines, by preserving and promoting its culture and tradition through dance, music, and costumes

The Video


KALOOB PHILIPPINE MUSIC AND DANCE - The Soul of the Filipino in Dance

Clips of Kaloob Presentations
While highly fascinating breathtaking even, Kaloob performances are more powerful because you know that what you're watching is authentic, centuries old and fast fading from our collective memory.

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Kathara Dancetheater Collective, INC.

a company founded and organized by Elenita Boots Cruz Dumlao, the Artistic Director. The company hopes to facilitate opportunities for learning and understanding of the Mindanaoan Culture, Arts and History according to the perspective of its multi-ethnic population.

Look the full description of the video and more HERE

Hiays Philippine Folk Dance Company


Hiays Music Ensemble

Lyceum Dance Troupe

Lyceum of the Philippines University, Intramuros, Manila

The Video

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a cultural dance group composed of talented Deaf artists who have proven that “artistic expression knows no disability”. Though unable to communicate with sound, the members are very creative and imaginative, conveying messages through dance, dramatic arts and mime.

The ITSF may be reach c/o the Philippines Federation of the Deaf, Inc.

UPLB Street Jazz Dance Company

the duly recognized hip-hop dance varsity under the Department of Human Kinetics College of Arts and Sciences of the University of the Philippines - Los Baños.
The group has been performing inside and outside UPLB for over 14 years.

Look their videos HERE

Melengas Dance Ensemble

we are the pride of Zamboanga del Sur National High School as far culture and Arts is concerned. We also are the official Dance Troupe of our institution.

The Video

FCU Silak Dance Company

the official dance company of Filamer Christian University

Roxas Avenue, Roxas city, 5800 Roxas, Capiz

Look the FCU Silak Dance Company dance Dagit-Dagit HERE

Folklorico Filipino, Canada, Dance Company.

In 1973, a group of young, newly arrived Filipino immigrants met and soon began to socialize with Filipinos living in Toronto. From this small social club came the desire to form a dance group, showcase the cultures and traditions of the Filipinos. In 1974, the Province of Ontario issued a letter Patent incorporating Folklorico Filipino Dance Company. Founding members of the company were either former dancers, professional entertainers or artists. In retrospect, the merging of the different creative backgrounds of each individual made Folklorico unique and diverse. Now, for over 34 years, Folklorico has delighted their audience with enjoyable and exciting programs a´round in many countries

The budding ball culture in the Philippines
June 25, 2021 John Legaspi
The category is Filipino fierceness!
Imagine a scene where people are dressed flamboyantly, there is endless dancing, houses battling other houses, with touches of passion, love, and art on the side. As Shakespearean as that may sound, what we are describing here is the flashy, ever-vibrant, and energetic ballroom culture. But make no mistake, while this kind of ball is far from what you read in fairy tales, it definitely has no shortage of magic and drama. And believe it or not, it is blossoming here in the Philippines. Look the Video

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The Debut Traditions

explained with articles, videos and photos of Debutantes, who has celebrated "A Debutante's Ball - Party"

Birthday Traditions Philippine Birthday Traditions

Look about the mentioned games HERE

Planning a birthday party for your 1-year-old

Filipino Happy birthday song

Music video by the Soul Siren Nina

Debut 18 songs for 18 roses


How to Say

"Happy Birthday"

in Bolos, Province of Albay, Bicol (a Dumagat language)

Remark this is an album in the album Languages

Leap Year February 29.

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Why does February have an extra day every four years?
When is it, why does it happen and everything else you need to know about the leap year

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the Video: What is a Leap Year?

How to Propose to a Man in Leap Year

Leap Year has been the traditional time that women can propose marriage.

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Thanksgiving Day in the Philippines

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Thanksgiving Day in the Philippines

Because of the similarities between Halloween and Undas these have come to be linked, and even viewed by some as one celebration. Look also about Undas and Beliefs - Superstitions e.g. Spooky school stories

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The Catholic origins of Halloween customs
October 30, 2018
Halloween’s origins are, in fact, very Christian. Halloween falls on October 31 because of a Pope, and its observances are the result of medieval Catholic piety.
Halloween does COVID-19: Ideas for safe spooking
AFP Relaxnews October 03, 2020 - with Videos

Halloween may be just around the corner, but the COVID-19 pandemic shows no sign of slowing. Not to worry! Around the world, fans of this annual fright fest have been working hard to come up with ways to celebrate this annual event while respecting current social distancing rules.

