Igorot Suite

Dances from the Mountain Provinces

From Northern Luzon, the largest island in the Philippines, mountain tribe people perform time-honored rituals in centuries-old costumes and pound brass instruments called the “gangza,” metal gongs used to announce a birth, a wedding, a death, or a successful head-hunt.


The Idaw is a small brown bird with a very significant influence on the warriors during tribal wars. Each movement made by the bird signifies a sign, as interpreted by the warriors. After each battle is won, a ritual beheading ensues.

Dance of the Seven Gongs

Male dancers perform this dance beating the “gangzas” announcing a wedding ceremony is about to take place.


Young women utilize the split-fork bamboo “bungkaka,” to drive evil spirits from the land to bring a bountiful harvest.

Dance of the Igorot Chiefs

Performed by three tribal chieftains blessing and wishing the bride and groom good life.

Dinuya (Festival)

The Ifugao, builders of the Banawe Rice Terraces, considered the eighth wonder of the world, celebrate in this lively dance.


Kalingga women balance the “banga” earthen water jars on their heads with grace and skill, while displaying colorful hand woven “Blankets of Life.”

Kalingga Rain Dance

Three high priests and maidens from different tribes unite in a dance seeking rain.


From the Ifugao tribe comes this interesting thanksgiving dance. The tribal priests don blankets, turn frequently while chanting their thanks to the gods. The women are allowed to join in the celebration.


A group of young people imitating “tariktiks,” or woodpeckers.