Sunday, August 24, 2008


The "taddok" is the native dance of Kalinga.

The men beat gongs as they skip their feet with the tempo and dance around.

The women dance the "tanggi"; hands wide open and at shoulder level while they skip too to the tempo of the gongs.

They dance round the plaza and may perform certain dance formations to add variety to the otherwise monotonous steps.

The taddok is usually performed during festivities and fiestas.

They also conduct taddok contests to make the festivity livelier and well participated in.

The native folks wear their best costumes and create different variations of the steps to win.

The picture above is of young men having fun with their "costumed" peers.

The young women in a pose, before the taddok.


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Jena Isle said...

Thanks money, I'll try to visit.

Ray Gratzner said...

Dear jena, fascinating.... the variety of dances all over the world. The charming young ladies look a little bit solemn, do they have no fun?... All the best

Jena Isle said...

Hi Ray,

he he he, yes,the ladies are a bit's the fierce noonday sun.

Jena Isle said...

Thanks for the visit Ray.

I appreciate it a lot. All the best too.

tashabud said...

Hi Jena,
These pictures make me feel homesick. I wish I can just fly there right now to be among my native countrymen. I belong to the Igorots. I remember my Mama donning on her native garb during special occasions in the province to dance the "Tadek". In Kalinga term, it's "Tadok", but in Igorot term, it's "Tadek". Did I have this right? Oh, those were the days and oh, so long ago. Thanks for sharing.

Jena Isle said...

Hi Tasha, that would be great. Do you know how to do the dance? It would be fun watching you

Thanks for dropping by.

Gem said...

Hi Jena.. got here from...- alam mo na!

The dance is still done in Baguio especially during the flower festival.

But since Baguio is a big community, the flower festival parade is getting to be more of an international and regional event.

The lovely dances and costumes are slowly being replaced by non-themed igorot outfits.

Kahit man lang sana may touch ng Cordilleran outfit ok lang sana.

>>> Are you really in Angeles City?

Jena Isle said...

Hi Gem, sorry for the very late reply, I just read your comment now, perhaps I have wrongly deleted the email. Yes to your question. Taddok is indeed a vibrant native dance. Thanks for the visit.