My Philippine Trip – Tinikling Dance

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In the first day, we have visited Nayong Pilipino sa Clark and we have been exposed with a traditional dances performance and musical performance by out-of-school children. In addition to that, it is also a Filipino historical and culture amusement park Freeport zone which situated at Clark, Pampanga. When we arrived, the dancers performed a Philippine traditional dance called Tinikling. The dance was originated from Leyte and the dance an imitation from the tinkling bird. It is a “fun” dance performed by villagers.

The dance is an imitation of the tikling bird dodging bamboo traps set by rice farmers. It is also the movement of the tikling birds as they walk between grass stems, run over tree branches, or dodge bamboo traps set by rice farmers. Dancers will imitate the tikling birds and it is the legendary grace and speed by skilful manoeuvring between large bamboo poles.

The most interesting part is, the dance that they are dancing to is very similar to tarian Buluh which is one of the cultural dance in Keningau Sabah. For the tarian Buluh in Sabah, they will use a gong and the bamboo stick as the musical instrument and the dancers have to be fast and alert on the dance steps that they make. They will also wear their traditional attire while performing this dance. Same goes to the Tinikling dance.

TO BE CONTINUED…

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