Ethan Sabay Philippine Folkloric Dance Group (ESPFDG)

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Ethan Sabay Philippine Folkloric Dance Group (ESPFDG)

ESPF Dancers: Standing from left: Vilma, Miracle, Evelio, Yoko, Maggie; Foreground: Anni, Gloria, Edna, Ligaya, Bianca, Carmela & Michelle.











Ethan Sabay Philippine Folkloric Dance Group

Artistic Directors:

Ligaya White

Evelio Sabay


WATCH ESPFDG at the Santacruzan on

May 20, 2017, Saturday

6:00 pm

Old Town Plaza


Ethan Sabay Philippine Folkloric Dance Group


Part I: Spanish Influenced Dances or Maria Clara Suite

Philippines was under Spanish colonization for over three centuries.  One of their enduring legacies is apparent in dance.

  1. Sayaw sa Baston

 Origin:  Luzon

Sayaw sa Baston (the walking cane dance) is our interpretation and original composition based on the lively steps of the Spanish Jota style of the dance, Aray. It is a theme of flirtation, romance, and love as most Philippine dances are about.

  1. Carinyosa

Origin: Panay Island

Carinyosa, (loving) from the Spanish word cariño (love), is a dance of Hispanic origin representing romance and courtship.


  1. Paypay

Origin: Ermita, Manila of Chabacano Manileños.

Paypay (fans) is a dance showing how young ladies flirtatiously use fragrant fans to gain the attention of young men who have canes and straw hats.


  1. Ligaya White and Evelio Sabay dancing Kuratsa at the Balloon Fiesta 2014

    Jotabal 2014: Gloria, Vilma, Edna & Ligaya


Origin: Quezon

Jotabal, from the words jota (or xota – to jump) and valse (to waltz) is a Spanish influenced dance characterized by the waltz rhythm.


  1. Kuratsa
    Origin: Eastern Visayas

Kuratsa is couple dance where the male and female are walking around one another.  The male progressively tries to get the attention of the female and the female ignores the pursuit.


Part II:  Rural  Dances

  1. Maglalatik

Origin: Binan, Laguna

Maglalatik (also known as Manlalatik or Magbabao) emulating battles between Christians and Moros, is an indigenous dance using coconut shell halves fixed on dancers’ hands and bodies as percussive implements.

  1. Binasuan

Origin: Bayambang, Pangasinan

Binasuan, which means with the use of a drinking glass (baso), showcases the vibrant colors, gracefulness and balance of dancers who whirl and move to the ground with glasses half-filled of rice wine.

  1. Pandanggo sa Ilaw and Oasiwas

Origin: Lubang Island, Mindoro (Visayas)
Pandanggo (fandango in Spanish) sa Ilaw (with lights) uses oil lamps or lit candles that are balanced on the head and the back of each hand accompanied by swinging of lights celebrating local fishermen’s catch.



Origin:  Pangasinan

Oasiwas (swinging) is similar to Pandanggo sa ilaw, celebrating the good catch of fishermen of Lingayen.  They celebrate by drinking wine, dancing, swinging and circling a lit lamp.


ESPF Dancers

  1. Ethan Sabay PFDG Dancers

    Subli (Versions 1 and 2)

Origin: Batangas

Subli, from the words SUBsob (bent or stooped, or fall on the face) and baLI (bent or broken) is characterized by a stooping posture and tipping of a straw hat as a religious salute to the Holy Cross.


  1. Tinikling

Tinikling, named after the bird, tikling, which always managed to grab the farmers’ crops or fishermen’s catch. Two people tap and slide bamboo poles on the ground and against each other, while dancers step and hop in and over the poles. It is supposed to mimic tikling as it weaves through grass and graciously avoids the traps.


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