Kappa Malong Malong Dance
Also called Sambi sa Malong, this Maranao dance shows the many ways of wearing a malong, a simple tubular yet highly functional piece of cloth. The traditional women’s version shows this cloth of countless colorful designs; used mostly as a skirt, woven in many different ways, depending on the purpose of the wearer. Other ways the women wear malong is as a shawl, a mantle, or a head-piece.
During more recent dance documentation, a men’s version was derived. This version shows in masculine rendition, how men don the malong—displaying its use as a sash or waist-band, shorts or bahag, and a head-gear that can be either functional while working in the fields, or decorative as a turban.
This dance was performed by one of my Tita’s and her Filipino group, the other day to showcase our culture. Don’t mind the clicks in some parts of the video, I was also trying to take a few pictures of her and it was my first time doing it while recording a video as well. I’ll be posting up other video’s of traditional and ethnic dances sometime in the future as well since I’m involved in some cultural groups here. :D