In Philippines, it is a very popular myth that after the Spanish invasion, the King of Spain ordered for the massive plantation. All the filipinos obeyed the orders and those who disregarded the rules of the King, they were penalized by standing between two bamboo poles. At that time, a practice was established among the common Filipinos to perform a traditional folk dance, which is nowadays known to the world as Tinikling; the traditional bamboo dance of Philippines.

Tinikling - Traditional Bamboo Dance of the Philippines - Image by symplex

Tinikling – Traditional Bamboo Dance of the Philippines – Image by symplex

The Tinikling dancers perform barefooted, wearing the traditional costumes; as the females wear a dress called balintawak or patadyong. And the male dancers wear the outfit called barong tagalog. The balintawak are colorful dresses with wide arched sleeves and the patadyong is a pineapple fiber blouse paired with checkered skirts. The barong tagalog is the traditional outfit for males, which is a lightweight long sleeved shirts and worn with red trousers.

Tikling Bird of Philippines

Tikling Bird of Philippines

Tinikling is the word which is in connection with a special native Filipino bird known as tiklingTinikling; the traditional bamboo dance of Philippines derives its impression from the movement of the tikling birds as they walk between grass stems, run over tree branches, or dodge bamboo traps set by rice farmers.

Colorful costumes of Tinikling dancers in Philippines - Image by Beechwood Photography

Colorful costumes of Tinikling dancers in Philippines – Image by Beechwood Photography

There are five steps of this traditional bamboo dance. Firstly, the dancers dance opposite each other, and during the last step, they start from the same side of the bamboo poles. The bamboo is the appalling feature of Tinikling, as it is banged against the ground (or a piece of wood to make it easier to hold) and each other in a pattern. The bamboo has to be closed hard enough to make a sound, and the dancers must be quick enough to not get their foot (or feet) caught. The rythem of the Tinikling becomes faster and faster, and the dancers receive the appreciation from the crowd with their amazed and thrilling movements.

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