Sakpaya-Mountain-Igorot Dance




This dancefrom Kalinga is classified under Mountain-Igorot dances. Sakpaya came from the name of the birds that populated the world famous Banaue Terraces.

The calloused hands of Ifugao farmers dig the hard soil and push heavy stones off cliffs to make way for a new rice field, part of the world-famous Banaue rice terraces. High-flying sakpaya birds swoop and hover over the terraces as the Ifugao toil. In times of plenty, the Ifugao farmers give thanks to their sakpaya "gods" by donning traditional costumes and imitating their flight in this dance.

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