Padanggo sa Ilaw

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One of the most amusing Philippine dances is the Padanggo sa Ilaw because of the excitement it brings to its viewers. Padanggo sa Ilaw is one of the traditional Philippine dances that are very popular up to the present times.

THE PADANGGO SA ILAW DANCE

Padanggo sa Ilaw is a dance with oil lamp. Padanggo sa Ilaw is ¾ dance beat dance. The word “Padanggo” comes from the Spanish word “Fandango”, a lively dance while “sa ilaw” means “light”. The Padanggo sa Ilaw involves dancers dancing in a ¾ beat music while balancing an oil lamp in their head and hands.

THE ORIGIN OF THE PADANGGO SA ILAW

The dance Padanggo sa Ilaw was originated in the province of Mindoro. It is a dance inspired by the Spanish dance Fandango, an upbeat dance that uses castanets but here in the Philippines instead of castanets the dancers balances 3 oil lamps, one in the head, and one in each hand.

The music of Padanggo sa Ilaw was composed by a National Artist for Music, a man from Bulacan, Col. Antonio R. Buenaventura. He wrote the music way back early 1930s while he is teaching at the Conservatory of Music at the University of the Philippines.

PADANGGO SA ILAW IN THE MODERN TIME

Today, the Padanggo sa Ilaw uses glasses with a candle inside instead of oil lamps and it is being presented during Filipino programs like Linggo ng Wika. It is also dance during religious rituals such as procession like the procession of St. Martha, Padangguhan sa Pasig and Sayaw sa Obando.

The excitement in the dance Padanggo sa Ilaw is the reason why Filipino even the young ones keep on dancing this dance and they find this dance amusing to watch. The way the dancers balance the oil lamps is what makes the dance exciting.

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