The Philippines is known to be colonized by the Spanish and most traditions and beliefs of the Filipinos are being influenced by the Spanish from the way of living to the foods that they eat every day. Most Philippine Folk dances is being influenced by the Spanish colonization and one of those dances is the Cariñosa dance. The name itself shows that it is being influenced by the Spanish.
KNOWING THE CARIÑOSA DANCE
Cariñosa dance is a Spanish influenced folk dance originated from Panay. The meaning of the Spanish word Cariñosa is a loving or affectionate person. The dance is composed of male and female dancers and it should be in pairs. The female dancers wear a traditional Maria Clara costume while the male dancers wear a Barong Tagalog and they used either a fan or a handkerchief as an instrument for their dance.
The dance steps of Cariñosa dances imitate the courting stage of a Filipino couple. The steps show flirtations between the pair, they used the fan or the handkerchief to do the hide and seek part of the dance. When using the fan the female dancers will open it and hide their face, they do it together with the rhythm. If the dancers choose to use the handkerchief, both dancers will hold two corners of the handkerchief and with the rhythm they will hide their face and peek to each other.
THE POPULAR CARIÑOSA DANCE
It is a known fact that Philippine folk dances is starting to phase-out but among those folk dances, Cariñosa dance can be considered as one of the popular ones because even the younger generations are aware of the Cariñosa dance existence.
Cariñosa dance usually presents in school activities like Linggo ng Wika or Field Demo. It is also included in school curriculum and it is always presented during cultural programs.