The Pantomina Folk dance is very popular in the region Bicol. According to the pantomina dance history, this dance is originated from Bicol and it is performed during weddings and the dance steps are the imitation the dove’s courtship and lovemaking.
Part of the dance is when the musicians will stop playing to let the dancers have time to wipe themselves from perspiration, in this part the male dancers will lend the female dancers their handkerchief to be use for wiping themselves and because of the dancers’ flirty act the audience will tease them then the musician will start to play the music again.
According to pantomina dance history this dance is also called Salampati during the Spanish colonization. It is also the first folk dance to be written and it is included on the first folk dance book “Philippines Folk Dances and Games” written by Francisca Reyes Aquino.
Today, the Pantomina dance is being performed during cultural programs and Linggo ng Wika program in school. Pantomina is being part of the school curriculum specifically in MAPE (Music, Arts and Physical Education) subject. It is being done to make the new generation become familiar with the Philippine folk dances and not to let them forgot the Philippines culture.