Pandanggo is a South East Asian dance style originating from the popular Spanish dance style “Fandango”. This folk dance originated in Philippines, and is popular in the rural areas of the country. Apparently, several versions of this dance style exist in the Filipino culture. Furthermore, this dance is mainly performed during religious rituals and processions.

a. History/origin of Pandanggo Dance:

This dance was first created in the Philippines during the 15th century when the country was for the first time colonized by the Spanish. Apparently, this dance originated from an island known as Lubang, and has been heavily influenced by a Spanish dance known as Fandango.

b. Costumes used in the Pandanggo Dance:

The costume worn in this dance form varies according to the gender, and they are as follows:

For men:

The attire worn includes a Barong Tagalog and a pant.

For women:

The attire worn includes a Mestiza dress.

c. Music involved in the Pandanggo Dance:

Castanets a form of percussion instrument is mainly used in this style of dancing.

d. Training availability and technique involved in the Pandanggo Dance:

In terms of technique, this dance involves the performers snapping their fingers and stomping their feet to the beats of the accompanying music. However, there exists another version of this dance known as “Oasiwas” which is characterized by “swinging and circling” body movements. Furthermore, in this version while dancing the performer also holds lighted lamps in their hands. As for training centers and schools, there are none available around the world since this “folk” dance is mainly performed in the Philippines.

e. Some of the Best Pandanggo Dance Videos:

Pandanggo sa ilaw – Candle Dance
Best Pandanggo Folk Dance
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