Maranao War Dance (Sagayan Festival)
|Country and Region||Philippines — Lanao del Norte|
|Type of Festival||Dance|
|Location of Festival||Tubod, Lanao del Norte, Philippines|
|Festival Contact Information|
Philippines Department of Tourism
Acrobatic male dancers with skirts, swords, and impressive jumping and kicking skills perform trance-like in the dance called sagayan, which inspores Tubod's Sagayan Festival. The movements they perform are believed to banish evil spirits while welcoming positive ones. Female dancers perform the dance's corollary, kasiduratan, a motion that's defined by the lithe movement of their arms.
|Festival Dates||July 3, 2008|