2014 CULTURAL DANCE GROUP
To fulfill one of the association's missions to promote the
Philippine culture, the association has formed cultural dance
groups where adults and young can join and spread goodwill
to the community. The adult cultural dance group goes to different
places and functions to perform for donations. These adult
performers volunteered their time and talent to act as ambassadors
of the association and help the organization raise funds for
its projects like college scholarships, supporting public
libraries, senior centers and fellow Filipinos who need help
in the Philippines. They believe that through their dance,
they can spread goodwill to the community and be instrumental
to the good causes of the organization.
Lately, the cultural dance group has introduced some cultural
dances in a very interesting and unique way. Aside from the
traditional cultural dances, they had infused some contemporary
modern steps, hip-hop, zumba moves to make some of the folk
dances fun to watch. It is just a way for the dance group
or the Cultural Dance Committee (CDC) to mix the modern and
the traditional dance moves in fun and exciting fashion.
EMCEE: ALEXIS PLAISTED
"Bulaklakan" or the dance of flowers is usually
held during the month of May in the Philippines as this is
the month known when flowers bloom at its best. It is customarily
performed in many parts of the Philippines, especially Luzon,
as they celebrate the "Santa Cruz de Mayo" dedicated
to the Virgin Mary during the Roman Catholic festivity. It
is a procession followed by a social gathering where folk
dances are being performed in front of the altar usually built
by the Hermana Mayor or host of the procession. Bulaklakan,
a lovely and attractive dance, is danced for this occasion.
The girls in this dance each hold a garland of leaves and
flowers attached to a wire, bamboo or rattan so that the garland
will arch when held overhead and will gently sway these arcs
of garlands to gracefully give honor to Virgin Mary. It is
also believed that the name "Bulakalakan" was derived
from a town in the Northern Philippines called Bulacan due
to the natural floral growth in that area and where this floral
dance is performed for social gathering and relaxation after
the locale's hard day's work.
CHOREOGRAPHY: ENRI FULMORE,
Belle Limoge, Annalyn Nauta, Rose Wallace, Enri Fulmore, Jennifer
Tettleton, & Esther Adversalo
AND HIP-HOP "BEBOT" FUSION
idea of CDC is to infuse the TINIKLING dance and BEBOT hip-hop
This 'Visayan' dance was found in Leyte where this dance originated.
Dancers imitate the tikling bird's legendary grace and speed
as they skillfully play, chase each other, run over tree branches,
or dodge bamboo traps set by rice farmers. Hence it is named
after the bird, tikling. this version of the dance is done
between a pair of bamboo poles.
The older people claim that
the 'Tinikling Ha Bayo' from which the tinikling dance evolved
is more difficult to perform. It was originally danced between
'bayuhan', two wooden pestles used to pound the husks off
the rice grain.
ENRI FULMORE AND BELLE LIMOGE
DANCERS: Belle Limoge, Enri Fulmore, Jennifer Tettleton
Angelina Flemming, and Janice Ureta-Sanchez
Bamboo Clickers : Cita Lime & JM Ureta
HIP-HOP STYLE "BEBOT"
As a finale of
the Cultural Dance Group, they dance TINIKLING ala HIP-HOP
style, in the tune of "BEBOT". The crowd joined
in the dance and fun!!! The Civic Center Plaza was shaking
and everyone had a blast!!
RAPPER/IMPERSONATOR: Jonathan Enerva
DANCERS: Belle Limoge, Enri Fulmore, CDC Group, and the groovy
Bamboo Clickers : Analyn Nauta and Jennifer Tettleton
The salakot, usually made with rattan or reeds, is a wide
brimmed hat which protects the Filipinos from the heat of
the sun and rain. In this dance, the salakot is used to enhance
the dance figure and hand movement. This (salakot dance) can
be danced by boys and girls, or just girls. The girls wear
a Balintawak costume and a pair of wooden slipper (bakya)
ENRI FULMORE AND BELLE LIMOGE
Cita Lime Esther, Adversalo, Lizette Jones Criscelle Santiago,
& Rose Wallace
fusion dance is interwoven with flare of zumba and modern
dance. Salakot is the Filipino word for a wide-brimmed hat
used by farmers and ladies to protect them from the heat of
the sun. This time, it will be used with sexy and catchy moves
to the delight of the audience.
