Friday, March 15, 2013

1963 Philippine Folk Dances

On September 15, 1963, the Bureau of Posts issued the first Philippine Republic stamps celebrating  Filipino culture:  a se-tenant set of four stamps featuring  popular Philippine folk dances printed by Thomas de la Rue and Co. Ltd., England.

5s Tinkling Dance

The tinikling is a pre-Spanish dance that involves two people beating, tapping, and sliding bmboo poles on the ground and against each other in coordination with one or more dancers who step over and in between pole between the poles in a dance. The dance originated in islands in the central Philippines as an imitation of the tikling bird dodging bamboo traps set by rice farmers. The dance imitates the movement of the tikling birds by skillfully maneuvering between large bamboo poles.

6s  Pandanggo sa ilaw (Dance of the Oil Lamps)

This  dance originates from Lubang Island, Mindoro in Visayas. 'Pandanggo sa ilaw' means 'Fandango with light'.The term pandanggo comes from the Spanish word fandango, which is a dance characterized by marking time with a clack of castanets, snapping of fingers, and stomping of feet in triple-time rhythm. A dancer balances three oil lamps (tinghoy), or candles in glasses instead, balanced on her head and on the back of each hand while she dances.

10s  Itik-Itik

Itk-Itik , a dance which originated in Mindanao, imotates the movements of ducks among rice paddies and swamplands, such as wading, flying, and short, choppy steps.

20c  Singkil

The Singkíl originated from the Maranao people who inhabit the shores of Lake Lanoa in Mindanao. It is derived from a story in the Darangen, the Maranao epic song.  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.

First Day of Issue Cancellation

The cancellation includes  a pandanggo  dancer balancing  candles.

First Day Covers

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