Friday, January 21, 2011

Dancing Itik-Itik

Last January 15, 2011, the Filipino Community here in Germany celebrated the Sinulog. For the sake of those who do not know about what it is, Sinulog is a festival that honors the vision of the child Jesus, known as the Santo NiƱo (Holy Child), who used to be the patron Saint of the City of Cebu in the Philippines (since in the Catholic faith Jesus is not a saint, but God). It is a dance ritual that commemorates the Cebuano people's Islamic and pagan origin, and their acceptance of Roman Catholicism.

And we have a version of the Sinulog here in Germany too. Because my parents are active in the Sto. Nino Group, a Catholic religious community here, we little children are also expected to take part in the festivities and so we decided to do a dance number for the program.

This little something is for all the Filipinos who came from all over Germany on that day. And it is a Filipino folk dance called Itik-Itik. I am the one in the short hair and wearing the red traditional Filipino dress.

What Is Itik-Itik? It is a mimetic dance that depicts the movements of wading and flying itik (ducks). Dancers mimic the short swaying gait of waddling feet and the intense energy of close-cropped flapping wings.

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