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Transcript of Lapay Bantigue
Each dawn, Bantigue village awaits the arrival of boats with their catch. Gathered on the beach with the people are numerous herons called "lapay" flying overhead or moving around waiting for spare fish catch. To while away their time, people turn their attention to the birds, shooing them or imitating their flight, swoops, dives and glides. The dance was started by “Lola” Felisa Tupas who was captivated by the Lapay’s graceful movements leading her and the fisherfolks of barangay Bantigue to choreograph the dance by imitating some of the movements. This playful frolicking started the first steps of a spontaneous dance. Music was brought in later to lend order and form.
Legend has it that the Lapay dance was promised to Saint Philomena, saint of the fishermen by a native for an abundant catch of fish and by a mother, for the Saint to heal her sickly child. So these people made this dance to fulfill their promise to the Saint. Miraculously, the child was healed and the fishermen caught a lot of fish. Since then the people have to dance the “Lapay Bantigue” to give thanks to St. Philomena and of course for a productive fishing with the blessing of their Patron Saint.
Costume and Props
Costumes differ according to the perspective of the group of dancers to the Lapay Bantigue --- with a touch of creativity
Lapay Bantigue Dance Festival
It is celebrated annually during the City Anniversary on 30th day of September. This event highlights the traditional folk dance created by "Lola Felisa" many years ago, when she imitated the graceful movement of the seagull (locally known as Lapay). The dance has evolved and is now recognized by the Cultural Center of the Philippines as one of the official folk dances of the country. This dance was also recognized during the Spanish Colonization.
A Journey to Lapay Bantigue Dance
Costume and Props
1st Step: LUPAD
Flutter your arms gracefully and step sideways for 16 counts. After this, face your partner and do this step again for 16 counts.
3rd Step: STEP TUKA
While facing your partner, place the back of your palm on your forehead and do a pecking motion with your back bent. Do this for 8 counts. Then, while still doing this step, go opposite ways eg. you going to the front and your partner going to the back. Do this for four times.
You and your partner should bend and face opposite directions while stomping for eight counts then raise your arms while twirling to face your partner. Do this for four times.
Move your arms in front of you up and down for 16 counts. Then, jump lightly in front of your partner and move your arms up and down in synchronization. Do this for 16 counts too.
6th Step: LUPAD
Again, flutter your arms gracefully and step sideways for 16 counts. After this, face your partner and do this step again for 16 counts. Pose for your final position right after.
2nd Step: KUMINTANG
Raise your right arm and do a horizontal thumbs up. Rotate your hand and wrist four counts clockwise, and another four counts counter-clockwise. While doing this, your partner will go around you while doing the “Lupad” step. After completing each of the four counts, you and your partner will change positions, meaning, your partner will do the Kumintang and you will dance around him.
We all know that Lapay Bantigue is the hovering of birds more commonly known as seagulls or the “LAPAY” and because of that they commonly use replicas or representation of the seagulls(Lapay) as their Props and other used props are feathers(seldom)
PROPS AND COSTUME
JASPER T. DEL ESPIRITU SANTO
ERICKA MAE M. OCAMPO
JENNY A. BANTOG
IVY A. BIÑAS
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