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El Salon Filipino - The Spanish Herritage..

Nearly 400 years of Spanish rule left an unremovable mark on the Philippines. Spain brought with them all aspects of their culture to the Islands. This includes the Catholic faith, clothing, and dance. The barong tagalog and the terno are Philippine interpretations of Spanish dress made to fit the humid climate of the Philippines. Aside from creating their own versions of European fashion, Philippine aristocrats created Filipino adaptations of European dance as well. These include jotas, fandanggos, mazurkas and waltzes that were danced by young socialites to the stringed music of the rondalla.

As the Philippines was colonized by the Spaniards, it was customary for Filipinos to celebrate their ‘class and distinction’ through Spanish influenced dances. This era of dances was also referred to as ‘Maria Clara’. 

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

  • Aray

    In this lively dance the young ladies carry 'panderetas' or tambourines, and flirt with the young men.

  • Chotis

    Lovely young ladies alternate between flirtatiousness and modesty with the use of their hats.

  • Dahil Sa Isang Bulaklak
    One of the premier Tagalog love songs "Harana", this song is about how, because of a flower, love was born and how that love has to endure all suffering and pain. Love is eternal and changeless, all because of a flower.

  • La Jota Manileña

    La Jota Manileña
    t is a dance named after the capital city of the Philippines, Manila, where an adaptation of Castilian Jota afloats with the clacking of bamboo castanets played by the dancers themselves. The costume and the graceful movements of the performers noticeably

  • Paseo de Iloilo

    Paseo de Iloilo
    Named for it's province of origin, this is one of the most sophisticated courtship and flirtation dances of the Spanish era. The gentleman attempts to win the heart of the dalaga, or young lady, by exemplifying chivalry, grace, and confidence.

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