Maglalatik-Rural and Barrio Dance

Philippine Folk Dance-Maglalatik

This is classified under rural and barrio dances. It is a mock war dance between the Muslims and the Christians that originated from Binan, Laguna, Philippines.


The dance is about a fight for the latik or coconut meat during the Spanish era.

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Today, this dance is performed in honor of the town's patron saint, San Isidro Labrador. All dancers are male and are naked to the waist except for the coconut shells attached to their chests, backs and hips. The Muslim dancers wear red trousers while the Christian dancers wear blue. There are also coconut shells on their thighs and knees. As they dance, they touch these shells with their coconut shells on their hands.

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