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Documentation and Notation of the Traditional Dances of the Yogads of Isabela

Academic journal article Researchers World

Documentation and Notation of the Traditional Dances of the Yogads of Isabela

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ABSTRACT

Traditional dances are dances that still reflect traditions, customs and religious beliefs retained in near pristine form which could offer valuable club in today's search for authentic roots of pre-Hispanic Philippines(Goquinco,1980). It is disappointing to note that from among the different dance groups/companies in the Philippines, there is but only one Yogad dance included in their repertoire which only the Balanban. Cognizant of this problem it is the firm belief of this researcher that a study be conducted on the Yogad unpublished dances for preservation and dissemination. This study hopes to boast the morale of the Yogad tribe so as to make them proud of their own cultural identity.

It aimed to contribute to the repertoire of dances, which have been started through the pioneering work of Mrs. Francisca R. Aquino, which provided source of materials for schools in the field of dance as well as in the allied-disciplines, which needs better understanding of our culture. The main purpose of this study was to analyze, record and notate the unpublished traditional dances of the Yogads of Isabela in order to preserve them for posterity and for instructional purpose.

The study will promote awareness to existence of the Yogad tribe: awareness of the richness of their cultural heritage through the people's ethnic/traditional dances, awareness of the necessity of preserving such dances that speak of character traits and life ways of the people. The dances could serve as a good material in promoting appreciation and love for our own cultural heritage.

Keywords: Traditional dances, yogad dances, yogad tribe, yogad folk dances, yogad ethnic dances, Isabela dances

INTRODUCTION:

The Philippines is a growing nation, ready to transcend barriers for expansion, the world has suddenly become smaller, separated people in the past have given way to what is now known as "world culture". Their principal product is tobacco, while com is their important food supply. Fond of hunting, the Sierra Madre Mountains are their hunting grounds. They also do considerable basketwork and dwell in a structure of wood like bamboo, or in mountain cave with a thatched or bamboo roof. The men wear shirt and trousers and the women wear camisa and skirt. Yogads are fond of music and dances. Yogad is also the language used by this ethnic tribe(http://en.wikipilipinas.org/index.php?title=Yogad).

Section 14, Article XIV of the 1987 Constitution States that "The State shall foster the preservation, enrichment and dynamic evolution of a Filipino national culture. " Section 15 provides "The State shall conserve, promote and popularized the nations ' historical and cultural heritage and resources as well as artistic creations. " Also in same Article ,Section 17 mandates "The State shall recognize, respect and protect the rights of indigenous cultural communities to preserve and develop their cultural traditions and institutions. "(Bernas, 2012).

As a major program components of the Fitness and Values revitalization program of the DepEd, SAYAWIT, has this as one of its objectives to identify, document and institutionalized the traditional songs and dances to enrich the present curricula at all levels.

Dance is one of the potent factors in the improvement, promotion, or strengthening of tradition. Traditional dances are dances that still reflect traditions, customs and religious beliefs retained in near pristine form which could offer valuable club in today's search for authentic roots of pre -Hispanic Philippines (Goquinco, 1980).

It is disappointing to note that from among the different dance groups/companies in the Philippines, there is but only one Yogad dance included in their repertoire which only the Bcdanban.

Cognizant of this problem it is the firm belief of this researcher that a study be conducted on the Yogad unpublished dances for preservation and dissemination.

This study hopes to boast the moral of the Yogad tribe so as to make them proud of their own cultural identity. …

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