It was the 17th Annual Pistahan Parade and Festival last Aug. 14-15 at Yerba Buena Gardens. "Pistahan" literally means fiesta which involves celebration of good food, culture and tradition.
"Over the past 17 years, the Pistahan Parade and Festival has honored the customs and traditions of Filipino Americans through arts, crafts, performances and cuisine. This is an event that promises a wonderful glimpse into the exciting and vibrant experience of the Philippine culture that San Franciscans and the surrounding Bay Area have come to appreciate everyday."- excerpt from Mayor Gavin Newsom's Letter to EXPO Magazine
The Singkil recounts the epic legend of the "Darangan" of the Maranao people of Mindanao. The dance takes its name from the bells worn on the ankles of the Muslim princess. 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 of the forest. The crisscrossed 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 skillfully manipulate apir, or fans which represent the winds that prove to be auspicious. Royal princesses to this day in the Sulu Archipelago are required to learn this most difficult and noble dance. -Noel's Pilipino Folkdance Glossary
This looks like the "Kinakulangan". The royal walk or "kini-kini" of the Maranao women is illustrated in the Kinakulangan dance. Male attendants follow the ladies as they gracefully manipulate mosala, or scarves, displaying their elite social upbringing.
Looks like the Maglangka Folk Dance.
"Literally meaning "to dance," the maglangka is used to mold the adolescent girls into ladies of good breeding and accomplished dancing skills. The girls are strictly taught to gracefully execute movements imitating birds in flight, fish swimming in the sea, or branches swaying in the air while remaining in the confines of a square cloth. these movements require intense concentration and innate style as the ladies express emotions and entertain guests."- www.hiyas.org
It's always uplifting to be surrounded by familiar things like our native food & language. It feels like I didn't leave Philippines at all.
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