A person can know the culture and the way of living of a Filipino by watching their dances because each dance represents an ethnic group in the Philippines and every dance shows how the Filipinos lived and what do they believe in life.
In Abra, a province located in the Northern part of the Philippines, they have a dance that shows the everyday life of a typical family and it is called the Idudu dance.
KNOWING THE IDUDU DANCE
The Idudu folk dance is a traditional dance being performed in the province of Abra. Idudu folk dance shows how a typical family in their place lived their everyday life.
The family in Abra is called the Tinguian family because they belong to a Tinguian or Itneg society. The Idudu dance steps show the everyday life of a family. The dance is composed of female and male dancers wearing a traditional clothing of the Tinguian. The first part of the Idudu dance steps shows that the father of the family is plowing the field while the mother of the family is busy taking care of their children. Then after the father finishes all his work, the mother will take over and do the planting and do the other chores while the father will be the one taking care of the children. While the dancers do the Idudu dance steps a singer will sing the Idudu lullaby, a lullaby being perform to put the baby to sleep.
IDUDU DANCE TODAY
Today, Idudu dance is part of the school curriculum. It is being taught to the students to make them more aware of the Philippine Folk dances. It is perform during cultural programs and whenever a visitor visits their place, Idudu dance is being performed to entertain their guest.
Even if you are a local or a foreigner, watching all Philippines folk dances can make you feel like you had a tour around the Philippines because those dances shows how the people in different parts of the Philippines lived their life.