Maglalatik

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Maglalatik or Dance of the Cocojam Vendors. Photograph by: Willy Lorenzana

Maglalatik (also called Magbabao) depicts a fight between the Moros and the Christians over the latik (reduction left after the coconut milk has been boiled). The first two parts of the dance, the Palipasan and the Baligtaran, show the heated encounter between the two groups. The last two parts, the Paseo and the Sayaw Escaramusa, show their reconciliation. Those who represent the Moros wear red trousers and those who represent the Christians wear blue trousers. Circular coconut shells are attached to each dancer's back at the waist, and to their breasts and knees. Dancers also hold triangular formed coconut shells in each hand.

This dance originated in Biñan, Laguna. During the night of the town fiesta of Biñan, they dance the Maglalatik in the religious procession as it moves along the streets. They perform the dance as an offering to the patron saint of farmers, San Isidro de Labrador.


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