Pandanggo sa Ilaw

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Pandanggo sa Ilaw is a popular dance of grace and balance from Lubang Island, Mindoro in the Visayas region.

This particular pandanggo requires skill in balancing three lighted oil lamps or tinghoy, one on the head and at the palms of each hand. It is characterized by lively steps and clapping that varies in rhythm in 3/4 time. The lights of the lamps are said to represent fireflies that are fluttering in the night.


Versions of the Pandanggo

  • Pandanggo ivatan - Performed during wedding celebrations in Batanes
  • Pandanggo arikenken - Performed in Ilocos Norte where it is danced in pairs
  • Pandanggo rinconada - Performed during Christmas Season by the young and old in Camarines Sur
  • Pandanggo sa sambalilo - Performed with hats, instead of oil lamps
  • Pandanggo sa paño - Performed with handkerchiefs
  • Pandanggo sa tapis - Performed with overskirts

External Link


  • "Doon Po Sa Nayon." (accessed on 27 July 2007)
  • 101 Filipino Icons. Quezon City: Adarna House Inc., 2007.

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