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Describing the Subanen Dances of Banwa Labo in Ozamiz City, Philippines

Paz Elsalou T. Luman-ag 1, Hayde D. Villanueva2, Anthony L. Awa3

Cultural heritage is one of the most important treasures of any race. However, in this rapidly changing world, it is imperative to document and preserve the rich dance cultural heritage of indigenous peoples. This study aimed to describe the Subanen dances of „Banwa? Labo in Ozamiz City, Philippines. Interviews were conducted among key informants to identify the Subanen dances of „Banwa? Labo in Misamis Occidental, Philippines. The tribe had identified four Subanen dances. The study showed that the authenticity of these dances, classifies and describes them based on the basic elements and factors that influence folk dances. These dances are classified as ritual, religious, imitative, festival, and courtship dances. The Subanen traditional dances are rich in character traits and customs, which contribute to the cultural identity of this indigenous people. The findings of this research may provide information on the fundamentals of the Subanen dances. Instructional materials can be developed from the dance notations and the meaning of the dance steps. These dances may be integrated in physical education as a medium of disseminating history and literature.

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