Music: "Love me Right" by the Swag Geeks & Brook
CHOREOGRAPHY: BELLE LIMOGE
Janice Ureta-Sanche, Jennifer Tettleton, Belle Limoge, &
is a word that describes an affectionate, friendly and lovable
woman. This dance is performed in flirtatious manner with
fans and handkerchiefs to assist the dancers' hide-and-seek
movements. It depicts a man courting a woman with the restriction
of touching her. During the Spanish times, it was a grave
scandal for a man to touch even the fingertips of a woman
thus, in this dance it shows a demure lady protecting herself
from the man by using scented fan and and a handkerchief as
if playing hide-and-seek.
This dance was originated in the Panay Islands on the Visayan
Islands and it was introduced by the Spaniards during their
colonization of the Philippines. It is related to some of
the Spanish dances like the bolero and the Mexican dance Jarabe
Tapatio or the Mexican Hat Dance that resembles the courtship
through the interpretation of the dancers in the process of
dancing. The dance before was a Maria Clara dance but because
of its popularity it has so many versions around the Philippines.
CHOREOGRAPHY: ENRI FULMORE AND BELLE LIMOGE
DANCERS: Marc Limoge Cita Lime , JM Ureta, & Janice Ureta-Sanchez
The Ifugao people are said to be the "children of the
earth." The term Ifugao is derived from the word ipugao
which literally means "coming from the earth." The
Spaniards, however, changed it to Ifugaw, a term presently
used in referring not only to these people but also to their
The Ifugaos of Mayaoyao in Cordillera have hundreds of small
and large feasts called canao. Each canao has a different
purpose: weddings, hope for a good harvest, success in war,
or the death of prominent villagers.
The grandest of all canao is the uayoy. The uyaoy is mainly
celebrated by a Kadangyan or chieftain of the village in order
to reaffirm his social status in the community and his possible
entry to the village's council of elders. Men spread their
arms to imitate the sakpaya hawk's majestic glide and stamp
their feet to affirm their affinity with the cosmic earth.
Uyaoy is a display of various levels of composition, form,
depth, and perspective brought by inspiration and gansa-based
CHOREOGRAPHY/DANCER: JONATHAN ENERVA
literally mean pots. The Banga or pot dance is a contemporary
performance of Kalinga of the Mountain Province in the Philippines.
This dance illustrates the languid grace of a tribe otherwise
known as fierce warriors. Heavy earthen pots, as many as seven
or eight at a time, are balanced on the heads of maidens as
they trudge to the beat of the "gangsa" or wind
chimes displaying their stamina and strength as they go about
their daily task of fetching water and balancing the banga.
ENRI FULMORE & BELLE LIMOGE
Enri Fulmore, Annalyn Nauta, Jennifer Tettleton, Esther adversalo,
Cita Lime Janice Ureta-Sanchez, & Belle Limoge (Princess)
Bumayah is an Ifugao dance of thanksgiving to the god Kabunian.
In this dance, performed by both men and women, the movements
mimic those of a rooster scratching the ground. This joyful
dance serves as a prayer of thanksgiving for a bountiful rice
CHOREOGRAPHY: ENRI FULMORE & BELLE LIMOGE
Jonathan Enerva, Belle Limoge, Enri Fulmore, Annalyn Nauta,
Cita Lime & Jennifer Tettleton
DANCE GROUP MEMBERS MADE IT TO THE NEWSPAPER
the June 7, 2014, a news writer from the local newspaper,
North County Times, got a glimpse of our cultural dancers
and featured them in the newspaper!!