|Folkloric Dance Troupe stages Katutubong Sayaw|
|By Remoire John S. Bolongaita|
|Tuesday, 21 July 2009|
Paying tribute to the Philippines’ ethnic heritage, the LdeCU Folkloric Dance Troupe exhibited an anthology of some of the country’s rich variety of traditional dances titled Katutubong Sayaw.
Choreographed and directed by the Folkloric Dance Troupe Moderator and scholar on Philippine Folkloric dances Mr. Verbelino T. Yamut, “Katutubong Sayaw,” which was staged on July 17, at the University Civic Center, displayed four selections of the traditional Christian and non-Christian Filipino dances, namely: the Highland Cordillera, Aires de Verbana, Mindanao Tapestry, and Philippine Panorama.
The dances “Idaw, Sagsag, Patlong, Uya-oy” of the Highland Cordillera and “Tiklos, Jota ha Kalipay, Tinolabong, Maglalatik” of the Philippine Panorama portray the inherent traditions and way of life of a certain place. Moreover, the dances “Polka sa Nayon, Lanceros de Lingayen, Paseo de Iloilo” (Aires de Verbana) and “Kazilimut, Singkil, Pangalay ha Patong, Katzaduratan” (Mindanao Tapestry) depict the traces of foreign influences – Spanish and Arab, respectively – on the country’s dances.
A plethora of vivid colors, sophisticated costumes, and undulant body movements, Katutubong Sayaw is one form of reintroducing the national culture and the arts to the young generation of audiences.