Abra claims Sakuting dance

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Tuesday, April 5, 2011

THE people of Dolores, Abra are reclaiming their traditional dance with their first Sakuting Festival next month.

Mayor Robert Victor Seares said the Sakuting -- an age-old traditional folk dance from Dolores -- was revived to promote tourism and economic development in the fifth class municipality.

Seares said the dance is traditionally performed by men in Dolores during Christmas.

Department of Tourism Regional Director Purificacion Molintas said more towns in the region have been rediscovering their traditional dances and celebrations as they are encouraged to start their own festivals.

Ian Alcanzaren, organizer of the recently held Miki Festival in Bangued, said they are also using the same formula in organizing the Sakuting festival in Dolores.

Alcanzaren said the thrust of the town is to promote the culture and the arts of the town, primarily its religious, culinary and ecotourism potentials.

The Sakuting dance, originally performed solely by boys portrays a mock fight using sticks, traces its roots to the art of Philippine stick fighting martial arts, arnis, Alcanzaren said.

The festival will run from May 5 to 7 and will showcase street dancing, dance showdowns, a float parade, exhibits, cookfest and a beauty pageant.

An agro-industrial trade fair will also be done to exhibit the products of farmers of the town, he added.

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on April 06, 2011.

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