Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Sunday, October 11, 2009
Their dances are famous for royalty and enchanting beauty.
Below are pictures of SINGKIL, a dance of the Maranao tribe, which originates from Lanao, Mindanao. There's this epic about a princess who was caught in an earthquake in the middle of the forest. The person behind her is her slave. The person holding an umbrella is a waiting lady. She is rescued by a prince after a long ordeal.
Singkil derives its name from the bells on her ankles. The criss-crossing bamboos represent the falling trees.
Dancers wear a solemn face and keep a dignified pose during the dance, and proceed from a slow to a faster tempo, as witnessed from the movements of the apir, or fans, which signify the winds. To this day, royal princesses in the Sulu Archipelago are required to learn this elegant and noble dance.
Friday, October 9, 2009
Ladies and gentlemen, showcasing the ingenuity of the Pinoy! Using only inexpensive materials, the participants, called kite marshalls, built gigantic birds, insects, superheroes, flags, churches, even tricyles and a pair of bakya (local clogs). They all flew!
(pictures courtesy of magnakultura.multiply.com)
Lea Salonga is a performer par excellence. I cannot begin to enumerate the many honors she has brought the country. When she won the Sir Lawrence Olivier Awards and the Tony Awards for her portrayal as Kim in Miss Saigon, she put the Philippines on the map. Not that it was never there. But she made us shine even more.
I hope you enjoy this one as well!
Thursday, October 8, 2009
Hello, my friends. I have promised to blog about my hometown in the Philippines, and I was thinking why not do so in snippets, while at the same time, blogging about other things in the Philippine culture? I am starting off with the whale shark, locally called butanding, which is the largest in the world, and is found in Donsol (accent on 'sol'), Sorsogon (accent on 'gon').
Sorsogon is located in the southernmost tip of Luzon, which is one of the 3 major islands of the archipelagic Philippines. Sorsogon is my hometown (now a city), and at the same time, it is a big province consisting of 13 municipalities. Donsol is one of them, and it is but 15 minutes away from where I used to live. As you know, the Philippines is teeming with all sorts of fascinating marine life and treasures, and the butanding is just one of them.
More next time. Enjoy the video and let me know what you think!