Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Binanog Festival of Lambunao, Iloilo

In Lambunao, Iloilo, they have an annual celebration of BINANOG FESTIVAL every second Sunday of January. This festival is an exhibition of the Lambunaonons' deeply rooted culture. It centers on the native's "binanog dance" that replicates the mating ritual of the hawk or banog birds. The soul and dignified nature of the natives or bukidnons is evident in the calm movement of the arms and various footwork in the rhythm to the heartbeat of the gong. It depicts courtly pastime and stories that have been handed down from generation to generation.

The dance comprises of 3 acts:
BINANUGAN - the dancers copy the movements of birds.
INAGONG - dance movements of celebration.
DINAGMAY - the dance of courtship.


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