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What Is Pandanggo Sa Ilaw? (Answers)

PANDANGGO SA ILAW – is a Philippine Folk Dance that was derived from the “Fandango”, a Spanish Folk Dance.

Pandanggo Sa Ilaw - A Traditional Philippine Dance
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During the Spanish Occupation of the Philippines, many of their cultures were passed on. This included their art, food, and dances.

However, due to the Philippines being an archipelago, there is no one version of the Pandanggo sa Ilaw. Each locality has its own version of the dance.

But, there is still one thing in common between the different versions, they have vibrant and sprightly figures. It could be danced in social gatherings usually accompanied by clapping.

According to an article by TagalogLang, the music commonly accompanied by the dance was composed by Col. Antonio R. Buenaventura.

He is a National Artist for Music and a native of Bulacan. In addition to this, he also taught at the Conservatory of Music at the University of the Philippines.

The dance is performed with three oil lamps that a dancer has to balance. One on the head and one on the back of each hand.

Two of the most popular versions of the dance would be from Mindoro and Oasioas. Also, the Philippine Folk dance, “Cariñosa”, has Pandangga as its base dance.

During the early 18th century, any dance that was considered as Jovial and Lively was called “Pandanggo”. Meanwhile, those that were related to it are called “Pinandanggo”.

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