To fulfill one of the association's missions
to promote the Philippine culture, develop and enhance the participation
of the youth in learning the Philippine customs and traditions,
the association has formed cultural dance groups for the youth
as part of its Youth Development Program (YDP). The youth cultural
dance group performs at the association's events and in the
community as ambassadors of goodwill. They also serve as an
inspiration to the young FIL-AM generation to learn their roots
in artistic and enjoyable way. They believe that through their
dance, they can spread goodwill to the community and be instrumental
to the good causes of the organization.
Choreographer TONI LIME
Kapiil sa Munsala is a Maranao scarf dance in Lanao province.
The Kapiil sa Munsala maybe performed as a solo or a group
dance. The dancer/s are equipped with two big and colorful
scarves which delicately manipulated in numerous patters.
The dance is marked with the dancers' static poses, sudden
wrist flicks and graceful hip-sways. This dance is usually
performed only by females but in their absence, males
may also dance it. The Kapiil sa Munsala is very similar
to the execution of other Maranao dances like the Asik
and the Aparet. All three dances are danced during Maranao
festivities or on welcoming guests or dignitaries. It
is notable there a lot Maranao scarf dances like the Kapiil
sa Munsala. Very popular are the Katsudoratan (also spelled
Kzadoratan), Kakini-kini remarkable of its stylized walk,
and the Kasanduayan.
The Janggay or 'Igal Janggay" is one Badjao dance
that is performed to the tradition of the Pangalay. Pangalay
being a predominant dance form favorite among the gentle
people of the Sulu archipelago.
to metal fingernails or claws that the dancers wear on
their hands as the sinuous movements of pangalay figures
are executed. The janggay is supposed to enhance or magnify
the dancer's hand twists and wrist flicks because it serves
like a sort of an extension.
The Singkíl originated from the Maranao people
who inhabit the shores of Lake Lanao. It is derived from
a story in theDarangen, the Maranao interpretation of
the ancient Indian epic, the Ramayana. The name of the
dance itself means "to entangle the feet with disturbing
objects such as vines or anything in your path".
It is a popular dance performed during celebrations and
other festive entertainment. Originally only women, particularly
royalty, danced the Singkíl, which serves as either
a conscious or unconscious advertisement to potential