Where to get a good scare (and have a good time) this Halloween 2019
Steph Arnaldo and Amanda Lago October 19, 2019

Looking for a good spook this Halloween? These haunted houses, ghost hunting tours, and spooktacular events will do just the trick!

IN PHOTOS: Baguio City ushers Halloween with 'Karkarna Ti Rabii'
Ivan Jim Layugan October 29, 2017

Kapres, mananaggals, and other creatures in Philippine folklore come alive in the streets of Baguio
The Karkarna Ti Rabii is celebrated every last Friday of October.


in the album Undas "All Souls Day" & Halloween Celebration

November is Halloween Season - All Hallow's Eve or Halloween - is one of the most important and looked-after holidays in the whole world including Asian countries like the Philippines. Different countries though celebrate Halloween quite differently and we can see this in the different cultures' varying customs and traditions being observed during Halloween (or Halowin or Undas or the Day of the Dead.)
Naghahanap ng Halloween costume? May suhestiyon sina Marlo, Lie ng 'UKG'
Oct 9, 2019 ABS-CBN News
Tatlong linggo na lang at Halloween na.
Nov 1, 2012
Halloween in the Philippines
Philippine Costumes Halloween Contest Winners Star City - Manananggal - Fairy
Pumpkin carvings for Halloween
Other than ghosts and zombies, pumpkins also take center stage during Halloween. Unang Hirit's Betong Sumaya shows us amazing pumpkin carvings before Halloween 2014. Oct 12, 2014


in the album Great Places to Visit

Halloween Special 2019
GMA Public Affairs October 25, 2019

Biyahero Drew delved into the eerie and mysterious stories in Laguna, Rizal and Quezon.

Celebrating Halloween, the Filipino-style

Mother´s & Father´s days

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Mother's Day
is a celebration honoring mothers and motherhood, maternal bonds, and the influence of mothers in society. It is celebrated on various days in many parts of the world. It complements Father's Day, a celebration honoring fathers.

How Mother's Day came about

How the gratitude for the laudable role of the mother should be celebrated

Flowers And Mother's Day In The Philippines


Do you know? Mother’s Day was originally in December by law
May 8, 2021 Manila Bulletin

Did you know that Mother’s Day in the Philippines used to be celebrated in December?
Originally, it was held every December 2, known as Mother’s Day and Father’s Day.
Today, most Filipinos celebrate the international Mother’s Day on every second Sunday of May. But our history tells us differently.


Mother’s Day 2021
May 09, 2021 Manila Bulletin

Why we love our moms
"Happy Mother's Day" to everyone who is a Mom in every way


Mama - A Mother's Day Tribute

A special tribute to all the Wonderful Mothers in the world

Smokey Mountain was a Filipino singing group formed by musical director, composer, and conductor Ryan Cayabyab.
Mother - original song / Featuring Charice and Mom Racquel


Father's Day is not an official holiday, but it is widely observed on the 3rd Sunday of June. Most Filipinos born in the 1960s and 1970s did not celebrate Father's day, but Filipinos now follow this tradition and other American holidays, most likely due to the influence of the United States through television and the internet.

In the Roman Catholic tradition, Fathers are celebrated on Saint Joseph's Day, commonly called Feast of Saint Joseph, March 19, though in certain countries Father's Day has become a secular celebration. It is also common for Catholics to honor their "spiritual father," their parish priest, on Father's Day.

Father’s Day in Philippines
Origin and History of Father’s Day in Philippines

How to Celebrate Father's Day in the Philippines


Mabuhay Ka, Papa!
Choose Philippines June 21, 2020

Tatay, Papa, Daddy, Erpats, Papang, kahit ano man ang tawag natin sa kanila, ngayong araw sila ang bida! Sa lahat ng mga haligi ng tahanan, taos-pusong pasasalamat sa inyong pagmamahal at pagsasakripisyo! Mabuhay ka, Papa!  #FathersDay #ChoosePhilippines

The Video: A father’s vows
Jun 21, 2020 Manila Bulletin Online
Let us thank our fathers for all the sacrifices they have gone through in order to fulfill their vows to our family. Let us make them feel our love and appreciation not only on this day but every day. Happy Father’s Day!

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