A martial arts dance originating from the Tausug people of the Sulu archipelago in the Southwestern part of the Philippines. Male dancers depict a fight between a cat and a hawk. They simulate martial arts movements while manipulating daggers and fans.
KINI-KINI represents the sophisticated women of the Royal Maranao. Movements and shapes of their walk are very articulate and their scarves represent their fluidity and grace. Their grace is a characteristic of their good education.
This is a solo dance featuring an umbrella-bearing female attendant. It is performed in order to win the favour of her sultan master.
Traditionally a depiction of the Maguindanao and Maranao interpretation of a legend centred around Princess Gandingan and the brave Prince Bantugan. While walking through the forest with her loyal umbrella-bearing lady-in-waiting, the Princess Gandingan is suddenly caught in the middle of an earthquake unleashed by the forest diwata, or forest spirits. The Princess must gracefully and skilfully manoeuvre through the closing bamboo poles, which represent falling trees. Fans, or apir, are waved by dancers to represent auspicious winds. The valiant Prince Bantugan enters the scene and rescues the Princess.