It is a vibrant and colorful dance indicating the richness of the culture of Lambunao.
It’s a courtship dance depicting the movement of a bird called “Banog”.
Binanog is celebrated every 2nd Sunday of January in honor of Sr. Sto. Niño.
According to history, the Binanog dance and the Bukidnons of Lambunao and Central Panay, tackles the richness of the Bukidnons of Lambunao in terms of the culture and the tradition that make Binanog dance one of the strong pillars of its claim of wealth. It also presents the theories of the origin of these people and shows their location and distribution.
The dance can be a mode of worship, or a courtly pastime. With urbanization contributing to the decline in the art, a program for its revival was launched couple of years ago with the creation of the Binanog Festival.The gem of the exhibition is the tribe competition that highlights the mating of banog birds accompanied by the symbolic beating of the gong, synchronizing with the vibrant movement emphasizing footwork and speed. The dance reaches its climax as the female dancers catches her male partner using a handkerchief.
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MUNICIPALITY OF LAMBUNAO
Province of Iloilo
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