Mindanao, the Philippines’ southernmost island, is the country’s cultural melting pot. It houses influences from Spain, China, Indonesia, and the Middle East. Although Mindanao carries a strong flavor from other lands, there are people who have lived there before it became a breeding ground of foreign trade. Tribes such as the T’boli, Bilaan, Manobo, Bagobo, and other groups inhabit the vast regions of Mindanao. Like their Northern Luzon counterparts, these groups honor their gods for the fruits and trials of daily life. What distinguishes them from other tribes in the Philippines is their intricate craftsmanship in metal, clothing, and jewelry. These tribes pride themselves in their concept of beauty and are known for creating colorful sets of jewelry and clothing out of dyed pineapple and banana fibers. Which is why their dances are characterized by vivid colors and rhythmic movements which reflect the influence of Arabian and Indo-Malaysian cultures.
Singkil gets its name from a certain princess. While she was walking in the forest, diwatas (fairies) caused the earth to quake and shake the trees and rocks. The princess, however, skipped nimbly from one place to another so her feet did not touch the fallen trees and rock.
This is a female solo dance. It represents a slave umbrella girl performing in order to win the favor of her master. She dances by hitting doll-like motions. This dance precedes Singkil.
This dance refers so the way Muslim women walk. They have a sense of regal to their walk and use scarves to show the fluidity and softness in their motions.
KAPPA MALONG MALONG
This is a dance that shows the many different ways of wearing a malong which is a tubular skirt. It was originally a female dance but more recently, men have partaken in this dance.