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Halinhinan - Regional Variations

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 pagan 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 with are showcased in their traditional dances.

Pockets of cultural minorities live in the style of their ancestors in the hills and mountains throughout the Philippine Archipelago. As in most ancient cultures, their dances are closely intertwined with rituals, sacrifice, and life. 

The following pieces are only a few selections from KP’s repertoire. 

  • Bagobo Rice Cycle

    Bagobo Rice Cycle
    KP presents the rice cycle portion of a piece ³Durian: Isang Alamat Bagobo

  • Binaylan-Banog

    This is a ritual dance, imitating the movements of a hen, her banog (baby chicks), and a hawk. The hawk is sacred and believes that it has the power over the well being of the tribe. The hawk tries to capture one of the baby chicks and is caught by the hu

  • Blit B’laan

    Blit B’laan
    A courtship dance of the Bilaan of Davao del Sur imitating birds during mating season. The females scurry to safety, burying their heads under their wings (the malong), but the aggressive males follow them wherever they go.

  • Kadal Bleah
    A tribal dance where in the dancers perform simulation of movements of birds.

  • Kadal Tahaw

    Kadal Tahaw
    A tribal dance performed by Tiboli tribe, this dance that mimics the hopping and flying behavior of Tahaw bird is performed to celebrate good harvest.

  • Kinabua

    Dancers perform swooping movements, imitating the movements of eagles.

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