Maranao War Dance (Sagayan Festival)

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Country and Region PhilippinesLanao del Norte
Type of Festival Dance
Location of Festival Tubod, Lanao del Norte, Philippines
Festival Contact Information

Philippines Department of Tourism
Room 207 DOT Building
TM Kalaw Street
Manila, Philippines
Phone: +63 (2)524 2345

Festival Description

Acrobatic male dancers with skirts, swords, and impressive jumping and kicking skills perform trance-like in the dance called sagayan, which inspores Tubod's Sagayan Festival. The movements they perform are believed to banish evil spirits while welcoming positive ones. Female dancers perform the dance's corollary, kasiduratan, a motion that's defined by the lithe movement of their arms.

Festival Dates July 3, 2008
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