Dances of the Philippines

We are about to say goodbye to the month of March in the luxury hotel in Alicante Asia Gardens Hotel & Thai Spa. And how about doing it by discovering new hidden details of the Asian continent. We are travelling to the Philippines to get to know the main Philippine dances.

Dance plays a very important role in any culture. The Philippines has a very rich history rewarded with different dances. Besides traditional dances, the country has many European influences due to the Spanish colonization. Every region has its own dance.

Let´s go through the most famous ones:

Tinikling. It is considered the Philippine national dance. The word “tinikling” means “bamboo dance.” Dancers perform delicate movements while jumping in coordination with other couple of dancers between bamboo poles. This is one of the oldest dances in the Philippines, which was created in Visayan Islands.

Maglalatik. Coming from Laguna Province, this is another famous Philippine dance. This represents a mock-battle between Christians and Muslims over latik; which is is a residue of coconut milk. During the dance, two groups of dancers dressed up like Christian or Muslims perform by hitting a coconut shell with the other.

Binasuan. Binasuan was originated in Panganisan. Performers dance to the rhythm of the music while holding full wine glasses in each hand. Men hold a glass of wine in each hand and on the head; while women develop graceful movements without spilling the liquid.

Pantomina. This folkloric dance is performed anually each October, during the Sorsogon Kasanggayahan Festival. It is also known as “the Dance of the Doves”. The dance mimics the courtship between doves, and is often performed by elderly couples.

Live a 100% Asian experience without travelling to the Philippines. This Easter enjoy an unforgettable family break surrounded by the exclusive luxury of Asia and Thai rituals in our 5 stars resort Asia Gardens Hotel & Thai Spa.