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Abasta, Matilda V. ASCIV Dr.

James Piscos

4-ALM August 30, 2018

“Traditions Renewed: The Filipino Quilted Dreams in Dance”

Shah Asad Rizvi, a classical poet once said; “Dance is the timeless interpretation of

life.” Dance has given a huge role to play in the culture of every country. Bayanihan, a

form of folklore dance in the Philippines has a guide of the national identity and Filipino

History in conceptualizing historical dances. After all, Bayanihan means patriotism and

love for country. National heroes, artists, aesthetically expressed what a true Filipino there

is through dance, music and action. The entire Bayanihan Production did not only show

the rich culture of the Philippines but also exhibited how Spanish colonization affected in

the nurturing of country’s culture through dancing. The production team is an eye opener

to all the Filipinos living in the 20th century. It commemorates the artistic way of Filipinos

in expressing traditions and its own beliefs through dancing, orchestra and some role

playing. There are different types of dances that were showcased during the whole

production. These dances, however, are not all native Filipino dances. Some dances were

inspired with the touch of the Spanish and Chinese culture, as these two are one of those

who colonized the Philippines in early times.

Dancing even in early times is a way every Filipinos expressed their emotions and

feelings. The production showed how dances are used to interpret one’s desire and

passion. Filipinos’ dancing could be a way of them celebrating an event or could be a way

to express grievances and failures. It could also be derived that Filipinos in early times
use dancing as a mode to inform others that the Philippines has a great culture that has

to be passed on to the next succeeding generations. True, verily, the concept of dancing

that period has a very expanded meaning that a single conclusion could not easily be

derived. But one thing is for sure, the show is trying to tell everyone that dancing during

that age is a form of treasure that is being nurtured up until the present times. The famous

dances tinikling and cariñosa among the many dances were also shown in the production

to give every Filipinos of this age the idea of how beautiful these historical dances are.

The historical Filipino dances could not be as beautiful as it is when reminisced if it

was not of the controversial colonization of the Spanish to the Philippines. If it was not of

the Spaniards, then Bayanihan in the heart of Filipinos would have not fueled up for them

express such an artistic art. But such fusion in culture does not include American

colonization. American colonization focuses more on education while Spanish

colonization focused with the promotion of Christianity and the promotion of its very own

culture to be inculcated in every Filipinos. Hence, it cannot be denied that the dances

which are shown in the production could partly be attributed with the Spaniards specially

if it includes Christianity.

The show has only main goal and this is to keep in the mind and heart of all Filipinos

how rich our culture is not only in dancing but to all other forms of art. As correctly stated

by Shah Asad Rizvi; “Dance is the ritual of immortality”, therefore we must always keep

it alive and nurtured regardless of how many years had passed by.