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Monday, January 7, 2013
Lambunao Celebrates 1st Pasidungog Kay Sr. Sto. Nino
photo by Jose de Luna
municipality of Lambunao will hold a cultural presentation to honor the patron
saint of the Ilonggos with the celebration of the 1stPasidungog Kay Sr. Sto. Nino on January
three-day festivity opens on January 11 (Friday) with a Motorcade at 1 p.m.,
and a Torch Parade and Procession of Sto. Nino images at 6 p.m.; January 12
(Saturday) will feature Laro Ng Lahi at 8 a.m. and a Stylized Folkdance
Competition at 6 p.m.; January 13 (Sunday) will highlight the Binanog Dance
competition at 2 p.m.
The Binanog dance is an example of one of
the most important statements in our local history. It is a clue that
philosophically people did exist in a different form, other than the ones that
we see now. It is a beautiful combination of chanting and dance.
Binanog is a
courtship dance performed by the youth when it is time for them to choose
partners for marriage. It is a descriptive dance mannered after the coupling
mechanisms of two Banog (hawk) birds
whose movements they mimic. The dancers move to and simple pattern of rhythms
which marks only a superficial attempt to portray the movements of the birds. It
reaches climax as the female dancer catches her male partner using a long piece
of cloth wrapped in her waist. It is self-consciously a traditional dance and
the performance of this dance is a public expression of their combined
interpretation of the Sulod-Bukidnon courtship aesthetic.
The Binanog dance
exhibits the graceful movements of the female dancer and her partner,
reflecting the rhythm of the gong beat. The dramatic gong beat is an ideal back
drop to the performers who leap and swirl in the happy mood of dance. Its aesthetics and rhythmic movements
and foot work with the vibrant beat of the gong form the basics of the dance.
photo by Jose de Luna
Attired in the
traditional costumes, the
male dancers wear black top with traditional
embroideries called tubok and is
matched with red pants. The female dancer
wears a headpiece of old coins while her face remains visible. She also wears
adornments for neck. She wears a red top with
traditional embroideries and a patadyong
draped as a skirt. The
dancers are accompanied by musician who usesa gong.
Mutual responsibility is important. The dance is important in
that during the time of the dancing the dancers are propelled, if you will,
back to that ancient time. Those who see the dance have a chance to return to
the original form that they were in before.
This year, the annual Binanog Festival
celebration highlighted by its tribal competition will be moved to December to
closely connect with the Municipal Day.
Binanog is an integral part of the life of
Lambunaonons. This traditional tribal dance along with its music, dress and
stories of ancestors from times long past make it an exciting and distinctive