aliwan 2009 Lapay Bantigue festival 11/25

LAPAY BANTIGUE FESTIVAL (Masbate)


This streetdance festival emerged champion in Bicol region’s Magayon 2008.  Through efforts of the late National Artist Ramon Obusan, a dance anchored on the movements of the lapay – a bird found hovering along Bantigue’s coastline – gained national renown.  It was originally choreographed by the venerable resident Lola Felisa  as a dance ritual in honor of St Filomena.  Today, it is one of the finest folkdances in the country.

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