Sinkil dance takes its name from the bells worn on the ankles of the Muslim princess. Perhaps one of the oldest of truly Filipino dances, the Singkil recounts the epic legend of the "Darangan" of the Maranao people of Mindanao. This epic, written sometime in the 14th century, tells the fateful story of Princess Gandingan, who was caught in the middle of a forest during an earthquake caused by the diwatas, or fairies or nymph of the forest.
The rhythmic clapping of criss-crossed bamboo poles represent the trees that were falling, which she gracefully avoids. Her slave loyally accompanies her throughout her ordeal. Finally, she is saved by the prince. Dancers wearing solemn faces and maintaining a dignified pose being dancing at a slow pace which soon progresses to a faster tempo skillfully manipulate apir, or fans which represent the winds that prove to be auspicious. The dancers weave expertly through criss-crossed bamboos.
When performed by ladies of the royalty of Lanao, the dancer is usually accompanied by a waiting lady, who holds a beautifully decorated umbrella over the Princess' head wherever she goes. Royal princesses to this day in the Sulu Archipelago are required to learn this most difficult and noble dance.
The photo was taken in one of the biggest mall in Makati called Glorietta. I was waiting for my wife when I saw this event and happen to have my camera so I started taking pictures. the event is trying to showcase the product of the south Luzon product. they have different booth selling good produce in the said place and the dancing is just the 2nd part of the attraction where they showed different dances of the Phillipines.
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alford (3981) 2005-01-29 8:19
Great shot, Verge! You captured the dancers in the peak of their dance! The event is a smart way to showcase southern Philipppine's culture and products. I understand the difficulty of getting a decent shot considering this is inside a mall, and many people are watching. Colors and sharpness are very good! rgds.